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I have created quite a few more, but I don't want to overwhelm the board with updates, so here is just one more for today.  I really like how this one turned out.

 

GASTOWN ROVERS

Stadium: BC Place

Sponsor: HSBC Bank

Colors: Royal & White

EPL Affiliation:  The Rovers recently made a switch, after several years aligned with QPR, the team opted to switch over to Everton after the Rangers were demoted to the Championship.  You can see aspects of both QPR and Everton design in their logo.

 

The Rovers, named after the oldest community in what is now Vancouver, BC, fully embrace the rough & ready history of the Gastown neighborhood, now a food, entertainment and nightlife hub in the city.  The logo depicts the famous steam-powered clock at the heart of Gastown, flanked by two maple leaves and the team name and motto (By sea, land and air) taken from the city's motto. The clock marks 5pm, traditional kickoff time for the Rovers, and, among the rowdier fans, a call to drink because it is always 5 o'clock somewhere.

 

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The Rovers' primary kit still reveals the traditional hoops of Queens Park Rangers, in royal and white.  The clash kit uses pine & fir greens to link to the great forests of BC. 

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Tomorrow we finish up the 6 western teams with City of Angels FC, and then it is off to Texas and the central teams. 

 

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Most of these have been great so far! 5280 Colorado is a super clever chant and the crest is great to go along with it. I like the shape of the Sunbirds, but the text just isn't doing it for me. The space feels awkwardly filled out, like it's not being used in its entirety. Part of that is probably the name, which while very unique, doesn't really lend itself to a soccer crest it feels like. The kits are amazing, definitely my favorites in the series so far. The Rovers are also nice, they have a traditional feel to them.

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Finishing off our 6 western teams, then on to the central teams. 

 

CITY OF ANGELS 

Stadium: Dignity Health Sports Park

Sponsor: Disney

Colors: Navy & Metallic Gold

EPL Affiliate: Chelsea

 

City of Angels is one of the most successful franchises, in part due to the large hispanic fanbase but also to ample funding from their EPL partner, Chelsea.  The team logo is pretty straightfoward, with a halo hovering over the art deco styled lettering within a navy shield.  The two golden swoops to the side of the shield are subtle references to angel wings. 

The home kit is navy with white shorts, and in 2020 a radiant sun sublimation highlighting the team crest.  The clash kit is white with navy shorts and a gold sublimation. 

 

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And our first of 2 Texas squads:

 

LONESTAR FC

Stadium: Toyota Stadium (Frisco)

Sponsor: Six Flags

Colors: Red & Royal Blue

EPL Affliate: Crystal Palace

 

The Dallas-based Lonestar FC was the first Texas franchise in the NAPL, with Houston added 5 years later.  As such, the team opted to go with a statewide identity, choosing the reference to the Lone Star state. The crest reinforces this identity, with strong reference to the Texas state flag, and a small map of Texas in the lower right, crossed by the soccer pitch corner lines. 

The uniform is equally based on state identity, with the home kit featuring a red jersey over blue shorts and socks.  The away kit is all white, with a twin red/blue vertical sash from collar to hem. 

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42 minutes ago, Sebastianm said:

What a unique identity!

I am assuming this is sarcasm. 

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And a quick update.  I agree that Valley of the Sun needed to be adjusted.  What does everyone think of this version, where the shield becomes a "V" and we eliminate most of the text?

 

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1 hour ago, WideRight said:

I am assuming this is sarcasm. 

This isn’t sarcasm, City of Angels is a unique nickname and not a lot of people expect it to be a name of a soccer team!

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4 minutes ago, Sebastianm said:
1 hour ago, WideRight said:

I am assuming this is sarcasm. 

This isn’t sarcasm, City of Angels is a unique nickname and not a lot of people expect it to be a name of a soccer team!

Well, City of Angels FC played in the NPSL until last year.

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4 minutes ago, sportsfan7 said:

Well, City of Angels FC played in the NPSL until last year.

Never heard of them before

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46 minutes ago, Sebastianm said:

Never heard of them before

Can't say I'm surprised. I don't know of anyone that has.

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Adding in our second Texas franchise:

 

Space City SC

Stadium: BBVA Stadium

Sponsor: Southwest Airlines

Colors:  Orange & Dark Royal Blue

EPL Affiliate: None

 

Yes, a very retro Houston Astros vibe for this logo.  Two orange orbit lines surround a constellation-filled sphere.  If you do the math, the three sections of the constellation are 2 stars, 8 stars and 1 star:  281--Houston's main area code.  And, of course, the font used is the font from Star Trek. 

