The Men In Blazers People’s History of American Soccer Hall of Fame - Men in Blazers

The Men In Blazers People’s History of American Soccer Hall of Fame

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When U.S. soccer returned to eras past by going Back to the Future with Bruce Arena, our minds and hearts were transported to more formative days. An epoch during which the Meolas, Hejduks, Popes and Balboas, charged out to play the game with Mullets wafting and a furious wonder. A time in which everything felt naively possible.

In an effort to bottle this feeling, and map out football in America's family tree, we are undertaking a special/bonkers project. 

The idea for said project came about when JW bought to the Panic Room a poster that once hung over his childhood bed. It's an Alexi Lalas Adidas promotional advertisement featuring a younger of age, longer of hair Lalas in his footballing prime. JW's aunt procured it at a Lalas autograph signing in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Alexi thoughtfully personalized it with the wisdom, "KICK HARD." 

The Alexi Lalas poster in question, provided by Producer JW

The Alexi Lalas poster in question, provided by Producer JW

We hung the poster in our office and marveled at it on a daily basis. For us, it begs two obvious questions:

Why isn’t this hanging in its rightful place in the Smithsonian?

What other ephemera from the pioneering days of American Soccer - the posters, T-shirts, pennants, glassware, promotional Crap - is out there, lurking in people’s attics and unfinished basements. And what would it look like if we bought it all together in one place? A national exhibit showcasing each “Soccer, Sport of the Future” pennant, each 1990 USA World Cup Poster, and each Pele Soccer Atari game as what they truly are, breadcrumbs that allow us to retrace America’s National Soccer Journey. The story of who we are and how we got here.

Our goal is to challenge you, Dear GFOPs. If you have such artifacts, whether they be NASL, Major Indoor Soccer League, MLS, World Cup 1994, or Michelle Akers-themed, send them to us. We will make them part of our People's History of American Soccer Hall of Fame, a museum of sorts to be curated in the Crap Part of SoHo. Please also include a letter describing your piece of treasure and how you came across it. We will send you back a patch in return.  

The address: 

Embassy Row

Care of Men in Blazers Seventh Floor

325 Hudson Street

NY, NY 10013 

We know this is bonkers. Yet there is little in the world which feels more important to us right now. See some of the gold you've already provided below. Courage.

NASL pennants donated by various GFOPs

NASL pennants donated by various GFOPs

NASL pennants donated by various GFOPs

NASL pennants donated by various GFOPs

via GFOP Doug Makitten

via GFOP Doug Makitten

via GFOP Doug Makitten

via GFOP Doug Makitten

via GFOP Doug Makitten 

via GFOP Doug Makitten 

via GFOP Doug Makitten

via GFOP Doug Makitten

via GFOP Geoff Lilley

via GFOP Geoff Lilley

via GFOP Jim Wheeler 

via GFOP Jim Wheeler 

via GFOP Doug Makitten

via GFOP Doug Makitten

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via GFOP Doug Sibor 

via GFOP Doug Sibor 

via GFOP Steve S.

via GFOP Steve S.

via GFOP Doug Sibor

via GFOP Doug Sibor

via GFOP Val Balagot

via GFOP Val Balagot

via GFOP Blake Edwards

via GFOP Blake Edwards

via GFOP Roy Bailey

via GFOP Roy Bailey

via GFOP Jay Hinton

via GFOP Jay Hinton

via GFOP Doug Makittenvia GFOP Doug Makitten

via GFOP Doug Makittenvia GFOP Doug Makitten

via GFOP Jay Hinton

via GFOP Jay Hinton

via GFOP Mike DeFrancia

via GFOP Mike DeFrancia

Chicago Sting badge, provided by GFOP Dennis Dahl

Chicago Sting badge, provided by GFOP Dennis Dahl

via GFOP Tony Francavilla

via GFOP Tony Francavilla

provided by GFOP Andrew Dainoff

provided by GFOP Andrew Dainoff

via GFOP Cory Nolan

via GFOP Cory Nolan

1994 USMNT

1994 USMNT

A 1976 edition of Kicks Magazine (left), and a souvenir edition of the 1974 World Cup of Soccer Magazine, (right). Provided by GFOP Adam Ash

A 1976 edition of Kicks Magazine (left), and a souvenir edition of the 1974 World Cup of Soccer Magazine, (right). Provided by GFOP Adam Ash

The Nintendo World Cup game circa 1990, provided by GFOP John Gonsalves

The Nintendo World Cup game circa 1990, provided by GFOP John Gonsalves

An official NASL ball signed by the New York Cosmos roster, circa 1985, provided by Concord United

An official NASL ball signed by the New York Cosmos roster, circa 1985, provided by Concord United

The 1994 US World Cup Team

The 1994 US World Cup Team

A 1994 World Cup USA Anheuser-Busch Stein, provided by GFOP Justin Ridge

A 1994 World Cup USA Anheuser-Busch Stein, provided by GFOP Justin Ridge

1994 USMNT trading cards with bonus Jurgen Klinsmann, via GFOP Zhelez

1994 USMNT trading cards with bonus Jurgen Klinsmann, via GFOP Zhelez

1998 Chicago Fire trading cards, via GFOP Joe Wejman

1998 Chicago Fire trading cards, via GFOP Joe Wejman

1996 Wilmington Hammerheads game program with signature from GK Alex Deegan, via GFOP Brian Watts

1996 Wilmington Hammerheads game program with signature from GK Alex Deegan, via GFOP Brian Watts

Carlos Valderrama bobblehead, via GFOP Ben Woolf

Carlos Valderrama bobblehead, via GFOP Ben Woolf

1981 NY Cosmos media guide and playoff program, vai GFOPs Peter and Armando Galassi

1981 NY Cosmos media guide and playoff program, vai GFOPs Peter and Armando Galassi

1999 official Women's World Cup Hat with USWNT signatures, via GFOP Mickey Greene

1999 official Women's World Cup Hat with USWNT signatures, via GFOP Mickey Greene

USA World Cup polo circa 1994, via GFOP Roy Bailey

USA World Cup polo circa 1994, via GFOP Roy Bailey

1976 Minnesota Kicks team photo, via GFOP Kelly Casey

1976 Minnesota Kicks team photo, via GFOP Kelly Casey

Original LA Galaxy jersey circa 1996, via GFOP Mike DeFrancia

Original LA Galaxy jersey circa 1996, via GFOP Mike DeFrancia