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October 4, 2023

San Diego Open A New Era As Gotham FC Makes Dubious NWSL History

On Saturday evening, the San Diego Wave hosted their first NWSL match at the brand-new Snapdragon Stadium.

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The expansion club set a new league attendance record, with 32,000 fans cheering the Wave to victory against local rivals Angel City FC.

The Wave started their NWSL campaign playing at Torero Stadium, which has a capacity of 6,000.

San Diego’s inaugural outing at Snapdragon eclipsed the previous NWSL standalone attendance record of 25,218, set by the Portland Thorns in 2019.

Saturday’s game also featured the largest crowd for any professional women’s soccer game in the United States since 2001.


The boisterous crowd was treated to a close, competitive game.

San Diego struck first off another goal from teenage phenom Jaedyn Shaw.

Angel City had a chance to equalize after a penalty was called in the 73rd minute, but Wave keeper Kailen Sheridan read it the whole way.
San Diego held on 1-0 and jumped to the top of the NWSL table.


On Saturday, large crowds weren’t the only significant outcome in the NWSL.

Gotham FC also wrote their names into the history books with their 10th straight loss, tying the single-season NWSL record for consecutive defeats.
Not unlike the Washington Spirit team that originally set the record, Gotham has seen their performances improve amid the streak.

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The club let head coach Scott Parkinson go mid-season, and brought in former Jamaica manager Hue Menzies as interim head coach.
They also traded for Kansas City Current midfielder Victoria Pickett to shore up the middle of the pitch.
Gotham constantly appears poised for a breakthrough, but their losing streak stretches all the way back to July 8.

Saturday’s 2-0 loss to the Spirit means that Gotham will try to avoid further damage when they take on OL Reign on Wednesday.

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