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Wanted: Retro USA T-shirts

The U.S. Men’s National Team will play one of its biggest-ever matches on Thursday, facing the mighty German side in a contest that will decide whether the Yanks advance to the next round of World Cup play in Brazil.

Lots of supporters will be wearing pricey replica team jerseys while watching the game (noon, ESPN). But you can stand out from the cheering crowd (and save a few bucks) with one of these red-and-blue–striped ringers from Indianapolis-based T-shirt company The Brick Shirt House, emblazoned with either an old-school crest or “USA” in a retro-tastic font. Price: $20.

The shirts aren’t available in stores, so to get one before tomorrow’s match, you’ll need to place an order on The Brick Shirt House’s website, purdrunk.com, by midnight tonight, and then e-mail owner/designer Alex Janeczek ([email protected]) to make pick-up arrangements; he will be delivering them around downtown Indy Thursday morning before the game.

(And since you’ll be wearing local, why not root local, too? Starting U.S. defender DaMarcus Beasley is a product of Fort Wayne.)

Since first joining Indianapolis Monthly in 2000, West has written about a wide range of subjects including crime, history, arts and entertainment, pop culture, politics, and food. His feature stories have twice been noted in the Best American Sports Writing anthology and have received top honors from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. “The Collapse,” West’s account of the 2011 Indiana State Fair tragedy, was a 2013 National City and Regional Magazine Awards finalist in the category of Best Reporting. He lives on the near-east side.
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