United Soccer League awards franchise in San Diego

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The United Soccer League (USL) announced it has awarded a USL Championship franchise in San Diego to Sacramento Republic FC Co-Founder and former President, Warren Smith.

The team has entered into an agreement with the University of San Diego (USD) to play at the University’s Torero Stadium and has named former U.S. Men’s National Team player Landon Donovan as its Executive Vice President for Soccer Operations.

“We are delighted to bring USL Championship soccer to San Diego,” said USL Chief Executive Officer Alec Papadakis. “It is a proud community with a rich soccer history, and we have no doubt that Warren Smith – a man of great experience and character – will lead this club successfully into the future.”

The club will be set to compete in 2021, with the possibility to begin play as soon as 2020.

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