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SF City to play back-to-back National Champions Stanford!!

Remember when Andrew Epstein made some final winning heroics in the 2016 College Cup Final!? Well now we’re playing Stanford, the back-to-back Division I National Champions in a preseason tune-up. SF City midfielders, Bryce Marion and Trevor Hyman are also two time National Champions with the Cardinal!

Join us on April 7th at 7pm live at the Steuber Rugby Stadium (adjacent to Laird C. Cagan Stadium) for this special preseason match!!

Also added to the calendar is an April 22nd match vs. San Jose State at 1pm.

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SF City partners with Street Soccer USA Park’s FIFA 17 Series!

SF City has been named as Presenting Sponsor of Street Soccer USA Park’s inaugural “FIFA 17” tournament series. The monthly competition will feature local players battling it out on the virtual fields of the highly popular video game.

Street Soccer USA Park, located at The Yard across from AT&T Park, will play host to the monthly competitions as players compete in a single elimination format to decide who will be named champion. SF City will provide all participants with tickets to a 2017 Home Game at Negoesco Stadium and as well as prizes for all semi-finalists, champions and runners-up.

Street Soccer USA Park’s General Manager Christian Martin stated, “We are very happy about this partnership because we know the work SF City FC is doing to unite San Francisco through soccer. These FIFA 17 tournaments will be a great way to bring members of the San Francisco soccer community together, whether your passion for the sport comes from playing out on the field or behind a game controller.”

“We are excited to continue our support of Street Soccer USA and the SSUSA Park’s ongoing efforts to serve the SF soccer community” said San Francisco City FC President Jacques Pelham. “The SSUSA Park is an amazing asset and we think this will be fun and entertaining way to help further SSUSA’s mission of using soccer for social good.”

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And They’re Back!

City Fans, please welcome back Manager Paddy Coyne and 1st Team Coach Shaun Ramsden!

The duo took over the reigns of SF City FC in the 2015 during the NorCal Premier League Summer session and have been with SF City ever since. In 2015, they guided SF City through a tough qualification process to get to the 1st Round of the U.S. Open Cup. For a first year club in the PDL, Coyne and Ramsden amassed a 6-6-2 record, finishing in 3rd place of the Central Pacific Division, narrowly missing a playoff berth.

Coyne, who has coached on 4 different continents and in 5 countries is delighted to be back stating, “I’m super excited for the upcoming season. We have some great players returning to the fold, as well as new talent to announce in the upcoming months. Our new stadium’s playing surface will suit our fast passing game and I’m sure the atmosphere will be very special with our wonderful support.”

With 20 years of coaching experience in the United States, Ramsden added, “Representing this City and the fans is something that makes me very proud. We learned so much about the league and its demands in our inaugural season. With more time to recruit, a new home venue, we are extremely excited and motivated to bring a winning mentality this summer.”

We look forward to having Paddy and Shaun leading our coaching staff in 2017!!

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Negoesco Stadium here we come!

SF City FC is delighted to announce that we’ll be playing our 2017 PDL season on the campus of the University of San Francisco at Negoesco Stadium. Nestled and tucked away at the corner of Parker and Golden Gate Avenue, it’s one of San Francisco’s only soccer specific stadiums.

Named after legendary USF Dons coach Steve Negoesco, the stadium was completed and opened in 1982. Negoesco was responsible for winning 5 National Championships at USF. Negoesco Stadium has hosted the likes of the MLS’ San Jose Earthquakes, L.A. Galaxy, China’s Shanghai Shenhua in addition to the Mexican and Senegalese Olympic National Teams in 2012. However, the last San Francisco based club that called Negoesco Stadium home was the San Francisco Seals. The Seals played at Negoesco from 1992-1997 and from 2006-2008 also as PDL franchise.

“We’re extremely excited to announce Negoesco Stadium at the University of San Francisco as our home stadium for 2017. The University of San Francisco has one of the deepest soccer traditions in the U.S. and a legacy of representing San Francisco at the highest levels of American soccer. We are honored to continue the tradition of San Francisco soccer alongside the USF Men’s and Women’s soccer programs at Negoesco and thank University staff, coaches, and administrators for partnering with SF City to present our 2017 Home Season at Negoesco Stadium,” said President Jacques Pelham.

