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Youth Soccer Clinics Presented by SF City FC

YOUTH SOCCER CLINICS PRESENTED BY SAN FRANCISCO CITY FC
Street Soccer USA Park | 200 Terry A Francois Blvd (across from AT&T Park)

Dates:
Wed., Oct. 26, 2016 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Tue., Nov. 15, 2016 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm

San Francisco City FC kicks off its first Youth Soccer Clinic on Wed., Oct. 26 from 4:00pm – 5:00pm. The event is open to Boys and Girls ages 7-8 years old and Registration is FREE!

The Clinics are led by SF City FC Head Coach Paddy Coyne and feature basic soccer skills, drills and games. This is a great opportunity for your child to be introduced to soccer or pick up some pointers from top coaches.

Each participant will also receive a complimentary SF City T-shirt!

Click Below to Register:
REGISTER FOR OCT. 26
REGISTER FOR NOV. 15

Dates: Wed., Oct. 26, 4:00pm – 5:00pm | Tue., Nov 15, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: Street Soccer USA Park, 200 Terry A Francois Blvd. (across from AT&T Park)
What to wear: We recommend that your child wear soccer/turf cleats, shin guards, and shorts
What to bring: BALL – You may bring your own size 4 soccer ball. Balls will also be available onsite for use for the clinic. WATER – A water jug and cups will be provided onsite. You may bring a re-usable water bottle to fill up as well.
Parking/Public Transit: For parking, we recommend either parking in Lot A or street parking. The venue is also accessible by the N and T Muni lines by getting off at 2nd & King and walking south across the Lefty O’Doul bridge towards the Yard.

Questions: Feel free to email us at info@sfcityfc.com or call 415-373-0543.

We look forward to seeing your child out on the pitch!

Street Soccer USA Park SF

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Where Are They Now? College Soccer Update Part III

It’s been a wild and thrilling college soccer season thus far. We’re just about halfway through and all the players associated with SF City FC are in positions for success with their teams!

University of California Golden Bears (4-3-1):
With 3 wins in the last 4, the Cal Bears are riding high. However, a slim loss to the reigning National Champions and Bay Area rival brought the Bears back to earth. Senior defender Trevor Haberkorn has played every minute for Cal and helped anchor their team throughout. Junior forward Matt Chasman has come off the bench in a bit part role in the last two matches. Up next for the Golden Bears, a trip to the Pacific Northwest to take on Oregon State and University of Washington this weekend.

SF State University Golden Gators (6-4):
After starting the season 5-1, the Gators lost three matches in a row, all 1-0 losses. However, this past weekend, SF State beat #12 CSU Los Angeles 1-0 for the first time in 8 matches. Senior goalkeeper Emmanuel Jimenez had his 4th shutout on the year and his long ball was the assist for the winning goal. The assist was the second in his career. Senior midfielder Ashley Watson, plus Junior midfielders Emmanuel Serrano and Andy Altimirano have all played significant minutes in important roles for the Gators this season. This weekend, SF State hosts UC San Diego and Cal State San Marcos at Cox Stadium.

St. Mary’s College Gaels (4-5-3):
The St. Mary’s Gaels had a very successful roadtrip this weekend at #17 West Virginia and Pittsburgh. The two wins helped boost their RPI and put them in a great position heading into West Coast Conference play. Junior midfielder Max Mirner has started in every game for the Gaels. His leadership and midfield bite has allowed the Gaels to thrive this season. Up next on tap, a West Coast Conference opener to first place Pacific (8-2) in Stockton on Sunday.

University of San Francisco Dons (4-5):
After two thrilling victories against Stanford and UC Riverside at home last weekend, the Dons sit well with momentum heading into West Coast Conference play. Senior forward David Garrett scored the winning goal for San Francisco against Stanford. Sophomore midfielder Jordan Hughes played big minutes as the all important holding midfielder in both matches. Junior defender Kamron Crow got his first start against UC Riverside in the 3-2 overtime victory. Next for USF, they take on arch rivals Santa Clara on Sunday at 7pm, at Negoesco Stadium.

Stanford Cardinal (4-2-3):
Stanford has won 4 of the last 5 matches including a mammoth victory on Sunday against rivals Cal 1-0. They are riding high and disciplined behind Junior goalkeeper Andrew Epstein, who recorded his 3rd shutout on the weekend. Junior midfielder Bryce Marion continues to impress in starting every game for the Cardinal and creating chances for the defending National Champions. This weekend, Stanford has a tricky trip to #16 Washington and Oregon State while looking to continue their good form.

Other Notes:
-Yale’s Junior defender, Josh Totte, played in the 3-3 draw in their conference opener at Harvard. Yale plays at Dartmouth and hosts UConn at home this weekend.
-Santa Clara’s Senior defender Martin Riedler has not featured and Freshman midfielder Dylan Caton is under suspension until January 2017.

We wish all our athletes the best of luck as conference play begins!!

