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  1. Well, the Sounders lift the MLS Cup, and its time to look to the next season. So what to expect? Will the NASL survive? Will the USL take over D2? Will Seattle fans be incredibly insufferable? Will the Cosmos ever pay all those players and staffers their back wages?
  2. US, Mexico and Canada joint bid for 2026 World Cup? https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/06/us-canada-mexico-joint-world-cup-bid-2026
  3. We've touched on this in the domestic soccer thread, but I think this is now big enough that it deserves its own thread. Last year, the US Soccer Federation sanctioned two leagues as Division 2 - the NASL, which had been the only D2 league, and the USL, which had previously been D3. The NASL almost folded at this point, and was only spared when Rocco Commisso saved the Cosmos from going under at quite literally the last minute. That gave the NASL a stay of execution, but only a temporary one. Last month, the owner of the NASL's Miami FC partnered with the owner of the semi-pro Kingston Stockade FC, filing a claim with the Court of Arbitration for Sports in an attempt to force the USSF to institute promotion and relegation in US Soccer. Two days later, it came out that the USSF had rejected the NASL's application to retain D2 beyond this year. Now the NASL, led by the Cosmos, has filed an antitrust lawsuit against the USSF in a desperate attempt to keep its D2 status. At its heart, the lawsuit is intended to challenge the USSF's minimum requirements for a second-division league, including the number of teams in the league, the geographic distribution of teams (how many time zones are covered), market size of the cities represented, each stadium capacity, and the minimum financial requirements for team owners. Now, the irony is that the NASL helped USSF write those guidelines back in 2010 in a deliberate attempt to shut out the USL, but has never been able to meet them. The biggest problem is that they've fallen short on the number of clubs; according to the standards. By year six they were supposed to have twelve clubs. This is their seventh season but only have eight, and one of them is threatening to fold if more people don't start showing up. This is a huge mess, and threatens to derail a growing sport. There's some pretty good summaries of the issues from people in the know here and here. Thoughts?
  4. Brave-Bird's World of Soccer

    Team No. 1 -- Atlanta Silverbacks Founded: 1994 Current league: NPSL (amateur) Location: Doraville, Georgia Stadium: Silverbacks Park (5,000) Kit sponsor: Taco Mac (popular wings and beer) Twitter: @ATLSilverbacks
  5. USL | Austin Aztex FC Identity Rebrand

    This is another soccer club rebrand – hadn't done that in a while! It's the Austin Aztex, a team which had a couple of overhauls in the past years. My mark contains mostly angular shapes (except for the shield): a traditional Aztec pattern and a blocky serif typeface. The colors remain the same: navy, gold, gray and white. The letters "A", "T" and "X" are bigger, like in the current logo because ATX is the abbreviation for Austin, Texas. Link to the current mark: http://www.sportslogos.net/logos/view/523040602015/Austin_Aztex/2015/Primary_Logo
  6. Well, the Timbers are the MLS Champions for 2015, and that puts a capper on the 2015 domestic season. Time to talk about 2016! I'll get it started: Sports Illustrated is reporting (from a reporter for the Davis Enterprise) that the NASL will announce a San Francisco franchise next year. This is huge because the NASL desperately needs a West Coast team (or at least a WST team) to maintain their DII status. But... downtown San Francisco? Sounds excellent, but where?
  7. Hey all. Mark Cuban has just decided to build a new stadium in Pittsburgh and start up an MLS expansion team, Pittsburgh FC! (I wish!) Soccer kits and logo design are new for me so any CC is much appreciated Only have the home jersey done for now. Let me know if I should go on with the other two jerseys. Thanks! Sorry for the AWFUL crop job. Not sure what was happening.
  8. New Rochester Rhinos logo?

