Friday, January 27, 2006

Houston, You (Apparently) Have a Problem

MLS’s new city now has a name to go with it’s club. The former San Jose Earthquakes (themselves formerly the Clash) will now be known as Houston 1836. The date is a reference to the year the city of Houston was founded, aping the trend of some German teams of putting the year of their founding in the club name (i.e., Hannover 96 or FC Shalke 04). While it’s neat that Houston went a different direction than other MLS clubs, the new name isn’t pleasing everyone. The Houston-area Mexican community is not pleased, as 1836 is also the year that Texas broke away from Mexico in the first place. Whoops.

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