TheGiantsFan

Revisiting the California Soccer League! (CSL2: 17/70 The Valley SC)

Recommended Posts

I'm back on the Concepts forum!

 

Five years ago, you may recall my old hand-drawn sports leagues, and I decided to spend my free time finally digitizing these old concepts using this ancient soccer template that I really like created by raysox five years ago! 

 

Here's my introduction to the California Soccer League from five years ago:

Quote

The 49 teams in the CSL will be divided into 7 geographic divisions, each consisting of 7 teams. Why 49? 49 is a very significant number in California history, as the Gold Rush of 1849 brought many to the Golden State. And it just so happens that 49 is an easily divisible number.

This league was founded in 1970 with just 7 teams: the first of the two San Francisco teams, Oakland, San Jose, Sacramento, Fresno, Pasadena, and the first of the two San Diego teams. After 1975, this league expanded to many more cities throughout California and even a few beyond its borders. (If Minor League Baseball's Double-A Springfield Cardinals in Missouri can play in the Texas League, then so can these seven teams!). Also, keep in mind that today's NASL and MLS teams don't exist, in an alternate American soccer scene dominated by state soccer leagues.

 

Here's the old map of the teams in 2015:

Spoiler

19029148004_57dc7e0b9f_c.jpg

 

This is quite an interesting concept series, as I will be trying to make faithful recreations of most of my drawings, but there will be changes as well! Five seasons have elapsed since the first seasons, so there will be a few relocations (more backstory once I get to those concepts), maybe some logo redesigns, and maybe some new kits as well! With that said, here are the first three concepts!

 

---

 

 

Mojave Division

Inland Empire

Rancho Cucamonga, California

Founded: 1981

Championships: 0

 

ORIGINAL POST:

Spoiler

23190257785_c31c9ebbae_c.jpg

50636416516_38907d6fa5_o.png

 

Quote

The Inland Empire is the region that comprises the eastern parts of the sprawling LA metro area. Originally, the name of this team was "Inland Empire Kickers", but then I decided that it sounded best without "Kickers". I wanted another blue/orange team in this league, and so it went to here. (The orange has much significance as the citrus industry thrived here before the area's postwar suburbanization. The crest is a simple circle logo with an "IE" monogram.

 

The home kit uses horizontal, light blue hoops to represent the area's importance in the railroads (there are large railyards in San Bernardino). The orange clash kit incorporates a delicate arrowhead design, as arrowheads have an importance in the area's early history. The kits are supplied by Adidas, and the sponsor is the Arrowhead Credit Union.

 

In the span of five years, Inland Empire has moved to a snazzy new stadium in suburban Rancho Cucamonga, and the Pechanga Resort Casino has taken over sponsorship rights.

 

---

 

Bay Area Division
Mt. Diablo Wanderers
Walnut Creek, California; Livermore, California
Founded: 1988
Championships: 0

 

ORIGINAL POST:

Spoiler

20643955985_5a7535c876_c.jpg

 

50636499492_ffdae55437_o.png

 

Quote

First off, shoutout to Lafarge for the name idea, as he has the Mount Diablo Phantoms as his league's Bay Area team; if I had not discovered that concept, I probably would have gone with something with the "Tri-Valley", or an inland subregion of the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area. Now to some cooler parts. What makes Mt. Diablo unique is that they actually have two home stadiums throughout this part of the East Bay, with one home stadium in Walnut Creek and another in Livermore. The thing with that is that half of the Wanderers' home games are played in Walnut Creek and the other half in Livermore, so to enhance the feeling that this team represents the whole region rather than any single city. As for the crest, it takes the twin peaks of Mt. Diablo to form an "M" and "W", with the "D" wedged in between them. The colors are red and black because, since diablo is Spanish for "devil", those are colors commonly associated with the devil.

The home kit is a two-toned red kit with the Mt. Diablo abstraction across the top center. The clash kit is a white jersey with a red gradient at the bottom, with a silhouette of Mt. Diablo in there. The kits are supplied by Puma and the sponsor is Chevron, who's actually headquartered in San Ramon and not somewhere in Texas, as I had originally thought.

