YAKIMA, Wash. — It’s yet to play a game, but the Yakima United FC already looks like it belongs in the Yakima Valley.
At least the soccer club’s logo does.
The team unveiled its crest this weekend, and one of its prominent features — three hops flowers — definitely says Yakima Valley.
“I think It’s a great symbol of the culture, and tradition of the Yakima area, both sporting and non-sporting,” said Yakima United general manager Joshua Vega, who designed the logo.
The team will wear red and black, which were the colors of the Yakima Reds of the Premier Development League. The Reds called the Yakima Valley home for 16 seasons starting in 1995 before they were sold and eventually moved.
Last week, Yakima United — which started play in 2010 with a regional and tournament-heavy schedule — joined the eight-team Evergreen Premier League of Washington, which begin its inaugural season in May.
Vega’s father, Hector Vega Sr., will reprise the role he had with the Yakima Reds and coach the United, which likely will feature a roster full of players from the Yakima Valley.