San Diego, CA (July 11, 2020) – San Diego Loyal Soccer Club (SD Loyal) announced today the signing of Jordan Chavez, Austin Guerrero and Ben Spencer, pending league and federation approval. The players will join the Club for its inaugural USL Championship season in 2020, which returns to play after a long hiatus against defending title-holder Real Monarchs SLC at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday, July 11.
SD Loyal is excited to add two San Diego natives, specifically from Chula Vista, to the roster—Defender Jordan Chavez and Goalkeeper Austin Guerrero. Chavez spent more of his professional career playing for local clubs including Albion SC and Chula Vista FC. Guerrero most recently played for Portland Timbers U23s after stints with UANL Tigres, Altamira FC and Puebla FC. Forward Ben Spencer joins SD Loyal after playing for Phoenix Rising FC and internationally for the United States U18.
In addition to these great additions, it’s with a heavy heart the club says goodbye to Assistant Coach Carrie Taylor. Statement from the club below:
“Carrie Taylor has resigned from SD Loyal SC. We value Carrie's dedication, drive and desire to win. We recognize and appreciate her work to help build Team 1, as she was an integral piece to establishing this club. She's choosing to refocus her energies on continuing to grow the women's game for players and female coaches with an emphasis on helping underserved communities nationally and internationally gain greater access to sport. We wish her the very best.”
Aside from duties as SD Loyal’s Senior Advisor, Shannon MacMillan has been promoted to the front office leadership team as the Primary Analyst for all broadcasted matches. The front office also welcomes Stefani Polonia as its Ticket Sales Manager. The SDSU alum joins the city’s newest men’s professional soccer team after working for the San Diego Seals.
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ABOUT SAN DIEGO LOYAL SOCCER CLUB
Launched on June 19, 2019, San Diego Loyal is the newest member of USL Championship, a USSF-sanctioned Division II league and one of the most competitive pro soccer leagues in the world. The Club will play at Torero Stadium at the University of San Diego. San Diego Loyal is built on four core pillars – independent, authentic, inclusive and optimistic. San Diego Loyal plays for America’s Finest City and is led by some of the best in sport. The Club is led by Chairman Andrew Vassiliadis, who is the youngest principal owner in USL Championship. It was founded and led on the business-side by experienced soccer executive Warren Smith, a co-founder and former president of Sacramento Republic FC. Executive Vice President of Soccer Operations Landon Donovan, one of the most decorated soccer players in the U.S., leads the technical side as both EVP and Manager. To learn more, visit sdloyal.com.
ABOUT THE USL CHAMPIONSHIP
The USL Championship is one of the most successful professional soccer leagues in the world, reaching a population of more than 84 million and fueling the growth of the game across North America. Sanctioned by the U.S. Soccer Federation as a Division II professional league, The Championship includes a membership of more than 30 clubs across the United States and Canada. Through the Championship’s headquarters in Tampa, Florida, the league’s clubs are provided with unparalleled support with a growing team of more than 50 professionals across 17 departments, ranging from operations to marketing, communications and sponsorship.
The Championship has a national media partnership with ESPN, wherein all league matches are broadcast on ESPN+, ESPN3 and across linear channels. The league also operates USL Productions, which includes a state-of-the-art facility that produced and distributed more than 500 league matches and more than 1,000 hours of original content to national partners, local affiliates and international markets throughout the 2018 season.
Hometown: Chula Vista, CA
Hometown: Chula Vista, CA
Hometown: Albuquerque, New Mexico