Molly Downtain, who was the U.S. women's national team's administrator when it won the 2019 World Cup, has been named the general manager of the new San Diego NWSL team.
Jill Ellis, who coached the USA to world titles in 2015 and 2019, is the president of the San Diego team, which will begin play in 2022.
“Molly is incredibly talented and passionate about women’s soccer with deep roots in the sport and in NWSL,” said Ellis. “She brings an intimate knowledge of the inner workings of a team and detailed, first-hand knowledge of some of the most talented players in the world. Her network, keen understanding of NWSL, relationships and skillset are perfectly suited to guide our club forward as we build out our team to compete for championships. I have worked extensively with Molly throughout my time as a head coach and she is an ideal fit for this role with our club.”
Downtain will oversees player acquisitions, scouting and technical staff decisions, including operating the team salary cap and soccer operations budget.
Prior to joining U.S. Soccer, Downtain was the director of soccer operations at the University of Illinois, where she also earned a masters degree in sports management. She played soccer at Division II Chico State.