The Union USL affiliate is in the naming stage, and fans have the chance to vote.
The IronPigs naming seems like so long ago–and we didn’t get much say when we inherited the Phantoms. But, now it’s time to pick the name for the new, Philadelphia Union-affiliated USL soccer team. They’ll begin play in March 2016 at Goodman Field on the campus of Lehigh University.
Many folks who have been watching this develop have shared with me that they’d like to bring back the “Bethlehem Steel” name from the days of “Bethlehem Steel F.C.” Read more about that team, here. Indeed, the ownership of the Union is fond of that soccer history in the Lehigh Valley: It was mentioned in the introductory presser and the Union once wore a patch on their jerseys….
Anyway, you can see that that certainly influenced the choices. We’ve got:
- Lehigh Valley Steel SC
- Bethlehem Steel FC
- Lehigh Valley Blast
- Steel FC
Or, you can write in your own choice. I wrote in Steel Top Football United, but only because I wanna sell STFU T-Shirts.
But I digress. I don’t have a strong feeling. I like the tradition of the Bethlehem Steel FC and they will be playing in Bethlehem. However, if they would move to the waterfront, say, in Allentown, then would that require a name change? Perhaps the first choice is the best. Furthermore, you never really hear the exact results of polls like this, so I’m not completely sold that it hasn’t already been decided.
L.C., can we bring back the Stoners? (more on that story, to come)
May the best name win? Hey, you can already buy these T-Shirts if you google around for them:
See you out near the pitch,