San Diego has secured a United Soccer League Championship team, with former US national team and Major League Soccer star forward Landon Donovan playing a key role as an investor and the executive vice-president of soccer operations.
Businessman Warren Smith, who co-founded fellow USL team Sacramento Republic in 2012, is the majority owner but is courting local investment.
The team has secured a three-year lease at the 6,000-seat Torero Stadium at the University of San Diego. A formal announcement is expected on June 19.
Donovan had been involved in a separate San Diego bid to land a Major League Soccer expansion team, which failed at the ballot box after a stadium measure was defeated in a public vote.
The USL Championship is the designated second division in the United States soccer pyramid.