 

---

 

Gold Country Division

Capital City SC

Sacramento, California

Founded: 1970

Championships: 2

 

ORIGINAL POST:

Spoiler

19641930323_e4953957a3_c.jpg

 

50635667193_7a39288513_o.png

 

Quote

Sacramento was one of the founding teams of the California Soccer League when it began in 1970. The team went a decade with the "SC Sacramento" moniker until renaming in the 80s to a name that reflects the city's status as the capital of the Golden State. Originally, I had no clue how to tackle Capital City, until I remembered these wayfinding signs I saw throughout downtown Sacramento during the times I've visited there. The crest is pretty much that, with a stylized State Capitol building included. Blue (in this case navy blue) and yellow are colors commonly associated with the state of California.

 

The home kit consists of a simple yellow band going across a navy jersey; I moved the stripe to line up with the shoulders to avoid being a complete ripoff of the Boca Juniors home kit (I did put Nike as the sponsor for Capital City, just like Boca). The clash kit is a simple white-and-red kit based on the flag of California. The kits are supplied by Nike and the sponsor is Golden 1 Credit Union (who also has the naming rights to the new, under-construction Sacramento Kings arena).

 

Capital City revised its 2015 clash kit to include green shorts to represent that part of the California flag, and Golden One continues its stronghold over Sacramento sports.

 

---

 

These are the first three digitized concepts for the old California Soccer League, and if you'd like, you can totally read through my old thread and suggest changes for kits and stuff! :)

Edited by TheGiantsFan
Changed the gradient on the Sacramento clash and added a white collar to the Sacramento home

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Where would be the hub city or bubble this year?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That Inland Empire logo and the rendering of the capitol building are too good. Can't wait to see the other updates.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 11/22/2020 at 10:12 PM, neo_prankster said:

Where would be the hub city or bubble this year?

 

Hmm, you actually have a point! For the sake of simplicity, let's just say that this is a 2019 season of jerseys with play as normal 😂

 

On 11/23/2020 at 9:15 AM, MDTrey4 said:

That Inland Empire logo and the rendering of the capitol building are too good. Can't wait to see the other updates.

 

Thank you very much! I'm just as excited as you are to see these digitized~

 

---

 

Bay Area Division

Silicon Valley SC

Redwood City, California

Founded: 1994

Championships: 0

 

ORIGINAL POST:

Spoiler

21729897531_f3038f52ce_c.jpg

 

50640460677_5b7413a6b6_o.png

 

Quote

Silicon Valley SC was founded in the 90s to cater to the growing tech industry in and around the South Bay region of the Bay Area. The colors are gray, black, and white, as the actual element of silicon is of a gray color. The monogram inside this relatively simple roundel crest actually has a lot of meaning, partly explained with this map:

Spoiler

bayarea_map.gif

 

The triangular angling of the monogram is based on the physical geography of the South Bay region, with the San Francisco Bay narrowing, with the Peninsula coming closer to the East Bay. The three horizontal parts of the "S" actually also represent three crossings between the Peninsula and the East Bay: the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge (CA-92), the Dumbarton Bridge (CA-84), and CA-237.

 

The home kit is a simple hooped kit using the colors on the crest. The clash kit is a more tech-inspired hexagonal design with colors commonly seen in computer microchips. The kits are supplied by New Balance and the sponsor is Google.

 

In the four years (changed this to the 2019 season in response to neo_prankster's comment about 2020 logistics) since the first series, Silicon Valley adapted its old roundel crest to fit a more app-based design similar to the 2019 NHL All-Star Game logo in San Jose, which I absolutely love. The tech-inspired hexagon pattern is more prevalent in the logo, and the home and clash kits have been switched to reflect the new color scheme of teal, white, and gold.

Edited by TheGiantsFan
Uploaded larger images with larger kit NOBs

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Three Clubs in San Diego County??? Man, I'm gonna have a tough time picking one to root for.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 11/24/2020 at 9:25 PM, neo_prankster said:

Three Clubs in San Diego County??? Man, I'm gonna have a tough time picking one to root for.

