Your San Diego Wave FC are the newest team to join the NWSL. The San Diego franchise announced their official name early this morning, via pre-recorded message from team President, Jill Ellis, accompanied by video. While the reveal came at 6 am PT, the brief live topped out at close to 500 viewers, showing just how excited many are to get any news on the NWSL’s newest franchise. The team also revealed that its inaugural season will be played at Torero Stadium, the current home of USL side, San Diego Loyal. The Waves FC will look for a more permanent home, but for now, have secured a place to play in 2022.
Unfortunately, that's all the news we’ve gotten. Many expected this announcement to at least come with a Crest, or official color reveal, but alas, the name was the only bit of news made official this morning. However, if the team website, and Twitter layout are indication, we can expect some combination of Navy Blue and White.
The team name has been met with overwhelming support, though many were quick to point out the similarities with fellow confluence club, KC Current. As well as the remaining questions of team colors, and crest design. See Twitter for possible Derby names, as well as a hearty laugh.
While no indication has been made either way, a new club waiting to reveal a crest isn't out of the ordinary. The KC Current spent the entire 2021 season as just KC NWSL, before announcing their official name, and revealing the team crest, just weeks ago. With the NWSL Drafts just a month away, it’s very possible San Diego take some of the same approach, as they begin focus on filling out a roster.
Now that San Diego Wave FC, are official, the real fun speculation can begin. While the team already named its first ever head coach, Casey Stoney, there is still the matter of that all important, first-ever signing for the club. Stoney’s history in the FA WSL may suggest a European import, but the team’s desire to embrace the Latin culture, as well as Jill Ellis being spotted around Liga MX Femenil, makes it all the more intriguing.
As the 2021 NWSL season approaches its end, the tides of 2022 begin to rise in San Diego. The Wave FC look to make a big splash in their inaugural season, taking the NWSL by storm. As everyone knows, you can't stop the Wave, but you sure can ride it.
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