San Diego Loyal SC

San Diego Loyal Soccer Club is an upcoming American professional soccer team based in San Diego, California.[3] The team was founded by Warren Smith and Landon Donovan.[4] San Diego Loyal will make its debut in 2020 as an expansion team in the USL Championship.

San Diego Loyal SC
Full nameSan Diego Loyal Soccer Club
FoundedJune 20, 2019 (2019-06-20)
StadiumTorero Stadium
Capacity8,000 (planned)[1]
OwnerAndrew Vassiliadis[2]
Warren Smith
Landon Donovan
Executive VPLandon Donovan
ManagerLandon Donovan
LeagueUSL Championship
WebsiteClub website


Founded in 2019, the team plans to make its debut in the USL Championship in March 2020.[5] Warren Smith, one of the co-founders of Sacramento Republic FC, was named the President of the new club.[6][7] Former USMNT, LA Galaxy, and San Jose Earthquakes legend, Landon Donovan, was named the Executive Vice President of Soccer Operations.[6][7] On November 14, 2019, Donovan was named as the club's first manager.[8] The team's name and crest was developed through fan engagement and to reflect the interests of the city.[7]


The team signed a three-year letter of commitment to play at Torero Stadium.[7] Moreover, the initial three-year commitment comes with a series of one-year options for the following four years.[9] 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.[9] 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.[9]


The first supporters group established to support the team was The Locals Supporters Group.[10]


As of December 14, 2019

No. Position Player Nation
Defender Emrah Klimenta  Montenegro
Defender Sal Zizzo  United States


Front Office Staff
Chairman Andrew Vassiliadis
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
Technical Staff
EVP of soccer operations, manager Landon Donovan
Assistant coach Carrie Taylor
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



  1. "Second-division USL team in San Diego prepares to start in 2020". San Diego Union-Tribune. September 17, 2019.
  3. Staff, USLSoccer com (June 19, 2019). "United Soccer League Awards USL Championship Franchise in San Diego Market". USL Championship. Retrieved June 20, 2019.
  4. "Landon Donovan to bring pro soccer to San Diego". June 19, 2019. Retrieved June 21, 2019.
  5. Zeigler, Mark (September 16, 2019). "Second-division USL team in San Diego prepares to start in 2020". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  6. "Executives". Retrieved June 20, 2019.
  7. "Landon Donovan, Warren Smith bring USL to San Diego". Retrieved June 20, 2019.
  8. "San Diego Loyal Announces Landon Donovan as Manager". San Diego Loyal SC. Retrieved November 14, 2019.
  9. "Second-division USL soccer team coming to San Diego". San Diego Union-Tribune. June 19, 2019. Retrieved June 21, 2019.
  10. "Twitter".
  11. "Administration". San Diego Loyal SC. Retrieved November 16, 2019.
  12. "Technical Staff". San Diego Loyal SC. Retrieved November 16, 2019.
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