Philadelphia Fury

Brian RhodesSenior Analyst IJanuary 20, 2009

In the 1970s the North American Soccer League (NASL) was a vibrant bastion of the beautiful game in the frontier of the soccer development in the US.

It had teams such as the New York Cosmos, LA Aztecs, Tampa Bay Rowdies, and Chicago Sting. Great players came over and plied their trade in the fledgling market of US Soccer. The world famous Pele, Franz Beckenbaur, Bobby Moore, George Best, and many more.

Unfortunately, the money men lost interest in the game when the sport didn't grow at a fast enough rate and the highly paid foreigners were not replaced with enough home grown players.

Some 20 years later and the Major League Soccer (MLS) has re-ignited the fires of the old NASL and, like a phoenix rising from the ashes, has grabbed a foothold on the American continent yet again for the world's favourite sport.

With the expansion of the MLS in 2009 and 2010 the Seattle MLS franchise opened up a fans vote to find the new name for the Seattle club. The fans overwhelmingly voted for the Seattle Sounders.

The Sounders had never disappeared but survived in one shape or form and were champions of the United Soccer League in 2007, just prior to receiving their MLS franchise in 2008.

What I am proposing is that everyone votes in the Philadelphia vote to get them to revive the name of the Philadelphia Fury. A team that had such greats playing for it as Alan ball, Johnnie Giles, Frank Worthington and Peter Osgood.

Please click here to vote and bring back a slice of the glorious '70s to Philadelphia.

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