On February 1, 2021, the United Soccer League (USL) announced Monterey Bay Football Club (Monterey Bay FC) joined USL Championship for the 2022 season. With the announcement, the expansion club becomes the second addition to the league for the 2022 season alongside Queensboro FC.
Monterey Bay FC is led by Owner and Chairman Ray Beshoff, who alongside a dedicated group of local investors, is working with the community to craft and develop the club’s official colors and crest which will be unveiled in the coming months. Beshoff, a Dublin, Ireland native, is a resident of Monterey Bay and has deep ties to the region.
The club plans to play on the campus of California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB). The club is privately investing millions to upgrade existing facilities, including the renovation of a stadium, which will bring the venue’s capacity to 6,000 and will be ready for play in the 2022 season. Construction is scheduled to begin by summer 2021.
The club’s soccer operations department will be headed up by two-time MLS Coach of the Year Frank Yallop, who also has Championship coaching experience following stints with Phoenix Rising FC, Fresno FC and Las Vegas Lights FC. Yallop will serve as Sporting Director for the club. Alongside Yallop’s honors at the coaching level, his pedigree includes two MLS Cup-winning runs in 2001 and 2003 with the San Jose Earthquakes, as well as a 2012 Supporters’ Shield mark in his second run with the Earthquakes.
The club’s front office will be led by Mike DiGiulio, who will serve as president. DiGiulio has for over 25 years led some of the most successful auto dealerships in Northern California. DiGiulio will be applying his experience in building enthusiastic and high-performing teams and cultivating long-term partnerships to his role with the club.