Tuesday, December 24, 2013

3 Rivers United

The Pittsburgh Riverhounds were unhappy playing in the USL. When the MLS got to 24 teams, and the NASL was struggling, they quickly made the jump. The owners decided that the team needed a fresh start. Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Steel City FC, and 3 Rivers United were in a fan vote for the new team name. 3 Rivers won and they continued on their business. The name represents Pittsburgh where 3 rivers meet and unite. The black and gold was the new team color chosen for the civic pride in Pittsburgh following championships for the Steelers, Penguins and Pirates. The team expanded Highmark Stadium to 18,000 seats in 2020, when the support grew after the Pirates had a firesale of their championship roster. United had a few playoff years, but couldn’t get a star above the logo. The thing that most fans hold onto is an undefeated record against Philadelphia Union in the US Open Cup and preseason games. The logo is a crest with 4 parts. The P with a keystone for the city, a soccer ball, checkers from the Pittsburgh flag, and the Roberto Clemente Bridge. The jerseys are modeled after the crest, with the top split into 4 quarters.

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