 

All three of those clubs have at least one championship, too! Stay tuned for those! :)

 

---

 

 

Freeway Division

Roses AFC

Pasadena, California

Founded: 1970

Championships: 5

 

ORIGINAL POST:

Spoiler

23159025059_bfcb237608_c.jpg

 

50646323278_8aa751399a_o.png

 

Quote

The name for the Pasadena soccer team, one of the original 7 CSL teams and one of the most successful, is credited to SSmith48, as Pasadena is known for the Rose Parade and the proceeding Rose Bowl. The crest is a simple roundel logo with a rose in the middle; I tried really hard to not rip off the logo of the NWSL's Portland Thorns FC, which has a very similar concept. There are rose thorns in the outer part of the roundel, and the colors are obviously inspired by roses.

 

The home kit takes the simple pinstripe pattern and incorporates rose thorns into the pinstripe design; my drawing of it here doesn't really do this design justice, as I ended up making them look too muddled up and close together. The clash kit was a kit I had a pretty hard time with because of the color scheme I would use. I wanted to do a kit inspired by the numerous arch bridges crossing the Arroyo Seco, the most famous being the Colorado Street Bridge; I ultimately settled on a jade green/two-tone red color scheme for this jersey. The kits are supplied by Nike, and the sponsor is the Chinese, Pasadena-based East West Bank.

 

Four years later, Roses has decided to play up its role as one of the more prestigious clubs in the league, keeping a rather classy and elegant look. The iconic rose thorn pinstripes remain, but the clash kit has changed to more luxurious and trendy rose gold look, complete with a gold gradient! Roses continues to represent the large Asian community in the San Gabriel Valley by having EastWest Bank as the sponsorship.

Edited by TheGiantsFan
Uploaded larger images with larger kit NOBs

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Man, welcome back! anything else to expect from you?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 11/25/2020 at 9:48 PM, ItsSlothy said:

Man, welcome back! anything else to expect from you?

 

Thank you! :D

 

I'm not sure yet if I'll be digitizing my other hand-drawn sports leagues once I'm done with this, but we shall see!

 

---

 

Happy Thanksgiving, y'all! Here's another one for you today~

 

---

 

Central Division
AC Monterey
Monterey, California
Founded: 1982
Championships: 1

 

ORIGINAL POST:

Spoiler

19465108609_5b590780f7_c.jpg

 

50649400168_5be2ec8b74_o.png

 

Quote

AC Monterey is the the closest team to my hometown besides Salinas' own team in this league. The crest for Monterey is inspired by the Monterey Canning Company building on Cannery Row, as well as the pretty cool-looking flag of Monterey. I was considering adding sea otters to this, but that ended up looking pretty awkward alongside the "flag".

 

The home kit is inspired by the wood panelings of the Monterey Canning Company building, whereas the clash kit is inspired by the city's flag. The kits are supplied by Adidas and the sponsor is the non-for-profit Monterey Bay Aquarium; the team has a unique deal with the Aquarium, with a portion of the team's profits going towards the funding of the Aquarium.

 

AC Monterey's look has stayed relatively the same since the 2015 season, except for a revamp of the clunky 2015 Monterey flag clash kit. Instead of a half white/green kit, the top is predominantly green and yellow with the shorts being black and white. The crest has also been slightly revamped to show more of the flag and to add a few more bevels to the crest.

Edited by TheGiantsFan
Uploaded larger images with larger kit NOBs

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I remember this thread from back in the day!  Nice to see everything get slowly digitized.  Everything so far has a solid, believable look, and I have very few quips/ideas (but still a couple!).

