Chris Felicelli-Chicago Jacks
Our local supporter group preview begins in sunny California with a “sit down” with the San
Diego Swans members Karl and Shelly. Not only are they a great group of Swansea fans, but
they also are extremely active in the San Diego community. Give them a follow on Twitter
@SanDiegoSwans and head over to the brewery to catch a match!
How did you guys first begin to follow Swansea?
Karl: I started following in 2014 when Monk was managing. I just had my first child and was up
early in the mornings with her I began watching the Prem regularly. Not able to trace my family
roots and not wanting to just glory chase a top six team I landed on Swansea
Shelly: When I started watching as much premier league coverage as possible I decided it was
time to choose a team to follow; Swansea was a fun to watch and were loyal to their fans and
community, so I decided to support my Welsh heritage and they’ve been my team ever since.
When did your group first start to meet up?
Karl: I want to say it was 2014 or 2015; first met up with Paul and during a meet up Shelly
walked in randomly to the same bar we were at wearing the 2017 away kit in some sort of
weird Swansea divine guidance.
Shelly: I met Karl and Paul 1 year ago, before that I yelled at my TV alone.
How many members do you currently have?
4 total-Karl, Paul, Shelly, and Landon
Your group seems to be active in the San Diego community with getting an MLS team. Can
you describe what you have done?
Karl: The soccer community in San Diego is tight and the supporter groups have united in trying
to bring MLS to San Diego. We’ve lent our time and name as a group to the effort by helping
with food drives, community cleanup projects, pickup games etc. highlighting the benefit soccer
has for a community; hence, wanting MLS in San Diego as that unifying thing to move our city
Where do you meet up on match day?
Karl:Thr3e Punk Ales is our home spot. They’ve always been incredible hosts opening early for us.
259 3rd Avenue Chula Vista, CA 91910
Does your group do any other activities outside of watching matches together?
Drinking the dankiest of craft beers and pickup matches!
How can Swans fans in the area get in contact with you to join a meet up?
Karl: Statesidejack.com, twitter, FB, or Instagram @SanDiegoSwans
What is your prediction for this year in the Championship?
Karl: This is tough, one week I’d say auto promotion, next I’d say mid-table, next I’d say playoff
spot. But right now, this very day I’d say just outside playoffs. Not too worried about
consecutive relegations anymore
Shelly: We have to find the back of the net, but if we can I think 6-8.