USD Soccer Standout Berry Loaned to San Diego Loyal SC by MLS' Columbus Crew

Miguel Berry, USD soccer standoutFormer Torero soccer standout Miguel Berry, center, was drafted by the MLS' Columbus Crew in the first round, but the team has loaned him out to the San Diego Loyal SC for the rest of this season.

Miguel Berry, a standout forward for the University of San Diego men’s soccer program from 2016-19 and the seventh overall pick in the 2020 Major League Soccer SuperDraft by the Columbus Crew learned last week that he’s been loaned out to the San Diego Loyal SC of the United Soccer League.

The Loyal, who play their home games at USD’s Torero Stadium, liked what they saw when observing Berry play with the Toreros.

"I had the opportunity to watch Miguel play in person last year at USD and it was evident that he was ready to play at the next level,” said Landon Donovan, EVP of Soccer Operations and First Team Manager for the Loyal SC in a team statement about the transaction. “He has all the tools to be a top-level striker in this country and we are fortunate to have another San Diegan join us as we push towards the playoffs."

The Crew retain the right to recall Berry during the loan.

“Miguel is a young forward who is competing for time on the field and needs to consistently play matches in order to continue his development,” said Crew SC President and General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko in a team statement. “By going on loan to San Diego Loyal SC, Miguel will be able to get the valuable minutes that he needs at this stage of his career.”

Berry made 72 appearances (69 starts) for USD, registering 38 goals and 16 assists. In his senior year alone, he was named the WCC Co-Player of the Year and was a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann National Player of the Year award. Additionally, the forward also earned a spot in the following teams: the USC (United Soccer Coaches) All-America Second Team, All-WCC First Team, USC Scholar All-American First Team, the USC All-West Region First Team, and College Sports Information Directors of America All-American Third Team.

“To play at Torero stadium, my home for four years, again is a dream come true,” Berry said in the announcement by the Loyal SC regarding his acquisition. “I’m extremely excited to be able to contribute to what the organization is building here in San Diego and I’m looking forward to being able to give back to this great city.”

In 2016, his freshman year, he made 18 appearances (15 starts), scoring eight goals and one assist to earn a spot on the West Coast Conference (WCC) All-Freshman Team. During his sophomore year, Berry made 17 appearances (all starts), recording five goals and five assists en route to being named to the All-WCC First Team as well as the United Soccer Coaches (USC) All-Far West Region Second Team. In 2018, his junior season, Berry made 19 appearances (all starts), tallying eight goals and two assists while earning All-WCC First Team and USC All-Far West Region Second Team honors. In his senior year, 2019, the forward made 18 appearances (all starts) while netting 17 goals — tied for second-most goals in a single-season for USD — and providing eight assists.

Berry signed with the Crew on Feb. 27 after being drafted, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he has yet to play a game for the team. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound scholar-athlete was born in Barcelona, Spain, but was raised in Poway, Calif. Berry turns 23 on Sept. 16.

— Compiled by Ryan T. Blystone

Photos courtesy of USD Athletics

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