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The 2018 Season Begins!

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San Francisco City FC kicks off the regular season this Saturday, May 5th, at CSU Fresno after weeks of diligent preparation including four pre-season friendlies.  SF City scored 9 goals, while allowing just 4 against en route to a 3-1 preseason record, and has now shifted focus towards the opening weekend of the Premier Development League (PDL) season. Head coach Paddy Coyne returns following a successful 2017 PDL campaign and looks to navigate his team through a difficult early season schedule.  SF City FC returns to action with six consecutive road games, including Open Cup play, prior to the May 27th opener at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco.

The opening match of the season is scheduled for 7:00 PM on Saturday at CSU Fresno, against Fresno FC U23, formerly known as the Fresno Fuego. With two of the most spirited fanbases in the league, the atmosphere on the pitch and in the stands should be electric. Four days later, the Iron and Gold face cross-bay rival CD Aguiluchos in the initial round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup at Raimondi Park, Oakland. SF City FC will then travel to Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego in advance of the highly anticipated homecoming match at Kezar Stadium at the end of the month.

The return to U.S. Open Cup play will be an especially proud moment for the club. Coach Coyne said: “This is a huge opportunity for everyone involved with our Club and especially our players to represent San Francisco competing against the best soccer teams in the U.S.”

This year, City returns to Kezar Stadium, its home for both the 2015 and 2016 seasons. The historic venue has been the scene of many important moments in the club’s history, including its 2015 match against Cal FC, where it set an attendance record for US Open Cup preliminary rounds, and the dramatic 4-0 victory against rival Burlingame Dragons in the 2016 PDL season finale.

In addition to the home opener against San Diego Zest on May 27th, fans should mark June 10th on their calendars as Ventura County come to town. Last season, The City defeated The County 3-2 at Negoesco in a dramatic comeback from being two goals down.

Also not to be missed is our match against Orange County (June 15th). Last season, City fell behind 2-0 before roaring back for a comfortable 6-2 win, paced by a Danny Kirkland hat trick.

On June 24th, Paddy Coyne’s men welcome Fresno FC and their well-traveling supporters. SF City claimed a nail-biting 2-1 victory over Fresno at Negoesco last season, and this edition is sure to have the same great atmosphere.

Check out our 2018 schedule at http://sfcityfc.com/schedule!

The spine of the team will be made up of returning veterans of Iron & Gold, including among them midfielders Danny Kirkland, Carlos Lezama, Dylan Murphy, and Carlos Carranza, defenders Barry McCabe and Robert Hines, and between the posts, Taylor Bailey. They will be joined by several promising new members of the squad, including ‘keeper Remi Prieur, defender Brian Nana-Sinkam, and strikers Sean Bowman and Matt Hurlow, to name a few.

“The culture of the club is with the local guys” said Coyne, “We’ve got around 15 players who’ve been with us, year after year, and those guys are key to us. But we also have a lot of young blood coming up through the system. We have three local high school kids training with the team, for example, and it’s good to have this influx of talent. It’s pretty exciting.”

Club memberships, which include scarves, discounted/season tickets, exclusive members-only perks, and the right to elect the board of directors (giving the fans a say in how their club is run), are available now at http://sfcityfc.com/memberships/. Single match tickets are just $10 and are available to purchase in advance via http://sfcityfc.com/tickets/.

America SCORES Bookdrive Winners

SF City FC would like to thank all of the kids of youth soccer in the Bay Area who participated in the 2018 America SCORES book drive. Your generous donations of both new and used books went to help bring much needed resources to low-income students in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area. Our congratulations go to the winners, LAFAYETTE DOLPHINS Kindergarten Co-Ed team! Their team get to enjoy a free pizza party, donated jointly by SF City FC and America SCORES. Congratulations also to runners up IFC STRIKERS. They will receive the second place prize of a $100.00 Sports Basement Gift Card. Again, we would like to thank you for your participation in a very successful book drive!

About America SCORES

America SCORES partners with low-income, under-resourced public schools and forms soccer teams. Each team has both a soccer coach and a writing coach.  SCORES currently works with more than 1500 student-athletes in San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area regions.  They use the Beautiful Game of soccer to help children be healthy and happy while also teaching and supporting literacy and academic skills.

The Book Zone is one way that SCORES helps students.  Many of SCORES participants own fewer than five books.  Some have none at all.  At regional SCORES game days, children get to choose books to take home to read and to keep as they build their own home libraries.  Reading material in the home is a primary predictor of future success in school.  Research and common sense agree: if you can’t learn to read, you can’t read to learn.  When it comes to learning to read, childhood has no second chances.

Find out more, or donate at https://www.americascoresbayarea.org/

StreetSoccer Park Offers Discounts To SF City Members!


SF City supporters, we’re very happy to announce StreetSoccer Park as a new community partner. SF City members qualify for 20% discounts on drop-in playing fees, over 25% discounts on monthly fees, and over 30% discounts on team registration fees! Just show your membership card when you register to play at their Mission Rock facility. Get out and PLAY!

