The latest episode of the Urban Pitch Podcast features Katie Johnson, an LA native who has contributed plenty to the early success of San Diego Wave FC. She joins the Washed-Up Crew to discuss the vibes in the club’s locker room, her college experience at USC, and her love for fashion.
Heading into San Diego Wave FC’s first season, there were a lot of questions surrounding the club. It didn’t have a flashy rollout like its fellow 2022 NWSL expansion club Angel City FC, its permanent stadium was still under construction, and aside from bringing in a handful of high level players and an experienced manager, there wasn’t a big buzz behind the club.
However, it’s clear that Wave FC have no interest in hype or frills — this is a straight-up, professionally focused club. It’s no coincidence that they find themselves tied for the NWSL lead in points in just their first season.
Along with USWNT defender Abby Dahlkemper and Canadian goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan, Katie Johnson was one of the initial Wave FC signings with a wealth of international experience. She has 23 caps with the Mexican national team, who she helped lead to a gold medal at the 2018 Central American and Caribbean games.
Winning has become a bit of a habit for Johnson, who was part of a USC team that won a national championship in 2016 (she scored twice in the final), and has played in two NWSL Championship games with the Chicago Red Stars prior to joining Wave FC.
Johnson joins the latest episode of the Urban Pitch Podcast to discuss the extremely professional atmosphere in San Diego, along with the rivalry with Angel City FC and her experience growing up in LA.