With Roses, I adore the thorn striping on the home and the use of rose gold on the clash, but I worry about differentiation of colors.  Pink vs white can work as a kit matchup, but it's a little bit of an edge case and you could argue for it either way.  I think that Pasadena would benefit the most from having a clash kit with more red - matches with the rose theme, and you could still use the rose gold in a tasteful way.  You could honestly flip the colors on the clash kit as they are right now and it could probably work out still!
Monterey is class too, the badge has the right amount of modernization, and the kits still pop.  Long term, I'm not sure about the flag-themed clash, and I don't envy you - it's a very difficult flag to put on a jersey.  My only idea at this point is to look at how other teams incorporate flags on kits and see if anything strikes you.  Barca usually finds interesting ways to incorporate the Senyera, and Athletic Bilbao is usually good for a kit based off of the Basque ikurrina.  As it stands, though, you could probably stick with this look and most people would be totally fine with it (including me, this is just nitpicking at this point).  If you kept the look, maybe a white/black version could work as a theoretical third kit?
Beyond those two minor quips, I've got nothing else to say - great job, all around!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If you need a team replacement, why not think of the Mammoth area?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 11/26/2020 at 5:11 PM, FlyingLamprey said:

I remember this thread from back in the day!  Nice to see everything get slowly digitized.  Everything so far has a solid, believable look, and I have very few quips/ideas (but still a couple!).

 

With Roses, I adore the thorn striping on the home and the use of rose gold on the clash, but I worry about differentiation of colors.  Pink vs white can work as a kit matchup, but it's a little bit of an edge case and you could argue for it either way.  I think that Pasadena would benefit the most from having a clash kit with more red - matches with the rose theme, and you could still use the rose gold in a tasteful way.  You could honestly flip the colors on the clash kit as they are right now and it could probably work out still!


Monterey is class too, the badge has the right amount of modernization, and the kits still pop.  Long term, I'm not sure about the flag-themed clash, and I don't envy you - it's a very difficult flag to put on a jersey.  My only idea at this point is to look at how other teams incorporate flags on kits and see if anything strikes you.  Barca usually finds interesting ways to incorporate the Senyera, and Athletic Bilbao is usually good for a kit based off of the Basque ikurrina.  As it stands, though, you could probably stick with this look and most people would be totally fine with it (including me, this is just nitpicking at this point).  If you kept the look, maybe a white/black version could work as a theoretical third kit?


Beyond those two minor quips, I've got nothing else to say - great job, all around!

 

Hello again! Glad to see you're liking everything so far, and I appreciate the feedback! :)

 

You do have some valid points about the Roses clash, so I reversed the colors as you suggested, with the rose gold serving as the accent color now

 

Spoiler

50646323278_c5b6ac2f23_b.jpg

 

I'll probably revisit the Monterey clash at a later time, as the Yreka team has a very similar jersey as the Monterey one, so I'll keep your suggestions in mind!

 

On 11/26/2020 at 6:27 PM, ItsSlothy said:

If you need a team replacement, why not think of the Mammoth area?

 

That's actually a super cool idea, and I think a Mammoth team would be a fun one to design! I've already figured out some division realignments to accommodate a Mammoth team logistically, so stay tuned!

 

---

 

South Coast Division

Hollywood SC

Los Angeles, California

Founded: 1980

Championships: 3

 

ORIGINAL POST:

Spoiler

21368236958_76bd0efcb7_c.jpg

 

50662600743_2aa873d601_o.png

 

Quote

There were two things I wanted in the Hollywood team: Art Deco, and flashiness in design. This identity certainly did the trick. :) It consists of an "H" over an Art Deco crest. The colors are black, pink, and gold. The black and pink represent the bright lights of Hollywood, and the gold represents the movie industry (think Oscar awards and stuff).

 

The home kit is a black-and-gray, vertically-hooped kit based on the striping seen on the crest. The clash kit is a highlighter pink (I literally colored it with a pink highlighter, but the scanner sadly could not achieve the same effect as the real thing) kit with black trim. The kits are supplied by Adidas and the sponsor is Paramount Studios, who still has their studios in the district of Hollywood (a part of the larger City of Los Angeles) itself.

 

In the four seasons since 2015, Hollywood has won another championship! Aside from the removal of pink on the home kit, the kits remain relatively the same, and the highlighter pink kits still survive! Netflix has since taken over sponsorship rights and a Hollywood office building that's hard to miss from Highway 101.

