Oceanside CA— On Wednesday, Oceanside City Councilmember Jerry Kern encouraged backers of the recently announced San Diego professional soccer club to locate the franchise in Oceanside.
On Monday the North American Soccer League (NASL) announced that the San Diego area was chosen as the league’s newest expansion market, and are currently scouting locations in the North County to build a privately-funded soccer complex that includes a stadium.
“Oceanside has become the center of youth soccer in San Diego County as the result of the 21 soccer fields developed at El Corazon Park,” Kern said. “El Corazon is a logical home for professional soccer and I invite backers of the new franchise to consider this, their North County site.”
El Corazon Park is home to the SoCal Sports Complex that features 21 full-size fields on 52.5 acres and is host to youth soccer tournaments year round, including the San Diego Surf Cup.
“Having a professional soccer team based in Oceanside would not only enhance the existing youth soccer culture, but would help stimulate economic activity along the 78 corridor,” Kern said.
NASL is a United States Soccer Federation sanctioned Division II league that currently features eight teams. Last month a new club was announced in Orange County and San Diego will become the tenth club.
The yet-to-be named new club will make its league debut in the spring of 2018 and will play its games at the University of San Diego until their home stadium is built.