Jurgen Klinsmann on NO NAMES on USMNT Sick Kits -
There is no real concept behind that. There are 11 players out there and the numbers should be from 1 to 11. The only exception really is the World Cups and the Gold Cups where they get their numbers throughout the tournament. I think that simplifies it a little bit and maybe people get confused when they see a player with a 98 on the field and they don’t know where to put him. For me as a coach that makes things a little bit easier. We know that certain players have a favorite number and we try to accommodate it but I think it fits them better from 1-11 and it’s a little bit of a signal that it’s a fight going on for those numbers.