Jun 26, 2017 (San Diego) the North American Soccer League (NASL) will bring professional soccer to the region starting with the 2018 season. The team will initially play at the University of San Diego Stadium in Fashion Valley. They expect to move to a privately built facility in the North County, as soon as they can.
This effort is separate from FS Investors since the NASL is one of the two-second tier leagues in the United States. FS Investors are trying to bring a Major League Soccer team to Mission Valley.
This is the group bringing professional soccer to San Diego, from the statement:
The NASL, currently one of two leagues designated as the second division in American soccer, will announce an expansion team in San Diego, with former Premier League striker Demba Ba serving as the lead investor in an ownership group that includes Chelsea star Eden Hazard, Crystal Palace midfielder Yohan Cabaye and Fenerbahce forward Moussa Sow. The formal announcement of the awarding of the expansion team is expected to be made on Monday, with the team set to begin play in the spring of 2018.
This is a growing market, with the popularity of the sport growing every day. They see this as an expansion market that can be successful. In reality, the region lacks any professional soccer presence. This is in many ways taking place because the NASL does not expect Major League Soccer to approve the expansion for Mission Valley without the special election in November 2017, which the City Council did not approve.
“The San Diego team will join an Orange County expansion team announced in May as the first two members of the NASL expansion class of 2018.”
The team has yet to get a logo or a name. We will stay tuned for that.