In 2016, Negoesco Stadium received some notable upgrades. The pitch received a brand new AstroTurf playing surface. The new turf replaced the former artificial surface that had been in use for eight years, and features a “green” natural infill consisting of a pumice-like material specially formulated for soccer facilities. The stands were recently refurbished and new seats have been added.

SF City will play up to 7 home games at Negoesco Stadium including our preseason match vs. USF on April 1st at 7pm, which is just two months away!

Want to see SF City in action at all our home games? You can by becoming a Member for just $40 or Season Ticket holder for $60 (with a $10 gift card to our team store!!). Click here for more info!

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Announcing Our 2017 Preseason Schedule

Hey SF City Fans and Members!!

The wait is over! We know you want to see the Iron and Gold back on the pitch very soon. Well, you don’t have to wait much longer at all. We’ll be playing 5 matches in the lead up to our 2017 USL PDL season, which starts in May 2017. Not a Member or don’t have season tickets yet?!?! Click here for more!

  • Wednesday March 8 AT Sacramento Republic (Closed Door)
  • Saturday March 18 AT Napa Valley 1839
  • Saturday April 1 AT University of San Francisco
  • Sunday April 9 AT Notre Dame De Namur
  • Saturday April 15 AT San Francisco State University
*Game times TBD

“The balance of playing collegiate, semi-professional and professional clubs, will give us a good gauge of where we’re at and will test our new potential players in the best of soccer environments. Roll Fog!” said Manager Paddy Coyne.

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VOTE NOW FOR OUR 2017 SCARF DESIGN!

They say, vote early vote often…Voting is important. It is essential. Here at SF City FC we want your voice to be heard!!

Each year, our Members vote on multiple issues per year, plus a (9) person Board of Directors every October.

Members can take part in the special tradition of voting on our Member designed scarf until January 31st, 2017 at 12:01am.

To cast your vote, click here!!

If you’re not a Member already, do so for as low as $25 and click here!!

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5 Reasons to Become a Member in 2017!

It’s 2017 and we are getting into the groove as we’re about 5 months away from kickoff for the USL-PDL season! Here are 5 reasons why you should become a Member of SF City FC:

  1. Support your local club right here in SF at an affordable rate.
  2. Be part of a supporter-owned soccer culture in SF. Our fans have a real voice, vote on issues and continue to grow the club collaboratively as one. With over a thousand Members from over 15+ countries across the globe, you are helping us spread the word!
  3. Root for local talent in the Bay Area from our local colleges. Cal, Stanford, USF, St. Mary’s College, Santa Clara University, SF State and College of Marin were all represented with our club in 2016.
  4. Represent San Francisco. Help continue to put us on the map as a soccer city.
  5. If you sign up before February 28th, you’ll receive a $10 gift card to our team store!!

Starting at just $25 the time is now, don’t wait, sign-up today and become a Member by clicking here!

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Where Are They Now: Part IV

Since our last update, a lot has happened in the college soccer landscape! Let’s catch you up!

Stanford Cardinal (10-3-4):
Stanford has been on fire as of late. The 2-1 loss to USF lit a fire in their side as they just snapped an 8 game unbeaten run of 7 wins and a tie. Junior goalkeeper Andrew Epstein has 5 shutouts in the month of October alone. Junior midfielder Bryce Marion has the second most assists on the team with 4. Senior midfielder Trevor Hyman has played a bit part role in the last few games. Stanford goes to rival foe Cal needing only 1 point to win the Pac-12 title for the 3rd year in a row. Watch for them to make waves in the NCAA tournament too. The Cal vs. Stanford match will be played on November 11th at 1pm in Berkeley. Join SF City fans at that match with complimentary match tickets and beers by clicking here!

