How often do you get a chance to help name a professional sports team?

Starting today, Chattanoogans can help name the city's United Soccer League (USL) Division III professional team.

Team owner Bob Martino and Sean McDaniel, president and general manager, are launching a contest to involve the community in the city’s newest franchise.

“We want our community to help us create a name that fully embodies and empowers our city,” said Martino. “We’re excited to add a professional team to Chattanooga’s sports scene and invite soccer fans, athletes, children, families and all citizens to submit names that reflect our community, its history and our future.”

The “Name Your Team” contest kicks off Wednesday. You can submit names and a story to support of your pick for the professional soccer team name.

Names could include historical figures or events rooted in Chattanooga history, native species or animals with a unique origin in the region, local natural formations or landmarks, values that capture the spirit of Chattanooga’s people or any submission containing a supporting story.

“Chattanooga is a soccer city, and it’s also a creative community that’s accomplished many milestones because of coordinated efforts,” said McDaniel. “By helping name the professional soccer team, our community has a part in expressing who we are as a city and where we’re going together.”

The first round starts Wednesday and closes August 29. Each person who submits a team name and narrative will be entered into a drawing to win prizes, such as VIP experiences, season tickets, catered parties, team merchandise and more.

Voting for the top three submissions will open August 31. The name and logo will be unveiled at a public event this fall, according to a new release.

To make submissions, visit or their social media channels - @ChattanoogaSocc on Twitter, @ChattanoogaProSoccer on Instagram, and Chattanooga Pro Soccer on Facebook.