The Beautiful Game


America’s finest collegiate soccer teams are about to take center stage in America’s Finest City.

In October 2011, the NCAA Championship Committee officially named USD’s Torero Stadium as host venue for the 2012 Women’s College Cup, the Division I Final Four of women’s soccer. Semi-final games begin on Nov. 30, leaving two teams on Dec. 2 to battle for national supremacy.

“It is an exceptional honor for our university and community to get such a prestigious event on our campus,” says USD Women’s Head Soccer Coach Ada Greenwood.

Greenwood, a member of the NCAA competition committee, says the bid to host the event in San Diego was well received by his colleagues.

“It was pretty straightforward. With San Diego being such a strong soccer community, the school is a great environment to host this kind of event.”

Torero Stadium certainly has a history of showcasing the sport’s most talented players. Besides hosting opening rounds of the NCAA tournament, it has also welcomed the Chivas Soccer Club, both the men’s and the women’s U.S. National team, and the L.A. Galaxy to the pitch.

The atmosphere, however, wasn’t the only draw for committee members.

“Of course, the climate was very important,” says Greenwood.

And rightfully so, especially when compared with the near-freezing conditions for last year’s national championship game in Cary, N.C., where the College Cup has been played five times since 2000. San Diego will mark the championship’s first visit to Southern California.

Greenwood says his players were “absolutely ecstatic” upon hearing the committee’s selection of their school. “They are all so excited. Making the Final Four in our own city would be incredible.”

Will this setting be just what USD needs to make an historic postseason run?

“There’s a big challenge ahead of us. We have things we need to work on, but we’re definitely excited for the possibilities.” — Davis Jones ’14