The MLS Archives is pleased to announce it has acquired via a charity auction a special piece of memorabilia to further round out its mission of having a game worn home and away jersey from every team for every year they have been in Major League Soccer.
The new piece added to the collection is a vintage 2002 New York MetroStars long sleeve home jersey which was worn by Tab Ramos during the course of the season.
2002 was Ramos' final season in Major League Soccer where he logged seven years with the MetroStars after having the honor of being New York's first ever player after being allocated to team after becoming the first player to sign with Major League Soccer.
Born in Uruguay, Ramos emigrated to the United States and New Jersey at the age of 11. He went to college at NC State and got his first cap for the US National Team on January 10, 1988 against Guatemala, and also played in the 1988 Summer Olympics. After playing for the US in the 1990 World Cup, he was named U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year in 1990. That year, Ramos signed with Spanish team Figueres, and then moved to Real Betis in 1992. In 1994, Tab once again played in the World Cup, but his tournament run was ended prematurely after a vicious elbow to the head by Brazilian midfielder Leonardo.
A New York favorite, Ramos retired from soccer after seven years with the MetroStars (1996-2002) as the last original member of the team. His flashes of brilliance in an unfortunately injury plagued career were evident in his overall career stats eight goals and 36 assists in MLS play (ten goals and 39 assists in all competitions) across only 112 matches.
Ramos was elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame on the first ballot, in 2005.
The jersey is unique in that is was worn during Tab Ramos' last season as a pro and also in that it was the jersey type worn before the MetroStars changed their primary team logo from the early cityscape type used from 1996 through 2002 to the badge type team logo used in the 2003 and 2004 seasons before the teams was renamed the New York RedBulls in 2005.
The jersey was acquired via a charity auction run by Real Salt Lake. The proceeds from the auction go to Soccer Unites Utah organization which will use the funds to help defray the costs of the medical procedures Marcia Williams (wife of Real Salt Lake midfielder Andy Williams) is currently undergoing to stay one step ahead in her battle against Leukemia.
The jersey can be viewed by clicking the link below:
2002 New York MetroStars Tab Ramos Game Worn Home Jersey