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  1. Southwest Division Beverly Hills SC Beverly Hills, CA Founded: 1992 Beverly Hills was a rather easy team to design, as the Beverly Hills city limit signs are basically soccer crests waiting to happen. The crest is adorned with a "BH" monogram that's designed around the ornate stylings of the sign, and the Padres-style color scheme is also taken from the sign. The brown home kit references the palm-lined streets of Beverly Hills with a dashed pinstripe pattern similar to the Hornets' "Mint City" jerseys; this kit is heavily inspired by the LASC concepts by @pcgd. The brown/white clash kit is a reference to the stylings of the Beverly Hills street signs. The kits are supplied by Umbro, and the sponsor is The Cheesecake Factory, which opened its first restaurant in 1978 in Beverly Hills. (Now I can't get Weezer out of my head)
  2. Thank you! --- Valley Division Kingsburg Fotbollförening (FF) Kingsburg, California Founded: 1994 Kingsburg is a small town outside Fresno that was initially settled by Swedes in the 1870s and continues to embrace its Swedish roots today. The crest is a roundel logo that features the Swedish flag in the middle and a simplified crown from the Swedish coat of arms at the top. When I was researching Swedish soccer logos, I noticed that many of the logos had wreaths on them; Kingsburg's wreath consists of grape leaves, as this part of the Central Valley exports a lot of raisins and table grapes. I decided to give this team the Swedish Fotbollförening name (meaning "football club) like the real-life teams in Kalmar and Malmö. The home kit is a simple yellow/blue kit inspired by a vertical Swedish flag. The red clash kit is stylized after a traditional Dala horse, complete with the "harnesses" of the horse and the circular pattern of the Dala horse in downtown Kingsburg. The kits are supplied by Puma, and the sponsor is the raisin grower Sun-Maid. --- After trying to figure out how to make the CSL2 team map, I decided to simply resize the insets of the CSL map to enlarge the map of the urban areas. Here's the CSL2 map as of right now, and I'll be updating the map on the CSL2 "home page" whenever I post a new team
  3. You do have some really solid points here! I think the thing that makes American soccer logos much more different than "traditional" logos in Europe and Latin America is that soccer is much newer to most American audiences. The already-established naming conventions and logo styles (seen in American football and especially Minor League Baseball) have been applied to new soccer teams, creating a uniquely American style to these soccer teams. Your insights about Spanish naming styles and Latin American crests is actually very helpful in the context of this series, as California is a place with a large Hispanic population and many, many Spanish place names. In fact, I used your final point to name my next team! Thank you very much; I'm glad you enjoyed Palo Alto! --- Basin Division Club Atlético de East Los East Los Angeles, California Founded: 1989 East Los Angeles (which is 97% Hispanic) is the center of the lowrider culture, which is considered by many to be a huge part of Mexican-American culture. The crest combines the architectural stylings of the Whittier Boulevard arch and the tailfin of the 1959 Chevy Impala, one of the more popular cars in the lowrider community. The community's shortened "East Los" nickname adorns the center of the crest. The home kit is a hooped turquoise jersey with chrome stylings, whereas the black clash kit combines the arch design with a stylized Impala tailfin. The kits are supplied by Nike, and the sponsor is Lowrider magazine*. *I was so tempted to put the fictional East Los FM from Grand Theft Auto V as the sponsor, but the sponsor I ultimately chose made the most sense with the lowrider theme I ended up going with
  4. I actually didn't realize that the cuts on the soccer jerseys have changed since then, but honestly it would be way too much of an ordeal for me to change the templates after already making 60+ teams. When I first did my hand-drawn concepts in 2015, I always looked up to this Raysox template because of its simple and easy-to-use look. Now that I have the design skills to use Illustrator, I'm very satisfied about finally using these templates and having a deeper focus on the design details. I may try to figure out an updated soccer template for a future series, but that is honestly a really low priority for me at this point. I never would have thought that someone would notice the side panels because it's such a minor issue, but I have edited my two Adidas CSL2 teams with extended side panels and will continue to use those going forward. However, I will not update the 16 CSL Adidas teams because that will take too much time for me to fix just a minor problem. I'm sorry that you aren't satisfied with the way I'm making this series, but this "MS Paint paintbucket" style of concepts is serving me very well. My main focus with these concepts is to give these California team a localized and unique identity, even if it's in a format or style that doesn't satisfy everyone. To move this conversation forward, I'm genuinely curious what specifically makes these logos and kits more "American" instead of European. My crests take inspiration from real-life crests from all over the