The good old days are now
Good news. Nice to hear they chose a Canadian city for their next expansion. Unfortunatley the names they are thinking of are bad at the moment. Sounds like they're dying to put FC in their name somewhere. Inter Toronto FC sounds horrible. I think FC Toronto would sound better, but that would probably get them confused with FC Dallas.
Source: http://tsn.ca/news_story.asp?ID=165431&hubName=mainMLS to unveil Toronto team name Thursday
Major League Soccer
5/10/2006 9:05:01 AM
Toronto will find out the name of its new Major League Soccer franchise on Thursday.
An announcement has been scheduled with team owners Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment and the MLS, where the name and logo of the expansion franchise will be unveiled.
Last month, the team solicited input from soccer fans about the team's name, with Toronto Nationals, Inter Toronto FC, Toronto Reds, Toronto FC and Toronto Northmen FC put forth as suggestions.
Prior to asking for input on the new name, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment secured a trade mark on the name "Inter Toronto FC" in Canada.
While current MLS franchises bear the names "Fire", "Crew", "Wizards" and "Galaxy", a more recent trend in naming new franchises has been to adopt the European nomenclature. The last two expansion franchises were named Club Deportivo Chivas USA and Real Salt Lake.
When the San Jose Earthquake were relocated to Houston, the team was originally named "Houston 1836", the year that the city was "founded". This followed the tradition in many European leagues, especially the Bundesliga, which sees teams named after the year the city was founded. However, the team name was changed to Dynamo after Texan's of Mexican descent protested that the name coincides with the bloody war for Texas independence against Mexico.
Earlier this year, MLS also became the first North American professional sports league to have one its team named after a corporate product. The New York/New Jersey Metrostars were re-named Red Bull New York after the Austrian energy drink company bought the team.
Toronto will become the first Canadian-based MLS city in 2007. The team is scheduled to begin play in a new 20,000 seat soccer stadium under construction at Exhibition Place, located along Toronto's lakefront. The facility will be ready in time to play host to the FIFA Under-20 World Cup Championship in July 2007.