SF State University Golden Gators (9-6-2):
SF State wrapped up their season last weekend. This was their first back to back winning seasons since 1978-1980. In fact, their 5-5-2 Conference record was their first non-losing season since joining the CCAA in 1998. Seniors Ashley Watson (2 goals, 4 assists), Emmanuel Serrano and Manny Jimenez (6.5 shutouts) were all honored at the end of the last match. Junior midfielder Andy Altimirano finished with 2 goals and 4 assists.

St. Mary’s College Gaels (7-7-3):
The St. Mary’s Gaels have won 3 out of their last 5 including two huge wins over Bay Area rivals, San Francisco and Santa Clara. At 3-2 in the conference, St. Mary’s has a chance to finish in the top half of the table with two games left at home vs. Gonzaga and away against leaders, Portland. Junior midfielder Max Mirner has started every match and been a big influence. Although he’s only had 1 goal and 1 assist, his 22 shots are 2nd on the team. Up next, it’s Senior Day on Sunday as the Gaels host Gonzaga at 1pm.

University of San Francisco Dons (6-8):
The Dons are 2-3 in Conference play and need to turn it on in their last two matches to earn a spot at the top part of the WCC table. Senior forward David Garrett has been the man for the Dons. 3 of his team leading 7 goals are in conference play, including a pair against Santa Clara. Sophomore midfielder Jordan Hughes has played in and started all conference matches except 1, primarily as a holding midfielder. Next for USF, they play USD on Sunday for Senior Day, where forward David Garrett and defender Christian DeLuna will be honored prior to kickoff at 4pm, Negoesco Stadium.

University of California Golden Bears (5-9-2):
Since the beginning of October, the Bears have only won 1 match, a 2-1 victory away at UCLA. Their skid included 6 losses and 1 tie. They are currently on a 3-match losing streak heading into a showdown with rivals Stanford next Friday, which you can see live with other SF City fans! Remember complimentary match tickets and beers (link below). One bright spot, Senior defender Trevor Haberkorn has played every minute for Cal and scored the opening goal in a 4-3 loss at home vs. UCLA. Junior forward Matt Chasman has come off the bench, but received the most minutes he’s ever gotten this year in the last two matches. Up next for the Golden Bears, they’ll host Stanford on November 11th at 1pm in Berkeley. Join SF City fans by clicking here!

Other Notes:
-Yale’s Junior defender, Josh Totte, notched his first point this year. An assist in yesterday’s 3-1 win vs. St. Joseph’s!

We wish all our athletes the best of luck as conference play ends and potential NCAA tournament spots are on the line!!

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Brendan Browne: Boardie, Evertonian, SF Local & Future Barrister

At just the ripe, young age of 28, the SF Board is graced by the presence of an SF local with a soccer heartbeat as far and wide as the eye can see.

Tell us a little about yourself, your upbringing etc.

I was born here in the city and lived in Noe Valley, The Mission, The Castro and Diamond Heights before my parents moved us to Mill Valley. It seems like every kid plays soccer growing up in Mill Valley, and I was no different. I graduated from Tamalpais High in 2006, where I loved going to the matches with my friends and cheering on the mighty Red Tailed Hawks. I went to undergrad at the University of Colorado, Boulder and spent most of my time snowboarding, then pursued a Master’s degree from the University of Denver. Finished that, then came back to the city to get my J.D. at Golden Gate University School of Law. Currently awaiting my Bar Exam results, so wish me luck!

You are a fan of multiple European teams, how did that help you foster your love for the game?

When I traveled through Italy as a kid with my parents, I spent a lot of time watching Serie A and Copa Italia on TV at night. I took a liking to Inter because of their players and the famous blue and black striped kit. I bought an Inter kit from a street vendor in Milan and it was decided at that point that I would support them. I had previously supported the San Jose Clash/Earthquakes, but this was the first European team I liked. It helped me learn more about the dominant European teams in the Champions League and the players on those teams. It was also nice to have a team to cheer for in 2006-2008 since the Quakes moved to Houston and became the Dynamo. I even caught a match between Inter and Club America in 2009 at Stanford Stadium and met a cool guy named Charles Wollin. He was a big Jose Mourinho fan, like myself.