world, mixed in with some traditionally American-style nicknames for the team name. --- Western Division Palo Alto Colliders Palo Alto, California Founded: 1990 The focal point of Palo Alto's CSL2 team is the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, which is used by Stanford researchers for some intense physics stuff that I will never understand. I took an Albuquerque Isotopes direction with this team (shoutout to @woody86 for the suggestion!), with the crest consisting of an atom in motion like the baseball in the Dodgers logo. The name "Colliders" comes from the types of research done at SLAC, which involves atom collisions at the speed of light. Stanford University colors find their way into the Colliders' color scheme, although a pinker, more "science-looking" color is the primary color. The home kit is a pink/cardinal gradient jersey that highlights the atom in motion. The clash kit references El Palo Alto, the 110-foot tall redwood tree that gives the city (whose name means "tall stick" in Spanish) its name; the vertical stripes reference the aerial footprint of the 2-mile long SLAC. The kits are supplied by New Balance, and the sponsor is Hewlett-Packard (which had its beginnings in a Palo Alto garage).
  5. The Dbacks look much better, and it's much easier on the eyes now! Also, that orange Dbacks jersey is an absolute beauty; well done!
  6. This has been a fun series to watch so far! You've done an excellent job converting these MLB color schemes to more unique color schemes, and I really like Texas and Miami. Arizona is really close to being a home run, but the color scheme currently has a somewhat harsh contrast, in my opinion. I know you based the shade of purple on the 90s Suns and/or early Dbacks, but I think the contrast would look much better if you used the darker purple of the current Suns look. Other than that, the Dbacks look great! I look forward to seeing how the rest of this series goes~
  7. Southern Division Temecula SC Temecula, California Founded: 2013 Here's another rare instance of a real-life team being included in the CSL2. Temecula FC is a team within the fourth-tier National Premier Soccer League, and their Tottenham-style quail crest was just too good not to include in my league. I redrew the existing Temecula quail-on-a-ball and put it into a new shield resembling a wine glass, as Temecula Valley is famous for its wineries. I darkened the red into a classier wine color, and I moved the team name out of the shield into its own banner. The home kit is a simple wine-colored kit with a diagonal sash taken from the Temecula city flag, and there are some sublimated grapevines on the sash. For its annual clash kit, Temecula SC crowdsources its kit design to residents of the cities of southern Riverside County (which also includes Hemet, Lake Elsinore, Menifee, Murrieta, among others): the 2019 kit represents Lake Elsinore and its massive "Superbloom" of spring 2019, with the kit consisting of a orange and purple blooms. The kits are supplied by Nike, and the sponsor is the Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association.
  8. Hey there! I do remember your Geofilters, you're the one that made a ton of university filters in San Antonio! I've actually been on the forums for quite a long time now, and my design interest was in my hand-drawn concepts before I started making a ton of filters. After 234 filters, I felt like I was kinda worn out from making filters for a few reasons: fewer people were using Geofilters (even before COVID), and that it even Snapchat was making fewer and fewer new Geofilters. Most importantly, it became a really difficult platform for me to experiment with new designs on; my crazier designs were likelier to get rejected, so I resorted to making "safe" designs that look the same with outlines and drop shadows just so that they get accepted. Luckily, soccer teams and their jerseys are a blank slate to do anything, so I feel creatively free again! --- Here's another one for today! Capital Division Benicia Arsenal Benicia, CA Founded: 1996 Although I'm mostly sticking to a "no real-life teams" philosophy in my CSL series, I had to make a very rare exception for this one (as well as at least one other CSL2 team). The Benicia Arsenal FC (more on that name shortly) is a real-life youth soccer team in Benicia, and its name was just too cool not to include in CSL2. Although the name implies a connection with the more-famous English team, Benicia Arsenal is anything but another Arsenal copycat. The team is named after the actual Benicia Arsenal, which supplied ordnance for the US Army from 1861 to 1964. The castle-like clock tower of the Arsenal makes up the overall shape of the shield. The black/yellow color scheme, diagonal sash, and the cannon are taken directly from the real-life team. The home kit is a simple black-and-yellow kit with the diagonal sash from the crest. The clash kit is inspired by the historic brick buildings in Benicia and neighboring Vallejo (who shares this team with its eastern neighbor): the colors are taken from the Benicia State Capitol (home to the California state government from 1853 to 1854), and the steel structures of the Mare Island Shipyard in Vallejo are found in the upper front torso. The kits are supplied by Under Armour, and the team is sponsored by Valero, who operates a large refinery in eastern Benicia.
