SAN DIEGO – The NWSL’s 12th and newest franchise will be called San Diego Wave Fútbol Club, it was announced Tuesday morning.
In a press release, the club said it took inspiration from the city’s pristine and coastline and diverse cultural heritage.
The Wave will begin play at its temporary home, Torero Stadium, next spring. The club’s crest and permanent venue will be announced at a later date.
San Diego has a rich history in the sport, from its youth through professional ranks. The organization, led by president Jill Ellis, head coach Casey Stoney and vice chairman Matt Alvarez, spent several months conducting research and connecting with the community to find a name that resonates with the city.
“It was clear the ocean is a way of life for San Diegans, and waves reflect the heartbeat of the city. Wave FC will be the first NWSL franchise to use the Spanish translation, Fútbol, in its name,” the press release stated.
“This is an exciting moment for our franchise,” Ellis said in a statement. “I have been out in the community, and you can feel the energy and anticipation building for our team’s arrival. 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. A wave is a strong symbol and, like our club, it is an integral part of something bigger. Our players will be incredibly inspired to put on their jerseys and play for the fans of San Diego Wave FC”
Added Stoney: “This is an exciting next step in our process to the team’s kickoff next season. Having spent some time now in San Diego, I believe our name strikes the perfect balance between representing this beautiful city and how we want to be a relentless force on the pitch. Wave FC will be a source of city pride for the community on and off the field of play.”