Miguel Berry returns home to sign with SD Loyal SC
Former University of San Diego star Miguel Berry was signed (off loan) by the San Diego Loyal SC from Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew SC.
The Loyal broke the news Friday that the hometown kid would be finishing off the remainder of the season on Team 1.
.@JonKempin21 is back and would like to introduce our newest addition…#SDLoyal | @ColumbusCrewSC pic.twitter.com/CLop5nXtlR
— San Diego Loyal (@SanDiegoLoyal) August 28, 2020
Berry was born in Barcelona, Spain, and grew up just outside of Barcelona in a town called Sant Cugat Del Valles. He then moved to San Diego, where he attended Poway High School.
The Spanish footballer made 72 appearances for the USD, registering 38 goals and 16 assists in four collegiate seasons. He scored 17 goals in 18 starts during his senior campaign, which earned him the West Coast Conference co-player of the year honor.
That wouldn’t be all recognition he would receive as just last season, Berry was a 2019 All-American, MAC Hermann National Player of the Year semifinalist, CoSIDA Academic All-American, and Scholar All-American (First Team) by United Soccer Coaches.
Berry would then go on to be drafted 7th overall in the MLS SuperDraft by the Columbus Crew SC.
Former Torero Miguel Berry signs with Columbus Crew SC @ChrisSpiering @USDmsoccer @MiguelBerry92 https://t.co/PPXPCG9FmU pic.twitter.com/mZlGM0ILB7
— East Village Times (@EVT_News) March 3, 2020
The lack of production on offense by the Loyal in recent matches has been a problem for Manager Landon Donovan. With Berry’s speed and goal-scoring ability, he should provide a significant boost to this team as the Loyal makes a push for the playoffs.
Berry played at Torero Stadium for four seasons, so he will be used to the pace of the field and should feel the comfort like he is playing at home.
Welcome back to San Diego, Miguel! The @SanDiegoLoyal got a good one
Can’t wait for you to take the field once again at Torero Stadium! #GoToreros https://t.co/dYdHJX718A
— San Diego Men’s Soccer (@USDmsoccer) August 28, 2020
The next match for San Diego is on the road, Sat. Aug 29 against Orange County SC. Berry and the rest of the Loyal can be seen on ESPN+ and The CW San Diego. The match starts at 7 p.m.
Chris is a graduate of the University of San Diego. He is the former Sports Editor for the USDVista newspaper. Chris is also an athlete and is huge fan of San Diego sports. Chris has covered the San Diego Loyal, and contributes regularly about the Padres.