  9. I just found this thread and I gotta say, you've got some really solid concepts on here! Although I know it wasn't your idea for the Thunder at first, but I'd like to echo everyone else's sentiments by saying that your blue/orange Thunder concept is a very excellent design. The shades of blue that you used complement the orange very well, and I love how it turned out! I also really like your Orange County jersey for the Magic and the Miller-inspired Bucks jersey, and I love the shades of color you used for the Suns! Great job on these, and I look forward to seeing what's next!
  10. Hello fellow Pinoy! I'm glad you like it! I did look at the Philippine national team kits for inspiration, and you're definitely right about the white primary kits. But yeah, I definitely think that the Philippine team needs a refresh and hopefully some World Cup representation one day! --- Southwest Division AFC Santa Monica Santa Monica, CA Founded: 1987 Before I go into more detail about Santa Monica's team, I would like to give a MASSIVE shoutout to @Brian in Boston! He PM'ed me very detailed suggestions about what design directions to take from a Santa Monica local's perspective, and this team's identity wouldn't have been as localized as it is without him AFC Santa Monica actually began in the CSL after its first set of expansions, but had to move to the CSL2 after some financial difficulties in the mid-90s. Since then, Santa Monica has thrived in the CSL2 and has exported talent to the CSL and to other leagues abroad. The crest is a combination of the 1934 Art Deco "Santa Monica" statue at Pacific Palisades Park and the iconic Santa Monica Pier sign, with fonts that are taken directly from the sign. A blue "sun" adorns the top of the crest, and that can also be interpreted as the pier's Ferris wheel. The colors are taken directly from the Santa Monica city seal. The home kit is a navy blue kit with vibrant colors that is inspired by nighttime scenes of the pier, with a Ferris wheel pattern in the middle. The clash kit references the role of the Douglas Aircraft Company in Santa Monica history and is based on the metal exterior (complete with rivets!) of the Spirit of Santa Monica Douglas DC-3 parked outside the Santa Monica Airport. The kits are supplied by Adidas (the pier sign naturally lent itself to 3 Adidas stripes) and the sponsor is Snapchat.
  11. I wanted to keep the magic hat really subtle in an otherwise traditional-style soccer crest, and I'm glad you enjoy it! And I went ahead and fixed Magic Mountain with white shorts for you! (The shirt/short combos are somewhat of a challenge sometimes, so I always appreciate your feedback on those!) --- After a short break from this series for the long weekend, here's the next one! Northwest Division Kabayan Daly City Daly City, CA Founded: 1998 There are 4 million Filipino-Americans in the United States (including myself), and Daly City is well known for having one of the largest concentration of Filipinos in the country (as of 2019, 32% of Daly City's population is Filipino). I figured it was only appropriate to give Daly City the American representative in the fictional Kabayan (meaning "countryman" or "compatriot" in Tagalog) group of teams, similar to Red Bull's network of soccer teams. The crest consists of the colors and the sun from the Flag of the Philippines, and I accidentally ended up making this crest look similar to the 2016 Florida Panthers rebrand. The halved home kit consists of a vertical Philippine flag with a white chevron breaking up the stripes, and the clash kit is an inverted white version of the home kit. The kits are supplied by Adidas, and the sponsor is The Filipino Channel, which is headquartered in Daly City.
