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  1. First of all, I like to thank everyone for their feedback. It's been really helpful with giving the new teams their name. For the moment I've been working on some concepts for the different cities. Here are some previews. 1. Milwaukee Eagles This is more or less a finished design. In the end I went with Eagles instead of other ideas. Since it is in theory a continuation of the amateur Bavarian Soccer Club, going with an eagle to represent it's German ancestry seemed like a good idea. I tried to replicate the German style of crest design without going a bit to simplistic. The club's colors are blue and white (taken from the Bavarian Flag) and black. 2. Las Vegas Atoms I really like this name, I think it fits a Las Vegas team. So starting from there I drew up an atom type shape with a soccer ball at it's center. I also tried to incorporate an A into the overall design. While I think i had the overall design right, it felt like there was nothing representing the city of Las Vegas in the design. So I added in the other shape, which is based on the famous "Welcome to fabulous Las Vegas" sign. I'm not quite sure about the colors used however. Some neon colors accompanied with a darker shade would work well. 2. San Diego Santos This is maybe the crest that's the most rough around the edges, but most of the main things I want to implement are already there. I wanted to base it off the classic designs found in Brazil but with a twist. The top of the crest shape is based on the Mission San Diego de Alcalá bell tower with it's distinctive shape. above that is an Aureola to represent the club's name. I tried to incorporate more elements from the bell tower in the top half of the crest but it just seems out of place. For the wordmark I'm not sure what font to use but the one used here is a place holder until I can come up with something better. The colors I used are Brown and Yellow but I also want to use White somewhere in there.
  2. First of all, thank you for the feedback! I will try to involve the community more in this project. So far the names I've decided on are: Orange County S.C Charlottetowne S.C Cleveland Forest Dallas Lone Star Houston Apollos Racing Indianapolis Las Vegas Atoms Milwaukee Eagles (crest is already finished) San Diego Mission S.C
  3. I'm currently writing some league lore & history, which I will post on here as soon as it's done, but I've come across a small problem. I'm having a hard time coming up with other names for the clubs, since I want them to fit in more with the already existing clubs. So I could use your help in finding a good name without going full eurocentric and just sticking F.C or United in front of the name. For some I have some suggestions but for others I really have no idea. Here are the clubs I'm struggling with: California Sunshine They are based in Orange County, and played their home games in Santa Ana. In the 60's there was a well know amateur club, who won the U.S Open Cup called Orange County S.C. So my plan is to revive the name. Carolina Lightnin' Based in Charlotte, North Carolina. I'm tempted to go with either Queen City S.C or Charlotte Bolts Cincinatti Comets Drawing a blank on this one to be honest Cleveland Bruell (Hungarian-American) The city's nickname is the Forest City so maybe something like Cleveland Forest Columbus Magic Since it is Ohio's capital maybe something like Columbus Buckeyes Dallas Tornado Maybe the Dallas Texans or Dallas Lone Star Houston Stars I was thinking maybe something space related, Houston Cosmos (or Cosmo's) or maybe sticking to the original name Indianapolis Daredevils The city has a lot of racing history some I could go with Racing Club Indianapolis. Other options can be Locomotive Indy (based on one of it's nicknames "Railroad City" or just Indianapolis Devils, based on the original name Las Vegas Seagulls Seagulls just seems like a weird name for a team from Las Vegas. I was thinking maybe something like the Las Vegas Quicksilvers, like the NASL team. Miami Americans I'm also drawing a blank here, maybe Miami Panamerica or something along those lines Milwaukee Bavarians Tempted to go with Milwaukee Brewers even tough it's the same name as the baseball team. Due to it's location on Lake Michigan, Milwaukee Lakers could also be a possibility as well as. Nashville Diamonds Same as with Cincinatti and Miami, so all feedback is welcome Oklahoma City Slickers/Stampede Oklahoma City Stampede seems okay to use, other then that I don't have any ideas. Sacramento Gold Maybe Sacramento Bears after the flag of the state of California San Diego Toros Either San Diego Missions or San Diego Saints both seem like good options, something alluding the city's long history with the Navy also could work. Utah Pioneers Not really sure what name I could use here either. All feedback is welcome, so if you have any good suggestions just shoot!
