HARRISBURG, PA (November 16, 2017) – The USL announced this week that their Harrisburg, PA franchise shall be under the new brand of Penn FC.
Harrisburg City Islanders Rebrand As Penn FC For 2018 USL Season
Welcome to a new era of soccer in Pennsylvania’s capital.
— USL (@USL) November 15, 2017
Formerly known as Harrisburg City, Penn FC will begin play in 2018 in the USL. FNB Field will remain the home of the club for the 2018 season.
“We wanted to create a logo that would really represent Central Pennsylvania and the growth of soccer in the region. When creating the branding for Penn FC, we had three goals in mind — make it memorable, make it market relevant, make it timeless. So, we focused on creating a logo that would honor the great state of Pennsylvania and communicate a unique, forward-thinking identity on par with the evolution of professional soccer in the United States,” said majority owner, George Altirs.
The club is actively working on a new kit design as well as website unveiling that will occur in the coming months.
“This is a great time to be a soccer fan in Pennsylvania. There is a lot of fantastic soccer history in Harrisburg, and the fans across the region have proven to be some of the most dedicated in the USL. Penn FC will build on the historic legacy of the City Islanders,” said USL President Jake Edwards.
“It is difficult to imagine a professional soccer team without an academy — the academy is often referred to as the soul of the organization. Rush Soccer has 40,000 members across the world, and by instilling their faith in us, Penn FC will have one of the largest networks in international soccer to scout from and hopefully develop into world class players for the professional team. Our President Tim Schulz and I have been pursuing a professional team for some time now, and have found it in Penn FC and George Altirs’ organization,” said de Bontin.