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Similar Uniforms Delay MLS Game

August 3, 2000

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The MLS game between D.C. United and the New York/New Jersey MetroStars was delayed 33 minutes Wednesday night for an unusual reason _ uniforms.

Referee Marcel Yonan thought the teams’ jerseys were too similar when he saw them in pre-game warmups about 70 minutes before the 7:30 p.m. start.

Soccer tradition says the home team should change jerseys, mainly because of convenience.

United sent someone to retrieve different jerseys from their practice site about 40 minutes away, but he became stuck in traffic

United had planned to wear their ``third″ jersey, a black base with one thick white vertical strip on the left and right sides. The MetroStars have a white jersey with black vertical strips on the front, back and sides.

After changing to their regular home jerseys of solid black with some white horizontal stripes, United came out on to the field about 7:58 p.m. and were greeted by the roar of an impatient crowd.

The game began at 8:03.

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