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.

San Francisco City FC Announces MoviePass as Title Partner!

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San Francisco City FC is proud to announce MoviePass as our title partner for the 2018 season.

As part of the partnership, the MoviePass logo will appear on the front of the match jerseys worn by SF City FC players for the 2018 season during Premier Development League (“PDL”) and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Matches.

“It’s really exciting to have MoviePass join as our title partner” said SF City FC President Jacques Pelham. “SF City and MoviePass share a commitment to creating affordable, inclusive entertainment opportunities for our members and subscribers, whether going to watch a match at Kezar or seeing a movie at a local theater.”

Additionally, SF City will partner with MoviePass to potentially provide promotional opportunities to SF City members, co-branded SF City/MoviePass giveaways at matches, and MoviePass activations and events throughout the upcoming season.

About San Francisco City FC: San Francisco City FC is a community based, supporter-owned soccer club. Competing in the USL Premier Development League (“PDL”), the Club pursues a dual mission of competing at the highest levels of U.S. Professional Soccer while maintaining ongoing community ownership and a commitment to civic service in San Francisco.

About MoviePass: MoviePass Inc. is a technology company dedicated to enhancing the exploration of cinema. As the nation’s premier movie-theater subscription service, MoviePass provides film enthusiasts the ability to attend up to one movie per day for a low subscription price. The service, now accepted at more than 91% of theaters across the United States, is the nation’s largest theater network. For more information, visit www.moviepass.com.

 

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.