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Where Are They Now? College Soccer Update Part II

It’s almost been 2 weeks since we introduced you to our initial college soccer update and we’d love to give you the latest of… Where are they now?!

San Francisco State University Gators (4-1):
The Gators have not lost since September 1st and seem to have found their stride under their new head coach, Javier Ayala Hil. The team has scored 11 goals and has only conceded 3. SF State freshly dispatched CSU Monterey Bay this past Wednesday 3-2. Senior goalkeeper Manny Jimenez now has 3 shutouts out of the 5 games. Junior transfer midfielder Andy Altamirano scored over the weekend and added an assist. Senior midfielder Ashley Watson added an assist against CSU Monterey Bay. Senior midfielder Emmanuel Serrano has started and played in all matches in a deep lying holding midfield role. The Gators aim to continue their recent success vs. Chico State at home.

St. Mary’s Gaels (1-3-2):
The Gaels got their first win in nearly 3 weeks this past weekend against UNLV by a score of 4-1. Junior midfielder Max Mirner had an assist in that match and played in all but 5 minutes. Mirner also played 78 minutes on Friday, a 2-nil loss to Western Michigan. This weekend, the Gaels host Air Force and Cal State Fullerton.

Stanford Cardinal (1-1-3):
An interesting defense of the National title continues for the Cardinal. Their non-conference matches have been close as they’ve tied 3 of their 5 matches thus far. Last weekend, Stanford thumped San Jose State 4-1. Junior goalkeeper Andrew Epstein played the entire match in net and Senior midfielder Bryce Marion completed 66 minutes and added and assist. Senior midfielder Trevor Hyman came off the bench for about 15 minutes. Stanford has two non-conference opponents this weekend as Harvard and the University of Nebraska-Omaha come to town.

University of San Francisco Dons (2-3):
The Dons have had an up and down non-conference season. After winning two matches over Labor Day weekend, the Dons have slumped to two defeats on the road in Florida (lost @ Florida Gulf Coast 2-1 and University of South Florida 2-0). Senior forward David Garrett scored against the Eagles in the only goal for the Dons last weekend. Sophomore midfielder Jordan Hughes also saw some action, playing the 2nd half of the South Florida match. Senior defender Christian DeLuna played the entire match at Florida Gulf Coast. The Dons host Cal State Fullerton and Air Force this weekend on the Hilltop.

California Golden Bears (1-2-1):
Cal has not played in nearly 2 weeks after two losses on the road at Indiana (2-1), Notre Dame (5-0) and looking to get back winning ways. Senior defender Trevor Haberkorn has played almost every minute for the Bears. Junior forward Matt Chasman only played in the first two matches of the season thus far. Cal also hosts Harvard and Nebraska-Omaha in Berkeley this weekend.

Notes:
-Yale’s Junior defender Josh Totte played about a half hour against Sacred Heart in a 2-0 victory for the Bulldogs last weekend.
-Santa Clara University’s Senior defender Martin Riedler has not featured this season. Sophomore midfielder Dylan Caton will not play for Santa Clara until January 2017 due to suspension.

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Where Are They Now? College Soccer Update Part I

They featured for SF City over the summer, but now they’re back with their collegiate sides hoping to make waves during the 2016 season. Some return as defending National Champions, some just want to win their league for a crack at the NCAA tournament.

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Stanford and SF City Goalkeeper Andrew Epstein. Photo by Nap Ba.
We start with defending NCAA Champions Stanford, where 3 SF City players return to the Farm to compete in trying to become back-to-back champions. Thus far, the Cardinal has played 2 matches, both draws with Penn State (0-0) and St. Mary’s (2-2). Junior Goalkeeper Andrew Epstein has started and played every minute of the season thus far making 3 saves and earning a shutout. Winger Bryce Marion (a Junior) has started both games and had an assist against St. Mary’s last weekend. Another Wideman, Senior Trevor Hyman, has seen his time split with Marion, but featured in both matches. Stanford will easily make it back to the NCAA tournament and we could see them late in the post-season again.

You can see Andrew, Bryce and Trevor in their games at Stanford, here. Also, join SF City fans and Members on Sunday October 2nd at 5pm, for Stanford vs. California at Cagan Stadium.

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Cal and SF City Defender/Midfielder Trevor Haberkorn. Photo by Nap Ba.
Moving across the Bay, we check-in on Cal Golden Bears players, Trevor Haberkorn and Matt Chasman. Both played for SF City during the end of our Inaugural PDL season. The Bears are (1-0-1), with a tie against St. Mary’s and a win over Penn State last weekend. Senior Haberkorn is a versatile defender and midfielder, he has played every minute thus far for the Bears and assisted on the winning goal for Cal against the Nittany Lions. Junior Chasman has come off the bench in both matches and played significant portions of both. California will almost certainly be included in the NCAA tournament field of 48, as they challenge Stanford for Pac-12 honors too.