 

(On a sidenote, I feel like I predicted LAFC's colors and 2020 jerseys years before LAFC ever took the field!)

Edited by TheGiantsFan
Uploaded larger images with larger kit NOBs

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Great to see you back here, TheGiantsFan, and I especially enjoy seeing these designs digitized. I was a big fan of your hand drawn MLB-as-Soccer crossover back in the day, though I didn't have an account back then if I remember correctly. It's great to see the development of your original hand-drawn designs here in a new way!

 

My favorites are the Roses' home kit and crest, the Hollywood kits, and Silicon Valley's whole look. I'm not a huge fan of the color of the Roses' clash kit, while something about the pink in the Hollywood crest doesn't fit for me. Silicon Valley's crest is almost too minimalist to me, but seeing your explanation, I understand the reasoning and I do like the color scheme and clean-ness of the jerseys.

 

Great work all together though and I look forward to seeing more of it!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 12/1/2020 at 2:16 PM, Megildur said:

Great to see you back here, TheGiantsFan, and I especially enjoy seeing these designs digitized. I was a big fan of your hand drawn MLB-as-Soccer crossover back in the day, though I didn't have an account back then if I remember correctly. It's great to see the development of your original hand-drawn designs here in a new way!

 

My favorites are the Roses' home kit and crest, the Hollywood kits, and Silicon Valley's whole look. I'm not a huge fan of the color of the Roses' clash kit, while something about the pink in the Hollywood crest doesn't fit for me. Silicon Valley's crest is almost too minimalist to me, but seeing your explanation, I understand the reasoning and I do like the color scheme and clean-ness of the jerseys.

 

Great work all together though and I look forward to seeing more of it!

 

Glad you like the series so far! Maybe I could digitize the MLB-As-Soccer logos once these are all done, so we shall see!

 

That Roses clash seems like a point of contention for quite a lot of people, so maybe I can revisit it again at a later time! 😂 I do notice that the shade of pink in the Hollywood crest doesn't match the hot pink of the clash kit, but I do think pink and gold makes for a rather tasteful color combo!

 

---

 

Before I post the next two teams, I have a few division realignments to accommodate some changes in teams (namely the brand-new Mammoth Mountain team suggested by ItsSlothy) for the 2019 season!

 

Spoiler

Bay Area Division
Atlético San José
Mt. Diablo Wanderers

Oaktown SC

SC Golden Gate

Silicon Valley SC

Ursa Sonoma


Central Division
AC Monterey

Fresno SC

New Merced County/Los Banos team (Relocated Placerville 1849 in the Gold Country Division)

Paso Robles Temblors SC

Racing Bakersfield

Salinas CF

Surf City SC

Visalia SC

 

Freeway Division
Coronado International

Inland Empire

Maritime Long Beach

Olympic Los Angeles

Orange County United

Real San Diego

Roses AFC (Moved from the South Coast Division)

Sporting Oceanside


Gold Country Division
Battle Born SC

Capital City SC

Elk Grove SC

New Mammoth Mountain team (Relocated Mavericks Sporting in the Mojave Division)

Modesto Athletic

Placerville 1849

Reno-Tahoe United

Stockton United

 

Mojave Division
Barstow 66

Coachella Valley United

Deportivo El Centro

Inland Empire (Moved from the Freeway Division)

Mavericks Sporting

New Henderson/Boulder City team (Relocated SC Kingman)

SC Kingman

SC Las Vegas

Sol de Yuma

 

Redwood Division
AFC Humboldt

Bidwell Park AC

Del Norte Crescents

Redding City

Rogue Valley Union

SC Klamath Falls

State of Jefferson SC

 

South Coast Division
Hollywood SC

Lancaster - Palmdale Squadron

Paso Robles Temblors SC (Moved from the Central Division)

Riviera SC

Roses AFC

SLO Town SC

Solvang fB

Ventura - Oxnard Union

 

Between 2015 and 2019, there have been a few teams moved across divisions as well as a few times that "died" and got replaced by new ones.

