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Northstar Soccer League

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The Northstar Soccer League is a fictional soccer league made up of 20 teams from all across the great state of Minnesota, I hope you enjoy this series.

 

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Going in alphabetical order is Alexandria. The Alexandria Norsemen, also known as the Norse, joined the league in 1999 and won their only championship 10 years later in 2009. Their main rival is St. Cloud SC

Their colors are based on the colors of Big Ole, a statue of a viking in the city, and the logo is based on Ole's Shield. Their sponsor is Douglas Machine, Inc. which is based in Alexandria

 

Home: The home kit is a red jersey with black sleeves, black shorts and red socks. The jersey also features a silhouette of big Ole.

Away: The away kit is supposed to be a soccer version of Big Ole's clothing with the red shoulders representing his cape.

Alt: The Alternate Kit is a black and red gradient with yellow accents.


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Here is what Big Ole Looks like for referenceImage result for alexandria big ole

 

 

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Up next we have The Bemidji Blue Ox, another team who joined in 1999 they won their one championship in 2004. Their main rival is Moorhead City.

 

The Ox are named after the statue of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox located on the shores of Lake Bemidji, the logo is based on this chicago bulls concept though modified to try and make it look more like the statue of Babe. Their sponsor is Karvakko which is a company based in Bemidji

 

Home: The home kit is a navy shirt with a light blue and white chevron with light blue pants and navy socks

Away: The away kit is a white version of the home with the white and navy swapping places

Alt: The Alternate kit is a light blue jersey with vertical navy and white stripes, navy pants and light blue socks

 

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sorry for the poor quality pictures, for some reason it gets pixelated when I upload them to here

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This is a great start! For better quality images, try hosting your graphics on imgur or photobucket

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This is awesome start! Love the league logo

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Great work here, especially with Alexandria. Your Blue Ox logo does not register to me as your typical soccer logo but aside from that I'm a fan. 

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5 hours ago, FightingGoldenDevil said:

Love these concepts! Please do one for Willmar or Marshall. Southwest Minnesota never gets any love

Was already planning on Marshall, I'm trying to spread the teams out across the whole state

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Up next we have the Bloomington Boomers SC, the Boomers joined the league in the last expansion class of 2001 and are yet to win a championship, and their main rival is Lakeville City.

 

The Boomers name comes from a combination of things, the city of Bloomington MN grew from a small town to a larger city during WW2 thus the cannon for a logo (I know cannons weren't in WW2 but they look sick) and the second reason for the name is as the city grew the population grew too, and it exploded with the baby boomers. The team is named after this group of people that made Bloomington one of the largest cities in the state. The cannon logo is meant to be an ode to Arsenal in the BPL as the owner is a huge fan who frequently visits England and has tried to model his club after them, however it hasn't worked out well so far. The team colors of baby blue and pink are meant to represent the baby boomers. The sponsor is the Mall Of America which is located in Bloomington.

 

Home: All baby blue with a pink sash across the front.

Away: A white shirt with a pink and white stripe down the front, blue pants, and white socks.

Alt: A pink jersey with their cannon logo on the bottom, all white logo used on both shirt and pants.

 

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Next we have Brainerd FC, the "Lumberjacks" joined the league in 1988 and won their only championships back to back in 2007 and 2008, their main rival is Grand Rapids SC.

 

The Jacks name comes a statue of Paul Bunyan and an old theme park in the city called "Paul Bunyan Land" as well as the history of the lumber industry in the city. Their logo is a shield with the top meant to look like their iconic water tower with crossed axes in the middle. They are sponsored by Breezy Point Resort which brings in people from accross the state and is located just outside Brainerd.

 

Home: A red jersey with a lumberjack checkered pattern gradient, black shorts, and red socks

Away: An all red and white set with the same sleeves as the home, the crossed axes are faded on the front

Alt: A black jersey with the crossed axes subtly in a striped pattern.

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32 minutes ago, CentralCentaur said:

I love what you have so far. Could you by any chance post a map showing where every team will be?

I'll put it at the original post and update it when I add teams

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Next up we have the Duluth Porters FC, one of the older teams in the league the Porters joined in 1984 and is one of the most successful teams in the league with 3 championships coming in 1988, 90, and 99. Their main rival is Two Harbors United.

 

The name Porters comes from Duluth being one, if not the biggest port city on Lake Superior. Their logo features a fleur de lis as an ode to the french explorers who created the city for fur trading, as well as the fleur de lis being featured on the city flag. They are sponsored by the Duluth Trading Company which started in Duluth.

 

Home: A green kit with yellow shoulders and cuffs, the famous drawbridge is featured on the front.

Away: A yellow version of the home with the same sleeves and shorts, drawbridge also on jersey.

Alt: A throwback to their kit from their first 2 championships in 88 and 90, green base with yellow stripes

 

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The next team is Grand Rapids SC, known as the Rapids or the Greens, they joined the league in 1988 and won back to back championships in 2000 and 2001. Their main rival is Brainerd FC.

