Albion SC Joins WPSL as 2019 Expansion Club With Star Talent
Albion SC announced in September that the club will launch the Women’s side of ASC – San Diego and compete in the Women’s Premier Soccer League in the 2019 campaign. Selecting head coach Eloisa Borreguero from Spain and signing Natasha Kai, U.S. Gold Olympian as the first player to ASC San Diego Women, the ASC San Diego women’s team will debut in the WPSL West Region as one of the most prestigious expansion teams in the history of the league.
“ASC San Diego will put forth the best team and operate with the highest standards inspiring greatness throughout,” said Noah Gins, Albion SC CEO, and Technical Director.
ASC San Diego Women is committed to building the premier women’s soccer team with the hiring of head coach Eloisa Borreguero from Spain and former National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) player Natasha Kai, a U.S. Gold Olympian. Borreguero played for Atlético Madrid during her career.
“Thank you to the WPSL for giving us the opportunity to come into the league at a very exciting time in women’s soccer,” said Gins.
“The U.S. Development Academy, the World Cup in 2019 and the growth around the women’s game — it’s all very exciting times,” said Gins.
”ASC San Diego is proudly bringing women’s professional soccer to San Diego,” said Ziggy Korytoski, ASC-San Diego NPSL Head Coach and Albion SC South Director of Coaching.
“We are making serious strides to push the women’s game and inspire greatness in San Diego. We have committed to head coach Eloisa Borreguero from Spain and signed Natasha Kai, U.S. Gold Olympian as the first player to ASC San Diego Women. These initial moves should resonate to all in terms of the seriousness we are taking to push the women’s game in San Diego.”
“I’m very excited and thrilled to be part of such a great and professional organization,” said Natasha Kai.
“I am privileged to be part of the development of the future generation of players while leading, helping and encouraging these young women to not only become better players on the field but also become strong and confident individuals off the field,” said Kai.
“I’m very excited to be able to play for San Diego and ASC. I truly believe that this is a start to something great and I’m very privileged and honored to be a part of this team and organization,” said Kai.
“There is so much talent here in San Diego, especially in our youth,” said Kai.
“Having ASC in San Diego not only gives the future generation strong female role models, but it also gives young players hope to be able to play at the high stage in the USA,” said Kai.
Having watched Kai extensively when she played in the NWSL pro women’s league for Sky Blue, Korytoski compliments her dedication on and off the pitch, citing her dedication to giving back to the San Diego community.
“As a player and a role model, Kai is invested beyond playing for the ASC women,” said Korytoski. “She wants to be active in our community which speaks of her character and class. We are fortunate to be associated with such a profile.
As an Olympic gold medalist, Kai is an inspiration to all young girls and boys who aspire to fulfill a dream.”
Korytoski also praises the hiring of head coachBorreguero, which he claims will fit the development model the club strives for.
“Borreguero’s playing career and knowledge of the game is remarkable, and her ability to teach will allow her to fit right into our new wave of Albion coaches here in the South Bay,” said Korytoski. “I truly believe that she is the most qualified female coach to lead, teach, develop and inspire our young, female athletes.”
“I am proud to join ASC San Diego as the new head coach for the WPSL team because of this club’s amazing vision. Noah’s passion for developing players – to make them the best they can be – that’s what really excites me the most. About being with people that see the game that way,” said Borreguero who will also be joining Albion SC’s U.S. Soccer Development Academy (DA) staff.
Borreguero looks for a strong work ethic, mental toughness, and commitment when identifying and selecting her players.
“It’s an honor to have Natasha Kai as our first player announced for our WPSL team. Her talent, expertise, and leadership will help build our team,” said Borreguero.
ASC San Diego will work in partnership with Albion SC, their nationally recognized youth club in San Diego and a leading member of the U.S. Development Academy.
ASC-San Diego will compete against city rivals San Diego SeaLions, San Diego Surf, LA Galaxy San Diego and San Diego Parceiro Ladies among other WPSL teams.
ASC San Diego men’s team launched in 2015 under Gins’ leadership and has won its conference two of the past three years.
Please note: This article has been updated / corrected.