2018 SF City FC Season Recap

Photo Courtesy of Nap Badillo
Photo Courtesy of Nap Badillo

San Francisco City FC’s third season in the Premier Development League had its ups and downs, but, looking back, the Iron and Gold have a great deal to be proud of on and off the field in 2018.

Following a successful preseason that included three victories over nearby colleges and a narrow loss to three-peating national champion Stanford, City faced a daunting half-dozen away matches to begin the PDL campaign. The road was not kind to the squad, as a scoreless draw at the Orange County U23s provided the only point of the stretch. On the difficult opening, head coach Paddy Coyne remarked, “Although we lost on the road, I didn’t think we played badly. Orange County, Southern California, and San Diego should have all been wins, in my opinion, but that’s sports.”

The start of the season did have one major bright spot, however. On May 9, SF City, along with our diehard supporters, the Northsiders, journeyed to Oakland to face CD Aguiluchos in the first round of the US Open Cup. At the end of the ninety minutes, City had roared to a 4-0 victory to the delight of the traveling fans. It was the club’s first Open Cup win in our history, and it earned us a date one week later with the USL’s Sacramento Republic in our state’s capital. In front of spirited support for both sides, City fought valiantly and gave the strongly favored Republic a scare, taking a 1-1 draw into halftime before falling 3-1. Despite the setback, the Cup run certainly represented a big step forward, one the club will look to build on in the coming years.

Back in PDL play, SF City at last returned to Kezar on May 27. Said Coyne, “Returning to Kezar allowed to reset our focus and goals; playing in front of fans in our hometown gave the group a hunger to go the extra mile and it helped a lot.” The grueling road schedule seemed to carry a bit of a hangover, however, as the Iron and Gold dropped a 2-0 decision to the San Diego Zest. The team had to put it behind them, though, as the next match was a massive away day despite being in San Francisco. It was the inaugural San Francisco Derby at Boxer Stadium, home to the SF Glens. With the vast majority of the crowd noise coming from the Northsiders, City took bragging rights with a 2-1 victory. What a way to earn the first league win of the year!

The lads carried the momentum to their next match, downing the Ventura County Fusion 2-0 at Kezar. Frustration, though, again came to visit for the next two weeks, as City came up short at home against the U23 teams of Orange County and Fresno. The season had certainly not gone according to plan thus far; how would the team react in the final four matches?

They reacted very well, as it turned out. The arrival of July delivered much better results, as SF City exploded for a total of seven goals in home triumphs over Santa Cruz and the Southern California Seahorses. The squad thus carried some confidence into the Kezar edition of the SF Derby, but, unfortunately, the fates were against the home team that night, as a controversial penalty allowed the Glens to leave with the 1-0 win. However, City rebounded admirably just three days later, earning a convincing 2-0 victory in Santa Cruz to finish the PDL season.

SF City thus finished the campaign with sixteen points in fourteen matches, good for sixth place among the nine teams in the Southwest Division. Said Coyne, “The season was dramatic to say the least. It was the toughest opening I’ve had as a coach, and the league had the deepest pool of talent I’ve seen in a while, pretty balanced outside of [runaway division winners] Golden State.” The final result was perhaps not what the team had envisioned at the start of the season, but they certainly finished on an upswing. Plus, City finished above our crosstown rivals by winning the tiebreaker with a higher number of wins. San Francisco is Iron and Gold!

This club, though, is about so much more than results on the field. Our supporter-owned structure continues to be a robust and rewarding model amid the often chaotic landscape of soccer in the US. It allows fans truly to be members, involved in the organization and its decisions. The club, in turn, prides itself on being involved with its city and working to make San Francisco a better place.

This commitment is most evident in our involvement with our community. As Executive Board of Directors member Joachim Steinberg puts it, “This was another great year for community service and engagement by SF City FC. I’m thrilled to see our members continue to volunteer their time, energy, and money to causes around the Bay, and to work with so many great organizations.” This year, club members took part in the Best Buddies Friendship Walk, served meals at St. Anthony’s, and helped to clean up the AIDS Memorial Grove. In addition, we fielded a team for Street Soccer USA’s San Francisco Cup and raised the most money for that organization.

We also kept our city in mind during our matchdays. In June, we celebrated Community Spirit Day, inviting our non-profit partners to join us at the match as we called attention to the great work they do for San Francisco. Later in the month, the team celebrated Pride Weekend by wearing special rainbow kits, which were auctioned off after the match to benefit the AIDS Legal Referral Panel.

Amidst all this activity, there was, quite simply, plenty of fun to be had as a devotee of SF City this year. Dedicated Northsiders made the trips to our matches in Palo Alto, Fresno, Oakland, Sacramento, and Santa Cruz. At home matches, supporters could always be found in the parking lot just outside Kezar Stadium enjoying grilled meat and veggies, Standard Deviant brews, and laughs. Familiar faces abounded at our community service events. Looking forward to later this year, we still have our Annual General Meeting, in which we’ll discuss the state of the club and vote for next year’s board members. And, in December, we’ll have our holiday party and look back on our achievements in 2018.

