SAN DIEGO, Calif. (June 27, 2018) – San Diego is making sports history! Major League Rugby(MLR) launched its inaugural season in the United States this year, with San Diego Legionmaking big moves for the newly-formed professional sports league and American Rugby. Finishing the regular season in MLR’s #3 seed, San Diego Legion has secured a spot in the MLR Championship Series. This grand, first-ever event will kickoff with the MLR Playoffs on Saturday, June 30 in Glendale, CO at Infinity Park. San Diego Legion will take on the Seattle Seawolves(#2 seed team) beginning at 4 p.m. PT.
“Since the start, the goal we put in front of us as a coaching staff and playing group was to end up in the Major League Rugby Playoffs and be in a good place entering postseason,” said General Manager & President Matt Hawkins. “We knew we would grow in confidence and competitiveness through the season and this has been a part of the planning process. Something we’ve been saying to ourselves: ‘It’s not about how we start, but where we finish.’ With that in mind, we still hope to officially end the season here in San Diego on July 7.”
The MLR Championship Serieswill begin on Saturday, June 30, which includes single-game elimination, doubleheader matches between the top four teams—Glendale Raptors, Seattle Seawolves, San Diego Legion and Utah Warriors. Both MLR Playoff games will be televised by CBS Sports Networkand streamed online through CBS platforms, with kickoff beginning at 4 p.m. PT. Based on the results from each match, the two winning teams will advance to the MLR Championship on July 7 in San Diego, CA at Torero Stadium. The Championship match will also be available live on CBS Sports Network.
MLR Playoffs Schedule
Seattle Seawolves vs. San Diego Legion, kickoff at 4 p.m. PT
Glendale Raptors vs. Utah Warriors, kickoff at 6:30 p.m. PT
“We have made great progress with our squad this season,” said Head Coach Rob Hoadley. “It has been a fiercely competitive inaugural season for MLR, and we are pleased to be peaking at the right time of year as we head into postseason. The whole squad and support staff have worked incredibly hard to put us in this position, and we are excited to face our next challenge against a very strong Seattle Seawolves team!”
Following the doubleheader on June 30 in Colorado, two teams will head to San Diego, CA and compete in the first MLR Championship at Torero Stadium. Tickets for the match start at $21.50 (with service fees included) and on sale now at sdlegion.com/ticketsor at the USD Box Office.
In addition to defeating a team with a nearly perfect winning streak on June 23 during the 2018 regular season finale, San Diego Legion also earned:
- Major League Rugby “Team of the Week” for week 2
- Major League Rugby “Player of the Week” for Anthony Salaber (Center), week 3
- Major League Rugby “Team of the Week” for week 8
- Major League Rugby “Team of the Week” for week 10
For more information on San Diego Legion, visit sdlegion.com or following the team’s musings on Facebook,TwitterandInstagram. To request media credentials for the first-ever MLR Championship in San Diego, CA on July 7, email email@example.com.
About San Diego Legion
Founded in 2018, San Diego Legionis a Major League Rugbyteam in San Diego building community around the sport of rugby and America’s Finest City. Led by President & General Manager Matt Hawkins with Head Coach Rob Hoadley, the team is made up of high-profile athletes and renowned rugby players from around the world. For the inaugural season of Major League Rugby, the team will be playing all home games at Torero Stadium. For more information about San Diego Legion, visitsdlegion.comor follow @SDLegion onFacebook,TwitterandInstagram.
About Major League Rugby
MLR is a professional rugby league that launched in April of 2018. It’s an initiative of the American rugby community, in partnership with private investors, who believe that American rugby can thrive at the highest levels: as a commercial enterprise; as an influential player on the international scene; and as a participation sport at the youth and senior level. MLR is the pinnacle of the American rugby, and provides a rallying point for local communities, a focal point for American rugby fans, and an aspirational destination for young athletes. For more information on Major League Rugby (MLR), visit usmlr.com.
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