Loyal SC Opens Home, Open Trial Event – NBC 7 San Diego
On November 5, the San Diego Loyal SC lost their first-ever playoff game to San Antonio 2-0. Since then manager Landon Donovan has struggled to overcome this setback while making sure no one at the club forgets him.
âI see it more as part of the process. I didn’t expect to make the playoffs, âDonovan said. âI thought we had a chance to beat any team in the league, which we have proven we can do. But the playoffs are a different beast. We have a lot of guys with experience. in age but not in the actual experience of playoff games or knockout games. So it was a very good experience. I told them after the game, I reminded them of that feeling of losing and what it is. felt because this season, in 2022, we’re going to re-prepare for a playoff game, hopefully in USD, and I want them to know it’s do or die. “
This journey begins March 12, 2022. The Loyals open the season against LA Galaxy II with a 7:00 pm kick-off at Torero Stadium.
Most of the group got back together. Donovan expects 14 to 16 players from that playoff list to return for 2022, with a few new additions to be announced in the coming weeks.
The Loyal opened the training camp on January 31st and waste no time against other teams, by hosting an exhibition day at the Elite Athlete Training Center in Chula Vista on February 5th against the other teams in the USL Championship. New Mexico United and USL League expansion club One Central Valley Fuego GC (based in Fresno). The full preseason roster looks like this:
February 5 – New Mexico United // Central Valley Fuego FC // at CVEATC // To be determined
February 13 – Vancouver Whitecaps FC // at Torero Stadium // 3 p.m.
February 19 – Club Tijuana Xolos // at the Torero stadium // 7 p.m.
February 26 – LA Force // at CVEATC // To be determined
March 5 – San Diego State University // at SDSU // 6:30 p.m.
If you want to join the club, you have the option to do so.
On January 21, Loyal SC is hosting an open trial at USD’s Valley Field and when they say open they mean open. Anyone between the ages of 15 and 35 can register for training. Loyal staff are legitimately looking for untapped talent.
In 2021 they brought in a few players from the tryout who were able to play in preseason games and in 2019 they landed goalkeeper Austin Guerrero from an open try. The Chula Vista native took over after Trey Muse suffered an injury and allowed just 17 goals in 15 games with five shutouts.
“It’s not a theory, it’s possible,” says Donovan. “The way I see it, because there are two groups of players (on trial): someone in the 19-27 range who hasn’t had the chance, for whatever reason. , to be a pro who might be good enough to make our team or someone who is younger who, even if he doesn’t make our first team, he can make our Loyal Select team. “
Loyal Select is the club’s development academy. In its first year of existence, CJ Fodrey, Ian Mai and Xavi Gnaulati, all local high school students, competed in and contributed to USL Championship games.
“You never know,” says Donovan. “You never know if someone will be good enough, but we have proven over the years that we are willing to take someone if they are good enough.”
It’s all part of what the team’s name means – to be loyal to the San Diego soil. But, there is also a lack of time. Only 125 places are open for the test. You can find out how to join the field of hopes by clicking here.