You can see Trevor and Matt in their games at Cal here. Reminder, you can join SF City fans and Members on Sunday October 2nd at 5pm, for Stanford vs. California at Cagan Stadium.

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St. Mary’s College & SF City Midfielder Max Mirner. Photo by Nap Ba
Keeping it local in the East Bay, we venture to St. Mary’s to hear about Junior standout Max Mirner. St Mary’s has two (2-2) draws both against Cal, Stanford then lost to the University of Washington at home 2-1. Max started and played in the #9 (Center Forward) position for SF City, finding the back of the net notably against Burlingame with a snap header at Burlingame High. So far Max has already scored once, against Stanford last weekend. Mirner is one of 10 upperclassmen trying to make sure this St. Mary’s team challenges for the West Coast Conference title this season after a 3rd place finish in 2015.

Follow Max and the Gaels at their home matches here. You can also join SF City fans and Members when St. Mary’s hosts Santa Clara University on Sunday October 30th, 1pm in Moraga.

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SCU & SF City Midfielder Dylan Caton. Photo by Nap Ba.
Shifting gears back down South, Santa Clara University looks to defend their West Coast Conference title. Both Senior Martin Riedler and Sophomore Dylan Caton will add plenty of bite to the Broncos’ title defense. Neither player has featured yet in 2016, but West Coast Conference Coach of the year, Cameron Rast, and the Broncos have high hopes to make it back into the field of 48.

Follow Martin and Dylan at their matches here. You can also join SF City fans and Members when St. Mary’s hosts Santa Clara on Sunday October 30th, 1pm in Moraga.

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SF State & SF City Midfielder Ash Watson. Photo by Nap Ba.

Finally, we move North to the first of our San Francisco Schools, SF State. SFSU welcomes a new head coach, Javier Ayala-Hil. He will oversee 4 SF City players: Seniors Manny Jimenez (GK), Emmanuel Serrano (MF), Captain Ashley Watson (MF), plus Junior transfer Andy Altamirano (MF). SF State hosted Hope International University yesterday and lost 1-0, however, Jimenez, Serrano and Watson all played 90 minutes for the Golden Gators. SF State has a solid core for 2016, led by SF City players and will challenge for the CCAA title.

Follow Manny, Emmanuel, Ash and Andy here. Join SF City fans and Members when SF State hosts the Academy of Art on September 10th at 4pm, live at Cox Stadium.

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USF & SF City Forward David Garrett. Photo by Nap Ba.

Lastly, we have an update from the Hilltop and the University of San Francisco. Head Coach Eddie Soto has 5 SF City players in his ranks. Senior Defender & Captain Christian DeLuna, Junior Midfielder Jordy Hughes, Junior Defender Kamron Crow, Freshman Goalkeeper Alejandro Munoz and Senior Forward David Garrett. USF lost their first game away 3-1 to Omaha-Nebraska last weekend, and their 2nd game was cancelled due to thunderstorms at Creighton (similar story to SF City’s opener away to Vegas). However, last night, they won 2-1 at UC Bakersfield, courtesy of a David Garrett strike. USF has one of the strongest groups looking to challenge for the West Coast Conference title in 2016 in Soto’s 3rd season. USF will host UC Davis this Labor Day weekend, September 3rd with SF City providing a special tailgate in the Panhandle! To join us, click here! 

Also, you can follow Christian, Jordy, Kamron, Alejandro and the University of San Francisco Dons and their matches here. USF will be hosting Stanford on September 23rd at 7pm, where SF City fans and Members will be in attendance. Join us!

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Johannes Demarzi: Our Senior Senator, Leader and Legend!

Johannes, finally… a player profile time for you… you’ve been involved with SF City literally since Day 1, describe the feelings that come to mind when you think of the progress made.

Proud. What started as a quality men’s team has turned into a burgeoning franchise. I don’t think any of the older guys thought it would turn into what we’ve become. It’s a bit surreal, really. Playing in the PDL this summer alongside (and against) some of the brightest college players (De Luna, Mirner, Jordy, Kam, Dylan, the Stanford boys, and others) is something I never expected would happen in this stage of my life. Hopefully they all come back next summer!

You’re also one of the vets, and the oldest rostered player… what is your role more suited to: You performing week in week out or being coach/leader/vet on the field at the same time or both?

I don’t know if I approached it that way. My mentality was always to show up and do what was needed to help the team win. However, your question does bring to mind Jackie Moon – a true sports idol and champion.

You’ve previously mentioned you like playing in the #9 spot, but also play heavily as a winger too, preference there? Why?

Probably nostalgia, more than anything. I grew up playing the #9 and it wasn’t until college that my role expanded to the #7/#11. In the system we play, the #7/#11 get quite involved in the attack and become a second #9, so both fit the way I like to play.

Gnarly in 1 v 1, is there a sensation you feel taking on defenders?

With the sticky grass at Kezar, I’m constantly hoping to not trip over the ball.

