San Diego (April 23, 2021) –Training camp, preparation matches and double scrimmages are over. And so is nearly two months of constant work towards what is next: the USL Championship season.
San Diego Loyal completed its preseason schedule with a 5-0 win against USD Toreros Friday night at Torero Stadium.
Coach Landon Donovan’s team was back at its home stadium for a match for the first time since the end of the 2020 regular season in September. It was a spring of preparing for the franchise’s second season. Donovan got a chance to test his squad and see what players were ready to be part of the final roster and worthy of his first eleven.
“In my opinion it’s been almost a perfect preseason,” Donovan said. “We played a variety of different teams, some very good teams. We finished the preseason with almost three full 90-minute performances from our guys, so, they are fit and ready to start the season. Most importantly, no injuries. We are very happy with how it’s gone and we’re ready for Phoenix now.”
Against USD, Donovan fined tuned the final details heading into the season opener next week against Phoenix Rising FC.
Newcomers Jack Blake and Niki Jackson both sent in a pair of goals. Ben Spencer also found the net for SD Loyal in the preseason finale.
SD Loyal played eight preseason dates against Cal United Strikers FC, 1904 FC of the NISA and college teams Azuza Pacific and Cal State Fullerton in addition to USD. Donovan’s also played against Seattle Sounders and LA Galaxy, both of MLS.
SD Loyal enters its first week of the regular season as it prepares to face Phoenix Rising FC Friday April 30 on the road in its new Wild Horse Pass stadium.
“Our guys can’t wait. It’s been not only long preseason like it is for every team, but it’s been a long time since they’ve been on the field playing a real match,” Donovan said. “They are ready. Probably couldn’t be more ready than they are for this match and they are going to play one of the top two or three team in the league in a new stadium at their place, opening day on national television. It’s everything you can ask for as an athlete and competitor. We’ll be ready.”