    The Rochester Rhinos have new ownership (after an ugly mess), and it looks like they have a new logo as well. For comparison, here's the current one: I love mascot logos, but this one just never worked for me. I think it's the terrible wordmark. Shame to lose the ball-on-horn. This one looks more like a secondary to me, but could be part of a great package.
  9. Let me give you some background Going into the 2015 MLS Season, the league was growing rapidly. At 21 teams, the best soccer league in the US was on pace to become the next great soccer league. The league wasn't done growing. David Beckham purchased a team in Miami, Florida to be the 22nd team starting in 2016. The Ft. Lauderdale Strikers immediately found it hard to draw against the Brit's shiny new team, especially with Portuguese superstar Christiano Ronaldo captaining the team. The league wanted a universally accepted number, and snatched Atlanta and San Antonio from the NASL to make the league have 24 teams. The commissioner said that would be it until there was a good enough reason to break the 24 limit. The MLS began to contend with the NBA and NHL with the start of Friday Night Kickoff, a weekly Friday night game in prime time on ESPN. Meanwhile, Michael Taylor graduated from Florida State with a degree in Sport Management. Working from the bottom of the NASL, he became commissioner of the struggling league when the commissioner stepped down when 3 of the flagship teams left in a small period. Taylor had a vision, to try all he can to fix the broken league, and shorten the gap between the bottom of the MLS to the top of the NASL. Hiring a world class scout, the league began running combines and drafting players from college that weren't drafted. A league wide initiative to help the sport grow, the league would pay a quarter of the tab for new stadiums. The league started to turn around thanks to strong sides such as the Tampa Bay Rowdies, New York Cosmos, and Minnesota United beating MLS sides in the US Open Cup. Bigger market teams in smaller leagues were snatched by the NASL, strengthening the league The US Men's national team won back to back World Cups in 2018 and 2022, with Canada making both tournaments. America, and Canada were soccer crazy. Every city wanted a team. More teams started popping up in the USL, which worked with the NASL in training players and building up US Soccer. Then in 2024, Taylor released a statement about how he was in talks with the MLS and USL commissioners to finally have a promotion/relegation system in place between the three leagues. His reasoning was due to the increased number of NASL teams beating the MLS sides, the number of NASL teams still trying to jump to the top, and the new light speed rail making traveling easier for smaller clubs. The MLS teams did not like the idea, and agreed to push the date of the tier system until 2030. The idea was so ground breaking, but tests and simulations proved that by then the gap between the bottom of the MLS/top of the NASL, and the bottom of the NASL/top of USL would be hardly anything. The new 3 leagues would merge in the winter of 2029. The leagues rebranded together to make one. The Soccer Championship, Soccer League One, and Soccer League Two were the league names, each league would have one table and 24 teams. The best 8 teams made the playoffs. Adidas couldn't control if non Adidas teams were in the MLS, so any maker could grab a team to create uniforms for. Nike snatched up the a big chunk of the teams, with Puma, Under Armor, and Warrior joining in. A new rule would be put in place where every team was entitled to scout youth talent within 25 miles of the stadium without fear of other teams stealing prospect. This will make home grown talent the future of the 72 teams. And here are the concepts So I made a 72 team system of concepts. A lot of teams are from current teams. In this world, the uniforms are similar to the current situation of kits. One thing I want to stress, I do not care what you think about what teams are where. I made the 72 teams and the system is in place. It's a matter of making them. I might ask for some team name help down the line. But i honestly don't care if "Indianapolis should be in the MLS". I'll release the teams whenever I finish them, in no real order. So be patient. I'll post the first few concepts in a little bit. Soccer Championship Atlanta Silverbacks Boston Revolution Chicago Fire Chivas San Diego Colorado Rapids Columbus Crew FC Dallas DC United Houston Dynamo Los Angeles Galaxy Miami FC Flamingos Montreal Impact New York City FC New York Red Bulls Orlando City Philadelphia Union Portland Timbers Real Salt Lake San Antonio Scorpions San Jose Earthquakes Seattle Sounders Sporting Kansas City Toronto FC Vancouver Whitecaps League One 3 Rivers United FC Birmingham Buffalo Athletic California Athletic FC Carolina Railhawks Charlotte FC AFC Cleveland Detroit City Edmonton Drillers Indy Eleven Jacksonville Armada Las Vegas Quicksilvers Milwaukee Bavarians Minnesota United New York Cosmos Northern Virginia Cavalry Oklahoma City FC Ottawa Fury SC Phoenix Puerto Rico Islanders Richmond Kickers Rochester Rhinos AC St. Louis Tampa Bay Rowdies League Two Albuquerque FC Anaheim Blues ATX FC Baltimore FC Barons Calgary Owls Charleston Battery Connecticut Hearts Dayton Dutch Lions Halifax United Harrisburg City Kitsap Pumas Louisville Premier Memphis Rogues Nashville Metros New Orleans United FC Norfolk Omaha ONE FC Providence City Queen City SC San Francisco SC West Texas Wanderers Wilmington Hammerheads Winnipeg Bisons SC Rivalry Cups Football Manager Mod
  10. Reno FC concept (uniforms added)