Favorite goal for SF City for you has been…

The game winner against Davis in the final qualification game for the Open Cup. At that time, we had no idea that the PDL was on the horizon, so it meant more meaningful games at a time when we and the fans may not have had anything to play for for likely another half a year. A close second was the second goal vs Vegas. It was a lot of fun celebrating with the fans and getting the first win at home.

This season was tough for you (Red Card vs. Fresno and hamstring injury), what was that like?

Eh – both were frustrating, but that’s part of the game. The red card was pretty benign – I’ve certainly said a heck of a lot worse to a referee, so to be sent off when I didn’t get to use a four-letter word felt as though I didn’t get my money’s worth. Maybe we’ll see her (the ref) next season and I can really earn being sent off.

You were so pumped at one point you had to go to work before a game to control your nerves… please elaborate…

I had lots to do. See below.

Your work outside of SF City includes working as an attorney, but you’ve said you hardly practice law anymore? Please elaborate…

Yeah I quit litigating over a year ago. I’ve since started an education technology company called In Class Today, alongside a brilliant professor at Harvard, Todd Rogers, and wonderful, talented woman Niki Choo, who recently earned her masters from the Ed school at Harvard. We partner with school districts in order to help them reduce their chronic absenteeism. However, the work I was doing prior to the match was putting out all the legal fires (pro bono) that the likes of Danny Kirkland, Dylan Murphy, Ben Flatley, Adam Ringler, Reed Williams, Kevin Gould, etc., start, with terrific frequency.

Supporter-ownership is key for the club’s success: what does it mean to you, as well as the fans support, mean personally and for the team while physically on the pitch?

I think there’s been one theme with these player profile/bios – the fans and their support mean the most to the guys on the field. I’m going to forget some names, but seeing the likes of Gonos, Pogdis, Joachim, Casey, Schaefer, Daniel, and others, after each game is amazing. Adding those in management, Jacques, Steve, Charles, etc., I think it all means one thing: SF City is in great hands.

You’re carrying the flag for lots of City players it seems past and present, because of your status into the folklore of SF City FC, what about the history of the club spurs you on?

Everyone is committed to doing things the right way, and that’s present in every aspect of the club…unlike what we’re seeing at other clubs like Burlingame. Oh, I love how they dismissed the rivalry early on in the season. Doing so only intensifies a rivalry, but I don’t think anyone in management is bright enough to figure that one out. That entire club can select option 2. If you’re wondering what that means, ask Danny Kirkland and Ben Flatley.

Anything else we need to know about you…

Sure – Danny Kirkland and I, along with the other older guys, Dylan, Austin, Flatley, AJ, Barry, etc., will be at Finnegan’s Wake, September 9th, at 7 PM on the nose. We’d love to see you all there. It’ll be a scream…

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Meet the Schaefers!

Meet Eric and Tiffany Schaefer, two badass Members in our first ever Member profile piece!

Boo-yah, our first Member only interview! A duo no less…

We’re flattered!

It’s fair to say, you’re one of our SF City couples, hella cute, btw… Where are you guys from and how did you meet?

Eric: I grew up down the Peninsula in Belmont and I went to college in Santa Fe, where we met.

Tiffany: I’m originally from the Southwest (I’ve lived in Texas, Colorado and New Mexico) and I moved to the Bay Area in 2005. Eric and I met at St. John’s College, which has great books but no sports teams.

What does SF City represent in the Schaefer household?

Tiffany: It means being crazy enough to go to Vegas for an away game… It really does represent a reason to be excited about what is going on and growing in our community.
Eric: It’s just one of our many mysterious and glamorous pursuits, of course, but I would never miss a chance to cheer with the Northsiders! The volunteer events organized by the Club and by the Northsiders have also pushed me to give more back to community than before.

Why SF City?

Eric: I got into the sport a few years ago, after the 2014 World Cup and when the action stopped in Brazil I went looking for a place to watch great soccer. The Earthquakes are an hour away and watching Premier League and Bundesliga matches means getting up early on the weekend. I wanted good, live, local soccer. SF City is the only team offering that level of play and there is no set of supporters like the Northsiders! It’s a hell of a lot of fun for less $10 per game.

Tiffany: I’ll be honest, soccer wasn’t important to me when we started attending matches, but I was so surprised and excited by the level of fan participation and real camaraderie that welcomed me. The Northsiders and the members of the club have never failed to make me feel like part of the community and I love spreading that feeling on to new folks too – you don’t have to be an expert to learn a cheer like “Roll Fog!”

What does supporter-owned mean to you?

Eric: Supporter ownership builds a connection to the team that you cannot get anywhere else in sports. I’ve been a Giants fan since I was a kid and I love the team, of course. But buying season tickets costs a fortune and doesn’t get you any voice with the franchise. Becoming a member of SF City means getting a great game day experience AND a voice in the operations of the club. That responsibility makes for a better experience in the stadium and out.

