The league announced its newest expansion team on Tuesday, June 8. The San Diego team is set to start playing in Spring 2022.
The only two-time FIFA Women's World Cup-winning manager Jill Ellis will be the president of the San Diego NWSL team, which is currently unnamed.
"This is a proud and historic moment for soccer in San Diego, Southern California and the United States," said 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."
The team's name, head coach, crest, and venue partner will be announced at a later date.
"San Diego is filled with an unwavering and fervent fanbase with a wide interest in soccer," said owner Ron Burkle. "We are thrilled to bring women's professional soccer to San Diego and believe this club will be deeply embedded in this community."
Ellis has let the U.S. Women's National Team to eight tournament titles including the 2015 and 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.
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