In 1950, Brazil lost to Uruguay in the final game of the World Cup in front of a crowd numbering at least 200,000 at the Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro, a result that shocked a nation expecting its first world championship title to be claimed that day. The shock was so profound that a word, Maracanaço, was invented to describe the sense of desolation that enveloped Brazil as a result.
Brazil needed a scapegoat. It was easy to find one: the team’s colors. Brazil wore white jerseys with a blue collar and white shorts that day, a combination they have never worn since. Deeming those colors forever cursed, in 1953 Brazil changed its uniform to canary yellow jerseys with green trim, blue shorts and white socks, colors drawn from the nation’s flag colors. It was a combination that has come to define the team’s sparkling identity with five World Cup titles claimed since (incidentally also inspiring the colors of the New York Cosmos, one of Indy’s future NASL opponents).
That’s a long way of saying: choosing a team’s colors should not be taken lightly. This is why Indy Pro Soccer has been asking for your feedback on team colors in the Name the Team survey, and is now offering an open advisory poll of various options to spark some helpful debate and feedback as well - please vote below on the choices listed or suggest your own and leave your thoughts in the comments.
Why were the options below chosen, you might ask? Bear in mind they are not the only colors under consideration, but here’s the logic behind each:
City of Indianapolis flag colors: Red, white and blue
State of Indiana flag: Blue and gold
Auto racing colors: Black and white with checkers
IU and Purdue colors: Black, crimson, gold and white
Brickyard Battalion colors: Black, green and white