Beginning with the 2018/19 season, Junior Lone Star FC will play under a new name, Philadelphia Lone Star Football Club (PLSFC).
The idea of changing the name of the club was first introduced to the club’s Board of Directors in 2016 before the membership voted for the name change last year.
With the name change, the club will keep the Lone Star brand due to its roots while including Philadelphia as a nod to the city that wholeheartedly welcomed immigrants.
“After 18 seasons as Junior Lone Star FC, I think this is the right time to make a change so that we can promote our club better to all residents in the City of Philadelphia,” president Paul Konneh commented. “I only see this as a win-win situation where we recognize the City of Brotherly Love and at the same time keeping our heritage intact.”
Even though the club has changed its name and crest, it still maintains its identity and the traditional colors of red, white, and blue.
The club’s new crest has several elements.
The shape of the crest is a pointed shield, a symbol of strength and togetherness which has been a staple of the Lone Star ethos and message since the club’s formation in 2001.
The 13 vertical stripes of red, alternating with white, symbolize the 13 original players who formed the club’s first squad in 2001.
The Liberty Bell is synonymous with the City of Philadelphia. The name of the bell also resonates with Liberia’s national motto: “The Love of Liberty Brought Us Here.”
Two shades of blue are around and within the crest. The left color is taken from the municipal flag of Philadelphia and the right color is taken from the flag of the Republic of Liberia.
“For me, I think these changes will only be off the field,” Bobby Ali, one of the club’s founders, added. “I don’t see anything changing on the field where we will still play the Lone Star way with our same identity and philosophy.”
The design of the crest was created by Robert Boyd of Custom FC in England.
“I think that this has been a great redesign to work on and that I hope the fans, and everyone involved in the club are happy with the final outcome and can take pride in its meaning,” Boyd concluded.
The Philadelphia Lone Star First Team will return for its seventh season in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) next season. The team qualified for its first ever-playoffs in 2018, losing the Keystone Conference semifinals to West Chester United in penalties after a 2-2 tie. The team finished the 2018 regular season second in the Keystone Conference with 8-2-0 (W-L-D) record.
Fans and supporters can now visit the club newly-designed website at https://www.philadelphialonestarfc.com and follow all the club’s renamed social media accounts at:
- Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/philadelphialonestarfc
- Twitter – https://www.twitter.com/phillylonestar
- Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/philadelphialonestarfc
- YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/philadelphialonestarfc
- Google+ – https://plus.google.com/+PhiladelphiaLoneStarFootballClub
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