 

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THe home kit features an orange jersey over blue shorts.  The jersey includes a color-morph from light to dark down the center and a diamond pattern of lighter orange on the sleeves.  The Road kit is blue over white, with a 2-color sash off-centered to represent the orbital paths in the logo. This same sash is also added to the socks. 

 

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On 6/26/2020 at 6:58 PM, WarriorFight said:

For Boston, there are two potential names I would add if you are open. Hub City FC (From "Hub of the World," referencing Boston as being the hub of the world), or even just Boston City FC or SC, whatever.  Harbor City FC too. 

Listening to a Makers of Sport broadcast, the creator of Huntington Baseball Club mentioned Boston having an area known as the Leather District, based on it's role as a leather goods hub in the 1800's. 

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15 minutes ago, heavybass said:

Just waiting for the Liverpool affliated team.

It's coming. GPR!!! (That will make sense soon enough.)

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One more today, just to even out the daily reveals within the 4 regions.  This will be the 3rd of 6 central teams, and one which a lot of people guessed.  

 

GATEWAY ATHLETIC

Stadium: Busch Stadium (Until new stadium completed in 2021)

Sponsor: Motorola

Colors: Green & White (with black)

EPL Affiliate: Wolverhampton Wanderers

 

Gateway FC was a founding member of the NAPL back in the day, and for years they had an affiliation with the Blackburn Rovers, but their fall from the Premier League in 2011-2012 left the Archers (as they are called around STL) seeking a new partner.  Wolverhampton is a recent addition, and St. Louis is on precarious ground, as the Wolves are not a stable EPL franchise and could spend as much time in the Championship as the EPL. 

 

The Logo of the Archers includes several key elements.  First among these is the Gateway Arch itself, which is subtley hinted at in the upper curve of the team logo.  A standard STL monogram is also included in the upper half of the logo, while the lower half depicts the traditional green & white striping of the team.  As very few EPL teams wear green, it does not seem an obvious choice for an affliated NAPL team, but apparently there was also an attempt early on for the St. Louis franchise to seek a secondary agreement with the Seville-based Real Betis club from the Spanish La Liga.  The official link never materialized, however, the team established itself with a green & white stripe jersey and the look has stuck. 

 

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The home kit is highlighted by the thin green & white stripes they have worn since the 1980's.  The road kit for 2020 is a deep yellow with green highlights and sublimated "rays" emitting from the team crest. 

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Today we will see the last 3 central region teams, starting with one of my favorite designs so far:

 

Grant Park Rangers

Stadium: Soldier Field (New in 2020 after several years at SeatGeek Stadium)

Sponsor: Virgin Mobile

Colors: Red, White & Green

EPL Affiliate: Liverpool

 

When Chicago was announced as one of the founding NAPL franchises it took Liverpool no time at all to jump on the market and the Reds have been a stalwart partner with GPR ever since.  The team began play in Soldier Field, and opted to reference the iconic park that stood just outside the stadium gates when deciding on a team name.  Grant Park Rangers have played most seasons downtown in the Loop, but did have a short 5-year stint out in Bridgeview at the smaller SeatGeek Stadium.  But for most Chicagoans, GPR are as linked to the downtown loop as the park that inspired their name.

 

The logo of GPR is a shield composed of a green center with two red side panels ( thanks, Liverpool).  In the green center is a depiction of the central square of Grant Park, complete with its gardens (in green), walkways (in white) and the iconic Buckingham Fountain at its center.  Below the park image is the monogram of GPR, which features the G and P of Grant Park surrounding the larger R of Rangers.  A bit confusing to the uninitiated, but pretty standard in monogram style.  On some occasions this monogram will also be shown alone, without the other shield elements.  Atop the shield are three red six-pointed stars, another callback to the city, and in this case the Chicago city flag. 

 

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It does not take much imagination to guess that the Rangers' home kit links them with their English club.  Liverpool red is the dominant color from jersey to socks.  There are occasional hints of white and green most years, but red is by far the overwhelming image.  The away kit has changed often over the years, but in most years, including 2020, the dominant color is white with green as a secondary.  The combination of green and red in some kits has led many in Chicago to refer to the Rangers as the "Chicago Welsh", though my favorite fan name is "Rangerpool". 

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