World Cup qualifiers are back and with the showdown at Azteca right around the corner, we thought it would be fitting to highlight a kit that was at the forefront of many epic matches.

 

The Kit: USMNT 1995-98

Brand: Nike

Worn By: Cobi Jones, Eric Wynalda, John Harkes, Alexi Lalas, Claudio Reyna, Tab Ramos, Kasey Keller, Joe-Max Moore, Brad Friedel, Jeff Agoos, Earnie Stewart, Brian McBride, and Preki

The Story:

The 1994 World Cup truly put everything into motion for football in the US. While many predicted a group stage exit, the USMNT rose to the occasion and qualified for their first knockout round in decades. While the Adidas stars and stripes will forever represent that epic “coming of age” moment in American football history, the new Nike strip would now represent the squad’s serious intent on reaching new levels.

July 14, 1995 – Copa America

Here the Americans totally stole the show by not only achieving the seemingly impossible task winning their group but shutting out the reigning champions Argentina 3-0 in the process. This still stands as one of the most impressive American campaigns in a major international tournament.

November 2, 1997 – Nil-Nil at the Azteca

The mid 90’s saw the rivalry with Mexico spark into life. There was a genuine animosity between these two sides and the Americans were now a threat to Mexico’s long-held dominance of CONCACAF. In a world cup qualifier match the USMNT would grind out a historic draw at the Azteca. This result would secure the Americans first-ever point on the road against Mexico.

February 10, 1998 – Gold Cup Semifinal

While never having logged a victory over Brazil, one nil losses to the Brazilians in the previous 3 meetings left the Americans believing there was a way to finally get one over on the South American juggernauts. A long range strike from Preki and goalkeeping masterclass performance by Kasey Keller to preserve the clean sheet would give the American side their first and only victory over the mighty Brazilians.

Where to cop: The good people at Classicfootballshirts.co.uk got you covered with plenty of these bad boys including a few match issued and game worn gems. 

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