SD Loyal recruits local talent from the Youth Academy


San Diego Loyal SC added four San Diego-based young soccer players to their roster for the 2021 USL Championship under contracts with the USL Academy. Players will continue their path to professional football, representing the first team while preserving amateur status and NCAA eligibility.

Young players include Josh Kenworthy, 18, a resident of Del Sur. Kenworthy, a defenseman, has youth club experience playing for Albion SC, the San Diego Surf Soccer Club and the Atlanta United Academy.

“As the football capital of this country, we are very fortunate to have some of the best players here in San Diego,” said Landon Donovan, Loyal manager and executive vice president of football operations. “Being able to add four of them to a list further shows our commitment to this community and that we are truly committed to making SD Loyal a club that our entire community can be proud of. We can’t wait to see our first local product representing SD Loyal on the grounds of the Torero Stadium.

Players can also compete with Faithful selection, the club’s part-time youth development program, as well as their respected youth clubs every weekend as long as they’re not on SD Loyal’s active 18-player roster. The hope is that Loyal Select will be the path to the pro for all future contractors with USL Academy.

Seasonal memberships for SD Loyal are on sale now. Seats can be purchased by calling (858) 465-GOAL or sdloyal.com/tickets.