The Major Arena Soccer League’s San Diego Sockers are seeing stars, adding a 15th star to their crest for their 15th Ron Newman Cup championship.
The Sockers defeated the Ontario Fury 2-1 on April 18, 2021, to win the best-of-three series two games to one and claim their 15th professional indoor soccer championship, their first since 2013. This prompted the Sockers to add a 15th star to their crest going forward.
“Winning a championship means adding a star, and these are good problems to have,” said Sockers general manager Sean Bowers in a press release.
The Sockers’ crest features “SAN DIEGO” across the top and “SOCKERS” running diagonally from top left to bottom right. The bottom left half depicts the skyline of San Diego, while the top right half contains the championship stars. At the bottom, “78” represents the year the club was established. It was designed in-house by the Sockers’ marketing department.
The previous version of the crest included 13 stars in the top right half of the crest, plus one more on top. The new version moves all 15 stars inside the crest.
The last time the Sockers revised their crest was in 2018, when they did away with some gradients and 3D effects but kept the same basic concept and construction.
The Sockers have broken ground on a new 6,000-seat arena in Oceanside, Calif., which they expect to open in 2023. With that on the horizon, Bowers said the club didn’t want to make major changes to the crest.
“The new crest is streamlined, reflects our history and tradition, and we will proudly wear it in search of a sixteenth star,” he said.
Photos courtesy San Diego Sockers