chula vista elite athlete training center

chula vista elite athlete training center

Exciting Rugby Showdown at Chula Vista: San Diego Legion vs. Chicago Hounds Pre-season Match

By Nick Gasparro


Chula Vista, CA – The Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center (CVEATC) witnessed an electrifying pre-season Major League Rugby match on Friday, February 16, 2024, as the San Diego Legion faced off against the Chicago Hounds. With a regular season atmosphere, this clash marked the first pre-season encounter for both teams, setting the tone for an intense and competitive season ahead.

For rugby enthusiasts and locals, the event provided an opportunity to experience top-notch rugby action at no cost, with free entry for all spectators. Adding to the fan experience, Jersey Mike’s Subs were available for purchase, ensuring that attendees could enjoy delicious subs while cheering for their favorite teams. The game took place at Field #5, with free parking and limited seating, prompting fans to bring their own chairs and be prepared with water, snacks, and layers for comfort.

The match showcased the players’ eagerness to hit the field after a winter break, with both teams displaying remarkable intensity from the opening whistle. The first half saw the Chicago Hounds take the lead at halftime, with a score of 14-7, setting the stage for an exciting second half.

The intensity only heightened in the latter part of the game, mirroring the fervor of the initial minutes. The teams fought relentlessly, and the scoreboard reflected their closely contested battle. Ultimately, the game concluded in a thrilling tie, with a final score of 21-21, leaving fans on the edge of their seats until the last moment.

Leading up to the match, the Chicago Hounds spent their winter off-season training at CVEATC from February 7 to February 17. The CVEATC provided them with comprehensive training experience, including overnight stays in the dormitories, access to the dining hall for meals, training on the rugby pitch, and utilization of the strength and conditioning center. This marked the second consecutive year that the Chicago Hounds chose CVEATC as their off-season training destination, fostering a positive and ongoing relationship between the team and the training center.

As the pre-season match came to an end, rugby enthusiasts left CVEATC with a sense of excitement and anticipation for the upcoming 2024 Major League Rugby season, which is scheduled to begin on March 2. The event not only showcased the talent of both teams but also highlighted CVEATC as a premier training facility for high-caliber rugby teams like the Chicago Hounds and the San Diego Legion.

For more information on the San Diego Legion and the Chicago Hounds, follow the links below:

San Diego Legion

Chicago Hounds