Street Soccer Park is located at 200 Terry Francois Blvd by AT&T Park. The community-oriented small-side soccer complex offers weekly pick up games for youth and adults, as well as soccer classes for kids 18 months to 12 years old. Find out more at www.StreetSoccerPark.com!

SF CITY FC ANNOUNCES PRE-SEASON SCHEDULE

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San Franciso City FC’s pre-season friendlies begin on March 31st  with a match against Notre Dame De Namur University! The pre-season will wrap up with the long standing Negoesco derby match against USF on April 28th. The full slate of friendlies is listed below:

Further match day information for these matches coming soon!

Be sure to check out our full 2018 schedule.

SF CITY FC RETURNS TO THE US OPEN CUP

2018-USOpen-Cup-San Francisco City FCSan Francisco City FC is proud to announce we have qualified for the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The Club will represent San Francisco in this 105th edition of the Open Cup Tournament, with the first round scheduled for Wednesday May 9th. We are deeply honored to represent our great city and continue San Francisco’s legacy of success in the Open Cup.

SF City FC Head Coach Patrick Coyne said: “We are proud to have qualified for the Open Cup and look forward to competing at the highest levels through the tournament. This is a huge opportunity for everyone involved with our Club and especially our players to represent San Francisco competing against the best soccer teams in the U.S.”

Coyne led SF City’s successful 2017 PDL campaign, through which SF City qualified for the 2018 Open Cup. Coyne previously led SF City’s successful Open Cup qualification in 2016, the last time the Club featured in the tournament.

Additional details regarding our first round matchup will be posted in the coming weeks including our opponent and venue/ticket information for the First Round match.

SF CITY FC: GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY

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One of the most important missions of San Francisco City Football Club is serving our local community in a tangible, meaningful way. When Redwood City’s Sequoia High School soccer team was having trouble obtaining new equipment, SF City stepped in to help.

One of our members was made aware of the difficulties facing the program, and he brought it to the attention of the Members Organization Board of Directors, who took action. Last week, Sequoia’s new practice jerseys were delivered, courtesy of SF City FC, by Board member and lifetime Bay Area resident, Pete Bogdis (pictured above with Sequoia coach Kevin Huber). The club recognizes that school athletic programs can make a huge difference in children’s lives, and is proud to support them in any way it can throughout the Bay Area, our home.

WE HAVE RETURNED!

 

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San Francisco City Fans! We are very proud to announce that we will be returning to Kezar Stadium for all of our home matches in 2018! We called Kezar home in our 2015 and 2016 seasons. It has hosted many teams who proudly represented San Francisco over the decades, and SF City FC has been no exception. Who can forget magical moments such as our 4-0 thrashing of the Burlingame Dragons in 2016? Now is the time to add to that legacy. Special thanks to San Francisco Recreation and Park Department for allowing us to use this historic venue again. See you in the stands!

YOUR 2018 SF CITY MEMBER SCARF!

scarf_02The votes have been cast, and we have a winner! Many thanks to everyone who participated in the 2018 scarf design contest. The winning entry, as created, and voted on by you, the members, has a sharp, plaid design featuring the familiar colors of SF City FC. At the game or around town, it will look certainly look great on you!

The author of the design, who has elected to remain anonymous, has donated his/her prize of a $100 SF City FC Team Store Gift Card to Street Soccer USA, in gratitude for all the good work in our City that organization has accomplished.

Be sure to purchase your 2018 Membership now in order to get the one of the first deliveries of the new scarf! Hold it high, and with pride, as a symbol, not just of the club, but of the fact that it is YOUR club, where you have a say in how it is run.

2018 SCARF DESIGN CONTEST

scarfAdvertSF City Supporters! It’s that time of year again! The time when you, the members of the club, decide what our scarf for the upcoming season will look like.

Members submit their designs, and  members will be the ones who choose which is to be adopted by the team. The creator of the winning design will win a $100 credit for the team store! The rules of the contest are simple:

  • Send your designs to community@sfcityfc.com
  • Only 2018 or Lifetime members may submit a design.
  • Only 2018 or Lifetime members may vote on a design.
  • Limit of two designs per contestant.
  • We will begin accepting designs on 2 January 2018.
  • The deadline for submitting designs is 16 January 2018.
  • On 17 January, the scarf designs will be shown to all current members, and online voting will take place between then and 26 January.
  • Designs should be in RGB format, 300dpi resolution.

In order to make the design process easier, we’ve created this Scarf Design Template which you can download and use.

SPRING NEW-USED BOOK DRIVE

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Are you part of a youth team here in the Bay Area? Then consider signing up to join our 2018 New and Used Book Drive Contest to benefit the kids of AmericaSCORES Bay Area. The contest is open to any U17 team in the Bay Area. The teams which donate the most books to the program will win special prizes! The winning team will get a FREE pizza party, courtesy of SF City FC and AmericaSCORES. Second and third place teams will receive Sports Basement gift cards!

The deadline for joining the contest is March 5th. To sign up or find out more information, contact us at community@sfcityfc.com. The book drive will run from March 10th through April 15th. Donated books should be for 1st through 5th grade reading level. Multicultural or bilingual books are especially appreciated!

Let’s all work together to make our home a better place through the game of football!