Tiffany: When we first went and watched a game, Eric and I decided to become supporters the next day, not just because we had a great time, but also because we wanted to do just that – support the team. Everyone who lives in SF knows that if you don’t frequent your favorite bar, restaurant or café, they might not be there the next time you go looking for them. The club also gives us the opportunity to make our voices heard, and draws a special connection between those playing the game and those of us watching it happen.

Tell us about SF Adventure tours…

Eric: SF Adventure Tours is all about building the best San Francisco experience for the small group I’m working with just that day. I take my guests to the classic landmarks of the city like the Golden Gate Bridge or Twin Peaks and then build in visits to unique sights (Seward Street Slides, crooked Vermont Street, Clarion Alley) and connect them with special events (Carnaval, Bay to Breakers, Fleet Week) that are popping up just that day. All tours are run in a unique, open-sided, safari-style bus.

SF Adventure tours offers a beer and brewery tour… 1. What is your current go-to spot in SF or brewery. 2. Is there an SF City stop?

Eric: Speakeasy Ales & Lagers in Bayview is my absolute favorite brewery in the city. They brew a solid range of year-round beers and bring out lots of exciting stuff on a seasonal and one-off basis. John and his crew run a very special, welcoming taproom! I also want to shout out to my other partners at Harmonic Brewing, Magnolia, Laughing Monk, and the brand-new Barebottle in my neighborhood of Bernal Heights. There isn’t anything specific to SF City on the brewery tour, but I did help John Schilder of Hostelling International put together a pub crawl leading up to the SF City/San Diego match!!!

Eric, you’ve been a spokesman for fans with an epic interview on BAOSN.tv, our broadcast partner… what would you say your current SF City job title is?

Eric: “Epic” may be overstating things, but thank you! I can’t claim to be a spokesman for anyone but myself but I’m happy to talk about my experience. I think of myself as the guy in your rowdy crew of friends that you feel comfortable introducing to your mother.
Tiffany: Yeah, he can say that, but Pete did call him Hollywood, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the nickname sticks…

Tiffany, tell us about your work at the Marin Day Schools, why is it important to early childhood education?

Tiffany: I work with Marin Day Schools as a Kindergarten Prep teacher. We provide the important bridge for children and families moving from our preschool programs into kindergartens all around the Bay Area. Marin Day Schools has a strong reputation for providing high quality care and I am glad that as a teacher I get to have key interactions with the families of our community everyday. By providing consistent, high quality early childhood education, we are making sure that children have every opportunity to succeed in the future. Plus, I’m looking forward to seeing some of my graduated students on the SF City academy teams soon!

You seem to have your scarf on in every photo that you’re in um… City pride to the core, what should other fans know to channel the same thing?

Tiffany: For me, I wear my scarf everyday, no matter what. One of the first things I learned about soccer culture was to wear your scarf so that people will ask questions about it. Quickly after, I learned to carry our PDL cards next to Eric’s business cards so that I could always hand them out on BART or MUNI or wherever I was where people were asking about the scarf. Wearing my scarf means more to me than being a fan, it’s about channeling that same positive supporter spirit into everything I do.

Eric: Tiffany gets cold easily.

Anything else we should know about you guys?

Eric: Thanks to Pete, Mike, Ted, Casey, Daniel, Clinton, Gunther, Tyler, Julia, Joachim, Ryan, Brandon, Bradley, Paul, Zion, Kirk, Anthony, Jason, Cesar, Jan, Lisa, Brendan and all the other Northsiders for welcoming us! I’m always stoked when I hear the cry go up “the Schaefers are here!”

Tiffany: It’s been an amazing year of getting to know everyone, and I’m really looking forward to many years more. Thank you for thinking of us and we’re looking forward to seeing everyone at the Town Hall meeting on August 20th!

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Meet New Boardie Bradley!

We bid adieu to London bound Baxter Denney, thank him for his efforts and wish him well! We also welcome the newest addition to our Members board, Bradley!

New Board Member Bradley Ericson lives and breathes football, both as a symbol among friends and even while raising money for Autism biking 600 miles around Ireland! Wow might be an understatement. Bradley has voluntarily coached youth soccer and was chosen to give his University’s Commencement speech about the impact of the game on its youth.

Ericson built Manchester United’s largest supporters group in Boston, where he travelled the globe. Later, he was even part of Manchester United’s Sponsorship Team team at AON.

Ericson adds: “What SF City represents to me is the combination of everything I’ve always independently pursued: sport, community and service. Yet it offers something even more: an opportunity to a have a ‘hometown’ connection. The opportunity to now join a resourceful board tremendously excites me.”

Welcome Bradley!

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Nick Littleton: Blue Collared Versatility, the Heartbeat, Haha’s and Family

Let’s settle the debate once and for all, do you prefer Nick, Nicky or Nikolai? Why?
I’ve had so many people pronounce my name in so many different ways, I just kind of let people choose for themselves. I’ve also had a lot of nicknames throughout my life. My college teammates used to call me franchise. I would just say whatever is easiest for people to say just go for it.

