Nashville SC’s MLS Next Pro team is called Huntsville City FC
The Nashville SC reserve team to be launched in Rocket City now has a name: Huntsville City Football Club.
Nashville revealed the name, brand and logo of North Alabama’s new MLS Next Pro team Wednesday night during a public event at Mars Music Hall in Huntsville, setting the stage for the team to make its debut. in 2023 and plays its home games at the newly refurbished Joe. Davis Stadium, the former home of Minor League Baseball’s Huntsville Stars.
Huntsville City will be one of seven new MLS Next Pro teams to debut in 2023, joining 21 other Major League Soccer club-affiliated reserve teams. MLS Next Pro, which launched in 2022, acts as the middle link between MLS and its youth academy arm, MLS Next, in the league’s professional development pipeline.
Huntsville City’s team colors mimic those of its parent club, Nashville SC, a midnight blue and gold. However, Huntsville’s logo is a circular crest, inspired by the city seal, unlike Nashville’s octagonal-shaped emblem. Deep blue is its primary color, bordered by two sky blue rings and cut horizontally by a checkered pattern, a tribute to the Marshall Space Flight Center, where the Saturn I rocket was developed. A shooting star surrounds the club’s initials, HCFC, which sits in the middle.
MLS Next Pro commissioner Charles Altchek described the Huntsville City logo to the Tennessean as “true to the city’s history”.
“They didn’t have enough people working on the merchandise line. The line was out the door. Everybody’s trying to grab a hat or a scarf or a t-shirt,” Altchek said. “Everyone got on fire.”
Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle Jr. was also in attendance.
“This is a banner day for Huntsville as we welcome the new Huntsville City FC brand to our community,” Battle said in a statement. “The Huntsville Market is well known for supporting its sports teams, and we’re excited for this opportunity to diversify our offerings and add professional football to our portfolio. I’ll be the first to purchase season tickets and look forward to seeing the games at Joe Davis Stadium.
Nashville SC chief executive Ian Ayre is also chairman of Huntsville City and will partner with general manager of business operations Chad Emerson to oversee day-to-day dealings at the club. Emerson is the former CEO of Downtown Huntsville, Inc.
“Today is an important step in a series of pivotal moments that will take place in the weeks and months to come as Huntsville City FC comes to life in this city and across North Alabama,” Ayre said.
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