Rapids to wear world-famous Caribous of Colorado uniforms

Recently unearthed uniforms from 1978 NASL season feature distinctive leather fringe

Caribous Drew Deshorn serious

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Garrett Ellwood / Colorado Rapids / Caribous of Colorado

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (Tuesday, April 1, 2014) – The Colorado Rapids announced on Tuesday that the team will wear the official Caribous of Colorado uniforms, last seen during NASL games in 1978, at a future match (date to be determined). The jerseys, which had been thought to be lost, were recently uncovered and will once again see game action.

The uniforms were found at the Caribou Ranch by the The 1978 Caribous of Colorado of NASLGuercio Family, the owners of the Caribous of Colorado during their one and only season in the old North American Soccer League (NASL) in 1978, who generously agreed to let the Rapids use the kits. The black, brown, tan, and white color scheme features the distinctive leather fringe across the chest, which made the jerseys famous around the world.

“I was born in April of 1978, so I remember the first Caribous match I went to with my family that same August like it was yesterday,” said Rapids midfielder Brian Mullan, a native of Aurora, Colo. “It is a true honor to emulate those pioneers of American soccer – whose jerseys emulated the pioneers of the early American west – by wearing this uniform.”

The Caribous played their home games at Mile High Stadium, facing off against teams like the 1978 NASL champion New York Cosmos. Colorado finished with an 8-22 record (81 points), scoring 34 goals and allowing 66 and finishing in last place in the Central Division of the National Conference.

The Rapids might wear the Caribous jerseys in the team’s next home match, which takes place on Saturday, April 19 at 4 p.m. MT at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, but perhaps also not. For more information on the team, or to purchase tickets, call 303-825-GOAL or click here.