Just finished up your 2nd year playing with SF City FC, you’re one of our longest termed players, you’ve seen the club evolve… thoughts on how the club has progressed?
Oh man, it’s been unbelievable watching this club grow over the past year. I actually heard about the club after my Mom brought home a local paper after the 1st Round U.S. Open Cup loss in 2015. I showed up to a few Sunday league games (doing twice the running because I had Paddy playing right back behind me 😉 and the rest is history. But, I don’t think us players realize how much hard work has been put in by the board, Jacques and of course our amazing fans off the field. I’ve talked with Jacques a few times and he’s very educated about how everything needs to work to run a successful sports franchise. He’s so organized and you can tell how much this club means to him. As far as on the field goes, Paddy and Seany do an excellent job managing the players. They don’t play any favorites, and they are always honest with us. For me, this is the most important attribute a coach can have. I love playing for Paddy, he’s the kind of coach a player wants to win for. With Jacques as President and Paddy as head coach this club is in amazing hands. Hopefully next year we can get those college players back like Christian De Luna, Ash, and the Beast up top DG and some of the others. With the older guys as the core, we can hopefully deliver a playoff birth for you guys next year!

Last summer, you played in a match that our goalkeeper was sent off you stepped in… played keeper, Danny Kirkland scored (a free kick, obviously) and we won 1-0. You also may or may not have sustained a concussion. Walk us through that day…
Hahaha, some of the guys still bring that up. To be straight up with you, I don’t remember too much. Apparently, I got hit in the head with the ball right before our goalie got sent off, obviously wasn’t thinking too clearly and told Paddy I’d play in goal. Apparently, I made a few saves, and I banged every goal and drop kick to the other 18. My Pops told me I did an excellent job time wasting.

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Legendary story by the way, it’s fair to say that you’ve play in multiple positions for SF City, pretty much anywhere except the back-line, where do you like to play the best and why?
My favorite position is probably the 6 or the 8 just because that’s what I grew up playing, and where I’m most comfortable. However, when you have players who are as good as Donkey Kong (Danny Kirkland) and Abercrombie (Dylan Murphy) it’s going to be hard to get a game for anyone. I just told Paddy he can play me wherever he needs me, whether that be the 10, 9, 7, 11 or even right or left back, which is where I played in college. The bottom line is I love playing ball and I love competing. Every position is different and I have to try to take what Paddy and Seany tell me and try to deliver to the best of my ability.

Your college experience includes playing at Santa Barbara City College and Gonzaga University… Different? Similar? What were the key things you learned about the game and yourself at each?
Very VERY different haha. Everything from the weather, to the people, to the soccer. My first 2 years at SBCC was the time of my life. Santa Barbara is an amazing town, where I really grew up while I was there not only physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. The game is so different from the two levels. I was fortunate enough to be on a great SBCC team lead by John Sisterson and current USF Women’s Assistant Coach Paul Hart my sophomore year. We made it to the State Final Four, which the college hadn’t done in over a decade. Some of the Southern California City College teams were the best teams I played against in college. The game is so much more technical down there then it is at the D1 level. I’m a fairly technical player so I enjoyed it much more than the D1 game, which is extremely physical and so direct. My time at Gonzaga was very up and down. I struggled with ankle injuries my junior year, the team didn’t do very well and the coaching was very sub par to put it lightly. My second year was going amazing until I tore my ACL against USD midway through the season. We had a great group of players that year and some of my Gonzaga teammates I consider to this day, as some of my closest friends. It’s a shame because if the coaching was better, we could’ve made a very deep tournament run as we had so much talent that season (2013).

It’s a bit of a family affair for you with the club, your Dad, Michael is always in the stands rooting for the club and you since Day 1…
My Pops has always been so supportive of me and my soccer. I think he’s really taken a liking to the environment the club encourages. He has helped the Northsiders with their community service efforts and I know he lives every second of the game with them.

You’ve got an affinity for Liverpool and your Dad’s a Portsmouth fan. How did that all shake out?
Haha I do support Pompey as well. They will always be my second team, but I became a Liverpool fan at first because I was a big Michael Owen fan when I was 5 or 6. As I grew older, I started learning about the history of the club and I fell in love with not only the team, but the city of Liverpool as well. All the success the team has had with former and current players including my boyhood hero Stevie G. The city of Liverpool has a lot of similarities to Oakland where I grew up. It’s a City with so much culture, history, and very hard working people. Both cities’ heartbeat revolve around their sports teams. In Liverpool you have Liverpool FC, and Everton… likewise in Oakland you got the Raiders, Warriors and A’s. When you come from Oakland you really appreciate another city with similar values even though nothing can ever beat Oakland in my eyes. Sorry SF 😉

Fans know Danny can hit free kicks, but you’ve had your fair share too too, (btw your Stanford belter was terrific between the two of you) how do you decide who takes them? Flip coins after, before or is it first round on who misses?
You won’t find too many players around the world, let alone the PDL who can hit a dead ball the way Donkey Kong can. Basically, when Danny lines it up, I line up on the other side and if he ain’t feeling it, he’ll tell me to hit it. Unfortunately, I didn’t bury one during the PDL season, but hopefully next year!

