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Philly women's team to be called Independence
« on: May 16, 2009, 04:55:01 PM »
Women's soccer will return to Philadelphia bearing the name "Independence."

Much like the hoopla surrounding the city's latest installment of men's professional soccer in the Philadelphia Union, soccer Web sites have been abuzz with speculation of new women's team name.

A source close to the team confirmed the moniker - that will officially be unveiled, along with the team's colors during a ceremony at the Franklin Institute on Monday. The team is expected to begin play in the WPS next spring.

Matthew Driver, who along with David Halstead is spearheading the project, will serve as the team's coach. Driver, who has owned minor league women's franchises in Delaware and New Jersey, was an assistant coach of MLS' New England Revolution.

While Driver would not confirm the team name, he cited the source as being "not off the beaten path."

"It wasn't an easy decision coming up with the name, because I am such a control freak," Driver told the Daily News. "We didn't want to leave it up to a fan vote or a poll, because we wanted a name that when you thought Philly, would signify the historical past of the people and the spirit of what Philadelphia stood for during the Revolution."

Driver said that the franchise has secured a 3-year deal with Puma as the team's apparel supplier. The official logo and crest are expected to be unveiled in July.

"We honestly don't know what it'll be yet," Driver said. "We are leaving that up to an independent designer who has our vision in mind. The logo needs to be iconic; we don't want something every man and his dog has already thought of. We wanted something unique and that this city can be proud of."

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The Indendepence will be the eighth team to join the league which kicked off on March 29. Boston, Chicago, New Jersey/New York, St. Louis, Washington D.C. and the Bay Area have fielded teams this season . . . Atlanta is also expected to begin play next season . . . Delran, N.J. native and Olympic gold medalist Carli Lloyd, plays for the Chicago team. *

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Re: Philly women's team to be called Independence
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2009, 12:18:20 PM »
Women's soccer team designs decoration of . . .

The new Philadelphia Independence women's pro soccer team has introduced its logo and team flag and the designs are intended to represent many facets of the team and the community for which it will play.

On the logo, the city the team represents, Philadelphia, and the year the team will debut, 2010, are etched onto a shield in the shape of a stylized keystone. Some of the most famous soccer clubs in the world use the shield as their badge, and the keystone is the central, wedge-shaped stone in an arch that keeps all the other stones in place. Pennsylvania earned its designation as the Keystone State during the colonial period, and Independence officials said they had combined the soccer battle shield and the image of the keystone in team colors - yellow, gray, and blue - to represent "strength, power, and patriotism - exactly like the fans of Philadelphia."

Curling around the shield is a battle-torn banner that - like the flag, below - is emblazoned with the Independence name and team motto, "We the People." The war-torn banner, team officials said, is "reminiscent of 18th-century battle emblems and serves as an icon of the Independence spirit: aggressive, united, and perseverant." "We the People," team officials said, was chosen as the motto because, "as the first words to our Constitution, this phrase unites the country and guarantees its citizens empowerment and protection. We believe with the help and support of the fans, the banner ornamented with the 'We the People' maxim will become a common sight in the stands at Independence matches."

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