 

Kingman, AZ, Placerville, and Apple Valley/Victorville have lost their teams to Henderson/Boulder City, NVLos Banos, and Mammoth Mountain. I already have some ideas of what I'm going to do for these teams, but I'm open for feedback for team names and crest designs for these! I want to do something Hoover Dam related for the new Nevada team, something related to ag for Los Banos, and mammoths for Mammoth Mountain.

 

Now to the latest two teams!

 

---

 

South Coast Division

Paso Robles Temblors SC

Paso Robles, California

Founded: 1994

Championships: 0

 

ORIGINAL POST:

Spoiler

24007272226_92dcd1511b_c.jpg

 

50670788017_dd1646c7ca_o.png

 

Quote

Although it is physically only about 20 miles away from San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles is separated by the divisional alignments of the league. Unlike their bitter rivals to the south, Paso Robles goes for a more complex identity, one based on the San Andreas Fault not too far east of the city (yes, many other cities in the league are close to the fault, but this region is a more seismically active area). Unlike the new San Jose Earthquakes crest that uses chevrons to show a fault line, Paso Robles uses a broken vertical hoop pattern (showing the actually movement of the San Andreas Fault: the "west" side of the fault moving northwest while the "east" side of the fault moving southeast). The "Temblors" part of the official team name is the Spanish word for "earthquake". The claret/blue color scheme (shared with the Premier League's Aston Villa and West Ham) is a nod to the region's growing wine industry, with the claret representing the wine and the blue because it just looks good.

 

The claret home kit contains a combination of the elaborate "fault line" pattern on the crest and a typical diagonal sash. The clash kit is an homage to the city's famous hot springs, with the two white lines representing smoke. The kits are supplied by Puma, and the sponsor is the 805 Beer, brewed in Paso Robles.

 

Paso Robles has stayed relatively unchanged since 2015, but they have since been relocated to the same division as their bitter rivals just to the south...

 

---

 

South Coast Division

SLO Town SC

San Luis Obispo, California

Founded: 1993

Championships: 0

 

 ORIGINAL POST:

Spoiler

23665523639_ffb9bd3ac6_c.jpg

 

50673079616_3f6bf24843_o.png

 

Quote

While "SLO" is probably not the best letters you'd want to see on a running soccer player, it's a common nickname for San Luis Obispo (often called "SLO Town" to differentiate from San Luis Obispo County), so it is used for their soccer team. Since Cal Poly is such a huge part of this relatively small city, I naturally had to use the university's green and gold color scheme for the team. The crest is a simple shield with a large "SLO" monogram in the middle.

 

Simplicity is a huge part of SLO's identity, with the home kit being a simple green jersey, while the clash is a white jersey with gold sleeves. The kits are supplied by Adidas, and the sponsor is Takken's Shoes.

 

SLO has also kept their very simple identity intact, with the biggest change being a new sponsorship in the form of the SLO Donut Company (I've tried their yummy donuts myself!).

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I would like to thank you for considering and implementing my idea! Minor quip, though, Mammoth Mountain is a landform/ski resort, and not a town. The actual town where the team would likely play is nearby Mammoth Lakes.

 

With that out of the way, the wooly mammoth idea is amazing. I feel like either brown or gold with powder blue would work well as colors. Mining could work for a side-motif, as the Mountain and Town were not named for Wooly Mammoths, which have never been found there. Instead, they were likely named after the Mammoth Mining Co., which discovered gold there in 1878.

 

The sponsor would probably definitely be the ski resort, and you can make up lore saying that the team and resort are owned by the same people.

 

Hope this Helps!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, ItsSlothy said:

With that out of the way, the wooly mammoth idea is amazing. I feel like either brown or gold with powder blue would work well as colors.