  12. Updates are a little slower now since I'm creating these teams entirely from scratch, but here's the next one! Southwest Division Magic Mountain SC Santa Clarita, CA Founded: 1996 Santa Clarita's representative in the CSL2 is named after Six Flags Magic Mountain, who leased land outside the theme park to the team for state-of-the-art soccer facilities. This was quite a challenging one to make because "magic" is such an abstract concept; I ended up pursuing a magic hat concept with ideas inspired by Orlando Magic City Edition jerseys and the detailed flairs of the Vegas Golden Knights jersey logos. The home kit takes the magic hat from the crest and incorporates it into the center stripe pattern; an arc of stars burst from the top of the hat. The clash kit highlights the tertiary magenta color (which doesn't appear on the crest) with a quadrant pattern that represents the four communities (Canyon Country, Newhall, Saugus, and Valencia) that combined to incorporate Santa Clarita in 1987; the magic spiral pattern from the crest makes an appearance in these kits as well. The kits are supplied by Under Armour, and the sponsor is Santa Clarita Diet on Netflix Six Flags Magic Mountain.
  13. Lucky for you, that's my next team! Although it's not strictly a Torrance team anymore, I did incorporate your suggestions into its design I'm glad you like it! I wish I were a professional sports designer, though that's always been a dream of mine! I'm still working on making that reality, though Thank you very much! I'm glad you like Oakland and Oildale, and there will definitely be plenty of second-league teams down the road! --- Basin Division Catalina Wanderers Los Angeles, California Founded: 1988 This team actually did begin play on Catalina Island, but logistical reasons prompted the team to move from Avalon onto the mainland; the team now plays at the other side of the Catalina Express in the LA seaside community of San Pedro (pronounced "San PEE-dro" to my disappointment). This team has the unique position of representing not just representing Catalina Island but also the South Bay region of Los Angeles County. The crest mainly features a stylized version of the Catalina Casino on Avalon, with the structure giving the team's white and red/orange part of the color scheme. The rest of the color scheme is taken from the now-defunct Ft. Lauderdale Strikers. The home kit is a white kit with the red stripes from the crest (inspired by the bottom arches of the Catalina Casino); the patriotic stripes are also a reference to the South Bay's aerospace industry and Torrance's Armed Forces Day parade, the longest-running municipal military parade (shoutout to @LMU for this suggestion!). The clash kit elevates the role of the tertiary yellow color with a wavy ocean design that honors the two communities the team has called home: the yellow gap represents the waters that separate Catalina Island from the mainland. The kits are supplied by Puma, and the sponsor is Torrance-based King's Hawaiian (known for their sweet dinner rolls sold at Costco).
  14. Thank you very much! I'm glad you liked it! I was a bit stumped on Sac's team name at first, but then I came upon the "S.A.C." name as an epiphany while walking the dog As far as doing so many concepts is concerned, it really helps me keep my creative juices flowing as I continue to struggle looking for an entry-level design job in this economy . I'm not really doing much right now, so might as well refine my design skills with these soccer teams! Thank you! I really appreciate your suggestion, and it really does make Calcio look better --- Valley Division Oildale Drillers Oildale, California Founded: 2002 Affiliated With: Racing Bakersfield Kern County is often jokingly referred to as the "Texas of California", and the heavy presence of the oil industry there really adds to that claim. Oildale's crest is a variation of the Racing Bakersfield crest, with an oil drop replacing the checkerboard oval. As one would expect from an oil-based team, Oildale's colors are black/white/gray; I also took design inspiration from the Tulsa Roughnecks FC (which has since been replaced with FC Tulsa and its gorgeous new logo) and the 2002-07 Edmonton Oilers. The home kit is the gray "Black Gold" kits with a fading "oil drop" gradient. The clash kits take the red from its parent club and incorporate oil derricks on the sides. The kits are supplied by Adidas and the sponsor is Bolthouse Farms, known for its carrot-based products.
  15. I just discovered this thread, and all these concepts are very well-done! I really like how the local references are very subtle, and I'll admit that I may borrow a few of your ideas in my concept series! My particular favorite is Houston's Space Shuttle-inspired clash. Just absolutely brilliant and very well-executed. Great job on these!