With David Beckham’s bid to bring a Major League Soccer team back to South Florida seemingly in limbo we’re giving you an up-close look at a player issue version of the Miami Fusion 2001 Umbro home jersey.
The shirt was the last primary kit worn by Miami Fusion FC before MLS folded the club in January 2002. Back then MLS did not have a league-wide deal with adidas and clubs had their choice of technical partners. The Fusion donned Umbro for their four seasons (1998 to 2001).
Made in USA, the jersey pictured is identical to that worn by players such as Kyle Beckerman, Preki and Pablo Mastroeni during the Fusion’s 2001 Eastern Division championship run. It has an embroidered original MLS patch on its right sleeve and the Miami Fusion badge and logo on its front. A classic Umbro logo is stitched above the club crest. A tag reading “MFFC” appears on one side of the jersey. A player jock tag is placed on the lower back to allow for wearer assignment by kitmen.
The jersey is very oversized since it is from 16 years ago when men’s fashion trends dictated baggy fitting shirts. While the kit is classified as short sleeved its design sees its sleeves reach the elbow area for more of what would be a three-quarter sleeve look today.