San Diego Wave made a huge splash during their first season in the NWSL. The way they’ve attacked this offseason shows they have no plans to slow down.
For Jill Ellis, Casey Stoney, and the San Diego Wave, the goal this year is to build on what was an extremely successful first campaign in the NWSL. The acquisitions of Alex Morgan, Sofia Jakobsson, Emily van Egmond, and Taylor Kornieck last season before the club’s first campaign even started demonstrated the desire to be in the company of the elites.
Right from the get-go, it was clear the Wave did not just want to be the best women’s soccer club in California, but one of the best in the NWSL and the world. The Wave were the only expansion side in the league’s history to make it to the postseason in just their first season.
Stoney’s belief that “complacency kills” has embedded itself throughout the entire club since her arrival. Her disciplined, player-focused coaching style transitioned well from Manchester United to the NWSL, demonstrating that she has the ability to get the best out of every player on the roster no matter the age.
Stoney’s squad finished with the third-best record in the NWSL, losing to the eventual champion, Portland Thorns in the playoff semifinals. In the regular season, the Wave allowed the second-fewest goals in the NWSL, losing just two out of their 11 matches on their home turf.