San Diego 1904 FC to visit LA Force in first official club match
NISA Challenge Cup on the line in historic game
San Diego 1904 FC will play its first-ever official match on the road at Rio Hondo College in Whittier, California against the Los Angeles Force this Saturday, September 7. The fixture also mark’s the club’s debut in the National Independent Soccer Association (NISA), which began activity last weekend.
The match will also be a NISA-sanctioned cup match with a trophy cer emony presented by league sponsor Hummel after the final whistle. Named the Challenge Cup, the event will stoke league rivalries between cities with a history of sports rivalry and promote the league’s founding clubs.
San Diego and Los Angeles already have a sports rivalry dating back decades across baseball, basketball, collegiate sports, and on the gridiron. However, no rivalry has ever developed on the pitch.
“Local rivalries and derbies create a spirit embraced around the world and that spirit is a major part of NISA,” said league commissioner John Prutch. “The Challenge Cup will be a historical evening for NISA. We see this event as symbolism to our belief in the open system and the world’s game.”
The following week, 1904 will play its first-ever home match on Saturday, Sept. 14 at SDCCU Stadium in Mission Valley. Kick off is scheduled for 7:04 p.m. (19:04 hours). Tickets are still available for 1904’s home debut online and at our in-person box office pop ups.