Indeed, this year represents one more chapter in the ongoing story of San Francisco City FC. We hope you’ll stay with us in future years to help us continue to write it!

Street Soccer USA Cup San Francisco

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Join us on Saturday July 28th and Sunday July 29th for the Street Soccer San Francisco Cup, this year being held at Union Square.  The annual two day event brings soccer and community together.  SF City will be taking in part in Saturday’s Open Cup, as well as Sunday’s celebrity match!

You can be part of this event, too! Members will have the opportunity to join our Open Cup team, playing alongside SF City FC players and staff! Street Soccer USA is also looking for volunteers to help operate the event, so if that is more your speed, you can sign up! You can also donate to our Open Cup team, to help aid Street Soccer’s programs for change. And, of course, all members and fans are encouraged to come out and cheer on our team and all the athletes of Street Soccer USA.

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Game-worn SF City Pride Jerseys Being Auctioned For Charity

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San Francisco City FC is currently auctioning our 2018 match-worn Pride jerseys on eBay. The jerseys were worn by SF City players in the annual Pride match on June 24, 2018 at Kezar Stadium against Western Conference rivals Fresno FC U23. The club will be donating all profits from the jersey sales to their community partner AIDS Legal Referral Panel, as they did in 2017. ALRP provides free and low-cost legal services to people living with HIV/AIDS in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The jerseys can be found here on eBay: https://ebay.to/2KtiPaQ

The jerseys were designed by local artist Nikko Ryan in collaboration with the Members Organization and feature SF City’s alternate “Sutro” logo on the chest, as well as a rainbow on the front and back and logos of club sponsors MoviePass and Freedom Plus. The shirts are limited edition, with only 16 match-worn jerseys are available for auction to the public.

The auction started on the morning of June 27 and will continue for 10 days. They are available in adult medium and large, and each jersey has a unique number.

Beer And Wine Sales & Mixiote Taco Bar for June 10th Match

SF City FC is happy to offer beer and wine sales at our match vs. Ventura County Fusion this Sunday, June 10 at Kezar Stadium. Thanks to our partners San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, Tonic Beverage Catering, and Standard Deviant Brewing, attendees will be able to enjoy beer and wine responsibly while supporting the Iron and Gold!

We have also partnered with Mixiote and food Incubator La Cocina to offer taco bar concessions during the match.

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Please note the following rules related to beer/wine sales and consumption during SF City matches:

  • Each guest over 21 will be wrist banded. Only guests with wristbands will be served alcoholic beverages.
  • Two alcoholic beverages per guest per visit at all bars.
  • Intoxicated guests will not be served alcoholic beverages.
  • No alcohol may be brought into Kezar Stadium
  • Drunk and disorderly conduct or violation of any alcohol policy will result in ejection from Kezar Stadium without refund and the violator(s) may be subject to loss of season tickets and arrest.
  • Alcohol purchased at Kezar Stadium is not to be removed from Kezar Stadium.
  • Alcohol will be sold half-hour prior to the game until the 65th minute of the match.

COMMUNITY SPIRIT 2018 – JUNE 10TH!

 

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San Francisco City FC is hosting its inaugural Community Spirit match day on June 10th!

The event will be part of SF City FC’s second home game of the season, which is against Ventura County Fusion. Kickoff is at 2 PM at Kezar Stadium in Golden Gate Park. As part of the club’s broader mission to give back to our community, we have invited some of our closest non-profit partners to join us at the game. We will be highlighting their efforts to make our City a better place.

Staff and guests of these non-profits will receive free admission to the game, and fans will have the opportunity to find out more about these fantastic organizations at kiosks set up around the stadium. We will also produce a special match-day program containing lots of information about our partners. Fans will learn how these organizations benefit us all and how they can get involved too!

In SF City’s last home match against Ventura County, the Iron and Gold earned a dramatic 3-2 victory after being two goals down, so it promises to be both an exciting time both on and off the pitch!

The first 200 fans through the gates at Kezar will receive a special free commemorative pin as well!

