Worst World Cup Kits: USA 1994 Home

Why this kit is bad:

So, you are announcing yourself to the established footballing universe…and you pick this. Sign of the times, I guess? The 90’s in America was high time for pastel palettes, logo-mania and new age hip-hop. However, this jersey looks more befitting of a sixth grade astronomy textbook than an in-vogue trendsetter. But in the spirit of ‘go big or go home’, this is certainly one way to go about it. Low point: the absence of a full federation crest. The red, partial USSF logo stitching on the pec was so hidden you needed a magnify glass to make it out. Further emphasis of the amateur-ness of this shirt.

 

Best moment:

In football, results are the best way to distract you from a fashion faux pas. As far as unestablished footballing nations at World Cups go, advancing from the group and losing 1-0 to the eventual champions is nothing to be ashamed of. The US proved to the world that they are up for this fight. In their third and final group stage match, Ernie Stewart popped up with a very tidy finish in the 52nd minute to put them 2-0 up against Colombia. Over 90,000 (!) fans packed the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California to witness the moment.

 

This kit reminds me of…

Something Will Smith wore in Fresh Prince.

 

Rating out of 10:

4/10. Let’s forgive the 90s for what they were. Plus, it would sell today. Nostalgia, a true force of nature.

 

How much would you need to pay me to wear it?

On the pitch, $200. In public, $1,000.

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