Kirkland, Dylan Murphy and Littleton all line up for a free-kick vs. Burlingame
Kirkland, Dylan Murphy and Littleton all line up for a free-kick vs. Burlingame

What do you do when you’re not playing for SF City?
Usually getting swole in the gym 😉 Haha, I do a lot of different stuff. I work for a temp agency who finds different jobs for businesses who need a little extra help. I also do some personal training for a couple of very promising youth soccer players from the East Bay who play for the SJ Earthquakes and De Anza Force Academies. Both have very promising futures in the game. I also drive Lyft which is actually a great way to make some extra money. If anyone is reading this and is looking to hire somebody, hit me up!

Anything else fans should know about you…
Yeah, Go Raiders!

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Dylan Murphy: SF Native, the Midfield Anchor Man & City’s Model Fashionista

Assess your 1st season with SF City FC.

I thought it was fantastic inaugural year for the club! The fans were absolutely incredible all year. They make it so much fun to play at home, even if things don’t go our way. I find myself humming their songs at work, the gym, while waiting in line for a sandwich. I’m sure next year, there will be a lot of top level college talent eager to play in an atmosphere like the one we’ve proved we have this year. Of course we fell a bit short of our playoff aspirations, but I don’t think that is such a bad thing. Now there is room, and more importantly hunger, for growth.

Defensive midfield huh?

Love it! It’s a bit lower down the pitch than I’m used to playing but I grew to really enjoy playing there this year. I think the position suits me well, as I’m not necessarily a super explosive player but willing and able to cover a lot of ground out there as I’ve got some decent feet. And I love having a ping. I look to guys like Busquets, Thiago Motta and of course Danny Kirkland for inspiration. A group of guys whose brainpower and touch makes up for a 12-inch vertical and perhaps a slight lack of athleticism.

Courtesy of Instagram: @dlo_murpheta
Courtesy of Instagram: @dlo_murpheta

Having a PDL season under your belt prior to coming to SF City (Fresno in 2013) how does playing for SF City compare? Difficult playing against your former team?

I’ve been fortunate to play for two PDL teams with incredible fan bases. In my mind the two clubs resemble each other in many ways. Both clubs want to showcase the local talent as much as possible; they are involved in the local community, play in great stadiums in front of even better fans, and have professional soccer aspirations. For me it wasn’t weird playing against my former side. One of my favorite games this season was against Fuego at home. We played well despite not getting the result, but the back and forth banter between the Fire squad and the Northsiders was probably the highlight of the day.

Your experience also includes playing overseas in Norway at Asane FK… rad, what’s the atmosphere and style like over there?

It’s different! There is a level of intensity that you don’t quite see here yet. To give you an example, our captain probably put in 15-20 slide tackles a training session on what was often very frozen and rock hard turf. Real Puyol type. His whole hip area was literally callused from tackling and he referred to it as his “dragehud” (dragon skin). So their style is definitely hard nosed, but that’s not to say they are not skilled, because they are. They are lethal finishers as well.

The fans are the extremely passionate grassroots types. Like in England, everyone roots for their cities’ big club, but also support the local neighborhood club. I lived in Bergen, where Brann FK is the big club that everyone supports. In a city of 400,000 there are probably 80 other clubs ranging from 2nd division to 7th that all have their own smaller fan bases. 60-year-old guys even remember when their local team almost made it to the 3rd division and have the club crest tattooed on their arm.

There are a lot of Americans playing in Scandinavian countries, do you think it’s helping or hurting the game in the U.S.?

I’m sure it’s helping the game in the U.S. These Americans who go abroad end up playing alongside some seriously gifted and experienced players. There are a lot of guys in the 2nd, 3rd and even 4th divisions who have played in the 1st divisions of Norway or Sweden for example and were now for whatever reasons playing for a lower division club. Our center midfielder for example, Alan, was a somewhat overweight 32-year-old Ajax youth academy product who played in Copa turf shoes in real games and still managed to outsmart everyone he played against. He taught me a lot about how to play center midfield, how less was more, and I probably would not have had that eye opening experience without having the chance to play with him.

What’s your full time gig these days?

I’m working in event planning while studying computer programming. I’m helping with some of the logistics coordinating for Outside Lands this year.

Sidebar: You’re also a model…Is that also something you want to get into full time?

Hah! The cats out of the bag now. I pose for the occasional picture. The boys give me some stick about it, rightfully so, but It’s a fun side-gig, and best of all… it’s much easier on the body than soccer.

Stars the Agency
Stars the Agency

Would you say you’re more of a Freddy Ljundberg or Gerard Pique type player-model-fashionista?

