chula vista elite athlete training center

chula vista elite athlete training center

FC Nordsjaelland: A Winter Training Adventure at Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center

By Nick Gasparro

Chula Vista, CA – In a bold move that has caught the attention of soccer enthusiasts and locals alike, FC Nordsjaelland, the Danish football powerhouse, has chosen the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center (CVEATC) as the backdrop for their winter training camp. From January 15th to January 27th, 2024, the Wild Tigers, who have a close connection with future MLS side San Diego FC, immersed themselves in a unique training experience, capitalizing on the top-notch facilities offered by CVEATC during the Danish league’s annual winter break.

“FC Nordsjaelland (FCN) might be the most unique professional club in Europe, or perhaps anywhere. The Wild Tigers also provide a window into what San Diego Football Club, the Major League Soccer expansion franchise scheduled to launch next year, could look like.” Said Mark Ziegler from the San Diego Union Tribune. The choice of CVEATC for their winter training camp reflects FCN’s commitment to innovation and strategic planning, offering a glimpse into the future of soccer training and community engagement.

The attendance of 64 players and staff members underscores the significance of this transcontinental training venture. FCN seized the opportunity to utilize CVEATC’s state-of-the-art amenities, including soccer fields, a strength and conditioning center, sports therapy room, and conference spaces. The team’s overnight stay in the dormitories provided a cohesive environment, fostering team spirit and camaraderie.

The CVEATC experience extended beyond the pitch, with FC Nordsjaelland indulging in catered breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The fusion of world-class training facilities and exceptional hospitality made this winter retreat a memorable chapter in the team’s preparation for the upcoming challenges.

One of the highlights of FCN’s stay was the friendly scrimmage against Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles on January 17th. The Wild Tigers displayed their prowess on the CVEATC grounds, securing a commanding 5-0 victory. The match not only showcased FCN’s talent but also fostered international sportsmanship and collaboration.

In addition to their on-field activities, FC Nordsjaelland took a proactive approach to community engagement. The team hosted a coaching clinic at CVEATC, inviting several dozens of San Diego’s top coaches to participate in an informational session and an open practice. This initiative not only strengthened the ties between the Danish club and the San Diego soccer community but also served as a platform for knowledge exchange and mutual learning.

As FC Nordsjaelland bid farewell to Chula Vista, the echoes of their impactful training camp linger in the Southern Californian air, leaving an indelible mark on the CVEATC and the San Diego soccer community. The international collaboration between FCN and CVEATC serves as a testament to the boundless possibilities that arise when football transcends geographical boundaries.

For more information on FC Nordsjaelland, follow the links below:

FC Nordsjaelland Homepage

FCN – San Diego Union Tribune