The Washington soccer team will have a new name sometime in the future. It gave up its old nickname “Redskins” again in the summer of 2020 after FedEx – the sponsor of the team’s stadium naming rights – invited them to make the change.
Shortly thereafter, Nike stopped selling Redskins clothing on its website. Muriel Bowser, the mayor of Washington, D.C., emphasized that the team’s name remained a barrier to the team’s construction of any new stadium in the District of Columbia.
As a result, owner Daniel Snyder announced that the team would undergo a “thorough review” of its name, citing a desire for input from a variety of groups about the future of the title.
“This process allows the team to consider not only the proud tradition and history of excellence but also input from our alumni, the organization, sponsors, the NFL and the local community they are proud to represent on 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 will be known temporarily as the Washington Soccer Team until a new name is chosen.
More than a year later, no decision has been made on a permanent name. When will the Washington football team announce its permanent name? What are the possible options? Here’s everything you need to know about the name change that Snyder was adamant he would never do.
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When does the Washington soccer team choose a new name?
Team boss Jason Wright has announced that the Washington Soccer team is set to reveal its new name in 2022.
“The new name and logo will be revealed in early 2022,” he said. Wright said in an interview. “And [it] It will retain the traditional burgundy and gold colors that are rooted in the team’s history.”
This schedule will put Washington on track to return the full branding of its organization within 18 months. An extensive rebranding process that “included 40,000 fan engagements, multiple focus groups, polls and a digital rollout (on washingtonjourney.com) to give fans insight into the process”, Nikki Japvala from The Washington Post.
For 2021, the team will continue to be known as the Washington Soccer Team. But this will be the last season the team operates under that alias – at least temporarily.
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Washington soccer team name options
The Washington Soccer team has narrowed its list of aliases to eight possibilities. Team co-CEO Tanya Snyder announced them on a recent episode of Adam Shifter Podcast. They are:
- red pigs
- the bosses
- the band
- red wolves
- Washington soccer team
A couple of these are self-explanatory. Washington may choose to permanently retain its current name “Washington Soccer Team” or it may choose to treat the “Presidents” as a nod to Washington, DC’s standing as the nation’s capital.
Here’s why the other options made it to the Washington finals.
“Red Pigs” stems from a nickname for Washington’s offensive line during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Known as the “Hogs,” Washington’s offensive line was one of the best in the NFL. They helped the team win three Super Bowls led by Joe Jacobi and Ross Grimm for the unit.
Hogs would be a reference to that group – and the “Hogette” mascots that succeeded them – while keeping the word “red” would be a reference to the team’s previous nickname.
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Armada, brigade, leaders and defenders
The defenders, the armada, the brigade and the commanders were all centered around the army. This is something coach Ron Rivera, who grew up in a military family, has expressed interest in linking to the team’s new name.
“This issue is of personal importance to me,” Rivera said when the name change was brought up. “I look forward to working closely with Dan Snyder to make sure that we continue to honor and support the Native Americans and our military.”
As such, any of those could be at play.
“Red Wolves” is an interesting option, which gained a lot of traction among Washington fans on Twitter shortly after the name change was announced. Red wolves are an endangered species that lives in the southeastern United States.
“Red Wolves” are gaining serious momentum in Washington. DL Jonathan Allen pumped out the name on Twitch, Compton did the name below and his fan petition supporting him has exceeded 3,500 signatures. Red wolves are an endangered species native to the southeastern United States, as well as a former support squad for Navy seals. https://t.co/f6Pj0A0FBv
– Sam Fortier (@Sam4TR) July 10, 2020
Red Wolves was one of 40,000 fan submissions to choose the team’s name. Perhaps Washington will deal with it if it gets enough support from the masses.