New San Diego Loyal SC signing Hunter Ashworth has competed for the New Zealand U-23 National Team at the 2019 Oceania Men's Olympic Qualifying Tournament. | Photo courtesy San Diego Loyal SC
SAN DIEGO – San Diego Loyal SC announced on Thursday it had signed defender Hunter Ashworth, pending league and federation approval. Ashworth joins his teammates ahead of the 2021 season Home Opener on Saturday, May 29 against Las Vegas Lights FC.
“Hunter has come in and proven that he wants to be an SD Loyal player,” said SD Loyal EVP of Soccer Operations and Manager Landon Donovan. “He competes extremely hard every day and represents the values of our club. We are thrilled to have him join our team.”
Ashworth joins SD Loyal after playing for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC alongside current SD Loyal defender Thomas Vancaeyezeele. The 23-year-old made his USL Championship debut in July 2020 in a match against Louisville City FC. Prior to joining the league, he played college soccer at University of San Francisco and UC Santa Barbara and played internationally for the New Zealand national team at the U-17, U-20, and U-23 levels.
“I’m very proud to be a part of this club,” said Ashworth. “Previously, from an outsider's perspective, it was a place any player would want to be. Now to be a part of it, I feel very blessed and am excited to give all I have for the team. I can’t wait to put the Loyal Kit on and see what it means to the people and city of San Diego. It’s an honor to have this opportunity to represent the badge.”