Monday, May 18, 2009

Passion, Independence

The latest new Philadelphia franchise has a name.

Philadelphia Women’s Professional Soccer announced the official team name for its new franchise, the Philadelphia Independence.

“Today’s announcement marks the beginning of what will be a permanent and proud presence in Philadelphia professional sports,” said David Halstead, Independence CEO/President. “Through its play on the field, support of its communities, and commitment to its fans, the Philadelphia Independence will earn the right to be called a model sports organization. Such an organization is deserving of the name Independence, and all the history, character, and spirit that goes along with that name.”

The team also unveiled its colors and official team motto "We the People." The selected colors of yellow, steel grey and light blue each depict a representation of Philadelphia’s history, hard-nosed attitude, and accomplishments.

Yellow commemorates the Swedish settlers who first came to Philadelphia in 1638. Steel Grey represents the city’s rich history in manufacturing and heavy industry. Light Blue is borrowed from Philadelphia’s own city flag and symbolizes the proud work ethic of this city’s blue collar heritage.

According to the franchise, the name is consistent with Philadelphia’s storied history, and with the determination and persistence of the country’s forefathers, the name Independence represents many of the admirable characteristics of Philadelphia, including foresight, leadership, bravery, loyalty to cause, and defeating common enemies.

“The players will proudly wear the name Independence on their jerseys, as together we pledge our commitment to the fans of Philadelphia and to each other as we battle foes and make Philadelphians proud of the talent and toughness of the team," General Manager and Head Coach Matt Driver said. "This confidence and attitude is illustrative of the tradition of Independence.”

Philadelphia Independence will begin play in 2010 and has already announced the accomplished Olympic gold medalist, Staci Wilson to the position of Assistant Coach.

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