Name Game

There is much less variety in the naming of American major league franchises than there is in British football teams. None of the teams that play in London bear the city’s name. The Scottish team Raith Rovers do not play in the town of Raith – probably because there is no such town.

In the US nearly all of the teams carry either the name of the city or the state in which they play. The New England Patriots of the NFL and basketball’s Golden State Warriors are exceptions, but only just. New England is the name given to a group of six states, and The Golden State is California’s nickname. The only major league team that truly breaks with this pattern is the Major League Soccer team, CD Chivas USA. They are the Los Angeles team for which David Beckham does not play. They are owned by one of Mexico’s most popular teams -  CD Guadalajara; whose nickname is chivas (Which means goats in Spanish). They are the only American team with nothing in their name to tie them to the city or state.


One of the other Southern California teams manages to cast some confusion  having two cities in their name; The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Los Angeles and Anaheim are two different cities in different counties: Los Angeles County and Orange County respectively.

Published in: on 27 March, 2012 at 7:00  Leave a Comment  

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