Shannon MacMillan Shannon grew up playing soccer in San Diego and is the only member of our team in the US Soccer Hall of Fame. She played for the United States women's national team from 1993 to 2005, was part of the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup-winning team, and was named U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year for 2002. She won a gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics and silver at the 2000 Summer Olympics. Shannon was one of the founding members of the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA), playing for her hometown San Diego Spirit. She is currently the Executive Director for the Del Mar Carmel Valley Sharks, a youth soccer club with a focus on player development on and off the field. Shannon continues to give back to the game of soccer by empowering all players to extract life lessons such as leadership, confidence, teamwork and adversity - all tools to help them succeed beyond the field.
Juan Carlos Rodriguez
Juan Carlos Rodriguez Juan Carlos dreamed of being a professional soccer player, but instead settled for President of Univision Deportes, the No. 1 Spanish-language sports network in the US, and recently, the head of Televisa Deportes as well. At Univision, Juan Carlos acquired the exclusive Spanish-language media rights to some of the most important properties and tournaments in sports, including Major League Soccer, the U.S., Mexican and Canadian national teams, including World Cup Qualifiers, UEFA national team competitions, CONCACAF Gold Cup and Champions League, Copa América, and 16 of the 18 Liga MX teams. Juan Carlos was ranked \#3 of the “31 Most Powerful People in U.S. Soccer” by FourFourTwo and named one of the “50 Most Influential People in Sports Business” by Sports Business Journal. Under his direction, Univision Deportes earned four Sports Emmy Awards for excellence in sports coverage. He is a founder of Con Pelotas, A.C., a non-profit organization which gives away soccer balls to children in southern Mexico.
Peter Seidler Overcoming his early-life support for the Dodgers, Peter Seidler is now the lead investor and Managing Partner of the San Diego Padres. Peter is also a founder and the Managing Partner of Seidler Equity Partners, a family- oriented private equity fund which provides capital and management support to growing entrepreneurial companies across the United States, helping them continue on a path of success, job creation and excellence. Peter and his wife Sheel focus their philanthropic activities on health and medical matters. They are active with the American Cancer Society, The Turning Point Home (a San Diego facility dedicated to treating young women with addiction-related diseases), the Mayo Clinic, and the San Diego Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Peter is currently working closely with San Diego business leaders, the mayor, and city council on projects designed to reverse and significantly improve San Diego’s homeless problem.
Mike Stone In between music gigs, Mike runs FS Investors, a family office focused on investing alongside first class individuals and management teams to expand and support their entrepreneurial ventures. Past investments include minority ownership in the Sacramento Kings. He currently also serves as the Chief Investment Officer of The RISE Fund, a $2 billion social impact fund backed by TPG, Bono, Richard Branson, and others that invests in companies driving positive social and environmental change. Mike is on the board of ME to WE, an innovative social enterprise that provides products that make an impact, empowering people to change the world with their everyday consumer choices. Through their family foundation, Mike and his wife Karen support children’s causes and tackling poverty around the world. In 2012, Mike opened the Map and Atlas Museum of La Jolla, and continues to operate it with free admission for the public. He was named San Diego Big Brothers Big Sisters Person of the Year in 2014 and is a member of the SDSU Athletics Director’s Cabinet.
Massih Tayebi As part of the SoccerCity MLS effort, Massih is close to realizing one of his lifelong goals, becoming an owner of a soccer team. Outside of his passion for soccer, Massih is the chairman of the Bridgewest Group, a San Diego based investment company with a track record of successfully growing companies from seed to multinational status. He has led efforts to privatize, deploy, and manage telecom infrastructure in over 60 countries, making him and his brother pioneers in bringing wireless connectivity to billions of people. Massih and his wife Haleh support causes benefiting underprivileged and abused children; building homes for the underprivileged in Mexico, curtailing cyber-bullying, building hospitals for orphaned and disabled kids, and funding heart surgeries for children in need. In 2016, Massih was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor for his contributions to, and exemplifying the values of, the United States of America.
Masood Tayebi In addition to supporting his brother’s soccer aspirations, Masood is a founder and the CEO of the Bridgewest Group. Masood also founded the Biotech Investment Group in 2006, providing growth capital to emerging and innovative companies in the biotech industry, and is creating an incubator in Southern California to attract entrepreneurs driving innovation and success. He and his brother received the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award and the Venture Capital Success Story award from the San Diego Venture Group. Masood and his wife Surinder actively participate in philanthropic activities including supporting local first responders, education, housing, and helping the families of current and former military personnel. Masood mentors entrepreneurs through one-on-one sessions as well as volunteers as a speaker at conferences and events.
Part foot, part face, all about bringing Major League Soccer to San Diego and positively impacting the lives of San Diegans. Footy is a lifelong resident of San Diego and the semi-official mascot for “MLS to San Diego.” He is also a founding member of the Original Supporters Group (OSG). Footy was instrumental in creating the “Footy for All” YMCA Youth Scholarship Program, a successful partnership with local YMCAs. This program provides children access to soccer league memberships, equipment such as shin guards and cleats as well as basic school supplies. He is proud to be involved in community outreach and is committed to bringing a Major League Soccer team and its youth academy to San Diego.
With over 2,000 members and growing, the Original Supporters Group
is a collection of San Diegans directing themselves towards the goal of making their city a better place for both this generation and many generations to come. Born at the grassroots level from SoccerCity's admiring public, the OSG has committed itself to the betterment of San Diego by way of organizing community events, doing charitable work, and promoting positivity and active support of soccer in the county. The group started the Foody McFoody Face food drive which won "Most Creative Food Drive Award" from the Jacob and Cushman Food bank, and is involved in Mission Valley river clean ups, new soccer field creation, and other endeavors to improve our city.
To all that have a passion for the city of San Diego and the sport of soccer, you have a home, and it is the Original Supporters Group.