  4. Kearny Scots Athletic Club About the Club The Scots where founded in 1895, by Scottish Immigrants settling in the Kearny area. The club is one of the oldest still active clubs in the United States and participated in the first soccer competition of it's kind. The National Association Football League, From roughly 1895 to 1899. When the competition folded, the Scots returned to play in smaller regional leagues. The club was also noticeably absent from the first American Soccer League, as the town did not have any team in the league, dispite being known as Soccertown, U.S.A. This changed as they joined the second and current ASL. Where they where joined by Kearny Celtic. They dominated the ASL during the late 30's. Winning 5 titles in a row and cementing their place as one of the original powerhouses of the league. During the 1942, the club tried to Americanize like many of their contemporaries, and changed their name to the Kearny Americans. This was however not successful as many other teams already where known as the Americans, so there was not a lot to differentiate them from other teams. So they switched back to their original name. The club also stands out, as it was one of the few small town clubs to survive the shift towards the big cities. Their crosstown rival did not as the Kearny Celtics where bought and moved to Newark.
  5. Baltimore Canton Soccer Club About the Club Coming Soon.
  6. Second City Soccer The first organized Soccer League in Chicago goes all the way back to 1883, and citywide soccer leagues continued to promote the game around the region. This rich soccer tradition gave the city very competitive teams on the national stage. The Chicago Bricklayers beat two (First) ASL sides in 1928 and 1931, and Chicago Sparta did the same with two teams from the second ASL in 1938 and 1940. This made it clear that Soccer in Chicago was in the ascendancy, it did a serious problem however as the city lacked a professional side competing in a national league. This would all change however, when a local businessman came up with a daring plan, one that changed the soccer landscape in America forever. Chicago Union Soccer Club About the Club While the club was founded in 1947, it's roots go deeper than that and all starts with one person. Ferdinand Weiszmann. He was the owner of the Chicago Maroons and applied the ASL for membership, while the league did not accept his request it did advise him to maybe create a Midwestern division of the ASL, and in 1947 he did just so. Recruiting fellow Chicagoans Vikings, along with teams from Detroit, Toronto. During that inaugural seasons both teams from Chicago had very different experiences however, the Maroons where languishing at the bottom, while the Vikings where riding high, making the play-off final, which they lost to the Detroit Wolverines. While the division was a moderate succes at the end of the first season, it became clear that Weiszmann overestimated the appeal of the sport. This exposed the financial mismanagement that went on behind the scenes, forcing the ASL central committee in New York to step in. The Detroit Wolverines where disbanded, and a new financially stable team was introduced in the league, Both Chicago teams folded and returned to play in the amateur division. A new club was created, the Chicago Tornadoes, Consisting of the best players of both the Maroons and the Vikings. With the city now having one professional soccer club, the team changed it's color's to match the city's flag and changed it's name to the Chicago Union. While they where heavyweights in their own division, they could not translate that on the national stage. With their first national title coming in 1981, and a second title following in 1998, the club still has to reach it's full potential.