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Taking part in Community Spirit 2018 are:

  • Best Buddies International is dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco provides local families with a springboard to secure, stable futures through affordable homeownership and neighborhood revitalization.
  • HOMEY is a grassroots organization that empowers youth and young adults in schools, on the street, and in jails. They do this through delivering hope, empowerment, leadership, culture and most importantly with love.
  • La Cocina cultivates low income food entrepreneurs by providing affordable commercial kitchen space, industry-specific technical assistance and access to market opportunities, focusing primarily on women from communities of color and immigrant communities.
  • Renaissance Center increases the entrepreneurial capacities of socially and economically diverse women and men, strengthening our communities through the creation of sustainable new businesses, new jobs, and the promotion of financial self-sufficiency.
  • StreetSoccerUSA fights poverty and empowers underserved communities through soccer. They provide an alternative to the pay-to-play model of youth sports with a focus on social impact across the United States and beyond.
  • Sunset Youth Services fosters long-term stability and growth for in-risk youth and families through caring relationships and supportive services. This goal is based on the simple belief that youth are inherently worthy of dignity and respect.

More about San Francisco City FC:

SF City FC is one of America’s largest supporter-owned soccer teams. Our founding members agreed to structure the organization differently than traditional American sports team, and envisioned the club as more than a team for fans to watch on match days. We believe that sports teams have a duty to the community in which they play. We see sports teams as tools for social change.

Our overall goal is to help grow the sport in the United States while making San Francisco a better place to live. The Members Organization pledges to give back to the community through charity events, volunteer hours, youth soccer programs and fundraising. In 2017 we contributed over 300 volunteer hours back to our community, and we are continuing to provide member support for major charitable organizations in 2018.

SF City Fall To San Diego In Home Opener

 

Photo by Nap Badillo
Photo by Nap Badillo

San Francisco City FC hosted the San Diego Zest on Sunday afternoon, for the 2018 PDL home opener at Kezar Stadium in Golden Gate Park. It was a clear, yet windy day, with blue skies and the iconic Sutro Tower providing a glorious backdrop for the action that unfolded on the pitch.  Families, casual fans and the most fervent supporters of the club came together to create an electric and encouraging atmosphere, cheering on the Iron and Gold from Kezar’s northside bleachers. Despite a spirited effort by the home team, SF City FC found itself down two-nil at the end of the day.

In the opening minutes, the Zest created a variety of chances from set pieces and the corner, applying early pressure on the SF City backline. The Iron and Gold fought back with a few counter attacks of their own, but were unable to establish rhythm or find the net. In the 36th minute, a dicey back-pass left SF City with a tough one-on-one, which was calmly snuffed out by stalwart defender #4, Robert Hines.

Just moments later, in the 42nd minute the Zest found their breakthrough via the head of #13, Nico Tagaloa.  Zest midfielder #11, Andy Sartor, swung in a cross from the left flank and Tagaloa was able to rise above his defender to nod the ball home.  At the end of the first half, SF City had one final chance that was narrowly kept in-bounds by the Zest goalkeeper, and headed to the locker room down one-nil.

San Francisco came out in the second half looking resolved to score a goal.  In the 62nd minute, City played a beautiful ball across the face of goal that was begging to be tapped-in, but no one was there to finish it.  Just minutes later, a questionable call on the endline left the Zest with a goal kick, and SF City supporters wondering if a penalty was in order.  As the clock rolled past the 70 minute mark, SF City continued to push for a goal, with a couple narrowly missed headers at the far post, and a close range shot into the side netting.

In the 84th minute, SF City’s #8, Danny Kirkland, stepped up to a set piece just beyond the penalty area, and nearly treated the crowd to a spectacular goal. A wonderful curling ball made contact with the inside of the far post, and bounced across the face of goal, just inches from putting SF City on the scoreboard.

The Zest added another goal to their tally in the final minutes off the boot of #10 midfielder, Shota Fukuda. A careless SF City takeaway resulted in a long ball over-the-top, which was picked up by Fukuda and deflected into the net off the outstretched boot of SF City’s goalkeeper. As the final minutes expired, the official’s whistle confirmed the two-nil result. Next week, San Francisco City FC returns to action against local rival, the San Francisco Glens SC. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 PM on Saturday at Boxer Stadium. Roll fog!

-Match Report by Alex Englund

SF City FC 2018 Broadcasting Schedule

SF City FC is proud to partner with Bay Area Online Sports Network (BAOSN.tv) for 3 home matches this season and will produce original audio-only broadcasts for the other 4 home contests.

BAOSN has been a partner of SF City FC’s since our move to the USL-PDL in January 2016. BAOSN covered our PDL historic announcement and our entire 2016 season including pre-season friendlies. All matches will be available and accessible on YouTube, BAOSN.tv and on SFCityFC.com. Please check our social media channels for links to our broadcasts on matchdays.

