The San Diego Loyal aim to stay hot during the summer heat. They are enjoying a nice 13-day break before they host one of the premier soccer clubs in the world.
On July 27, San Diego Loyal will host Bundesliga’s Borussia Dortmund for a friendly as Dortmund makes its way around the United States for an offseason tour. The match will be played at Snapdragon Stadium, and it should be packed with excitement in what will be the biggest match in the history of the club’s four-year existence.
𝐋𝐎𝐘𝐀𝐋 𝐯𝐬 𝐃𝐎𝐑𝐓𝐌𝐔𝐍𝐃
— San Diego Loyal (@SanDiegoLoyal) June 9, 2023
After that match, the Loyal will host Colorado Springs FC once again as USL play resumes on July 30. In fact, SD will host another four matches in a row afterward, as they will enjoy a long homestand until August 26.
With all that said, the time is now for the Loyal to start winning. The month of August will be a huge month for this soccer club.
First place in the Western Conference is well within reach. As former manager, Landon Donovan said many times, and now Nate Miller echoes… this team has championship aspirations.
San Diego has been in the postseason three times but has not been able to get past the first round. Because the West is so stacked with talent, it doesn’t really matter who you face. However, finishing with the top seed gives you a first-round bye that Loyal will be fighting for during the course of the next few months.
The Loyal are just five points away from the No. 1 seed in the West. Currently sitting in 4th place with 30 points, SD is more than capable of not only gaining ground but surpassing the squads above them. Sacramento Republic has been dominant all season long, but three straight draws has allowed teams to catch up. Sacramento has 35 points on the campaign, and if the Loyal keep winning, then they will surpass them in no time.
This homestand is incredibly important for the Loyal. Every team they will be hosting has either the same amount of points (30) or fewer on the season. That means the Loyal will be the favorite to win in each of these next few matches. It’s crucial Miller’s squad takes advantage of this opportunity to climb the standings to try and earn the top seed.
Next 5 Matches:
- July 30 against Colorado Springs FC (28)
- Aug. 5 against Orange County SC (25)
- Aug. 9 against Loudon FC (20)
- Aug. 12 against Memphis 901 FC (30)
- Aug. 19 against New Mexico United (25)
San Diego is just 19 matches into the season. There is plenty of time left for things to change. With the schedule ahead and seeing how well the Loyal played in their previous two matches, there is a very high chance they finish the homestand, at least in second place.
San Diego’s toughest stretch is behind them. They just completed a rough stretch of matches playing all five of the top teams in the Western Conference … as well as almost coming out with a draw on the road against the No. 1 team out East.
San Diego has played all of the good teams. Now, they will insert their will against teams below them in the standings as they try and take control of the West.
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.