San Diego will get a Pro Soccer team But Will it be the NASL?

Pro Soccer in San Diego will happen very soon but which League? Like St.Louis, San Diego is about to suffer the same fate by losing their NFL team, the Chargers to Los Angeles and, should that happen, the city will only have one pro sports team the Padres. Immediately after the NFL approved the Rams to move to Los Angeles, St.Louis became the talk of Major League Soccer official and coaches as a candidate to land an expansion team in the near future along with San Diego. While San Diego doesn’t have a deep history of soccer like St.Louis, pro soccer in San Diego have been in the past, very successful with the success of the San Diego Sockers, who won 10 Major Indoor Soccer League titles, which were lead by great players like Victor Nogueira, Juli Veee, Brian Quinn and the legendary Steve Zungul.

Former San Diego Padres owner John Moores reportedly was finalizing a deal to buy Everton FC of England’s Premier League and was looking to bring Major League Soccer to San Diego. But while Don Garber praised St.Louis’s chance in getting an MLS team, the commissioner shot down San Diego’s chance during an interview with Grant Wahl of Sport Illustrated in Baltimore during the MLS Superdraft; enter the North American Soccer League who announced their intentions to expand out west. The NASL expansion fees are lower than the MLS and wouldn’t necessary require to build a soccer specific stadium though it could be a challenge to have soccer matches at Qualcomm Stadium so it’s possible that a future NASL team in San Diego could share a soccer stadium with the University of California San Diego or University of San Diego. So while San Diego’s changes in getting an MLS team dimmed with the comments made by commissioner Garber chances are that John Moores will be looking at bringing pro soccer through the NASL and if it happens it would be a nice addition for the city.


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