When's the rebrand?

Discussion in 'Pittsburgh Riverhounds' started by SailorJo, Jan 20, 2015.

  1. SailorJo

    SailorJo Member

    Jun 19, 2013
    Club:
    Charlotte
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    With nightingale in as team president, having a background in brand and commercial leadership, can the rest of the soccer world expect a Pittsburgh rebrand anytime soon? I sorely hope so, and that Pittsburgh becomes a stronger club. You guys are a pivotal city to US soccer heritage. If I could choose, I would buy out the name Pittsburgh Rovers SC from that local club. Good luck with the season!
     
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  2. Vesty

    Vesty Member

    May 8, 2007
    Pittsburgh
    Club:
    Pittsburgh Riverhounds
    I wouldn't expect anything this year. Maybe next. I know it's something they're discussing, though if it's a full name change or just a new crest, I don't know.
     
  3. MUTINYFAN

    MUTINYFAN Member

    Apr 18, 1999
    Orlando
    There was an article mentioned on reddit in which a reporter was advocating Pittsburgh FC but keeping the Riverhounds name as the unofficial nickname. I am not a big fan of the Riverhound name but calling the team just FC also is dull, especially when you have Cincinatti FC potentially sprouting soon. City won't work because of Lousiville City. I think the best name other than Riverhounds, would be Pittsburgh Steel FC. It harkens to Bethlehem Steel which is a historic team in the region and is a catchy and unique name. It sounds like the name of a future MLS team.
     
  4. ButlerBob

    ButlerBob Moderator
    Staff Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    Evanston, IL
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    There is a WPSL team that is Steel City FC. I think that Pittsburgh FC or FC Pittsburgh would be fine and keep the nickname the Riverhounds.
     
  5. chungachanga

    chungachanga Member

    Dec 12, 2011
    That's pretty cool. I think steel (silver) + black color scheme is also unused right now in MLS. Kind of like the Spurs (NBA) uniforms.
     
  6. Len

    Len Member+

    Club: Dallas Tornado
    Jan 18, 1999
    Everywhere and Nowhere.....I'm the wind, baby.
    Since I now have relatives living in Pittsburgh, I have a bit of interest in this team and may be attending an occasional game........so let me just respond to this:
    with this:

    :rolleyes:
     
  7. kenntomasch

    kenntomasch Member+

    Sep 2, 1999
    Out West
    Club:
    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Do you know how far Bethlehem is from Pittsburgh?

    Do you know how people from Eastern Pa. and those from Western Pa. consider themselves to be from pretty different regions?

    And lastly, do you know how long it's been since Pittsburgh produced steel?
     
  8. catfish9

    catfish9 Member+

    Jul 14, 2011
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Looking pretty certain Bethlehem will be Steel. So it should be off table. Not to mention they already have Steelers (and soccer will never compare in support in that city). You are correct EPA and WPA are like Hatfields and McCoys at times. And why does your last question matter. Many team pay homage to things in past. Besides Bethlehem was rust belt long before Pittsburgh was.

    I honestly think they should just go with Hounds. Kill the cheesy "River". Stick to Black and Gold (I love that all team in Burgh have same colors). Could have Blue as third color I suppose (Pirates use red as an accent occasionally). Kill the actual Dog logo and go with something like Steel Army's shield/crest - see Vesty above.
     
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  9. chris570

    chris570 Member

    Sep 27, 2014
    Club:
    Pittsburgh Riverhounds



    Video posted by the Hounds.

    Maybe some rebrand news coming next Monday.
     
  10. Vesty

    Vesty Member

    May 8, 2007
    Pittsburgh
    Club:
    Pittsburgh Riverhounds
    I don't think it's re-brand related. Probably just when the new indoor training facility opens up. They've been talking about it a lot lately.
     
  11. chris570

    chris570 Member

    Sep 27, 2014
    Club:
    Pittsburgh Riverhounds
    *sigh*

    You're right. Guess I got a little over excited...

    On a side note, poor Willie
    [​IMG]
     
  12. Nacional Tijuana

    Nacional Tijuana BigSoccer Supporter

    May 6, 2003
    San Diego, Calif.
    Club:
    Seattle Sounders
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    That team store is still not online. Is that because of imminent rebranding?
     
  13. Vesty

    Vesty Member

    May 8, 2007
    Pittsburgh
    Club:
    Pittsburgh Riverhounds
    I think it's more of them being bad at web stuff than anything. Though they did seem to have less merch in the team store this past season which I can only assume is because they don't want a large stock of extra stuff if they change the logo soon.

    There's still a lot of rumblings about a brand change.
     
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  14. Vesty

    Vesty Member

    May 8, 2007
    Pittsburgh
    Club:
    Pittsburgh Riverhounds
    No re-brand this year. From what I've heard they're aware of the need for it, but it's too expensive to do right now.
     
  15. Vesty

    Vesty Member

    May 8, 2007
    Pittsburgh
    Club:
    Pittsburgh Riverhounds
    Rebrand update: They're starting to work on it but want to take their time and not rush it. Targeting 2018.
     
  16. Nacional Tijuana

    Nacional Tijuana BigSoccer Supporter

    May 6, 2003
    San Diego, Calif.
    Club:
    Seattle Sounders
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  17. Vesty

    Vesty Member

    May 8, 2007
    Pittsburgh
    Club:
    Pittsburgh Riverhounds
    Yeah they started using just Hounds on most of their things last season for whatever reason. Not sure if they're trying to ease the transition or what. We were told the rebrand would be Pittsburgh centric but they're not going to completely abandon the Hounds nickname.
     
  18. Vesty

    Vesty Member

    May 8, 2007
    Pittsburgh
    Club:
    Pittsburgh Riverhounds
    Looks like the 2018 target was accurate. By all accounts a new logo will be unveiled along with the new kits on the 16th. The new kits are supposed to be completely custom and not a template like in years past.

    Not sure if a name change is also a part of all this. Personally I’m leaning towards no. That said they have been using the full name Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC on all the marketing material this year which might indicate they’re going to lean on that more than just Pittsburgh Riverhounds.
     
  19. msilverstein47

    msilverstein47 Member+

    Jan 11, 1999
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    http://www.riverhounds.com/news_article/show/887821?referrer_id=2869741

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    PITTSBURGH (February 16, 2018) – A new era has officially arrived for Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC. The club unveiled a new logo in advance of the 2018 campaign at a season ticket holder event at Highmark Stadium, swapping out the long-time “Hounds head” logo – the trademark of the club since 1999 – for a traditional badge look to coincide with an offseason of growth and change.
     
  20. Andy Bulldog

    Andy Bulldog Member

    Dec 17, 2007
    Alabama
    Club:
    West Ham United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I personally hope they move up to MLS, but hope they drop the cheesy Riverhounds name.
    Not really a fan of them adopting something like Pittsburgh S.C. either, but cant come up with a good name at the time.
     

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  21. An Unpaved Road

    An Unpaved Road Member+

    Mar 22, 2006
    Club:
    --other--
    New crest is a bit generic, but I like keeping the Riverhounds name and emphasizing the Pittsburgh color scheme. And while they're both unnecessary, I dig SC over FC.
     

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