The Philadelphia franchise of Women’s Professional Soccer that is slated to start in 2010 unveiled its name and motto. The franchise will be called the Philadelphia Independence and the team motto (I didn’t know one was needed) is “We the people.” Sounds familiar? And the colors? Yellow, steel grey, and light blue.
“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. As General Manager and Head Coach Matt Driver explains, “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. This confidence and attitude is illustrative of the tradition of Independence.”
“Additionally, 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.”