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Well, I finally decided to continue the project, so this warranted a new thread!  Most of the teams that I already posted in the previous thread will stay the same, but they all received an update. Some changes are small, while others will be more drastic.  Anyway here's the American Soccer League 2.0!   

 

League Branding

 

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Logo History

 

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This will be something entirely new for the concept. A brief overview of the team's logo's( and uniforms) throughout the decade. Here's a quick example using the league's logo, from the 1960's until present day.  

 

Map

 

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Team List

 

ASL Originals (1933-1946)

New York Americans

Brooklyn Giants

Brookhattan F.C

Baltimore Canton S.C

Philadelphia F.C

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And as the first post of the thread, here is the return of the NY Americans!

 

New York Americans S.C

 

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About the Club

The Amerks where founded in 1931, when Erno Schwarz a former NY Giants and Hakoah player entered them in the last ever seasons of the original ASL. During this period, Schwarz played, managed and owned the club. After the collapse of the league, the leadership of the Amerks and Brookhattan took the lead in creating a new league. The club had its first title during the 1935/36 season and it won the National Challenge Cup one year later. After that came a period of trophy drought until the 1953/54 season. When the club completed the double, winning both the league and the Challenge Cup. Just before the 1956/57 season the Amerks merged with Brooklyn Hakoah, but kept it's original name and identity. With the influx of new players and more financial power, the club had its first golden age. Winning the ASL title three times in a row. In 1956,57 and 58 respectively. Their second golden age came in the seventies when the club won another 3 challenge cups and 3 national titles. As of 2021, it is the most successful club in New York, having amassed 15 national titles and having earned the right to place two stars above their badge. Due their close proximity, there has always been a rivalry with the Brooklyn Giants and Brookhattan. There is also an intense rivalry with Philadelphia F.C, one of the most successful clubs in the country. Another rivalry is with the Boston Celtics, as the rivalry carries over from other American sporting traditions.

 

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Logo History

 

Like many early American soccer teams, the Amerks mainly used a simple logo to differentiate them from the other teams in the league. The first real team logo or crest was adopted in 1968, and was mostly based on the Coat of Arms of the United States. The team stuck with this logo until 1979, when the Amerks adopted their signature "flag and roundel" logo. This was updated and modernized in 2018, to celebrate their 85th anniversary.  

 

 

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Shirt History

 

From the 1930's until the 1960's, the team used a blue and white colour scheme as it's colors until Erno Schwarz, now honorary president of the club visited Mexican side Chivas. He convinced the board to adopt a red and white striped shirt, but instead of vertical they would be horizontal stripes, as to better resemble the American flag. After penning a sponsorship deal with the league in the mid-70's, British sportswear brand Admiral produced the Amerks first iconic kit. But the "Stars and Stripes" shirt released during the 1993-94 season would soon overtake it as a fan favourite. During the late 1990's the league relaxed it's rules on sponsorship, with Viacom being the Amerks sponsors ever since. It has become virtually impossible to think about a NY Americans kit without the Viacom logo on it. In recent times, Nike became the kit producer, sticking with the striped home shirt,  blue shorts and white socks combination throughout the brand's tenure, but the home shirt for the 2021-22 seasons proved to be a bit different. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Awesome! The attention to detail and "world-building" of creating a whole fictional history not just in a paragraph or two for each team, but also with multiple era-appropriate logos and jerseys, is quite something! Very excited to follow this.

 

I think you've nailed the uniquely "American" soccer aesthetic as opposed to "traditional European" look. I don't really know how else to put it other than that; I suppose at least for the NY Americans, the home shirt's diagonal stripes seems like one of those designs that's inspired by but also a modern take on a more traditional look. (And that 1990s stars-and-stripes jerseys is just peak '90s!) And the fact that the home and away aren't completely different color schemes feels more American than European, too.