    In my Reno Bears concept I did a concept for Reno FC, when the voting started for the ULS Reno 2017 team name Reno FC was the dominant leader. So I wanted to do a new concept for that team name. I’m in the logo stage. I currently have two logos in two different fonts. So I would like your guys input which one looks better and what you guys think so far.
  11. Reno Bears Soccerccer

    Before it was announced that Reno was to get a U.S.L. team, I had the idea that when Sacramento became a M.L.S. their affiliate would be in Reno. so I came up with the idea that they would be called the Bears. the reason for that was because the team in Sacramento used a bear in their logo.
  12. Cincinnati FC Concept Logo

    I didn't really like the original Cincinnati FC logo (Orange and Blue) especially because I hate the trend of american SOCCER teams using the FC name!!!! So I came up with new branding "Cincinnati Royals SC" inspired on the city's nickname "The Queen City". The Badge I designed also pulls elements from the city's flag as well as keep the winged lion from the original design. Let me know what you think!
  13. This concept started when I was asked to do a logo that a team in the NAHL will use starting next year (that's the most I can give away at this point). At the time, I made the logo using Paint.net, which as I'm sure most of you know, is not a vector program. When I sent the logos in, I was asked to include vectors because that's what the jersey company uses to produce the images. I really didn't know how to convert the files to vector at the time so I just copy pasted and saved the files as .svgs. So when I got some free time a week or so later I started to try to learn how to work in Inkscape since vector seemed to be how you got around as a designer. Lucky I found this great tutorial by Raysox which definitely helped me learn the program. I also learned how to properly convert bitmaps (I did redo those files by the way). And so to further hone my skills, I decided to make this concept. As of now the Harrisburg City Islanders use one of the worst logos in professional sports. Although I could work with the name (the team plays on an Island), I decided to go full rebrand with the look. I decided to go with Militia since militias originally protected the colonies as makeshift armies (perfect for a USL team...) and it ties them in with their affiliates the Philadelphia Union. The horses in the logo where found in the Pennsylvania state flag, along with the colors. The font I used for this was Straight Block made by Conrad. Its a pretty simple logo so I don't really have much else to say For the home kit I went classy and pretty simple, with the only added feature being gold stripes on the sleeves. For the clash I did a transparent triangle design that I think Raysox used on one of his US Soccer 2030 teams. For the sponsor I went with Sheetz which was founded where I live and has a nice logo I wanted to use as a sponsor. Also thanks to Raysox for the template (As if I hadn't credited him enough)... Any C&C is helpful, as well as any comments about tricks that I can use in Inkscape as well (Coloring in Transparent areas comes to mind) would be great too.
  14. Saathoff's Soccer Concepts This is the topic for all my soccer concepts. There will be multiple series included in the topic. Current Series: The Future of North American Soccer 2024 Table of Contents: North America Seattle Sounders FC Athletic Club of California - MLS Portland Timbers FC - MLS New York Cosmos - NASL Chivas USA - MLS Europe: West Ham United F.C. - English Premier League
  15. Pittsburgh Riverhounds Concept

    Hey all, I've had some free time on my hands recently and thought I'd take a shot at updating the USL Pro team Pittsburgh Riverhounds' main logo. I'd appreciate some comments and criticism if you're interested. Their current logo is such a mess in my opinion but i didnt think the thought behind it was too far off. Hope you guys like my take: Here's their current logo, for comparison's sake: I'd like to mock up some kits at some point, too. But I'd like to get this refined first! Let me know what you think!