Tuesday, July 29, 2014
It hasn't even been three weeks since the World Cup ended, and already I'm missing all the excitement that comes with watching great soccer and supporting your favorite team. While I have a soft spot for Germany (who won the cup) and the Netherlands (who placed third), the team we really went all out for was Team USA. The USMNT had an amazing tournament; even though they didn't get past the round of 16, they played their hearts out, and played beautiful, world-class soccer. Who will ever forget Tim Howard (aka the US secretary of Defense) and his record-breaking saves in USA vs BEL?
Even more thrilling for me to watch was the support that came from American fans. Soccer is not a big sport in the US, not compared to football, baseball and basketball, but it is growing in popularity. It was amazing to see 20,000 screaming fans gathered in parks across the US, cheering and waving flags! We had our own local viewing parties, and the family all turned up in Team USA apparel: hats, shirts, glasses, and buttons in red, white, and blue!
TheFlagShirt.com comes in -- they've been a family owned business for over 70 years, and they're as American as the products they sell.
The merchandise on TheFlagShirt.com goes way beyond the standard Stars and Stripes on a shirt! Here are some of my favorite products from TheFlagShirt.com. They use the stars and stripes in so many imaginative ways! Don't you just love the Hello Kitty USA shirt? I especially love the vintage styles and the distressed styles. And how about those Stars and Stripes Board Shorts!?
Check out the sweatshirt that TheFlagShirt.com sent me -- isn't so wonderfully over-the-top? The design is screen printed on the shirt, and it's going to take decades for that design to fade (and if it does, well, it's okay because it's a distressed print!). I love it because a lot of the games we watch are in the evenings, when it gets chilly. It's all very well to wear a TEAM USA shirt, but when it gets cold, you have to cover it up, so why not get some TEAM USA outerwear like my awesome new sweatshirt? I love it! It's perfect for summer evening barbecues and nighttime fireworks displays!
Disclosure: I received a product sample to facilitate my review, but have not been paid to review the product or give my opinions. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.