About Monterey Bay Football Club
Monterey Bay Football Club was founded on February 1, 2021 and played its inaugural season in the USL Championship in 2022. Led by Principal Owner and Chairman Ray Beshoff, alongside a dedicated group of local investors, the club worked with the community to craft and develop its official colors – Crisp blue and Kelp blue – as well as its crest, which was unveiled in July 2021. Beshoff, a Dublin, Ireland native, is a resident of Monterey Bay and has deep ties to the region.
The club’s front office is led by President Mike DiGiulio. For over 25 years, DiGiulio led some of the most successful auto dealerships in Northern California. He brings his experience in building enthusiastic and high-performing teams and cultivating long-term partnerships to his role at the club.
The soccer operations department is 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 – and Assistant Coach Ramiro Corrales, who is from Salinas. Yallop serves as the Sporting Director and Head Coach for the Union. 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 plays at Cardinale Stadium, a 6,000-seat soccer-specific venue located in the middle of the Monterey Peninsula on the campus of California State University, Monterey Bay. Formerly home to the Fort Ord Warriors, a semi-pro American football team composed of military service members, Monterey Bay Football Club invested over $11 million in renovations to transition Cardinale Stadium into its newest era. The home of the Union is lined by the region’s iconic Monterey cypress trees and offers the local community a one-of-a-kind professional soccer experience.