San Diego, CA (Feb. 11, 2021) – San Diego Loyal SC (SD Loyal) announced today the acquisition of forward Niki Jackson, pending league and federation approval. SD Loyal will begin its second USL Championship season in May 2021.
"Niki is a proven goal scorer and has the ability to be one of the best attacking players in the league,” said Landon Donovan, EVP of Soccer Operations and Manager. “He is also a tremendous young man who is extremely motivated to prove himself. We are excited to bring him to our club!"
Jackson, 25, was selected 73rd overall in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft by Colorado Rapids. He scored his first career goal during his MLS debut in a 2018 match against New England Revolution. Following, he was loaned to United Soccer League side Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC and most recently in 2019 with Charlotte Independence scoring five goals. Prior to getting drafted, Jackson played at Grand Canyon University where he scored 41 goals over his collegiate career and was named WAC Offensive Player of the Year.
"My family and I are beyond excited to be a part of the San Diego Loyal family,” said Jackson. “I’m looking forward to meeting the guys and getting to work with an amazing staff as I’ve heard nothing but great things about the club. I’m excited to give my everything and bring lots of joy to the city and fans. Let’s bring a championship to San Diego.”
Season Ticket Memberships are on sale now for seven payments of $14 through February 2021. Seats can be purchased by calling (858) 465-GOAL or at sdloyal.com/tickets.
CURRENT SAN DIEGO LOYAL SC 2021 ROSTER
GOALKEEPERS (1): Trey Muse (on loan)
DEFENDERS (6): Elijah Martin*, Jack Metcalf*, Grant Stoneman*, Sal Zizzo*, Thomas Vancaeyezeele, Ebenezer Ackon
MIDFIELDERS (5): Charlie Adams*, Collin Martin*, Tumi Moshobane*, Jack Blake, Morgan Hackworth*
FORWARDS (3): Corey Hertzog, Ben Spencer*, Niki Jackson
*returning players from 2020 roster
Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