 

One piece of very minor feedback on the "current" home jersey is that I think the player name gets a little illegible. The number I think is okay, because a) it's big and b) it incorporates both blue and white, making it contrast better, but the solid-blue name gets a little lost in the diagonal stripes. My initial-thought suggestion would be to maybe put it on a solid white nameplate, rather than directly onto the jersey itself, but I'm sure there are other creative options too!

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Brooklyn Giants

 

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About the Club

The club started life as N.Y Hispano and was around before the second incarnation of the ASL. Plying their trade in the Southern New York State Football Association in the 1920’s, they joined the Eastern Soccer League, a rival to the ASL during the Soccer Wars. When the dust settled the club joined the Second ASL in 1933, After 7 games into the season, the club merged with the failing Brooklyn F.C to become Brooklyn Hispano F.C. even though it had roots well beyond this point, the club took this date as it’s foundation. Initially their colours where Orange for Hispano and Dark Blue for Brooklyn F.C. In 1943, when a lot of teams Americanized their names. Brooklyn Hispano became the Brooklyn Giants. They also switched out Blue for Black. Their first title came in 1942, and the Giants had to wait another 29 years before the next. Despite the lack of success, the club amassed a cult following. It also became the sole club to represent the borough of Brooklyn in the top flight. Due to it’s shared history with both New York clubs, there is quite a rivalry between them. But most Giant fans consider Brookhattan  their biggest rival. Both clubs have similar backgrounds but represent different boroughs of New York. Brooklyn and the Bronx respectively.

 

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Logo History

The Brooklyn Giants adopted the stylized letter "B" as part of their name change in 1943. The first real team logo came along in 1968, when the club used the "Brooklyn Bridge Oval", which also showcased their signature black and orange stripes. In the late 80's the logo was updated again, this time to a more traditional looking crest. In 2012, the logo was updated and modernized. 

 

Shirt History

When you think about the Giants, you automatically think about orange and black stripes. But it only made it's first appearance during the '68 season. With the club opting to used a solid orange shirt with black shorts before that. Throughout the following decades, the home jersey always had some variation of the famous stripes, but there where some exceptions however, like the '97-'98 "Chevron shirt" courtesy of kit supplier Addidas.    

 

 

 

 

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Brookhattan F.C

 

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About the Club

 

The Brookhattan Football Club was established in 1933, and together with the NY Americans helped to form the current incarnation of the ASL. The Brooks had to wait quite a bit to taste their first successes, but when they did it was a feet that few clubs managed to replicate. In the 1944-45 season, they won the ASL, The National Challenge Cup and the Lewis Cup. Making them one of few teams that have completed a domestic treble. In 1948, the club was bought by Ernesto Diaz, and merged with his former club New York Galicia,but they kept the name and purple and gold club colours. While they didn't achieve much success during this period, they did had some of the league most iconic players. Pito Villanon, one of the first black athletes in an integrated American sports league. During his eleven year stint at the club he became the league’s top scorer twice, and was awarded the league’s MVP during the 1952-53 season and Joe Gaentjes, a Haitian born U.S player who was the ASL top scorer, and during the 1950 World Cup,He scored the winning goal in the 1–0 upset of England. While not as trophy laden as their neighbors. They have become focused on developing and nurturing talent.

 

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Logo History

Early on the team adopted the blockletter B as their logo, during the 1960's they incorporated it into a new logo that was in use until the 1980's. The design was simplified and some elements where done away with, making it the center piece of their crest. In 2018, a new logo was announced and after a fan vote the current crest won out over the other proposals.

 

Shirt History

Brookhattan is one of those teams who have developed a signature look over the decades, with some incarnation of the  gold stripe on the chest being present on almost all their shirts. In the early 90's , It was slightly modified by Adidas to resemble their famous three stripes, this wan't popular with fans however, and the one solid stripe returned the next season. Since the 2017-18 season, New Balance became the team's kit supplier but it hasn't been a match made in heaven.  Especially when the brand decided to retire their iconic look  for the 2018-19 season. With fans threatening with a boycott of brand, it was brought back the next season.   

