San Diego Wave to interrupt NWSL single-game attendance report, Alex Morgan reveals

The San Diego Wave has offered in extra of 27,000 tickets for its Sept. 17 match towards Angel Metropolis FC, sufficient to interrupt the Nationwide Ladies’s Soccer League’s all-time attendance report for a standalone recreation.

The Wave and U.S. worldwide ahead Alex Morgan revealed the attendance numbers in an unique interview with ESPN. The numbers had been additionally confirmed by the workforce.

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The attendance for the match, the opening recreation to be held at Snapdragon Stadium on the brand new Mission Valley campus of San Diego State College, will break the earlier report for a standalone recreation of 25,218, set again in 2019 in a match at Windfall Park between the Portland Thorns and the North Carolina Braveness.

The purpose now could be to attain a sellout, which might be over 32,000.

“I think it’s a testament to women’s soccer in the U.S. and the NWSL, and the San Diego Wave and what we’re building here,” Morgan advised ESPN.

“To see this number today, right now, and just knowing that we’re gonna get a sellout, it’s just an incredible feeling because this club set its mind on breaking the single-match attendance in league history. They’ve done that now, but now the goals don’t stop for this club and I’m just really proud to be a part of that.”

The Wave has loved a powerful enlargement marketing campaign, presently sitting second within the league desk, degree on factors with the first-place Portland Thorns and the third-place Houston Sprint. Morgan has performed a big position within the workforce’s success, main the league with 12 objectives.

“Honestly, it’s really hard to exceed my expectations, but this club and this team [have] done that, and I’m very happy to be part of it,” Morgan mentioned.

“I also just feel really settled; settled in at home, personally, and I think that’s contributed to my success on the field. So I think overall, it’s just been a dream start for the club. But it’s now, can we sustain that and secure a spot in the playoffs and make sure that we continue on this upward trend?”

Chemistry could be a problem for enlargement sides provided that gamers who’re unfamiliar with each other are grouped collectively for the primary time. However Morgan lauded the work the workforce did through the NWSL Problem Cup. Explicit reward went to the efforts of president Jill Ellis, GM Molly Downtain and supervisor Casey Stoney, in addition to these of the assist workers in getting the workforce profitable from the beginning.

“It’s a huge testament to the work that everyone does behind the scenes, making sure that players do feel fit, rested, recovered and ready for each game on the weekend, sometimes a three-game week,” Morgan mentioned.

“So it’s really been a lot of moving pieces put together in such an accelerated timeline because we’re in our first season and a lot of these clubs are in their 10th. And so it’s really impressive how fast we’ve been able to put things together.”

That features what is going to happen Sept. 17. Morgan mentioned she’s visited Snapdragon Stadium and has been impressed with what she’s seen, calling it “beautiful.” However extra importantly, after beginning their inaugural season on the smaller Torero Stadium on the College of San Diego, the brand new venue will double because the workforce’s dwelling.

“Not often in my lengthy career have I been able to open a brand new stadium, and know that’s home to the San Diego Wave, that’s home to a women’s soccer team where week in and week out, fans show up and have fan festivities around it,” Morgan mentioned. “We’re doing a lot to bring fans out on that first game, and I think it’s gonna continue to bring fans back.”