  7. Of Timbers & Roses We can trace the beginning of soccer culture in Portland to the city's first professional team. The Portland Timbers of the NASL. They where granted a franchise in 1975. During this time the NASL, was clearly the bigger league of the two. With more resources at their disposal, the league dethroned the ASL as the top tier league of the country. A title which the ASL held since 1933. With the Midwestern expansion in the 40's and the merger with the National Professional Soccer League in the 60's being hard lessons for the ASL, the slow expansion strategy paid off, and due to this they where able to outlive their rival league. The Timbers folded in 1982, as the NASL fell apart, but the desire and interest for the sport remained very much alive in the region. Rose City Soccer Club About the Club The club was originally founded in 1986, as F.C Portland and it joined the Western Soccer Alliance. A new soccer competition that focused mainly on the West Coast. In 1989 was a year of tremendous change for the club. It had a change of ownership, which improved the level of professionalism of the club, while at the same time the league was expanding. This drew the eye of the ASL, as they where looking to have a second chance at expanding on the west coast following their failed merger in 1968. In 1990, a deal was reached which saw Portland join the ASL together with the Sacramento, Santa Barbara, Seattle and Phoenix. For the following season, the club held a inquiry with fans about a possible name change. While initially the team was going to be named after the Timbers, a small majority of supporters opted for Rose City S.C. The club first became Western Division Champions in 2013, and became ASL Champions in 2015. The team has a large and passionate fan base, and has become one of the stalwarts of the American Soccer League over the past 10 years.
  8. Some teams joined other leagues, while others slipped back down to amateur levels. The whole entirely of the second ASL was a essentially teams dropping in and out of the league. For those interested, you can find the teams Wikipedia article in the intro post if you want to read up on what happened to the team in real life. There is also now a team map included.
  9. Motor City Soccer Unlike teams on the East Coast, teams from Detroit where mostly backed by corporate sponsors, especially the automotive industry. Around 1914 to around at least 1920, a Detroit team backed by the Packard Automobile company, did surprisingly well in the US Open Cup. Around this time, a city wide soccer league was forming. After the war, interest in the sport grew, and soon the city would see it's first professional soccer team compete and win on the national stage. Detroit Corinthians Soccer Club About the Club While places like Chicago, Pittsburgh and Toronto had established amateur soccer teams, Detroit unfortunately did not have the same situation to rely on. Fearing the possibility that they could lose out on this golden opportunity to join the new Midwest division, representatives of the Detroit District Soccer League hastily created a club to enter the new competition, The Detroit Wolverines. While many thought that this rag tag team of Detroit amateur soccer players would finish dead last, the Wolverines did have a secret weapon in their arsenal. Gil Heron, one of the first true icons of the ASL. When Heron returned to the U.S following WWII, he joined amateur side Venetia of the Detroit District Soccer League. During that season, he netted an astounding 44 goals in 14 games. This peaked the attention of the newly founded Wolverines, and he was included in their roster for the 46/47 season. During that season the gifted winger scored 15 goals in 8 games, and led the club to it's first championship. After that inaugral season, trouble was brewing however. The league had an average attendance of about 2000 - 4000, a moderate success but not the large crowds that the management was hoping for, especially considering how much they've spend during the past season. The Wolverines where not able to field a team for the next season, and the Detroit spot was given to the Detroit Pioneers. Heron, did not join the Pioneers but joined the Chicago Maroons instead. However, as the second season got underway, both Chicago sides folded, and where replaced with the Chicago Tornados. Heron did not make the move to the new team and joined amateur teams Chicago Sparta and then later Detroit Corinthians instead, from which he made his dream move to Scottish giants Celtic making him just miss out on a return to the ASL, as the Detroit Corinthians merged with The Pioneers and took the Wolverines then still vacant spot as the city's undisputed top soccer side. While the new club found a stable footing as the new division matured, it would take the return of a star to propel them to the top of US Soccer. As Heron returned to Detroit after playing in Scotland and England.
  10. Thanks!, I haven't quite pinned down the number of clubs yet, I want to give at least every large US city it's own team. Mixing and matching teams from the ASL and other defunct soccer leagues.
  11. I'm working on it, I need to find a map that large enough because otherwise the crests are going to be a bit on the small side
  12. That's a good point you're making, wasn't to shure about it either, especially the font. Here's a comparison of the two. The one on the right is also a bit different that the one I posted, since I didn't use envelop distort on the main font.
