The Washington Soccer Crew will not announce its new identify till early 2022, however already a reputation that was thought of as a possible contender has been dominated out.
Crew president Jason Wright confirmed in an announcement on the workforce’s official web site that Washington wouldn’t be generally known as the Warriors. It was faraway from consideration as a result of the identify “too intently aligns with Native American themes.”
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Here is Wright’s full clarification of the choice.
One may have a look at this identify as a pure, and even innocent transition contemplating that it doesn’t essentially or particularly carry a destructive connotation. However as we realized via our analysis and engagement with varied teams, “context issues” and that makes it a “slippery slope.” Suggestions from throughout communities we engaged clearly revealed deep-seated discomfort round Warriors, with the clear acknowledgment that it too intently aligns with Native American themes. Such an embrace of probably Native-adjacent iconography and imagery wouldn’t signify a transparent departure that many communities have so forcefully advocated for us to embrace, and that frankly, we got down to do once we began this course of a yr in the past.
The “Warriors” moniker had been thought of a possible choice by followers as a result of workforce proprietor Daniel Snyder beforehand held the “Washington Warriors” trademark. Initially, he bought it in 2000 and deliberate on utilizing it for an Area Soccer League workforce. Nonetheless, Snyder not owns the trademark.
What’s going to the Washington Soccer Crew be known as? Names like akin to Pink Wolves, Redtails, Hogs and others have been floated as choices. Conserving the present Washington Soccer Crew identify in place additionally might be an choice.
We can’t know the nickname for certain till the workforce makes an announcement, however Wright believes the workforce will make the selection that finest guides the workforce into the longer term.
“As a workforce, we’re assured that our new model id will honor our legacy and lead us into our future as a franchise,” he wrote.