RGVFC today announced “Toros” as the franchise’s nickname, following a fan vote. Fans used the hashtag #RGVNameYourTeam to submit votes through social media and also voted on the team’s website for the name that best embodies the spirit of the Rio Grande Valley’s newest professional sports franchise.
The Toros’ logo follows the mold of a traditional soccer shield, but offers a twist with the addition of horns to allude to the Toros nickname. The stripes at the bottom of the shield represent the agriculture industry of the Rio Grande Valley, which historically brought trade and commerce to the region. The vertical lines at the top of the graphic represent the sun and Valley heat, while also reflecting an element of the Toro’s MLS single-affiliate Houston Dynamo’s logo.
“We are excited that our fans voted for Toros as RGVFC’s nickname. The Toro possesses skills of aggression, energy, strength and stamina. The name also lends to our predominately Hispanic culture in the Rio Grande Valley,” RGVFC’s Bert Garcia said. “We are hard at work preparing for the season and look forward to kickoff late in the spring.”
In addition to the primary logo, the team also team also released secondary logos in the shape of a shield and a Toro, as well as a word mark.
Earlier this summer, the United Soccer League (USL) awarded its 25th franchise to Alonzo Cantu, owner of the NBA Development League Rio Grande Valley Vipers. The club, known as RGVFC, will serve as the hybrid affiliate of the Houston Dynamo. RGVFC is slated to kick off in 2016, where it will be joined as a newcomer to the USL by fellow expansion sides FC Cincinnati, Bethlehem Steel FC, Orlando City B and Swope Park Rangers.
Additionally, the team is building a 9,400-seat stadium in the heart of Edinburg, Texas. The stadium, which is modeled after the Houston Dynamo’s BBVA Compass Stadium, is located at the intersection of East Freddy Gonzalez Drive and South Raul Longoria Road.
Season tickets for RGVFC’s inaugural season are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased by calling the team at 956-972-1144. For more information about RGVFC, visit www.rgvfc.com.