The following matches will be broadcast on BAOSN.tv:

  • May 27th vs. San Diego Zest – 2pm
  • June 24th vs. Fresno FC U23 – 2pm
  • July 12th vs. San Francisco Glens SC – 2pm

The following matches will be audio only broadcasts:

  • June 10th vs. Ventura County Fusion – 2pm
  • June 15th vs. Orange County SC U23 – 7pm
  • July 1st vs. Santa Cruz Breakers – 1pm
  • July 8th vs. Southern California Seahorses – 2pm

Calling SF City matches for the 2018 is Charles Wollin. Now in his 4th season as commentator with SF City, Wollin is a British-born Marin native and dual-citizen. Wollin currently serves as the voice of the W.tv’s coverage of soccer broadcasts at the University of San Francisco. He has been calling Division I College Soccer since 2009, including stints at Stanford University and Santa Clara. Earlier this year, he started writing and blogging about soccer culture in San Francisco for SFGate.

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Wollin is one of the lead voices of Street Soccer USA and their National Cup campaign program across the United States. In 2015, he became a sideline reporter for Comcast and BAOSN.tv where he covers the high school football and basketball game of the week broadcasts.

In 2014, he travelled to Brazil to cover the FIFA World Cup for the full duration of the tournament. His prior work experience also includes calling matches for the San Jose Earthquakes, National Premier Soccer League, and Tourbeau Sports Network. He has also been a featured pundit and impersonator on Fox Soccer Channel and Wynalda Talks Football on Sirius XM. Wollin began his career at his alma mater, the University of Arizona, covering men’s basketball for Zona Zoo TV.

In addition to broadcasting, Wollin is a professional impersonator, voice-over artist, activist and is a proud Member of the San Francisco Spikes. You can follow Charles Wollin on Twitter @cwollin.

San Francisco City Football Club is a supporter-owned soccer club competing in the Premier Development League.

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About BAOSN.tv

Our mission is to deliver cost-effective, high definition, quality broadcasts of local high school and college sporting events over the web. As our tagline says: Game On — Live and Later. Our broadcasts are available live and then archived for several years. Any broadcast, live or archived, is viewable by everyone for free.

Be Part of The Game

SF City Supporters, here is a chance for both you and your children to be more than spectators at our home matches!

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Does your child want to get a field level view of the game? Sign her/him up now to be a ball kid. Ball kids get free tickets for the match and can also take part in the pre-match festivities.

Contact us now at community@sfcityfc.com and tell us which match day your kids want to be part of!

For those who are  kids at heart and want to be part of the match day at the stadium, the GOLD CREW IS BACK. The Gold Crew are volunteers who help ensure a great match day experience for all. Being part of the Crew is not only a great way to show your devotion to your football club, but also a great way to get game tickets and special team gear items FREE. Our volunteer shifts are designed to allow you to enjoy the match and contribute to it as well! For more information or to sign up, visit the Get Involved page!

City Strike Back, Are 4-0 victors in Oakland

Photo courtesy of Nap Badillo
Photo courtesy of Nap Badillo

San Francisco City FC has advanced to the second round of the US Open Cup for the first time in its history. After defeating CD Aguiluchos 4-0 at Raimondi Park, Oakland, the Iron and Gold will play Sacramento Republic at 5 pm on May 16 at CSU-Sacramento. SF City was backed by boisterous traveling support, with a large contingent of Northsiders crossing the Bay Bridge.

The victory avenged City’s 3-0 defeat by Aguiluchos at Beach Chalet in 2016, but the final score line was unfair to the home side. Both clubs had chances in a cagey first half, until City’s Aaron Lombardi put away a rebound off a penalty kick in the 44th minute. Matthew Hurlow’s wonder strike doubled City’s lead before the half. After the interval, City scored twice more, with Jordan Hughes chipping the keeper in the 80th minute and Armand Bagramyan adding another at the final whistle.

The Eagles came close to scoring a few times, but were stymied by excellent goalkeeping from Taylor Bailey (back in the line-up for the first time since being injured in a pre-season match against Stanford) and a confident City backline.

SF City Coach Paddy Coyne said: “The team worked well in the first half and caused some turnovers in dangerous areas that led to two goals. For the second half we set out with a different shape and the guys adapted well as we managed to score a couple more. Subs made a huge impact and I applaud the back four for absorbing a lot of pressure and keeping a clean sheet against a good attacking team with some very technical players. Onwards and upwards to Sacramento now!”

City Fall to Fresno in Opener, look to fight back in US Open

SF City kicked off their 2018 PDL campaign in Fresno on Saturday, but at the close of the evening found themselves on the wrong end of a 2-0 scoreline against Fresno FC’s U23 side. Alex Culwell scored in the first half for the home team before Abraham Campos added one in the second.

Coach Paddy Coyne summed it up, saying “We competed well throughout the game but lacked rhythm in our build-up.”

“We had a goal disallowed early on in the first half and created chances in the 2nd.
We lost to a solid Fresno squad but we need to get in a positive mindset again with three massive games all on the road in the next week.”

The club will look to bounce back on Wednesday as they enter US Open Cup play in Oakland against CD Aguiluchos. The match will take place at Raimondi Park at 6:00PM. Get tickets now, and come support The Iron & Gold.