Dubuque is not a one-dimensional city. It never has been, and it never will be.
When the management team at Union were trying to decide what to call this club, there were several important things that we tried to keep in mind:
- There isn't much precedent for competitive soccer clubs in our city, so we really had a wide open canvas to work with.
- Anything that would potentially divide our fanbase should not be considered.
- Most importantly, our club would be a club for everyone in the city. Also, we won't be limited to people in the city, but for anyone who chooses to support us.
It was this last point that led us to consider our city's history as a potential source for our name. As we flipped through page after page of Dubuque history, one thing became very clear: there has never been one entirely dominant culture, industry, or any other defining aspect in our city. Because of this, it seemed almost unfair to call our club anything related to a specific industry or people group.
For those unaware, our great city was founded when Julien Dubuque—a French-Canadian pioneer—made a pact with Peosta—chief of the local Native American tribe. This union meant that at its very beginning, Dubuque was already a multicultural city. Shortly thereafter, the union expanded via official approval from Spain, who owned the land as part of the Louisiana Territory. If you fast forward to the mid-19th century, the simultaneous arrival of German and Irish immigrants meant that the city continued to develop as a region where cultures came together. All this proves that things in Dubuque come in pairs, or threes, or fours, etc. We are a city of many cultures and interests, and we embrace that wholeheartedly.
So we're the Union. Dubuque still exists as several cultures come together as one city. Our city is a union, whether made explicit or not. We think it's pretty neat, so we'll stick with it.
Our City. Our Union.