Considering the fact Ljundberg is wearing budgie smugglers in just about every photo he takes I’m gonna have to go with Pique on this one. Also happen to be a bit of a Shakira fan.

Your youth career spans playing at Marin FC with Marin legend coach Josh Kalkstein, Lowell High School and SFSFL… please divulge.

I played my freshman and sophomore years for Lowell High school where we won the city championship both years, thanks to local hero Anthony Clay who scored every game. I chose to play in the SFSFL (SF’s Sunday league) my junior and senior year to get myself some experience playing against bigger guys, where I got absolutely clobbered, but it was good for me.

I played at Marin FC from 13-17 and it was huge for my development. Our coach, Josh Kalkstein, who is still there, is of the Johan Cruyff type philosophy. He taught me how to be a dangerous attacking mid by hiding in the pocket and how to cover ground (had a bit of a habit of standing in the center circle). It didn’t hurt that he was also a class player with some serious tekkers, which only made us all respect him more. He actually played with the first professional soccer team the city ever had, the San Francisco Seals of the 1990’s, who also played at Kezar. Josh has helped lots of local players move on to the professional level.

As one of the only San Francisco born and bred players on our team, what does reppin’ SF at this level mean to you?

It’s an honor! This is my hometown, so having the opportunity to represent the San Francisco soccer community means a lot to me. There are a lot of players I grew up with who were crazy talented, but didn’t get the chances to reach the next level because of things like violence in their communities or lack of resources. The city’s biggest gift is diversity, and I think we really need to create opportunities for the talented kids who come from all across the spectrum. I’m talking about recognizing talent and an investment in growing it, regardless of the player’s background.

Is there anything else we should know about you?

Just that The Northsiders singing the national anthem after the PA system broke one game was just about the greatest thing I’ve ever seen. Difficult song to sing in key, and they nailed it.

You can follow Dylan on Instagram: @dlo_murpheta

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Ben Brewster: The Spine, Dominating Headers in the Air, Beards & Icelandic Vikings

Firstly welcome back, how was it out there this weekend?
It was great being back on the field this weekend. It has been tough missing 8 weeks during the bulk of the season. It was actually my first time playing at Kezar, so that was a great experience. The support we get from the Northsiders is absolutely incredible and it was good to finally pick up 3 points at home.

Describe the partnership in the unchanged back-line for the last two games…
I thought the partnership this weekend was pretty solid. These relationships often take time to mature, but I felt comfortable playing next to DeLuna who has been great for City this season.

You’re a player with a plethora of experience and played in USL last season at Tulsa. How were those days?
Last season I was playing for the Tulsa Roughnecks in the USL. It was Tulsa’s inaugural season in the USL, but we only missed the playoffs by 3 points. It was an unbelievable experience playing at that level everyday, and traveling all over the west coast throughout the season. Similar to SF City, we had a great group of fans and support from the Tulsa community. The first game of the season we tied our rivals (Oklahoma City Energy) at home in front of 8,500 fans. Walking out of the tunnel for that game was a feeling I’ll never forget.

You also trialled earlier this year, but decided to come back to SF City, why?
I was on trial with Harrisburg, Charlotte and Wilmington for 3.5 weeks in February. Before these trials, I was playing for City in the Nor Cal Premier League. When none of the teams wanted to sign me, I wanted to be back in San Francisco and play for SF City. Paddy does a great job running competitive training sessions, and there was solid group of players who I really enjoy playing with. San Francisco is also a great city, and I have some friends from college who live out here (and my girlfriend) so that made it easier to move back out here.

Is your beard more Mission SF or East Coast Outdoorsman, or both?
Maine outdoorsman for sure! Maybe a hint of the Icelandic Viking look as well.

Photo by Nap Ba
Photo by Nap Ba

We are nearing the end of the PDL season, how is the group gearing up for the final home match vs. Burlingame?
Excited to finally be playing Burlingame at home. It looks like playoffs is out of the question now, but we are preparing to do everything we can to win this last home game for our fans.

Pre-match meal prep is typically…
I’ll typically eat a pretty big breakfast with some eggs. Then a granola bar before the game and lots of GU!!! (SF City’s Sponsor)

When you go up for a header off of a corner (like the Fresno game), what are you thinking about?
I’m thinking about beating my man to a certain spot, and then just trying to focus on heading the ball down or back across the face of the goal. Danny whips in some great services, and we’ve got to reward him by getting on the end of one them vs. Burlingame.

The spine of the team seems to be back together (Demarzi, Kirkland and you), what does that mean for the team?
I think it has been positive for the team getting the three of us back. We have a pretty young team with a lot of college players, and I think we can all add some experience and leadership to the squad.

What do you do in addition to playing for SF City?
I’m going to be the head coach of boy’s varsity soccer team at the Bay School this fall. I’m really excited about that. I’ve been running some summer soccer practices a couple times a week, and doing some other coaching in SF.