Exec: Wash. more likely to stay Soccer Crew in ’21

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The Washington Soccer Crew nonetheless may be going by its placeholder identify this time subsequent yr.

“There is a fairly good likelihood we would be the Washington Soccer Crew subsequent season,” workforce president Jason Wright instructed Washington TV station WJLA on Tuesday.

The workforce retired the identify it had used for 87 years on July 13, after launching a radical assessment 10 days earlier. The non permanent identify was introduced July 23.

“I feel subsequent yr is quick due to how the model has to return collectively via uniforms, via approval processes via the league,” Wright stated Tuesday.

“We may get there faster, it is truly fairly arduous to get there that shortly due to all of the steps that have to occur.”

For years, Washington proprietor Dan Snyder had resisted altering the identify; he instructed USA Right now in 2013 to “put it in all caps” that he would by no means make such a transfer. Some who labored for Snyder stated they believed then that he would relatively promote the workforce than use a brand new identify.

The controversy surrounding the identify predated Snyder’s buy of the workforce in Might 1999. When Washington performed in Tremendous Bowl XXVI following the 1991 season, there have been 2,000 protesters outdoors the Metrodome in Minneapolis. Jack Kent Cooke, the workforce proprietor on the time, stated of any attainable change: “There’s not a single, solitary jot, tittle, whit likelihood on the earth. I just like the identify, and it isn’t a derogatory identify.”

However Snyder and the franchise have been beneath extra strain after the protests following the dying of George Floyd in Might whereas he was in police custody in Minneapolis. Inside a number of weeks of Floyd’s dying, sources stated Snyder had been discussing the identify change with NFL officers for a number of weeks. The workforce additionally felt monetary strain from traders and a number of other sponsors to vary the identify.

Info from ESPN’s Adam Schefter and John Keim was used on this report.

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