United Soccer League (USL) San Diego, the soccer team founded in June and based in San Diego, has named San Diego native Andrew Vassiliadis as chairman, according a release. The terms of the deal, finalized at the end of September, were undisclosed.
The 36-year-old Vassiliadis, a local businessman and philanthropist, is currently the youngest principal owner in USL Championship and will lead the club along with founder and president Warren Smith in preparation for the inaugural USL Championship season in 2020, states the release.
“San Diego is home for me, and both this club and I are here to stay,” said Vassiliadis via a statement. “Sports can be transformational for a city. Just as our beaches, parks and neighborhoods serve as gathering places for our community, our soccer matches will also serve as a place for San Diego to come together for one purpose and one badge.”
Vassiliadis attended Long Beach State before returning to San Diego to help with his Greek family’s real estate business. For 15 years, Vassiliadis worked in the entertainment industry and, afterward, invested in an app called Mention My Biz. He also serves as the vice president of the Vassiliadis Foundation and as a soccer and volleyball coach at his alma Mater, Francis Parker School.
USL San Diego is the newest member of USL Championship, a Division II pro soccer league, sanctioned by the U.S. Soccer Federation, with more than 30 clubs across the United States and Canada. The club will play at Torero Stadium under a three-year agreement with the University of San Diego, according to the release.
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