Treasures of eBay: 1984-85 USA Red Number 10 Kit

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Written By Chris Azzopardi

For Treasures of eBay we wade through mountains of bollocks on eBay to bring you an auction worth checking out.

Today’s item is a 1984-85 USA game worn red kit, with a Buy It Now price of a somewhat staggering $825.00.

Contrary to popular belief, the United States did wear red before Nike introduced a USA red third kit earlier this year. This game worn full kit from 1984-85 is proof of that, though it’s not quite as glorious as some of us who weren’t paying attention in the 80′s might have imagined.

Maybe this, rather than anti-communism and a perceived rivalry with Canada, is why the late Werner Fricker, US Soccer president from 1984-1990, banned the American team from wearing red. Although it’s actually the diagonal pinstripes that might be the most offensive element of the shirt. Blech.

Still, this is a bit of American soccer history, proof that the US did in fact have a team back in the 80′s, even if they were mostly terrible and never qualified for anything (until 1990 World Cup of course, which they actually qualified for in 1989, so I guess at least a little good happened in the 80′s). Among the players that might have worn this kit (the ad is just a little vague) are Paul Caligiuri, Hugo Perez and Bruce Murray.

Honestly, this kit couldn’t be more 80′s if it tried. Slap it on the wall in your den, right next to your Miami Vice poster and your rack of Max Headroom on VHS, and it’s a perfect fit. Except for the fact that you’d look like a commie, it might even be fun to run around the house in the shirt doing your best Tom Cruise from Risky Business impression while Huey Lewis plays on your stereo.

Okay, I admit it. I miss the 80′s.

But I don’t miss this kit. Mostly because I wasn’t aware of it at the time. I’m glad Nike brought back red for the US, but I’m damn glad they didn’t bring back this particular red.

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