San Diego Spirit
|Full name||San Diego Spirit|
San Diego, California
|League||Women's United Soccer Association (2001-2003)|
The San Diego Spirit was a professional soccer team that played in the Women's United Soccer Association. The team played at Torero Stadium on the campus of the University of San Diego in San Diego, California. The team began play in 2001. The league announced on September 15, 2003 it was suspending operations.
The founding members of the Spirit were Julie Foudy, Shannon MacMillan and Joy Fawcett. The team reached the playoffs in the 2003 season, losing to the Atlanta Beat in the semifinals. Other notable members of the Spirit included Scotland's Julie Fleeting, Brazil's Daniela and Canada's Christine Latham, as well as U.S. national team players Jenni Branam, Aly Wagner and Shannon Boxx.
|Year||League||Regular Season||Playoffs||Avg. Attendance||Total Attendance|
|2001||WUSA||5th Place||Did not qualify||5,711||62,821|
|2002||WUSA||7th Place||Did not qualify||5,883||58,832|
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Coach: Omid Namazi
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