CHICAGO (Thursday, May 29, 2003) — In continuation of the celebration of the 90-year Anniversary of U.S. Soccer, the U.S. Men’s National Team will wear a special limited edition Retro Jersey for the June 8 match against New Zealand in Richmond. Kickoff for the USA’s sendoff match to the FIFA Confederations Cup is set for 1 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and the Radio Unica network. Fans can follow the match live online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.The retro jersey matches the style of the uniform worn by the United States in the 1950 World Cup in Brazil, in which the United States produced one of the greatest upsets in World Cup history. A crowd of 10,151 at Estadio Independencia in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, witnessed the U.S. stun tournament favorites England, 1-0, on June 29, 1950. U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame forward Joseph Gaetjens produced the historic goal in the 37th minute, heading home a long shot from midfielder Walter Bahr past English goalkeeper Bert Williams to shock England and the rest of the soccer world. The historic victory will be the subject of an upcoming feature film, currently titled The Game of Their Lives, which is currently in production.
The jersey, designed by Nike, is predominately white with a blue diagonal sash and bears the emblem of the old United States Soccer Football Association. Beginning today, fans will be able to pre-order this limited-edition jersey by logging on to ussoccerstore.com. Additionally, a limited number will be on sale at the stadium in Richmond on matchday.
Tickets for the U.S. match in Richmond, which is part of a doubleheader which includes the Richmond Kickers vs. Atlanta Silverbacks at 3:30 p.m, range in price from $18 to $40 and can be purchased through all Richmond area Ticketmaster outlets (including Ukrop's Supermarket, Farm Fresh and Hecht's), by phone at 804-262-8100 (Richmond), 757-671-8100 (Virginia Beach), or 800-527-6384 (Northern Virginia), and on-line at ussoccer.com. Information on group discounts can be obtained by calling 312-528-1290.
The match against New Zealand will serve as the team’s final tuneup prior to the U.S. Men's National Team’s participation in the FIFA Confederations Cup, and comes just 11 days prior to the USA’s opening match against Turkey on June 19 in St. Etienne, France. The U.S. will also face World Cup champions Brazil (June 21) and African champions Cameroon (June 23) during group play. As OFC Champions, New Zealand will face France, Colombia and Japan in Group A of the prestigious eight-team international competition.