Americans and football (or soccer, if you prefer) have always had a bit of an on/ off relationship over the past century or so, but during the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, and before the mega money MLS came into town, there was the NASL. Probably most famous for Pele’s appearance as part of the New York Cosmos, the league structure went through some ups and downs before the relatively stable and well-funded MLS took over in the mid to late 1990s. Back then though, they didn’t half knock out some amazing kits. Here’s five definitely worth your time and money:
New York Cosmos (1970)
Pele’s old team looked so good in this classic white and green shirt. Even better with his number on the front too.
Tampa Bay Rowdies (1988)
A little on the ostentatious side, the Rowdies from Tampa Bay certainly stood out in this almost-baseball jersey from the late 1980s.
Washington Diplomats (1974)
The team from the capital, the Diplomats (or ‘Dips’) had style and cool with this sash design from the mid 1970s.
LA Aztecs (1978)
Straight outta Hollywood, the LA Aztecs had this beautiful and sleek white, orange and black number when playing games.
California Surf (1970)
Another understated classic, the Surf had this simple yet effective design for games in the 70s.