The name takes inspiration “from the city’s pristine and powerful coastline and diverse cultural heritage,” the team said in a news release. Wave FC’s crest will be revealed at a later date.
“This is an exciting moment for our franchise,” Ellis said in a news release. “I have been out in the community, and you can feel the energy and anticipation building for our team’s arrival. We listened to soccer fans and community leaders, and we are proud to select a name that connects with the people and essence of San Diego. A wave is a strong symbol and, like our club, it is an integral part of something bigger. Our players will be incredibly inspired to put on their jerseys and play for the fans of San Diego Wave FC.”
Former Manchester United manager Casey Stoney was appointed to be the first head coach for San Diego in July. Wave Fútbol Club will be the second NWSL team in Southern California, as Angel City FC is already set to launch in Los Angeles.
The NWSL gave their approval for an expansion team in San Diego in June and the club is set to begin playing in spring 2022 in Torero Stadium, its temporary home on the University of San Diego’s campus. A permanent venue will also be announced at a later date, the team said.