What's in a name?

 

Real Salt Lake logo

Real Salt Lake logo

Why do U.S. soccer teams have names like Real Salt Lake? First of all, isn’t it a little random to have a Spanish word in the name of a Utah professional sports team? Spanish has less to do with Utah than jazz does (but at least the Jazz have the excuse of merely keeping the name when they moved from New Orleans). Second, “real” means royal. I just don’t see the connection. Real Maryland F.C. has the same issue, in my mind, though they claim the royal connection (the team is known as the Monarchs) hearkens back to the state’s colonial roots. I suppose they are just continuing the trend of cribbing names from successful European teams. A trend set when MLS was founded by my own favorite team, D.C. United.

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