They may not have a professional league to play in, but California United Football Club has a logo.
The team unveiled its logo in a news release sent out Feb. 6 along with information regarding the rebrand of OC Invicta FC to California United FC II, which will continue to play in semipro league UPSL. The team will play its home games at the SilverLakes Sports Complex in Norco.
California United FC II had a pair of friendlies against Seattle Sounders in Arizona earlier this week. Both games were behind closed doors, with the Sounders winning handily. Recent LAFC trialist Bryan de la Fuente was spotted in Cal Utd II’s lineup.
Our club had a great experience today scrimmaging the MLS Cup Finalist Seattle Sounders in Tucson. Looking forward to doing it again tomorrow morning before returning home to SoCal! pic.twitter.com/QjhfhAN1yj— California United (@CalUtdFC) February 8, 2018
The new logo is aimed at representing “the California sunshine and proximity to the Pacific Ocean,” according to the club. It was designed “to accommodate several different color schemes to represent the many bright and vibrant colors that are representative of our state.” The logo for CUFC II is the same, except for the “II” next to FC.
The professional expansion team, however, has yet to find a home as its original destination – the North American Soccer League – has been embroiled in a legal battle with U.S. Soccer over being stripped of its second-division sanction. North Carolina FC and Indy Eleven have already bolted for the USL – the same league as Orange County SC – while the Jacksonville Armada and Miami FC announced in January they would play in the semipro National Premier Soccer League for the time being.
The NASL filed a new lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation “alleging the directors on the USSF board are acting to protect personal interests,” according to a report on ESPN. The suit alleges the board “breached their fiduciary duties to the NASL by ‘arbitrarily refusing to sanction the NASL as a Division II league for the 2018 season.’” This came after a U.S. District Court judge refused an injunction to reinstate the Division II status – a decision which is under appeal.
So, the pro team remains on ice, but they did address it in their release on the logo reveal:
California United Football Club will continue to explore all options moving forward for our first team. Once our league destination has been determined and becomes official, an announcement will immediately follow.
The team’s website still indicates its membership with NASL – as does the NASL website – along with the Armada, New York Cosmos, Puerto Rico FC, Miami FC and San Diego 1904 FC.
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