Fans Have Until the Start of the 2006 FIFA World Cup to Bid on One-of-a-Kind Red Nike Jerseys Worn in Win vs. Latvia
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (May 29, 2006) - Between now and the start of the 2006 FIFA World Cup on June 9, soccer fans in the United States and throughout the world have a unique opportunity to own actual game worn jerseys from their favorite U.S. National Team players. Log on to ussoccer.com for more information or click the link below to join the auction.
All 23-players on the USA's 2006 FIFA World Cup roster have donated the jerseys off their back for a special auction to benefit the U.S. Soccer Foundation and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
The special, limited edition red uniforms created by Nike are among the most popular ever produced and were worn proudly on the evening of May 28 when the U.S. defeated Latvia, 1-0, in East Hartford, Conn., in the USA's final match before the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Each available jersey will be signed by the entire team.
The classy red jerseys borrow from the kits worn by the USA at the 1950 World Cup and feature a diagonal sash across the chest in blue and white. The players’ numbers sit below the sash on their right. Over the heart rests a U.S. Soccer crest from the 1950s. On the left sleeve is the popular "Don’t Tread On Me" mark with a snake coiled around a soccer ball, thus connecting the players wearing it on the field with the fans who back U.S. Soccer with the "Don’t Tread" rally cry in the stands.
The one-of-a-kind jersey keepsakes are the ultimate collector's item and will include a certificate of authenticity.
The USA’s World Cup journey in Group E begins against the Czech Republic on June 12 in Gelsenkirchen. The team then meets Italy on June 17 in Kaiserslautern before finishing off group play against Ghana on June 22 in Nuremberg.
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