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USL Championship Announces SD Loyal’s 2021 Home Opener

By San Diego Loyal, 03/23/21, 10:55AM PDT


Club’s second-ever season begins on April 30 against Phoenix Rising FC

San Diego, CA (March 23, 2021) - Today, the USL Championship announced its home openers for the 2021 season. San Diego Loyal SC (SD Loyal) kicks off its second-ever season on April 30 against Phoenix Rising FC followed by Tacoma Defiance on May 13. The club will play their first game at Torero Stadium against Las Vegas Lights FC on May 29.

The club’s first match will be held at one of four new venues making their debut in the league this year. Defending Western Conference title-holder Phoenix Rising FC will host SD Loyal at their new 10,000-seat stadium at Wild Horse Pass in the Gila River Indian Community.

"We couldn’t ask for a better opening game than to go on the road and play the best team in the league in their new stadium,” said EVP of Soccer Operations and Manager, Landon Donovan. “We had three great matches with Phoenix last season and look forward to more exciting games this year.”

SD Loyal 2021 Confirmed Matches:

  • Friday, April 30 - Phoenix Rising FC vs. San Diego Loyal SC

  • Thursday, May 13 - Tacoma Defiance vs. San Diego Loyal SC

  • Saturday, May 29 - San Diego Loyal SC vs. Las Vegas Lights FC (Home Opener)

“It’s hard to describe how excited our players are to finally get to play in front of our amazing fans once again on May 29,” adds Donovan. “We are incredibly motivated to get our first-ever home win with our fans in the stands and celebrate with The Locals!"

SD Loyal is expecting to host fans at a 20 percent capacity at Torero Stadium, per state and local health guidelines. More details on the 2021 USL Championship season, including kickoff times, television broadcast schedule and the complete regular season schedule, will be available in the coming weeks.

Season Ticket Memberships are on sale now for six payments of $16.50 through March 31, 2021. Seats can be purchased by calling (858) 465-GOAL or at For frequently asked questions about attending matches this season, click here