Silverbacks will stay the Silverbacks

The Silverbacks’ new name will be … the Silverbacks.

After the Atlanta soccer franchise held a contest in which fans could vote on the team’s new name, Silverbacks prevailed over Chiefs, the nickname of the city’s first team, and Atlanta FC. More than 5,000 votes were cast, with the Silverbacks winning in what was described as a close margin.

The new name was unveiled at a party Thursday night.

While the name will remain the same, the team’s logo may change. For the next two weeks, fans can design and submit their own logo through the team’s facebook page. The logo that receives the most “likes” will compete against a logo that the Silverbacks are having designed, as well as the current logo. Those three will be posted on the Silverbacks website where fans can vote to decide the winner, which will be announced in January.

17 comments Add your comment

Rick James

November 15th, 2012
10:44 pm

Why change the name anyway?

Fred McG

November 15th, 2012
11:07 pm

Wow. Huge opportunity to bring back the legendary Atlanta Chiefs has been wasted. Oh well, maybe Arthur Blank will do that with his MLS team. Until then I guess we’re stuck with the Sillygorillas. (Seriously, who would name a sports team after a bunch of lumbering gorillas, lol.)


November 16th, 2012
9:42 am

Sigh. Go Atlanta Funnymonkeys.


November 16th, 2012
11:13 am

So they held a contest and made a big deal out of it only to keep the same horrible name? What a joke they are! And they wonder why no one here gives a bleep about them!

Mr. Blank, please bring a MLS team here. I beg you! So we can have a proper high level soccer club. And one without a stupid name. Soccer team fans around here would actually fill a stadium for MLS.

A crappy minor league team named after a gorilla, that plays in a crappy league, is not going to make anyone a soccer fan. Please bring MLS to Georgia!


November 16th, 2012
11:21 am

MLS team may be on the way. Rumor has it that a team may be announced once Arthur Blank’s new stadium deal is confirmed. Stay tuned…

Spikes Up

November 16th, 2012
11:35 am

It’s pretty obvious that Garber will announce a team here once the stadium details are settled. The question is whether that can happen this year, since the Legislature will have to approve the increased borrowing ceiling for the GWCCA. Chiefs was always a lame name, and winning a championship decades ago doesn’t change that. At least the colors will be set: since they’re sharing a venue with the Falcons, the MLS team will be red and black as well. I just hope they don’t select a stupid name like Legion, and that the fan club doesn’t have a stupid name like Brotherhood of Southern Soccer. Absolutely terrible.


November 16th, 2012
12:37 pm

Was good to see those who came out at the Hard Rock Cafe.

Spikes Up, supporters group is Atlanta Ultras, get in touch. ML$ junkies get with the program, ML$ will never come unless you emerge off your couch and support the local side.


Fred McG

November 16th, 2012
2:09 pm

MLS Atlanta team has nothing to do with Sillygorillas attendance. It’s basically a done deal once the new stadium is confirmed. So enjoy your comfortable couches if you so choose. Non-goofball team coming soon.


November 16th, 2012
2:51 pm

Hey, since this was so fun, let’s start contest for the 2014 team name. Here are your choices:

Tree Sloths
Real Sporting Atlanta Athletic United AC Rangers Rovers

By the way, nice job spelling MLS with a dollar sign. So kewel and subversive.


November 16th, 2012
3:52 pm

So which one of you guys are American Outlaws aha


November 16th, 2012
4:02 pm

Atleast a gorila is unique….Plus atl has the second best attendance in the nasl so ppl do come out. Instead of waiting on an mls team that might take years to come you should come out and enjoy a kick ass time where tickets, beer, and food are cheap. Not to mention your so close to the field you could punch a player something you dont get in mls. Me and the Atlanta Ultras have an awesome time representing our club.

Rick James

November 16th, 2012
4:14 pm

Were Jesse Jackson and all Al Sharton ok with this name? Bet they wouldnt be if it were a higher profile sports franchise.This team cant afford to give them money to go away so it’s ok..


November 16th, 2012
4:31 pm

Publicity stunt. Keeps the fans engaged during the offseason. Same deal with the logo contest.

Perry Laurentina

November 16th, 2012
9:28 pm

what about the Atlanta Porch Monkies ???????


November 17th, 2012
8:26 pm

Your kidding me. What was wrong with Sandy? After all, She did wipe at the N E………

Chadddd Scotttt:cow-lege foosball's most dangerous bogger

November 18th, 2012
5:16 pm

The Atlanta Negroids
The Atlanta Schvoogies
The Atlanta Blue Gums
The Atlanta Unemployed Welfare Collecters
The Atlanta Spooks


November 21st, 2012
12:15 pm

The name must be after the famous gorilla from the atlanta zoo. Chaddd just because you have the right to free speech you do not have to inflame the good citizens of Georgia both black and white. Get your hate off of the net.