 Seconding this - I always thought that brown and powder blue with light brown accents would be a fantastic combo for a team, and Mammoth would be a shoo-in for this.  I'll also mention that the ski resort comes out with a unique beanie every year, so there is definite crossover potential there with the team.  It could make for a strikingly different clash kit, though if you go with brown as a main color, it would probably have to be relegated to either a third or goalie kit (most of their hats are dark colors that might be too close to brown).  Since you're working in the 2019 season, here are the hats for the 18/19 and 19/20 ski seasons.
18/19: https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1088/7534/products/2019-09-26_MM_PM_MammothBeanie-19_7597822b-2a31-459b-a07f-7c90eed176ea.jpg?v=1573156483
19/20: https://i.pinimg.com/originals/14/48/73/1448739747c978c09e33cd1fceb0985a.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This is great! And I just went back and reviewed your hand drawn series, which is also top notch. For Elk Grove, as a current resident I know that club soccer is a BIG deal here. You can check out their style here: https://elkgrovesoccer.com

 

They go with navy and orange, and basically at any large park on Saturdays you’ll see boys and girls of all ages wearing navy, orange, or white kits. 
 

I think for your CSL a natural fit would be the senior to these juniors we see on Saturdays around here, like what is done with lots of pro teams internationally.

 

hope this helps inspire you further! Great work! 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 12/2/2020 at 3:31 PM, ItsSlothy said:

I would like to thank you for considering and implementing my idea! Minor quip, though, Mammoth Mountain is a landform/ski resort, and not a town. The actual town where the team would likely play is nearby Mammoth Lakes.

 

With that out of the way, the wooly mammoth idea is amazing. I feel like either brown or gold with powder blue would work well as colors. Mining could work for a side-motif, as the Mountain and Town were not named for Wooly Mammoths, which have never been found there. Instead, they were likely named after the Mammoth Mining Co., which discovered gold there in 1878.

 

The sponsor would probably definitely be the ski resort, and you can make up lore saying that the team and resort are owned by the same people.

 

Hope this Helps!

 

Thank you very much for that suggestion! I'll likely end up with a brown/blue color scheme, and I'll be sure to incorporate the ski resort into it!

 

(I'll also make sure that it's a Mammoth Lakes team!)

 

On 12/2/2020 at 5:52 PM, FlyingLamprey said:

 Seconding this - I always thought that brown and powder blue with light brown accents would be a fantastic combo for a team, and Mammoth would be a shoo-in for this.  I'll also mention that the ski resort comes out with a unique beanie every year, so there is definite crossover potential there with the team.  It could make for a strikingly different clash kit, though if you go with brown as a main color, it would probably have to be relegated to either a third or goalie kit (most of their hats are dark colors that might be too close to brown).  Since you're working in the 2019 season, here are the hats for the 18/19 and 19/20 ski seasons.
18/19: https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1088/7534/products/2019-09-26_MM_PM_MammothBeanie-19_7597822b-2a31-459b-a07f-7c90eed176ea.jpg?v=1573156483
19/20: https://i.pinimg.com/originals/14/48/73/1448739747c978c09e33cd1fceb0985a.jpg

 

This is actually super cool, and I'll consider one of those designs for the clash kit!

 

I've never been to Mammoth, myself (it sounds like a cool place to go one day), so I appreciate these detailed suggestions! :)

 

On 12/2/2020 at 8:26 PM, woody86 said:

This is great! And I just went back and reviewed your hand drawn series, which is also top notch. For Elk Grove, as a current resident I know that club soccer is a BIG deal here. You can check out their style here: https://elkgrovesoccer.com

 

They go with navy and orange, and basically at any large park on Saturdays you’ll see boys and girls of all ages wearing navy, orange, or white kits. 
 

I think for your CSL a natural fit would be the senior to these juniors we see on Saturdays around here, like what is done with lots of pro teams internationally.

 

hope this helps inspire you further! Great work! 

 

Ooh, I actually didn't know that!

