Pro Soccer Nicknames

Professional Soccer Team Nicknames
Major League Soccer 
Atlanta United FC

Austin FC- new team coming

FC Cincinnati 

Chicago Fire
Named for the famous "Chicago Fire".  Mascot: Sparky.

Los Angeles Galaxy

Colorado Rapids
Named for the many rapids flowing from the Colorado Mountains.  Mascot: Rapid Man.

New York Red Bulls
Formerly the New York/New Jersey Metro Stars until 2006 when the team was bought by the drink "Red Bull".

Columbus Crew SC
Named for the numerous Construction (Crew) Companies.  Mascot: Crew Cat.

New England Revolution
Name for the American Revolution in this area.   Mascot: Slyde

FC Dallas
Originally named the Burn.  In preparing for their move to Frisco, they will change their nickname to FC Dallas for the 2005 Season.

Houston Dynamo
Original name for the Team in San Jose was the Clash, until 2000,changed to Earthquakes. 
When it was moved to Houston in 2006.  the original name was to be the Houston 1836, 
then switched to Houston Dynamo.

Inter Miami CF - new team coming 

Minnesota United FC

Montreal Impact

Nashville- new team coming 

D.C. United (Washington DC)
Mascot: Talon the Eagle.

Sporting Kansas City
Originally named the Wiz (short for Wizards), for a medieval,  Knights of the Round Table theme, chosen for its uniqueness.  Renamed Wizards (the original contest winning entry by Sarah Starr).  Renamed Sporting Kansas City for the 2011 season.  Other finalists were Outlaws, Express, Bandits.

Los Angeles Football Club
starting: 2016

Real Salt Lake
Since 2005.  Team name to be known as RSL as a second reference, pertaining to Real Madrid, a Spanish powerhouse team.

Toronto FC
new team since May 2006 and first outside of the USA

Seattle Sounders FC

San Jose Earthquakes
Named after the earthquakes in the area. Original name for the Team in San Jose was the Clash, until 2000,changed to Earthquakes.  The team was moved to Houston in 2006 but returned to the league in 2008.

Philadelphia Union
since 2010

Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Whitecaps is reference to the city's oceanic location and was also the name of a North American Soccer League team the city had in the 1980's.   Since 2011

Portland Timbers

Orlando City SC
New team since 2015

New York City FC
New team since 2015

If the league expands or a team moves....
where is the BEST city for a new MLS team?  Ottawa and St. Louis are working to get a new team, the St. Louis Soccer United. 


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