San Diego revealed 1904 FC as the name of their new football team and fans were quick to find a connection to ‘Anchorman’ – the film that put the city on the map
SAN DIEGO is a city known for is golden beaches, perfect year-round sunny weather and maybe most famously – the film Anchorman.
So of course when San Diego’s new football team revealed 1904 FC as their new name on Wednesday ,social media quickly speculated a possible link to the legendary Ron Burgundy.
With the city’s NFL team, the San Diego Chargers, sent packing to Los Angeles last year, the Southern California city quickly turned its focus to landing a football team.
The North American Soccer League (NASL), a tier below Major League Soccer, announced they would be adding a team in San Diego in June.
And after four months of deliberations they finally decided on their name – 1904 FC.
The cryptic name lead people on social media to wonder if the team was named to pay homage to Anchorman and the scene where the main character, Ron Burgundy, gives an absurd explaination to when San Diego was discovered and why it was given its name.
While overlooking the city Burgundy says: “Discovered by the Germans in 1904, they named it San Diago…”
The club insist that Burgundy’s fictional history of the city isn’t the real reason behind the name.
In fact, they say 1904 is a numerical representation of “SD” – S is the 19th letter in the alphabet and D is the fourth.
The owner of the new franchise, former Chelsea striker Demba Ba, who currently plays for Turkish side Besiktas on loan from Shanghai Shenhua, said: “We believe in the people of San Diego.
“Our name reflects our commitment to the city and street culture.
“The number is already iconic in San Diego, now it will stand for the passion and pride of our region.”
It isn’t the first time the naming of a new team San Diego team has caused a social media frenzy.
“Footy McFooty Face” was the early favourite to win a fan vote earlier this year to name a potential new Major League Soccer team.