Oct 3, 2011
It’s Retro Week here at World Soccer Shop! We’re celebrating by featuring a handful of the throw-back kits available in our shop. Spanning the past century and the entire globe, these retro jerseys carry plenty of memories and an equal amount of old-school swag!
The U.S. national team’s kit from the 1934 World Cupmust be one of the more wonderfully retro jerseys available. From the long sleeves, solid blue design, V-neck and prominent emblem on the chest (a trademark of vintage kits), this jersey shouts “classic!” It’s even got the history to go with it.
Unfortunately, the group format of the first World Cup (where the The United States had an impressive showing) was dropped in favor of a single elimination tournament, and the United States was handed a cruel draw of host country Italy in the first round. Seven Italian goals later, the Yanks’ World Cup was over before it seemed to have started. However for United States fans, the 1934 World Cup is best known for the events leading up to the tournament.
The final spot in the tournament was to be decided just three days before the World Cup began with a play-in game between the United States and none other than Mexico. The Mexican side looked to be the favorite, but the States ran out 4-2 winners and stamped its ticket to Italy. In modern soccer these two teams make up one of the world’s biggest rivalries, but that 1934 play-in match was the first meeting between the two countries and clearly catalyzed a forever-heated competition between the two.
If you’re looking to expand your wardrobe in support of the Yanks, this jersey should be in your closet. It’s got the classic feel and represents their first win over Mexico. Imagine alternating between this and your Landon Donovan jersey to show maximum star-and-stripes fandom.
Photos courtesy of PhillySoccerPage.net.