  13. Soccer in the Steel City During the early and mid 20th century, industry was booming in Pittsburgh, as the city became one of the centers of American industry. So of course it attracted immigrants who came to work in the city's many mines and steelworks. Those immigrants, like in many other places in the U.S brought soccer with them. One of the first documented teams where Pittsburgh Beadling. They where founded in 1898 and where one of the first soccer teams in the city. Around 1911, a regional league was founded as teams from all over Allegheny County competed. During this time, teams from Pittsburgh where announcing them on the national stage by strong US Open Cup and US Amateur Cup showings. When the ASL announced their Midwestern Division in 1946, the city would gain it's first professional team. Pittsburgh Steel S.C About the Club The story of the club begins with one man, Peter Strasser. A local Jeweler, who had a keen interest in the sport and saw it as an ideal way to get into the booming sports market. He first bought Morgan F.C, in 1939 and renamed them Morgan Strasser F.C. During this period, and with his financial backing. The team won league titles and domestic cups. When the ASL and Weiszmann announced their plans for a new Midwest Division of the league, Peter Strasser along with team coach Tony Casciola, encouraged by the team's success in the amateur leagues and the Open Cup decided to enter the division. For the 1946/47 season they entered a new team called the Pittsburgh Strassers, made up of the best Morgan Strasser and Beadling players. While the first season of the division was chaotic, the team was one of the few left standing, with Chicago and Detroit teams folding due to financial mismanagement. The following season, the Strassers where crowned champions of the Midwestern division for the first time, and continued to dominate the division until the mid 1950's. Like many of the new teams, they did lag behind the Eastern teams, always falling to them in the Play-Off finals. It is here that the fierce rivalry with both Philadelphia teams was born. In 1968, to comply with the new rules concerning sponsorship names, the team gained it's current name, Pittsburgh Steel S.C
  14. Author's note: In honor of Saint Louis joining MLS, here is the city's team from the ASL-verse. Saint Louis: Soccer Hub of the Midwest While the epicenter for soccer was mainly on the Eastern seaboard during it's early days, the sport would find a stable footing deeper in the continent. Saint Louis would take the lead, as it already had a citywide soccer league by 1890. This league had very competitive sides, as Saint Louis clubs would sometimes cause upsets over the more "elite" east coast teams during exhibition matches or cup games. In 1920 Ben Millers became the first club from outside the northeast to win the Cup. They even had a team in the final of the Open Cup, every season from 1932 to 1939. So, it's no wonder that the city was a prime target for expansion. In 1947, they finally entered the ASL's Midwestern divison. Saint Louis Raiders S.C About the Club The Saint Louis Raiders where formed in 1947, when a meeting was held with the city's soccer teams and they entered the Midwest Division of the ASL that same year. Initially the team struggled to overtake the Chicago and Pittsburgh teams in the league, but that would change when they established a system that allowed players from the city's many top amateur sides to join they ranks, offering many promising players a professional contract. It is during this time that the Raiders earned their reputation for top class home grown players. During the 1950's this method payed off as the Raiders began their domination of the Midwestern division, however heartbreak always ensued as they always lost the play-off ties with teams from the east. They did however win their first US Open Cup in 1957. With the division title secured in the 59-60 season, The Raiders faced off with the Eastern Division champs Philadelphia Nationals, and beat them 5-3 over two legs. The domination over the Midwest would abruptly end however. When the ASL merged with the NPSL, the league was realigned into a Eastern and Western conference. The club was first drafted in the Western conference, to balance out the team roster. While the club did achieve some sporting success during this time,especially the 65-66 league title, the club's management and fans complained about the clubs situation, citing large travel cost, empty stadiums and a lower level of play as a burden on the club. At the beginning of the 1974-75 season, with Denver Dynamo joining the league, the Raiders where moved to the east, Reigniting the rivalry with the teams from Chicago, Detroit and Pittsburgh.
  15. I've found out about this team when I was digging through Wikipedia. According tot the article ( which was in Italian to my surprise) the team was around as early as 1933/34. I don't know when the basketball team was formed, but it could have been that they soccer team was indeed first. https://it.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_Celtics_Soccer_Club