Signed replica US jersey now on display at the Hall of Fame museum
Category: The Game of Their Lives News | Posted by: admin
Article Date: February 15, 2005 | Publication: US Soccer Players.Com | Author: editors
Oneonta, NY (February 15, 2005) HOF - The National Soccer Hall of Fame today unveiled a Cory Gibbs jersey signed by the entire U.S. National Team and staff from the World Cup Qualifier against Jamaica on November 17, 2004. The jersey is a reproduction of the shirt worn by the 1950 U.S. World Cup squad who famously defeated England 1 – 0. "This National Team jersey is a gift from the team and U.S. Soccer to the Hall of Fame in celebration of the great history of the sport in the United States," said U.S. Soccer President Dr. S. Robert Contiguglia. "It's a special uniform commemorating a special team. Our players took great pride in wearing this historic jersey in this important World Cup qualifying game."
The 1950 U.S. World Cup team is the subject of a fascinating book, The Game of Their Lives, by Geoffrey Douglas. A film of the same name, based upon the book, will be released by IFC Films and Bristol Bay Productions this April. Written and directed by David Anspaugh and Angelo Pizzo (the team behind Hoosiers and Rudy), The Game of their Lives has an all-star cast, including Gerard Butler, Wes Bentley, Jay Rodan, Gavin Rossdale, and Patrick Stewart, and features Freddy Adu, Landon Donovan, and many other MLS all-star favorites. ”We are looking forward to seeing the movie,” Hall of Fame Director of Communications Jack Huckel said. “We have seen clips and trailers and they have been terrific teasers. The story is one of the underdogs creating a special moment in sport history through hard work, dedication, and sacrifice – a quintessential American story.”
ABOUT THE NATIONAL SOCCER HALL OF FAME
Located in Oneonta, NY, the National Soccer Hall of Fame opened a 30,000 square foot, state-of-the-art museum in 1999. The Hall of Fame tells the story of soccer in America through artifacts, photographs, and video clips. In addition the new Hall features an extensive interactive, youth oriented Kicks Zone where visitors have fun kicking, heading and playing soccer, and video soccer games. The VideoWall portrays some of the greatest moments and the greatest goals in history as well as live soccer action with World Cup, MLS, and U.S. Soccer matches. Unique and rare artifacts on exhibit range from memorabilia from the 20s to the FIFA Women’s World Cup trophy won by the USA in 1999, Pele’s and Mia Hamm’s uniforms, Kristine Lilly’s golden shoes, NASL championship rings, the original MLS championship trophy, MLS gallery. In addition to the interactive Museum, the National Soccer Hall of Fame complex boasts the Kicks Hall of Fame Museum Shop, a research library, four world-class soccer fields and office/meeting facilities.
Courtesy of the National Soccer Hall of Fame