Two new pro teams will play in San Diego in 2020

The USL Championship team operated by Warren Smith and Landon Donovan in San Diego will begin play in 2020 at Torero Stadium on the campus of the University of San Diego.

“Playing our inaugural season in 2020 was important to us, to the league and most importantly to the San Diego soccer community,” said Smith, who helped launch USL Championship club Sacramento Republic FC. “The excitement and anticipation we have for the season is palpable.”

The move is no surprise as it comes less than a week after the club announced a string of executive hires.

The San Diego USL team hired Pete Thuresson, who has worked in the NBA and NASCAR and at Fox Sports, as its chief commercial officer. Ricardo Campos will serve as the club’s vice president of operations while other hires include Casey Patterson (vice president of tickets, service and membership) and Nick Maranda (vice president of partnerships).

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Donovan will head the soccer operations.

The announcement also follows the launch of San Diego's new NISA team, 1904 FC, which drew an announced crowd of 3,028 fans for its home debut at 70,000-seat SDCCU Stadium, a 3-1 win over the California United Strikers. (The San Diego Tribune termed the crowd count "a little generous," more like "about 1,904."

Another San Diego team, ASC San Diego, was supposed to play in the NPSL Founders Cup but pulled out when it was scaled back and launched as a six-team Members Cup.

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