Club underscores commitment to growth as first USL team to utilize Driblab’s advanced analytics to support scouting and team management efforts
SAN DIEGO (Oct. 6, 2022) – San Diego Loyal Soccer Club and Driblab, a consultancy specialized in soccer analytics and big data, announced today a collaboration agreement to integrate advanced statistics and data into the club’s talent search and performance analysis. SD Loyal is the first team in the United Soccer League (USL) to partner with Driblab, emphasizing its commitment to growth and competition.
Through the partnership, SD Loyal management and scouting will have access to the extensive driblabPRO database, with the ability to search, measure and analyze more than 200,000 players through more than 180 competitions. SD Loyal will first utilize the data to evaluate its current roster, before putting it to use in the upcoming transfer window to make more objective decisions that minimize error and maximize potential throughout the scouting process.
“In order to be viewed as a professional club and league, we need to invest in professional tools,” said Andrew Vassiliadis, SD Loyal Chairman. “Utilizing this robust database will allow us to consistently bring top talent to San Diego while setting our existing players up for success.”
SD Loyal’s implementation of big data will inevitably forge a path for other teams in the USL to follow in its footsteps. Once the club has demonstrated the technology’s potential and efficiency during the upcoming transfer window, the league will likely incorporate such practices more commonly, catching up with sports like football and baseball that have seen significant success doing so in recent years.
“Gaining the confidence of San Diego Loyal SC is fantastic news in the progression and positioning of Driblab within the industry,” said Salvador Carmona, CEO of Driblab. “The club has been in a state of constant growth since 2019 and it is an honor that they have decided to work with us.”
SD Loyal continues to ramp up efforts across the board, securing a spot in the USL Championship Playoffs for the second consecutive season and is set to host a home playoff match for the first time in club history on Sunday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. The club’s final regular season home match, a sold-out Fan Appreciation Day celebration, will kick off this upcoming weekend on Sunday, Oct. 9 at 3 p.m. against New Mexico United from Torero Stadium.
ABOUT SAN DIEGO LOYAL SOCCER CLUB
Launched on June 19, 2019, San Diego Loyal SC is a professional soccer team that competes in The USL Championship, the fastest-growing professional soccer league in the world. The club is led by some of the best in sport. Chairman Andrew Vassiliadis is the youngest principal owner in The USL Championship and Landon Donovan, one of the most decorated soccer players in the U.S., leads the technical side as both EVP and Team Manager. Veteran soccer executive, Ricardo Campos, is serving as the club’s president. For more information, visit sdloyal.com.
Driblab is a consultancy specialized in football analytics and big data, focused on advising and minimizing risk in professional football decision-making in areas related to talent detection and footballer evaluations. The Driblab database has more than 180,000 players from over 180 competitions, covering information from all over the world. For more information, visit www.driblab.com.