The North County Battalion - a team who made it to the National Premier Soccer League playoffs in their inaugural season this year - has joined forces with San Diego Surf Soccer Club, one of the best youth soccer clubs in the nation.
The partnership results in a yet-to-be-named United Soccer League Premier Development League soccer club that will compete in the Southwest Division of the PDL in 2017.
NC Battalion majority owner Jason Barbato told NBC 7 that the partnership grew thanks to his team's head coach, Ryan Guy.
“He felt there were very strong passions and synergies between both organizations and he worked to put both groups together,” Barbato said.
It may not be the only partnership the Battalion makes this off season.
Barbato said the club has ongoing discussions with several groups “that have the highest of aspirations and intentions in San Diego.”
The PDL was founded in 1995 and is sponsored by the United Soccer Leagues in the U.S. and Canada.
U.S. Men’s National Team members Jordan Morris, Gyasi Zardes, Brad Guzan and Sacha Kljestan are just a few PDL alums who have risen to the top levels of the soccer world.
A change of venue may also be in the works for the NCB.
In the NPSL, the Battalion played their home matches at Del Norte High School. Barbato said that though nothing is concrete, a venue change might be made to benefit fans for the upcoming season that runs from May to August.
Look for more announcements from San Diego’s newest soccer franchise soon.
Barbato said the ownership group is heading to the USL/PDL conference early next week, and when they return, they plan on revealing the new clubs crest and tryout dates for the upcoming year.