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Calgary Sun - A-League Team Gets A Name


Calgary's reborn professional soccer team has a new general manager, a new head coach and, officially, a new name.

The team formerly known as the Calgary Storm will be called the Calgary Mustangs and the former coach of the Storm, Thomas Niendorf, will be the bench boss and GM.

Niendorf confirmed yesterday he'd be at the helm when the team opens the 2004 A-League season after being assured by club president John Torode he'd be able to recruit players as he sees fit.

"I needed confirmation that I can do proper recruiting, that was really important and that's why I didn't commit earlier," he said.

He's already been scouting players to fill the club's roster.

"I'll be able to bring some professional experienced players to the franchise and with my connections in Europe, I have strength in that area,"said Niendorf, adding the team will have a mix of local talent as well and probably some players from last season's team that ended with a dismal 4-21-3 record.

Team officials wanted a name with a western theme that hadn't been used or wasn't being used by any current Calgary teams.

But, much to their chagrin, they found out the Calgary Mustangs represented the city in the Canadian Professional Soccer League in 1983.

The Mustangs, a non-profit organization, had also hoped to play in Burns Stadium.

But the City of Calgary rejected the proposal to have soccer games in the facility, declaring Burns a baseball only facility for next year.

So the Mustangs, as of right now, will likely be back at Foothills Athletic Park.

The Name is Known.  What Will Calgary Look Like?

The seach is now on to create a proper logo that will reflect the city and our representative of the beautiful game.  If you have anything to offer, please visit the Forum and let the world know.


Yeehaw!! It's the Calgary Mustangs!

We appear to have the closest thing to "official" confirmation of Calgary FC's new name.  Check out and see for yourself.


Calgary Mustangs?

An inside source has stated that the new name chosen for Calgary's A-League club is the "Calgary Mustangs."  We'll keep you up to date on further developments


It appears that the group that includes Thomas Niendorf, John Torode, and Juergen Hanne has been granted Calgary's A-League franchise for the 2004 season (see the stories on the front page).  It also appears that David Askinas of the USL will be in Calgary in late October to make everything official.

Stay tuned to the Forum for any breaking news, and rest assured that you will read all of the details here very soon afterward.

Remember, good things come to those who wait.