 

I've only visited people in Elk Grove a few times so I never noticed the club soccer scene there. I'll redesign my Elk Grove team to reflect those junior teams! :)

 

---

 

Central Division

Salinas CF

Salinas, California

Founded: 1980

Championships: 2

 

ORIGINAL POST:

Spoiler

 

20140977268_264e5877ef_c.jpg

 

50680863901_103cc97b54_o.png

 

Quote

Salinas (my hometown) has a majority Hispanic population, with a large portion of these people being of Mexican descent. To honor that, I gave Salinas the Spanish team name of the Salinas Club de Futbol. Furthermore, the red-green-white color scheme represent both Mexican colors and the strawberry fields that surround the city. The crest style is inspired this Spanish-style Denver Broncos crest by the folks from Football as Football.

 

The home kit incorporates the green hoops from the crest (which represent the rows of agricultural fields) with red trim. The clash kit uses three clusters of lines (8 lines on the left, 3 lines on the middle, and 1 on the right) to represent the 831 area code, which I notice people here take a lot of pride in. The kits are supplied by Adidas and the sponsor is the produce company Taylor Farms, based in Salinas.

 

Since the 2015 season, my hometown team has won another championship and also rebranded itself!

 

The new identity highlight's the city's Hispanic population (which makes up 75% of the population in a city of ~155,000) with a new crest inspired by festive papel picado designs seen at celebrations. The home kit remains the same, but now a sublimated "grid" pattern (taken from the crest) is seen in the green stripes. The clash kit has been redesigned to a red kit inspired by strawberries, as it's one of the main crops of the northern Salinas Valley.

Edited by TheGiantsFan
Uploaded larger images with larger kit NOBs

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Redwood Division

Del Norte Crescents

Crescent City, California

Founded: 1987

Championships: 0

 

ORIGINAL POST:

Spoiler

20108769009_bbc1aa6f6e_c.jpg

50684347746_45a932940a_o.png

 

Quote

The name represents both Del Norte County as well as the city of Crescent City, both located on the northernmost reaches of the California coast. The logo itself is a simple letter logo, which is actually stylized to be both a "D" and a lowercase "N" for the county; the city is represented in the crescent shape of the curved part of the letter. The colors are what you would see on a moonlit sky.

 

The home kit is a simple black/yellow/white kit, with the black that follows the piping stylized like a crescent. The clash kit incorporates on a gray jersey a Yurok blanket design I saw while surfing the Internet. The kits are supplied by Under Armour and the sponsor is the Yurok Native Americans, who live along this north coast of California.

 

Del Norte remains relatively unchanged, with only slight tweaks to the clash kit that has a traditional Yurok pattern. The Native American group continues with their unique partnership with this club.

 

---

 

I have also updated the OP of this thread to include an ongoing list of the team logos, which includes all the remaining teams in this series! I'll also post that graphic on the spoiler tag below, and I will be updating that graphic as I complete more teams

 

Spoiler

50684423697_708204190e_b.jpg

 

Edited by TheGiantsFan
Uploaded larger images with larger kit NOBs

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This is a fun league for a California native, and I appreciate the thought put towards the project. I didn't realize how many cities actually had a team until I saw Los Banos, a small pass through for my trip from AZ to the Bay while I was in college (Also, what a name for a city). I am actually surprised that bigger cities didn't truly get multiple teams like you'd see in England, but I do like the spread of clubs because it gives a diverse representation of the state.

 

While we haven't seen San Jose (where I am from), I do believe the treatment of the Bay Area teams has been excellent, from a native's perspective. Using Mt. Diablo as a name is great, and I love their crest/colors. Silicon Valley has appropriate colors and I really enjoy their kits. Maybe I missed it, but do they have a nickname? I would love to see what a soccer club would do for a nickname when it came to tech inspiration.

 

My favorite has to be Roses AFC. Their logo is gorgeous, and their twist on pinstripes is inspired. I would buy that kit if I could, and for full price. In second, I'd put that Salinas team for now. I really like the identity, and appreciate the kit sponsor inspiration for the clash. That would be another top I'd have in my collection from this league. You need to calm down with the all class kits. At this rate I would be broke fast, and we aren't even half way through! Keep up the spectacular work, and I'll keep a tally of fictional money spent on jerseys as this progresses.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.