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SD Loyal Signs Four Local Youth Academy Talents

By San Diego Loyal, 04/06/21, 2:00PM PDT

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USL Academy Contracts designed to preserve teens' amateur status

San Diego, CA (April 6, 2021) - San Diego Loyal SC (SD Loyal) announced today the addition of four San Diego-based youth players to their 2021 USL Championship roster under USL Academy contracts, pending league and federation approval. The players will represent the first team while preserving amateur status and NCAA eligibility.

“As the soccer capital of this country, we are very fortunate to have some of the very best players here in San Diego,” said EVP of Soccer Operations and Manager Landon Donovan. “Being able to add four of them to a roster further shows our commitment to this community and that we are truly dedicated to making SD Loyal a club that our entire community can be proud of. We can't wait for the day to see our first grown product representing SD Loyal on the field at Torero Stadium.” Players chosen to continue their path to playing professional soccer by signing USL Academy contracts are below:

Xavi Gnaulati, 16

  • Position: Midfielder
  • Hometown: Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA
  • Youth club experience: Oceanside Breakers , San Diego Surf Soccer Club, Encinitas Express Soccer

Calvin Jay (CJ) Fodrey, 17

  • Position: Forward
  • Hometown: Coronado, CA
  • Youth club experience: Coronado FC, Nomads Soccer Club & Academy, LA Galaxy Youth Academy, Albion SC, San Diego Surf Soccer Club

Ian Mai, 16

  • Position: Defender
  • Hometown: Mission Valley, CA
  • Youth club experience: LAFC Academy, LA Galaxy Youth Academy, San Diego Surf Soccer Club

Josh Kenworthy, 18

  • Position: Defender
  • Hometown: Del Sur, CA
  • Youth club experience: Albion SC, San Diego Surf Soccer Club, Atlanta United Academy

Players are also eligible to compete with Loyal Select, the club’s part-time youth development program, as well as their respected youth clubs on any given weekend as long as they are not on SD Loyal’s active 23-man roster. The hope is that Loyal Select is the pathway to pro for all future USL Academy contract signees. 

Season Ticket Memberships are on sale now for  five payments of $20 through April 30, 2021. Seats can be purchased by calling (858) 465-GOAL or at sdloyal.com/tickets. For frequently asked questions about attending matches this season, click here

 

CURRENT SAN DIEGO LOYAL SC ROSTER

GOALKEEPERS (2): Trey Muse (on loan), Austin Guerrero, Antony Siaha

DEFENDERS (9): Elijah Martin, Jack Metcalf, Grant Stoneman, Sal Zizzo, Thomas Vancaeyezeele, Ebenezer Ackon, Jordan Chavez, Ian Mai, Josh Kenworthy

MIDFIELDERS (7): Charlie Adams, Collin Martin, Tumi Moshobane, Jack Blake, Morgan Hackworth, Alejandro Guido, Xavi Gnaulati

FORWARDS (4): Corey Hertzog, Ben Spencer, Niki Jackson, Calvin Jay (CJ) Fodrey