The moment we’ve been waiting for has finally come. Orlando City SC last night unveiled their new logo that they will take with them into Major League Soccer last season.
The crest was released in an exclusive story in the Orlando Sentinel, in a good story by Paul Tenorio that gave us a look into both how the crest was selected, and the secrets behind what it stands for.
In the story, Tenorio writes that “the sun, chosen to represent the Sunshine State, has 21 flares to represent Orlando City’s place as the 21st franchise in MLS. The lion also has a subtle crown above its eyes to represent the club’s championship history.”
As part of their expansion deal with MLS, Orlando City had to go through a whole redesign phase before entering the league next spring, and the new logo was part of that plan.
Personally, after reading the reveal story in the Sentinel and what the crest is all about, I’m a fan of it.
The sun rays are a cool feature, and I like the simple, new-age type look with the basic two-color scheme. To me, this logo says “MLS.”
Of course, it’ll be even nicer once all of the merchandise featuring this logo is release, especially the new MLS jerseys — which will be made by Adidas — but those won’t come out until early next year.
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