US uniform gallery, 4.5 of 3 - Agent of SHIELD

I do this so Uniwatch doesn't have to.

The US Soccer Hall of Fame comes through again. How do you not love the Soccer Hall of Fame? Seriously, screw you if you don't. You're not allowed to read this blog.

We're pretty sure the 1916 picture was the very very very very first official US team ever ever ever. (According to US Soccer. Dave Litterer tells a slightly different story.) (They certainly weren't playing in Oslo, because, as Litterer reminds us, it wasn't even called that yet.) Here it is again.


August 20, 1916, about to open up on the Swedes what eighty years later would be referred to as a can of whoop-ass. Don't they look badass? You would, too, if you had to cross the Atlantic during freaking wartime, and had to go back the other way. (Okay, so this was during a break in unrestricted submarine warfare. Still a lot of trust to put in the Kaiser, boys.)

When this picture was taken, the Chicago Cubs had gone seven years without winning the World Series, and their fans were getting kind of sick of the futility. That team represented the United States Football Association - and who was going to complain? Not Woodrow Wilson, busy keeping us out of war. Not the National Football League, which was -4 years old at this point. Not Babe Ruth, on his way to winning 23 games and the World Series for the Red Sox.

In reading Dave Litterer's site, I'd forgotten about the unofficial matches between the United States and Canada in 1885 - Canada won the first in Newark, the US won the second. Not too hopeful of getting pictures of those, since George Eastman had only invented film photography the freaking year before, and wouldn't sell film cameras for another three years. But hey, nothing is impossible, right?


The 1924 Olympic team. We stuck it to Estonia, but Uruguay thumped us. The careful observer will note that the white shirt with the big thirteen star, thirteen stripe shield was in the midst of a multi-decade run. In 1930 it would become a little less freaking huge, then by 1950 it would pretty much resemble what we consider a badge. No wordmark, not even "USA." Back then, there were few enough countries that simple stars and stripes wouldn't make one think of Malaysia or Liberia or Texas or some godforsaken craphole like that.


The 1952 Olympic jersey, with the Olympic rings replacing the USA which had replaced the 13 stars...and hey, where's the 50's stripe? The different colored collar and cuffs were apparently highly fashionable at the time, if Toffs is anything to go by. They always make me look like a caterer, though. Your mileage may vary.