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Apart from the Front Sponsors and NOBs being unnecessarily big (what if Vennegoor of Hesselink joins the league?), and the team logos being unnecessarily small, I'm seriously digging into it. Team logos are quite nice. I'd only correct that empty space in Giants' logo with something, maybe the year of foundation. My favourite jersey up to now is the last one. I'm loving the Brookhattan away jersey (they have an Umbro logo inside the collar instead of the New Balance one, you might want to correct it).

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On 6/29/2021 at 7:52 PM, johnrafael said:

Apart from the Front Sponsors and NOBs being unnecessarily big (what if Vennegoor of Hesselink joins the league?), and the team logos being unnecessarily small, I'm seriously digging into it. Team logos are quite nice. I'd only correct that empty space in Giants' logo with something, maybe the year of foundation. My favourite jersey up to now is the last one. I'm loving the Brookhattan away jersey (they have an Umbro logo inside the collar instead of the New Balance one, you might want to correct it).

 

Thanks for bringing this to my attention! I will fix some issues with the shirts.

 

On 6/30/2021 at 5:42 AM, Bomba Tomba said:

Could you please use another hosting site? None of your images show up for me.

 

The links seem to work just fine here on my end, even on mobile. Does anyone else have this problem?  

 

 

 

On 6/30/2021 at 7:29 AM, TheRobGodDamn said:

Amazing as always, especially the Americans one!!!

 

P.s. would you do revisit or reboot again the UEFA Champions Cup series.

 

 

Thanks! I'm not planning to reboot the CC series just yet. I want to finish this project first. 

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Baltimore Canton S.C

 

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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.

 

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Logo History

Dating back over 100 years, the BC monogram was the unofficial logo for the Canton, appearing on their shirts around 1919. With the professionalization of the league in the 1960's, the club decided to incorporate the city's flag in it's crest since it already took it's colors from the same flag. The design was updated in the 1980's and again in 2017, in the same year the monogram crest was reintroduced as their secondary logo to commemorate their 100th anniversary. 

 

Shirt History

While the club was the first uniformed team in the state,  most of their early shirts where unknown, it is presumed their kits changed on a yearly basis. With their entry into the second ASL, the club played in solid yellow shorts with black shorts and socks. The team adopted it's signature half and half shirt when they where still playing in Trenton, albeit in different colors.  Upon their return to Baltimore, the team adopted it's former color's and an iconic look was born. 

 

 

 

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Philadelphia F.C

 

 

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About the Club

The club was founded in 1924 by members of the Philadelphia German Rifle club. They joined the ASL in 1933 for it’s inaugural season. They won the League title in their second season and won the U.S Open cup the year after. During the war years the club changed it's name to the Philadelphia Passon. During this early period of league's existence, Philadelphia dominated the competition, clocking in at 11 ASL titles between 1933 and 1963. While the expansions brought in more competition, the club retained it's status as America's premier soccer club. With the sale of the club in early 90's, a new era began as the new management wanted to make the club more appealing to a global audience. The club took on Philadelphia F.C as it's new name, and embraced it's German heritage. As of 2021, the club has 19 ASL titles and is looking to add a fourth star on it's crest. 

 

 

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Logo History

In the early days of the club's history, the team went with a simple blackletter P design which they kept even when they changed their name. The first update to the logo came in the late 1960's as they introduced the "flying p" logo.  When the club was bought in the early 90's, the new ownership wanted to appeal to a broader audience, and changed the name and crest. The new design was a more traditional looking design and also saw the club return to it's German roots. This design was updated in 2016.  

 

Shirt History

The clubs first kits where all white, which later evolved into black and white as the sport began to professionalize in the 1960's. A few more unique options where tried over the years but in the 90's the club returned to it's trademark white and black colors.  

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