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  1. Author's note: First of all, I want to thank everyone for the continued support! I've also added a poll to the thread where you can choose the last team that will join the East. I think they're all good options but I can't choose. Since I decided I wanted an other southern based team in the league I have narrowed it down to 4 options: Atlanta Phoenix, Charlotte Royals, Panamerica S.C and Fort Lauderdale Pirates. Washington Senators S.C About the Club The first professional soccer club in DC was created in 1963, as an amateur team known as Washington Britannica by a Scottish expat and other soccer enthusiasts in the capitol. In 1967, the team went professional and joined the American Soccer League, the year after it joined the ASL, the club changed it's name to the Washington Darts. After winning two consecutive titles, the Darts joined the ambitions NASL, which sought to establish itself as the top division of American Soccer. This move proved to be a bad one however, as the original DC team moved a total of 4! times, ending up as the Minnesota Strikers during the last season of the NASL in 1984. Meanwhile the Washington Cavaliers joined the ASL in 1974 but where not achieving the success of their predecessors. As the NASL fell apart, the ASL took it's spot as the top league and attracted more resources. With the Cavaliers drawing the attention of investors, the team became the Washington Senators in 1994, setting itself up for a decade in which it dominated the league during the 90's, winning three titles and three U.S Open cup's.
  2. Tampa Bay Pelicans S.C About the Club The Pelicans where founded in 1959 as the Saint Petersburg Kickers, The first few years the club played amateur football with their first championship coming in 1967 and by 1989 they had become a force in Florida Soccer as they had won their division 11 times, their most prestigious title came that same year as they won US open cup by beating Brookhattan 2-1 in the finals, after taking down Chicago Union. This cuprun impressed the ASL board, who where already considering adding teams from the south in the league, as league expansion was one of the prerequisites for hosting the 1994 World Cup. So it was no surprise they received an invitation to join the league the following season. In 1997, the team changed their name to the Tampa Bay Pelicans, and the team was officially split from the St.Petersburg Kickers, who continued play in the amateur leagues.
  3. Hi, It's been a while. For past couple of months I've been taking a break from this project. Working on each team takes quite some time between making logo's, kits and writing backstories. However I will attempt to see this project out, since I have some more teams up my sleeve I've decided to scale back the scope of the project and settled on having 14 teams in each conference. So that takes us to about 28 teams in total. Unfortunately this means I have to scrap teams that where already in the East.This means that the Philadelhia Nationals, New York Americans and Kearny Scots will no longer feature in the league. The entries will be further apart as to keep things fun and manageable. Here's a quick overview of teams in the east: Baltimore Canton Boston Celtics Brookhattan F.C Brooklyn Giants Chicago Union Detroit Corinthians Milwaukee Eagles Philadelphia Field Club Pittsburgh Steel S.C St.Louis Raiders Tampa Bay Pelicans Washington Senators 13.Georgia/Carolinas based team 14.Ohio/Indiana based team The first two teams who will have an entry are the Tampa Bay Pelicans and Washington Senators Here's a small teaser:
  4. Milwaukee Eagles S.C About the Club The roots of the club go back as far as 1929, when a group of German immigrants founded FC Bayern Milwaukee. The club played it's first match later that year against a team from nearby Sheboygan. The Bavarians continued to play in local leagues throughout the 30's and 40's and even became a dominant club in Wisconsin Soccer. 1956, represented a big turning point however, around this time the ASL Midwestern division became more or less stable and it was looking to bolster it's numbers. Milwaukee was a prime candidate and the league looked at more established clubs to join, in order to avoid the chaos of it's early days. They contacted the board of the club, most of whom where keen on joining the league. But not everyone was on board with the planned move. As some felt that the club could be out of their depth in the (Semi) Proffesional League. This led to a split in the club. One part continued play on the amateur level as Milwaukee Bavarians S.C, while the other half joined the ASL as the Milwaukee Eagles S.C.
  5. I redid the Santos logo a little bit. The shape is now less awkward and maybe a bit more reminiscent of more conventional crest design but it retains it's distinctive top shape. The banner is now a bit arched, but I decided against using an angle. Added a small monogram to the crest. I only thing I need to figure out is the lettering as most of the things I tried look out of place.
  6. I don't mind, if you want I can give you the illustrator file. This looks good, I tried something simular but I think I need to take the angle out of the sash because otherwise it does'nt quite line up. Do you mind if I use your monogram?
  7. I've got some more work done on the LV team. Mainly focused an using an other color scheme. I went with Midnight Blue/ Pink/Light Yellow to evoke the feeling of the city's many neon signs. I also expanded the space between different parts of the atom logo in the center, and flipped the welcome to LV inspired the other way round so it looks more like a traditional soccer badge. I've also added in the S.C abbreviation on the bottom part of the shape. I'm pretty satisfied how it turned out, I'm still stuck with San Diego Crest.
