San Diego Loyal SC
|Full name||San Diego Loyal Soccer Club|
|Founded||June 20, 2019|
|Executive VP||Landon Donovan|
San Diego Loyal Soccer Club is an American professional soccer team based in San Diego, California. The team was founded by Warren Smith and Landon Donovan. San Diego Loyal will make its debut in 2020 as an expansion team in the USL Championship.
Founded in 2019, the team plans to make its debut in the USL Championship in March 2020. Warren Smith, one of the co-founders of Sacramento Republic FC, was named the President of the new club. Former USMNT, LA Galaxy, and San Jose Earthquakes player, Landon Donovan, was named the Executive Vice President of Soccer Operations. On November 14, 2019, Donovan was named as the club's first manager. The team's name and crest was developed through fan engagement and to reflect the interests of the city.
The team signed a three-year letter of commitment to play at Torero Stadium. Moreover, the initial three-year commitment comes with a series of one-year options for the following four years. The team will initially focus on building a fan base and brand at Torero, noting that the stadium could be expanded to a capacity of 8,000. Moreover, the team noted the possibility of sharing the prospective San Diego State University West stadium, at a 35,000 capacity, as a potential site for future years if they can cultivate the fan support.
The first supporters group established to support the team was The Locals Supporters Group.
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Players and staff
- As of March 6, 2020
Management and staff
|EVP of soccer operations, manager||Landon Donovan|
|Assistant coach||Carrie Taylor|
|Assistant coach||Nate Miller|
|Goalkeeping coach||Matt Hall|
|Senior adviser||Paul Buckle|
|Senior adviser||Shannon MacMillan|
|Performance doctor of physical therapy||Annemarie Alf|
|Head athletic trainer, nutrition coach||Brittany Peterson|
|Assistant athletic trainer||Marielle L'Heureux|
|Team manager||Elizabeth Rivas|
|Sports performance consultant||Jesse Saenz|
|Front office staff|
|President & CEO||Warren Smith|
|Chief commercial officer||Pete Thuresson|
|Vice president of marketing and communications||Ashley Cramer|
|Marketing coordinator||Steven Pye|
|Vice president of operations and gameday experience||Ricardo Campos|
|Vice president of partnerships||Nick Maranda|
|Manager of partnerships||Peter McDermott|
|Vice president of ticket sales and service||Casey Patterson|
|Ticket sales manager||Whitney Anderson|
|Account executive||Karla Cortez|
|Account executive||Alec Cruickshank|
|Account executive||Joel Juarez|
|Inside sales representative||Lauren Weiland|
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