Founded on 2-1-2021
On February 1, 2021, the United Soccer League (USL) announced Monterey Bay Football Club (Monterey Bay F.C.) joined USL Championship for the 2022 season. With the announcement, the expansion club became one of two new additions to the league for the 2022 season alongside Detroit City FC.
Monterey Bay F.C. is led by Owner and Chairman Ray Beshoff, who alongside a dedicated group of local investors, worked with the community to craft and develop the club’s official colors — Crisp blue and Kelp blue — and 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 plays at Cardinale Stadium on the campus of California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB). The club privately invested millions to upgrade existing facilities, including the renovation of what was formerly known as Freeman Stadium, to bring the venue’s capacity to 6,000 ahead of the club’s inaugural season in 2022.
The club’s 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. Yallop serves as the Sporting Director and Head Coach 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 is led by Mike DiGiulio, who serves as President of the club. For over 25 years, DiGiulio led some of the most successful auto dealerships in Northern California. He now brings his experience in building enthusiastic and high-performing teams and cultivating long-term partnerships to his role at the club.