I looked at my five favorite jerseys worn by Americans overseas this season a couple weeks ago, and with the latest USMNT World Cup jerseys being unveiled last week, I thought it was time to look the jerseys worn all-time by the USMNT and come up with a new list with my five favorites.
This is all my opinion. Feel free to disagree and argue in the comments.
Honorable Mention – 1934 Home
So my list will actually have six jerseys when it is all said and done. I am a sucker for old school stuff, but this one is a pretty classic look and I am a fan of the old US Soccer badge.
Biggest win in this jersey: The US only played two international games in 1934. A World Cup qualifier against Mexico and their first round loss to Italy in the actual World Cup. Because of that, their 4-2 win over Mexico on May 24, 1934 in Rome gets the nod. Aldo Donelli ended up scoring all four goals for the Americans on that day.
#5 – 1950 Home
Yes, the jersey behind this year’s version. Another classic look, and once again, I like the old school US Soccer badge.
Biggest win in this jersey: Any fan of US Soccer should know this answer, especially since it has been mentioned about 9,483 times since the US drew England in their group back in December. On June 29, 1950 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Joe Gaetjens was able to head a Walter Bahr shot/cross into the back of the net leading to the US’ 1-0 victory over England in the World Cup. The greatest victory in US Soccer history? I think so…..for now.
#4 – 1995 Road
After some really ugly jerseys for most of the 1990s, especially both worn in the 1994 World Cup, Nike came along and produced two solid jerseys. But I am giving the road jersey the nod as I like the blue. This jersey also led to the 2006 road jersey, where Nike took this design, made slight changes and updated it a bit.
Biggest win in this jersey: After already surprising Chile in their first game of Copa America ’95, the United States upset (ranked #8 by FIFA) Argentina 3-0 (goals by Frank Klopas, Alexi Lalas and Eric Wynalda) on July 15, 1995 and advanced to quarterfinals.
#3 – 2008 Home
This was one of those jerseys that underwhelmed me when they released it, but over time, it slowly won me over. Now, I am a big fan and wish it wouldn’t go away.
Biggest win in this jersey: You could argue their 3-2 win over Honduras to clinch a spot in the World Cup was the biggest, but I am going with their 2-0 victory over #1 ranked Spain in the Confederations Cup on June 24, 2009. It snapped Spain’s 35-game unbeaten streak and propelled the US to their first ever appearance in the final of a worldwide tournament.
#2 – 2006 Home
After Nike made some solid jerseys in 1995, there was a run of some pretty average jerseys until this bad boy. Even a bloody nose still looks bad ass in this jersey. Plus, it was unique to the United States after wearing some Nike jerseys that they made for other countries and just used the same template.
Biggest win in this jersey: On June 24, 2007, Benny Feilhaber kicked the game-winner in the 73rd minute against Mexico in the final of the 2007 Gold Cup. The win gave the US their first ever back-to-back Gold Cup titles.
#1 – 2006 Third
A throwback of sorts to the old days, this jersey is easily my favorite of all-time. I wish the US would try to use red more often, but they just stick to white and blue for whatever reason. Plus, they used the old school US Soccer badge that I like a lot more than the current one. If anyone has an extra one of these laying around, I will gladly buy it off of them.
Biggest win in this jersey: Here is the problem. They only wore these in one game and I don’t know which one that was exactly. I want to say it was in their 1-0 win over Lativa on May 28, 2006 in their run before the 2006 World Cup.
So there you have it. What are your thoughts? Fire away in the comments.