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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!
  11. Kearny Scots Athletic Club (No Longer Canon) 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.
  12. Baltimore Canton Soccer Club About the Club The club was founded in 1917, as part of a youth sports team setup. They where the first uniformed soccer team in the state of Maryland and where regular contenders in State wide competitions. Following the founding of the second ASL, the club's leadership seeing the teams's success in the youth leagues, decided to enter the ASL for it's inaugural season with a semi-professional adult team. The first seasons saw Baltimore achieve relative success in the top half of the table, coming close to a league title in 1935/36. In 1938, they where joined by Baltimore German and the Charm City Derby was born. The sport was gaining popularity in the city as both Baltimore teams where regular fixtures in the top half of the league. But around the late 40's this came to an abrupt end. The financial situation of the league was dire, especially after it's resource draining expansion in the Midwest. With two teams in one city, many thought the market in the area was already over saturated. So the owner sold his team to a group of entrepreneurs from Trenton to the dismay of many fans. The team started play in the 1948-49 season as the Trenton Americans. This left fans distraught as they couldn't just support their fierce rival. But disaster struck again as the following season as the Baltimore German (now renamed Americans) folded the next season, leaving both sets of fans without their teams. After several seasons of no soccer activity, a new club from the city joined the ASL, Baltimore Pompeii. Several of it's players used to play for both Baltimore clubs, and right of the bat there was a big interest in the new club. But their was a big twist of fate yet again. The Trenton Americans, who effectively still owned the Baltimore colors and name folded during the 1954/55 season. This prompted the board of Baltimore Pompeii to inquire about the rights of the original Baltimore SC. While they where initially rebuffed, the ASL central committee ruled that Pompeii could in theory reacquire the rights if there where no buyers for the Trenton franchise. Eventually there was nobody who wanted to take over the failing club and Pompeii bought it for the symbolic fee of 1 dollar. With these rights now back in Baltimore, the club took on the name Baltimore Canton S.C and reverted to using the original crest and colors, as well as the date of establishment.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Detroit Corinthians S.C 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  20. 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
  21. Author's note: In honor of Saint Louis joining MLS, here is the city's team from the ASL-verse. 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 F.C, 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.
  22. 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
  23. Boston Celtics S.C About the Club The club was founded in 1933, as an amateur team, following the collapse of the Boston Soccer Club. It was one of the founding members of the second American Soccer League, that same year, and it began play in the New England Division. It would take a while but by the early 40’s the team was a regular contender for the division title, however a strong Providence side held them from early succes. However with financial insecurity and WWII just around the corner, the division became dormant for it’s last two season. During this period the team resumed play in local amateur competition. When it was announced that the division would fold after the 1943-44 season, Club officials had enough. Discontent about how things where run within the division, they jumped ship and joined the Metropolitan Division for the following season. While the club had a loyal fanbase and a stable financial situation, the fans had to wait until the 1964-65 season for the ASL title, while the club has finished runners up a few times since, they never could seem to the heights of that season, as it remains the last title to date.
  24. Philadelphia Field Club About the Club The Philadelphia Field Club was founded in 1924, as First German S.C by members of the Philadelphia German Rifle club. They joined the ASL in 1933 for it’s inaugural season, as The Philadelphia German-Americans, a nickname that eventually became the club’s official name. They won the League title in their second season, and won the U.S Open cup the year after. Between 1935 and 1953, the club won the ASL crown another 5 times, surpassing the Kearny Scots as record title holder at the time. In 1953, the club was bought by trucking magnate Tony Uhrik, and it became known as Uhrik Truckers S.C. Between 1953 and 1963, the club added an additional 3 titles, bringing their tally up to 11 ASL Championships. During this period however, they were being overshadowed by the Nats which where having a golden age of their own. To accommodate the merger with the NPSL in 1968, the league changed their rules on ownership, and how clubs operated. In an effort to make the sport more appealing to a wider audience, one of these new rules was that clubs could not be named after companies. To comply to this rule, the club changed its name to The Philadelphia Field Club. A name that was used in the area as far back as 1922. However the club still has considerable connections to it’s German roots, as it plays in White and Black, a nod to the colours of the German National Team. The blackletter P in the crest also pays homage to this fact. As of 2015, the club has 15 league titles and is one of America’s most successful soccer club.
  25. Milwaukee will definitely be featured in the Midwest expansion! Thanks! The map I included with the league presentation seems a bit too small, I'm currently looking to include a map of NY and Philly to show where the teams are located. since it's hard to fit them all onto one map. I'm considering a rehash of the monogram, I've made this one with a font I've modified so it would look too weird. Thank you so much for the suggestion, I've updated all my image links. Hopefully there will be no more broken images.