 

Their nickname "The Greens" comes from their colors of forest green, light green, and white. Their logo is a combined GR and rapids flowing underneath. The Rapids are sponsored by UPM, a paper company which owns the Blandin Paper Company in Grand Rapids.

 

Home: An all green kit with a light green top and forest pinstripes

Away: White top with a green stripe through the center

Alt: A throwback to their inaugural kit before they added a second shade of green

 

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Next up are the Hibbing Miners SC, the Miners joined the league in 1991 and won their only championship that same year. Their main rival is Virginia FC.

 

Their name is the Miners as an ode to the mining history in the city. Their logo features crossed pick axes, and their colors are "iron ore red" and white. In an attempt to improve a poor attendance after years of poor results the Miners have decided to take an unorthodox approach to their uniforms featuring some of the most bizarre kits in the league. The Miners are sponsored by Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. which is a mining company with a mine in Hibbing.

 

Home: A red kit with two white stripes going down the whole front of the kit and white stripes on the sleeves.

Away: A white jersey with a red hoop around center and a pick ax at the bottom, red shorts, white socks.

Alt: A checkered red and white kit.

 

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Here are the northernmost team in the league, based in Baudette, Lake of the Woods FC known as the Caribou joined the league in 1994 and are yet to win a championship. Their main rival is Thief River Falls FC.

 

In a name the team contest the people of Baudette and Williams decided on Caribou upsetting Walleye which the area is known for. The Caribou's logo is a roundel that features a silhouette of a caribou head in the center. They are sponsored by Ballard's Resort located on Lake of the Woods.

 

Home: Mostly brown kit with cream accents and a caribou silhouette covering the front surrounding the logos and advertiser.

Away: White base with a center stripe changing from brown to cream, brown shorts, white socks.

Alt: Cream kit with brown sleeves and a thin "barbershop" pattern , brown shorts, cream socks.

 

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23 hours ago, Section30 said:

Next up we have the Duluth Porters FC, one of the older teams in the league the Porters joined in 1984 and is one of the most successful teams in the league with 3 championships coming in 1988, 90, and 99. Their main rival is Two Harbors United.

 

The name Porters comes from Duluth being one, if not the biggest port city on Lake Superior. Their logo features a fleur de lis as an ode to the french explorers who created the city for fur trading, as well as the fleur de lis being featured on the city flag. They are sponsored by the Duluth Trading Company which is based in Duluth.

 

Home: A green kit with yellow shoulders and cuffs, the famous drawbridge is featured on the front.

Away: A yellow version of the home with the same sleeves and shorts, drawbridge also on jersey.

Alt: A throwback to their kit from their first 2 championships in 88 and 90, green base with yellow stripes

 

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Love the kit, but I feel the need to make a minor correction.  Duluth Trading Company was started in Duluth, but is now based out of Mount Horeb, Wisconsin (corporate office) and Belleville, Wisconsin (factory).  My wife does a lot of freelance work for them as a graphic designer, so I am very well familiar with the company.

 

Aside from that, great series so far!  Everything has been well done and presentation looks great!

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7 minutes ago, Moser316 said:

Love the kit, but I feel the need to make a minor correction.  Duluth Trading Company was started in Duluth, but is now based out of Mount Horeb, Wisconsin (corporate office) and Belleville, Wisconsin (factory).  My wife does a lot of freelance work for them as a graphic designer, so I am very well familiar with the company.

 

Aside from that, great series so far!  Everything has been well done and presentation looks great!

I hadn't realized that, my bad.

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Next up we have Lakeville City, the Lakers joined the league in 1984 and won their only championship in 1986. Their main rival is Bloomington Boomers SC.

 

Lakeville City has historically been a team without a solid identity and has recently jumped on the neon trend in an attempt to be more modern as well as using a lot of gradients. The Lakers logo is an anchor with a "L" for Lakeville making up most of the anchor and a "C" at the top for City. They are sponsored by Post Consumer Brands which is headquartered in Lakeville. (not to be confused with Post Holdings Inc. based in St. Louis).

 

Home: Mostly teal with a neon green gradient on the lower part of the jersey and sleeves and most of the shorts.

Away: White top with crossing sashes with teal at the top neon green bottom, gradient sleeves, teal pants, white socks.

Alt: A neon green jersey with hoops, teals sleeves and pants, green socks. No white on this kit.

 

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Now we have Mankato FC. Known as the steamers, they joined the league in 1984 and have won the league twice, in 1989 and 2002. Their main rival is Southwest United.

 

The Steamers name comes from Mankato being created as a steamboat landing on the Minnesota River. Their logo is a roundel with a "M" for Mankato in their team colors along with a steamboat above it, the same steamboat as the one on their flag. They are sponsored by Taylor Corporation which is based in Mankato.

 

Home: their classic green and purple vertical stripes, purple pants, green socks.

Away: White jersey with purple shoulders, green sleeves with a purple stripe, green sides, purple pants, and white socks.

Alt: Nicknamed the "pajama kit" it is an all purple kit with green pinstripes.

 

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We're halfway through, what do you think so far?

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