A true football strip rarity is the pseudo-Home kit. Not many teams have had one - and the description could cover various scenarios - but the United States Men’s National Team can certainly claim to have been blessed with their most-used outfit when America hosted the planet’s best at the USA ’94 World Cup.
This adidas design (rendered here by John Devlin - True Colours - in replica form with balanced stars, with the back of the shirt showing the players’ version and its lop-sided look) was actually the hosts’ Away kit, with the red and white wavy stripes the official first choice shirt. It didn’t matter, as this was worn in three of the USMNT’s four matches as they did themselves proud on home soil.
Few kits can demonstrate bravery as much as one with a bold star pattern and (a pretty convincing) denim effect. Worn with deep red shorts (and both white and navy socks) at the tournament, we were spared a “double denim” look via amalgamation with the Home kit’s textured equivalents. Had it happened, football design may have never recovered.
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