Veteran midfielder will stay in San Diego on a two-year deal with option

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (July 21, 2022) – San Diego Wave Fútbol Club has announced the re-signing of midfielder Kristen McNabb through the 2024 NWSL season on a two-year contract plus an option year. McNabb has played an integral role in San Diego Wave FC’s success on the pitch thus far and will remain with the club following its inaugural season.

“I am incredibly excited to call San Diego home for the next few years. I look forward to continuing to develop as a player and supporting the team’s success in any way I can. The Wave has built such a special environment, cultivated from the top down, and I am grateful to be a part of it.”

Kristen McNabb, San Diego Wave FC Midfielder

The New Jersey native has made 12 starts in 13 matches played for Wave FC this season and has proven to be versatile as a midfielder or defender. McNabb has recorded 31 clearances, 11 interceptions and seven blocks, also winning 64.5% of her tackles. Offensively, the midfielder has created seven scoring chances, recorded nine shots and scored one goal.

“I am really pleased that Kristen has extended her stay with the club. She has been an integral part of the team in our inaugural season, and I’m excited to watch her continue to grow.”

Casey Stoney, San Diego Wave FC Head Coach
Photo Courtesy of San Diego Wave FC

In 2017, McNabb was drafted by the OL Reign where she kicked off her professional career and played for five seasons before being selected as the fourth pick in the 2022 NWSL Expansion Draft by San Diego Wave FC.

Internationally, McNabb has represented the United States on the U-18 and U-23 national teams. The midfielder played collegiately for the University of Virginia, where she was recognized for an array of accolades, like NSCAA All-Region Selection, All-ACC Second Team and more.

McNabb re-signs with San Diego Wave FC ahead of the team’s road match against the Chicago Red Stars on Saturday, July 30, in a top-two NWSL standings clash. Wave FC’s next home match at Torero Stadium is on Sunday, Aug. 7 versus the Kansas City Current with tickets on sale now at The club looks forward to its historic opening match in the new state-of-the-art Snapdragon Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 17 with single-game tickets available soon.

About San Diego Wave Fútbol Club

San Diego Wave Fútbol Club is the 12th and newest member of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). The club’s vision is to be a force for good through the game we love and is led by President Jill Ellis, former head coach of the US Women’s National Team (USWNT) and two-time World Cup champion. Together with Head Coach Casey Stoney, the club will bring the highest level of world-class, professional soccer to San Diego. USWNT standouts Alex Morgan and Abby Dahlkemper were two of the first players signed to the club that consists of athletes representing six international soccer federations, including US, Mexico, Canada, Sweden, England and Australia. The team began its inaugural season at a temporary home, University of San Diego’s Torero Stadium. The new Snapdragon Stadium will serve as Wave FC’s permanent home upon completion of construction, scheduled for September 17, 2022 as the team takes on Angel City FC.



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