What is the first thing you think of when you hear, “Miami.” Is it famed South Beach? A diverse population with heavy Cuban influences? A top business and cultural hub? Fashion? Tourism? Art Deco? Nightclubs? Pit Bull? Glitz and glamour?
One thing you probably didn’t think of is “freedom” — until now.
Miami Freedom FC or some variation of it could be the name of David Beckham’s long-awaited Major League Soccer franchise, according to a Miami Herald report late Tuesday.
MLS fans and analysts quickly took to social media to offer opinions — mostly critical — of the name, which was found by the Herald during an online search of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
“A company calling itself Miami Freedom LLC applied on May 17, 2018 to trademark the following four names: Miami Freedom Football Club, Miami Freedom United, Miami Freedom FC and Miami Freedom,” the article reads.
Some think the name sounds like an MLS club of old (see: Tampa Bay Mutiny, Dallas Burn and Kansas City Wiz). Others said it does not sound like a professional, major-league name, like the Uniteds, Citys, FCs and SCs of the world. Some praised it for that same reason. And still others just don’t see a strong connection between Miami and freedom. (I’m in this camp as a native of New England — where reminders of the history of freedom in this country can literally be found on nearly every corner — and a 10-year resident of Florida).
Then there are those who don’t care what the name is and just want the future club to get its stadium situation together and start playing.
Where do you stand? Take a look at some initial reactions on social media and share your thoughts in the comments section below.
I don’t mind the “MLS 1.0” vibe of “Miami Freedom” but objectively speaking even I can think of several hundred names that would be better. https://t.co/SNmWtpu79q
— Pablo Maurer (@MLSist) May 23, 2018
Please Miami Freedom United. Please please please. It’s the “Florida man” of MLS club team names.
— Chris Rifer (@ChrisRifer) May 23, 2018
No. I want a football name. That sounds like some fourth division U.S. side with no attendance. It doesn’t sound “major league.” I hate that team. Give me a Miami United, Miami City F.C., Inter Miami, or even Miami Vice, but not Miami Freedom. There’s nothing “Miami” about it.
— Ricky J. Marc, J.D., M.S. (@RickyJMarc) May 23, 2018
Oh dear, SoFla really is the land of bad ideas, isn't it https://t.co/PEqZRWp0nB
— Charles Boehm (@cboehm) May 23, 2018
Miami Freedom? Not sure what I think of this one. Simple. Straight forward. Always takes a bit to adjust to name ideas. It’s not terrible. https://t.co/ApPBZyf0fa
— Will Manso (@WillManso) May 23, 2018
Naming things is hard. Also, we ask MLS teams to not have boring names like United and City and FC. I’m not going to hate on Miami Freedom (if that’s the actual name)
— Chris Wittyngham (@PitchInvasion5R) May 23, 2018
I wonder if the Miami Freedom will have an image of Ronald Reagan on the crest? Or maybe local boy Marco Rubio? One or the other I suppose.
— Kartik Krishnaiyer (@kkfla737) May 23, 2018
Make it "Miami Freedom United Albion" and I'm in. https://t.co/eaCHH8ahzV
— Jeff Carlisle (@JeffreyCarlisle) May 23, 2018
— Pauly (@ThePaulyBennett) May 23, 2018
Miami Freedom: Worst name concept since Chicago Rhythm.
— Mark Fishkin (@MarkFishkin) May 23, 2018
I’ll finish by saying if Miami Freedom is the ultimate name…I’m just over the moon that there is a team and will care less about the name
— (((Ian Hest))) (@IanHest) May 23, 2018
Miami Freedom is not a symbolic representation of everyone in Miami-Dade County, so I could see where the name could be viewed as not suitable.
— Homar Hernandez (@OfficialHomar) May 23, 2018
— 7-0 (@But_JRZeey) May 23, 2018
How many years has Beckham FC been in planning and, after all that time, they come up with … Miami Freedom?
— Danny Page (@DannyPage) May 23, 2018
If you hear the proposed name "Miami Freedom" and don't immediately think of this, delete your account. https://t.co/b0BpyDJDdl
— Tim, Miss Jackson if you're nasty (@timtheredmenace) May 23, 2018
Names for the Beckham MLS team that are better than Miami Freedom:
— Zack Kaylor (@zackkaylor) May 23, 2018
I mean, seriously, getting the team to Miami (which is like still up in the air?) was hard enough…and Freedom is the best they got? I shall continue to provide alternatives…Los Manatees Sporting Club, El Arepazo United…meh, Tequeños it is.
— ARoncajolo37 (@Roncajolo37) May 23, 2018
Miami Rainshowers? Los Pollos Tropicales FC? Tequeños United? Sooooo many better options than “Freedom”. I feel like Mel Gibson should be the one presenting the team…
— ARoncajolo37 (@Roncajolo37) May 23, 2018