San Diego Wave Fútbol Club: NWSL’s newest team gets a name

Surfers ride the waves in San Diego, California. The city's proximity to the ocean sparked the name of the newest NWSL team: San Diego Wave Futbol Club
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The National Women Soccer League’s 12th team announced its name on Tuesday: The San Diego Wave Fútbol Club.

“We listened to soccer fans and community leaders, and we are proud to select a name that connects with the people and essence of San Diego,” San Diego FC President Jill Ellis said in a statement. “A wave is a strong symbol and, like our club, it is an integral part of something bigger.”

The NWSL announced that San Diego would be home to the league’s newest club in June 2021. In addition to Ellis, San Diego Wave FC is led by Head Coach Casey Stoney, Vice-Chairman Matt Alvarez and owner Ron Burkle.

According to Tuesday’s release, Torero Stadium will be the temporary home of the team when it begins play in spring 2022. The team’s permanent venue – as well as its official crest – will be announced at a later date.

The news comes ahead of the semifinal round of the 2021 NWSL Playoffs. On Sunday, the Ol Reign will take on the Washington Spirit, while the Portland Thorns will host the Chicago Red Stars. A full schedule of the 2021 NWSL Playoffs – complete with TV channel info – can be found here.

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