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  • Writer's pictureAmy Kate - The Red Way

NWSL announce San Diego are the newest Expansion Team in the league starting in Spring of 2022

Updated: Mar 15, 2022

Today has been a good day in my world. I know this is not #LFC related but still near and dear to my heart and I could not help but talk about it.

Several hours ago, women’s soccer made headlines as the the National Women’s Soccer League announced San Diego will be the latest city to gain an expansion team starting in the Spring on 2022 with their president being two-time, back-to-back FIFA Women’s World Cup winning manager (2015 & 2019) - not to mention 6 other major tournament titles, the for US Women’s Soccer Head Coach,

Jill Ellis. She is the second coach to achieve this honor as well.

“This is a proud and historic moment for soccer in San Diego, Southern California and the United States,” said NWSL San Diego President Jill Ellis. “The NWSL continues to grow immensely and bringing women’s professional soccer back to San Diego, an area with a rich soccer history and passionate fanbase, will have a deep and positive impact on this community. I am incredibly honored to lead this club forward as we prepare for play in this league next year. We aim to become a significant team globally, led by influential women, with the ability to attract the best talent throughout the world. I am eager to begin this project and look forward to leading this club as we build towards the future.”

San Diego Spirit star Shannon Mac Millan signed autographs after the final game of the 2001 WUSA season.(UNION-TRIBUNE)

This brings back fond memories of when I would attend WUSA’s San Diego Spirit matches watching US Women’s National team players like Julie Foudy, Shannon Mac Millian and Joy Fawcett at Torero Stadium on the USD Campus from 2001-2003 before it sadly collapsed on September 15, 2003, only weeks before the 2003 Women’s World Cup that was held in the USA last minute that year due to the outbreak of SARs in China. Back then, the San Diego Spirit averaged 6K fans per game at a stadium which the capacity was only 7K. We had a loyal and unwavering fanbase back then. I look forward to women’s soccer finally returning to my hometown. (Yes, I know most of the world call’s it football, but in the United States it’s called soccer).

October 2018 - Working with Shannon MacMillian on the Soccer City Campaign

The team still has not released the details of the Team name, crest, or venue partner and Head coach yet, but I am hoping they revive the San Diego Spirit once again! Wishful thinking of course.

The new expansion team in San Diego has created a lot of buzz all over social media. click the link to the article from the NWSL.

Im really looking forward to watching professional women’s soccer in my hometown again.

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