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The Eagles have won face-to-face games for the first time this season, meaning football fever is on the rise in Philadelphia.

What better time to announce the return of a long-lost soccer franchise to the city?

USFL will return in April, and the Philadelphia Stars are officially back as one of the league’s first eight franchises, more than 37 years after they left the city for Baltimore during the league’s opening run.

Most importantly, the team nailed the logo back, largely sticking to the original design with just a few modern tweaks:

Beautiful.

The Stars played at Veterans Stadium in 1983 and 1984, and spent the 1984 post-season playing at Franklin Stadium (and won the championship in 1984). After the 1984 season, the Stars reached an agreement to move to Baltimore in 1986, and spent a year temporarily playing in College Park, Maryland.

Teams are expected to play in a central venue and matches will be broadcast on FOX. The tournament begins in April and runs through June, with matches mainly on Saturdays and Sundays.

All of this is very reminiscent of the attempt to restart the XFL in 2020, which was unfortunately cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic and ultimately caused the league to fold again. The XFL is expected to try another relaunch in 2023.

Whether there is enough attention for another soccer league in the United States is not the point; lousy country with football fandom. The issue is whether there is enough talent to power the sub-teams. Several players from the XFL reboot have landed in the NFL, including Temple product PJ Walker, who started in quarterback for the Panthers just two weeks ago, but overall, talent levels are down fast when you leave the NFL.

If nothing else, having the Stars back will lead to some fun and a bit of fun merchandise. Can’t hurt.

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