MNT Nov 18, 2009
Certainly fans must have noticed some of the unusual jersey number assignments for the U.S. team against Slovakia. Marcus Hahnemann No. 35? Eddie Johnson No. 36?
For a lack of a better word - and a horrible pun - it was simply a numbers game. With jerseys having to be ordered and so many different variables to consider - which MLS players would be available because of playoffs, potential for injuries, etc. - and decisions literally being made in the middle of the night, the only logical choice was to assign every player on the provisional list a number, and they keep what they get for the games. Case in point: Tim Howard. With Timmy's foot injury and his normal jersey number being #1, the other three keepers had to be assigned differently.
No doubt some of these numbers may never been seen again. Which makes the jerseys a bit of a collector's item.