Unfortunately it was (and still is) pretty difficult to watch Italian games live here in the US. The Premier League was more popular here, and I watched for a while before I was chosen by Everton. I had always followed the US and Australian National Team players, so I always found myself following Everton with Tim Cahill, Brian McBride, Joe Max Moore, Landon Donovan and Tim Howard. After watching the league for a few seasons there was no other team I could support. From then on, it became an obsession. Now I wake up at 4am and head to the bar to watch the Toffees. I have also connected with people around the world who support Inter and Everton, which is great!

You’re a proud Evertonian and heavily involved with the Everton Supporters group here, how did that come about?

I literally moved back to SF for law school the night before the Everton v. Juventus (booo!) match at AT&T Park in 2013. Everton USA threw a huge night before party and pregame party for the match, which was awesome. They also organized all the Everton fans and got group tickets so we all sat together. I thought it was a blast, and Everton won on PKs, but nobody had organized a local group to meet up and watch the other matches. I contacted David Kurtz, the Everton USA leader, and he was just like “You do it! Just make a Facebook page and a Twitter and choose a bar and the group will grow.” It took a few years, but now we have grown and the big matches draw 20+ people down at McTeague’s Saloon.

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How did you hear about SF City?

I can’t remember for sure, but it was either Steven Kenyon reaching out to me as the organizer for the SF Evertonians, or Casey Proud with American Outlaws SF letting me know first. They told me a SFSFL team was going to adopt a supporter-owned model and try to make it through the ranks to the professional leagues, and I was all about that.

What does getting involved with SF City FC mean to you?

It’s important to me because this team gives back to the members and the community. The team is heavily involved with local non-profits and charity groups. It also maintains a youth club that is cheaper than most competitive youth programs in the city. It sucks when your favorite teams don’t listen to the fans and with SF City, I know we always have a voice because of the supporter ownership. It makes you feel valuable to the organization.

In your current role on the board, what are your specific tasks… both short and long term?

Well, we have a board meeting every month where anyone can bring up ideas for projects. Then we individually choose which ones we want to help out with. I really wanted to get involved with our team merchandise, so I’m chair of that subcommittee. I’ve been working on designing and producing some new items to be sold online and at matches. That’s kinda been my long term task. I’m also working on a Members Organization website with Michael Gonos and Caiti Franscell. Other than that, we vote on a lot of small things via email all the time, so short term is all about staying up on e-mails.

Some fans just gotta know… is Gonos a liar?

Nothing but lies, fraud and deceit 😉

What would you say to the supporter that’s interested in joining the board?

It’s a lot of fun and it feels good to be so involved with a team you love. It’s not a huge time commitment either. Like I said earlier, you pick and choose which projects you are able to help out with.

How do you personally tame the wind at Kezar?

Jeans, scarf and a jacket. Sometimes a beanie or cap. Singing and jumping up and down help a lot too.

Any special pre-game rituals we should know about?

I might have a beer or two with the Northsiders at a local bar or on CalTrain. I also enjoy taking Muni to a match. Muni bus, take me home, to the place, I belong!

You recently just graduated law school and took the bar (fingers crossed for you lad) what are you up to? What’s next?

I definitely needed a little relaxation after the Bar, so I’ve been spending a lot of time in the sun in Marin and Tahoe. I’m currently working as a Clerk/Assistant for an expert witness… someone who goes to court and explains complicated stuff to the jury and judge. Hopefully I passed and will be working at a firm, non-profit or government soon. I’m interested in environmental, sports and intellectual property law. I will happily take any advice or interviews with any lawyers out there!

What’s your vision for SF City in 1 year? 5 years?

In 1 year I would like the team to be champions of the Central Pacific Division in the PDL and for the membership to continue to grow. In 5 years I hope we have reached professional status and maybe have a free youth academy.

Your favorite goal scorer: DeMarzi or Icardi?

Gotta go with Johannes DeMarzi for sure! Icardi is great and all, but Johannes can play more positions and is deadly with both feet.