For the second edition of my “Creative Names” series, I shall turn my attention to the other summer sport: soccer (or European Football/Football/Futball.) I don’t have to look very far to see a creative and unique name. It’s the Columbus Crew.
I wrote about the Crew about a year ago (see that article here), and I still try my best to keep up with the team. If you don’t know, Robbie Rogers scored the equalizer against Mexico yesterday (August 10th, if you’re reading this in the future) and plays for the Crew.
Columbus was awarded a founding MLS franchise on June 15th, 1994. It was part of the US Soccer’s deal with FIFA. The team’s colors, name, and logos/uniforms were finalized in October 1995, before picking the first head coach in December. The first game was in 1996, when the Crew defeated the D.C. United squad by a score of 4-0. It was a packed house at Ohio Stadium that night. (more history can be found on this page, by the Columbus Crew.)
The Crew is an interesting name and one of the few names out there that doesn’t end with an “s”. It was picked by a fan in a contest and it’s nicknamed “America’s Hardest Working Team.” There’s many supporter groups (including the Yellow Nation Army that I interviewed last year) cheering on the Crew and also had the first radio network in the MLS.
There’ not a lot of teams that can have a name like the Crew.
Sources of information from the Columbus Crew website and Columbus ALIVE!
Until next time,