Interview with Head Coach Evan Sassano

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Are you excited for Head Coach Evan Sassano’s first season with SF City?

So are we! The Bay Area native had a brush with the team a few years back when he nearly donned the Iron and Gold as a player. We had to wait a little longer than we hoped. But now he’ll stand on the sidelines in his much anticipated debut for SF City.

Before Coach Sassano leads our team on the pitch we wanted to get to know him a little better. And with your help we put together a great list of questions for coach.

If you’re like us and want to get to know coach a little better, check out how he answered your questions:

What was it like playing in Europe? How were your interactions with supporters there?

“Playing in Europe was a great experience for me. I finally felt like I was in the right place being with so many people who share passion for the game that I love so much. I have many fond memories of celebrating in the clubhouse with our supporters after winning matches. The supporters play a huge role in any club. They are the heartbeat of the club and what makes you want to give your all for the team.”

How did you hear of SF City? What made you want to coach for us?

“I first heard about SF City from Jordan Gardner. He was trying to have me as a player, but the timing wasn’t right. Then when I was coaching at SF State, we played a match with SF City who was then coached by Paddy Coyne. Paddy and I have stayed in touch and I am excited to be working with him. I feel this is a great opportunity for me, and I am a Bay Area native. I live locally, so I want soccer to take off here. Part of the reason I got into coaching is to take on a positive role in the player pathway in this country. Players are often left to their own when it comes to development.  Soccer is entertaining and San Francisco is still a sleeping giant when it comes to soccer at the next level.”

What kind of formation and style of play do you prefer? How much does that depend on your players and/or the opponents?

“I love to play collective attacking soccer. I love for my team to have the ball and score many goals. However, at this level, it all depends on the qualities of the players. I really enjoy playing a 4-3-3 or a 3-4-3, but it is very important to adapt to your players and the competition.”

How will you foster cooperation between players who are teammates on SF City but rivals in NCAA play?

“This is a great question. Putting a team together with players coming from many different places and playing attractive soccer that wins games is no easy task. However, I can remember as a player for the San Jose Frogs, or professionally for that matter, that I enjoyed the  experience of playing with different players and coaches. We all want the same thing, and that is to win and to improve every day. If you want to be successful as a player, you need to get out of your comfort zone. Players for City need to show up, work hard and play for the team. I know we can come together, and at the end of it, all be better because of it.”

What's your favorite soccer film?

“Green Street Hooligans. I like how it shows how seriously some people take the game. A little too much sometimes in my opinion, but I love the passion.”

What is your opinion on India Pale Ales?

“Best taste. After a long day, you can’t beat it”

How much beer do you recommend in a proper training regimen?

“I think it depends on the age. A veteran has experience and knows how to perform. For them, listen to your body. For the rookies, stay focused!”

How strictly will you enforce our no-man-bun policy?

“I fully support the wishes of the supporters, especially when it comes to matters like this.”

Have you worn the pigeon mask yet?

“No idea what that is, but I look forward to finding out.”

How quickly will you adapt to your assistant's northern English accent?

“I don’t think I will ever understand it, but I will do my best.”

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