The Washington soccer team will have a new name at some point in the future. It ditched its old “Redskins” nickname in the summer of 2020 after FedEx, the sponsor of the team’s stadium naming rights, asked them to make the change.
Soon after, Nike stopped selling Redskins clothing on its website. And Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser confirmed that the team name remained an impediment to the team building any new stadiums in the District of Columbia.
As a result, owner Daniel Snyder announced that the team would undergo a “comprehensive review” of its name, citing a desire to get opinions from a variety of groups on the future of the moniker.
“This process allows the team to consider not only the proud tradition and history of the franchise, but also the contributions of our students, the organization, sponsors, the National Football League, and the local community they are proud to represent within. and off the field, ” Snyder said in a statement.
On July 13, 2020, Washington announced that it would change its name and logos prior to the 2020 NFL season. They would be temporarily known as the Washington soccer team until a new name was chosen.
Nearly a year and a half (and two NFL seasons) later, no decision has been made on a permanent name. When will the Washington soccer team announce its permanent name? And what are the possible options? Here’s everything you need to know about the name change Snyder insisted he would never make.
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When will the Washington soccer team pick a new name?
The Washington soccer team has chosen its new name. It will be released on February 2, 2021, as the team announced in a video in early January.
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We have an update on a popular naming option, a teaser preview, and a confirmed announcement date. pic.twitter.com/IeSnetFebq
– Washington Soccer Team (@WashingtonNFL) January 4, 2022
Team president Jason Wright had originally announced that the Washington soccer team would reveal its new name in 2022.
“The new name and logo will be revealed in early 2022.” Wright said In an interview. “Y [it] it will retain the traditional burgundy and gold colors that are ingrained in the team’s history. “
That timeline put Washington on track to achieve a complete rebranding of its organization in 18 months. The entire rebranding process that “has included 40,000 fan submissions, multiple focus groups, polls, and a digital launch (at washingtonjourney.com) to give fans a glimpse of the process,” according to Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post.
The team remained the Washington Football Team throughout the 2021 NFL season, but this will be the last year the team will operate under that moniker, at least temporarily.
Washington soccer team name options
The Washington soccer team narrowed its list of potential nicknames to eight possibilities. Tanya Snyder, the team’s co-CEO, announced them on a recent episode of the Adam Schefter Podcast. They are:
- Red pigs
- Red wolves
- Washington football team
However, there are now only seven in the race, as the team announced that Red wolves would not be the choice due to trademark issues with other professional sports teams.
Some of these are self explanatory. Washington could choose to keep its current name “Washington Football Team” permanently or it could choose to change to “Presidents” as a nod to the state of Washington DC as the nation’s capital.
Here’s why the other options are finalists for Washington.
“Red Hogs” comes from the nickname for Washington’s offensive line during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Washington’s offensive line was then known as “The Hogs” and was one of the best in the NFL. They helped the team win three Super Bowls with Joe Jacoby and Russ Grimm leading the unit.
Hogs would be a nod to that group, and the “Hogette” mascots that succeeded them, while keeping the word “red” would be a nod to the team’s old nickname.
Navy, Brigade, Commanders and Defenders
Defenders, Navy, Brigade, and Commanders focus on the army. That’s something that coach Ron Rivera, who grew up in a military family, has expressed an interest in joining the new team name.
“This issue is of personal importance to me,” Rivera said when the name change was originally mentioned. “I look forward to working closely with Dan Snyder to ensure that we continue our mission to honor and support Native Americans and our military.”
As such, any of them could be at stake.
Why Red Wolves won’t be the name of the Washington soccer team
“Red Wolves” was considered an interesting option, as it gained a lot of traction among Washington fans on Twitter shortly after the name change was announced. Red wolves are an endangered species that resides in the southeastern United States.
The “red wolves” are gaining ground in Washington. DL Jonathan Allen promoted the name on Twitch, Compton followed suit, and the fan petition supporting him just passed 3,500 signatures. Red wolves are an endangered species native to the southeastern US, as well as a former support squad for the Navy SEALs. https://t.co/f6Pj0A0FBv
– Sam Fortier (@ Sam4TR) July 10, 2020
Red Wolves was one of 40,000 fan submissions for the team name choice. But nevertheless, Wright announced in a president’s report that “legal obstacles” prevented the team from choosing that name.
At first we understood that Wolves, or some variation of it, was one of our fan favorites. As I’ve said all along, we take our fans’ feedback very seriously, and because of their interest in this name, we’ve included Wolves in a list of options to explore further. However, once we started investigating the Wolves, we realized a notable challenge: the trademarks of other teams would limit our ability to make the name our own. And without Wolves, variations like RedWolves wouldn’t have been viable either for these and other reasons.
By understanding the weight and importance of our team name and the enthusiasm for other naming options, both internally and within our fanbase, we didn’t want to risk taking a path that could be fraught with legal hurdles. The prospect of years of litigation was not something we wanted you, our fans, to have to endure when starting to adopt a new brand.
So Red Wolves is out of the race, leaving seven potential options for the team.