09 Jun San Diego awarded NWSL growth franchise ex-USWNT boss Jill Ellis named president
The Nationwide Ladies’s Soccer League introduced San Diego as its newest growth team, with former U.S. girls’s nationwide team supervisor Jill Ellis named as president.
The team is owned by Ron Burkle, who counts the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins amongst his holdings, and he has named longtime enterprise affiliate Matt Alvarez to run the team on his behalf. San Diego will start play alongside fellow growth team Angel Metropolis FC within the spring of 2022. The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that the team will play its video games at Torero Stadium on the campus of the College of San Diego.
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“On behalf of the NWSL and our board of governors, I am thrilled to welcome San Diego NWSL to our league,” mentioned NWSL Commissioner Lisa Baird. “The NWSL’s progress is clearly a precedence for us, however we have all the time mentioned that progress must be carried out thoughtfully and intentionally. That is precisely what we have carried out right here. San Diego NWSL has all of the hallmarks of a profitable growth membership: a dedicated possession group with the assets required to spend money on the success of our league and our gamers, in a neighborhood stuffed with soccer gamers and followers, in a area that has been underrepresented in our league. I am unable to wait to look at all of it come collectively.”
The hiring of Ellis quantities to a coup for the growth aspect given her lengthy historical past within the girls’s recreation, primarily as a coach. Ellis has been courted by a number of organizations since stepping down following the U.S. team’s second consecutive World Cup triumph in 2019, however now she has the chance to construct a soccer group from the bottom up.
“This can be a proud and historic second for soccer in San Diego, Southern California and america,” mentioned Ellis. “The NWSL continues to develop immensely and bringing girls’s skilled soccer again to San Diego, an space with a wealthy soccer historical past and passionate fanbase, can have a deep and constructive impression on this neighborhood. I am extremely honored to guide this membership ahead as we put together for play on this league subsequent 12 months. We purpose to change into a major team globally, led by influential girls, with the flexibility to draw one of the best expertise all through the world. I’m keen to start this undertaking and look ahead to main this membership as we construct in direction of the long run.”
The addition of San Diego completes what had been a winding street by way of the league’s newest growth aspect. The league introduced again in January that the team can be primarily based in Sacramento, however these plans modified when Burkle opted to not transfer ahead with a undertaking to personal an MLS growth in that very same metropolis. San Diego, the place Burkle owns a house, then emerged instead.
“San Diego is stuffed with an unwavering and fervent fanbase with a large curiosity in soccer,” mentioned Burkle. “We’re thrilled to convey girls’s skilled soccer to San Diego and consider this membership will probably be deeply embedded on this neighborhood. We consider in Jill and can present the required funding to construct a membership that every one of San Diego will probably be proud to help. Jill’s experience and historical past throughout the sport is unrivalled and we’re extremely excited to proceed to work with commissioner Baird to convey a world-class team to San Diego as we proceed to develop the game and girls’s soccer.”
San Diego has some historical past with girls’s soccer. It was residence to the San Diego Spirit, which performed within the Ladies’s United Soccer Affiliation from 2001 till the league folded after the 2003 marketing campaign. It counted U.S. girls’s nationwide team legends Julie Foudy, Pleasure Fawcett and Shannon MacMillan amongst its gamers. With the NWSL now in its ninth season, and on firmer monetary footing, it can give girls’s soccer one other attempt.