'Footy McFooty Face' leads San Diego MLS team name voting

'Footy McFooty Face' tops SD MLS team name votes
'Footy McFooty Face' tops SD MLS team name votes
'Footy McFooty Face' tops SD MLS team name votes
'Footy McFooty Face' tops SD MLS team name votes
'Footy McFooty Face' tops SD MLS team name votes
Posted at 9:05 AM, Mar 25, 2017

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Did San Diego just kick itself in the face?

That may depend on whether voting for the city's potential Major League Soccer team name actually stands by the results - and if fans choose to get behind the winning name.

Voting is underway on Facebook, and here, for a potential name for a San Diego MLS team, with "Footy McFooty Face" leading by a large margin.

The vote is being hosted by SoccerCity SD, the same group looking to bring the expansion team to Mission Valley with a new mixed-use stadium and development. 

RELATED: New 'SoccerCity' rendering includes NFL stadium

As of Saturday morning, "Footy McFooty Face" had 5,229 votes. The next closest name, "San Diego Bad Hombres," had 1,234 votes. "San Diego Surf," arguably the highest-backed, more traditional sounding name for a team, had 1,140 votes.

SoccerCity SD did not immediately return a request for comment on whether the group would stand behind "Footy McFooty Face" as a potential team name.

Voting is currently in its fourth and final round. The poll closes on March 31.

The potential name was spawned in part from "Boaty McBoatface," the infamous moniker given to a U.K. Natural Environment Research Council fleet research vessel that was also named by the internet. However, the council opted to override the will of voters in the end.

The vessel was eventually named RRS Sir David Attenborough, to many internet users' disappointment.

RELATED: SDSU, Mayor Faulconer meet about "Soccer City"

The potential "SoccerCity" development on the site of Qualcomm Stadium has ignited a storm of renderings and fan discussion on whether an MLS team in San Diego can work as a replacement to the departed Chargers football team. 

The development by the group promises to construct a 30,000-seat stadium to house a MLS team and San Diego State University sports events, about 5,000 public and student residential units, office and retail space, about 18,000 parking spaces, and development of parkland, including the San Diego River Park. 

SDSU is looking into its own options for developing the site as well. The school has said they are in talks with multiple parties interested in developing the Mission Valley site, but have not made any commitments to partner with any specific party at this time.

RELATED: 'Soccer City' could net $2.8 billion annualimpactto local economy

This week, Mayor Kevin Faulconer met with SDSU officials to discuss future plans for the Mission Valley location. 

"Mayor Faulconer appreciated meeting with San Diego State University to hear their thoughts on Mission Valley," Jen Lebron, Faulconer's press secretary, said of the meeting. "As a proud Aztec, the mayor plans to keep an open dialogue with SDSU as well as meet with other stakeholders as he continues to review the initiative." 

Mark Saunders is a KGTV digital producer. Follow him on Twitter at @10NewsSaunders.