The past week saw SF City FC play two friendlies within a span of 4 days, succumbing to defeats from the San Jose Earthquakes and the University of San Francisco.
The Quakes game took place at the Earthquakes training facility, located right next to the site of year-old Avaya Stadium. Both sides came out strong from the get go and the match took some time to find a rhythm. In the 20th minute, Quakes Forward Mark Sherrod beat SF City goalkeeper Austin Harms with the first goal of the game. For the rest of the half, SF City had a couple chances, but held the Quakes to a 1-0 scoreline. Most notably, Harms’ stellar performance in goal kept SF City in the game.Nick Littleton with a chance for SF City FC. Photo by Andras Petery
The beginning of 2nd half was a spirited performance by SF City, but Sherrod struck again for San Jose right on the hour mark. In the final 20 minutes the Quakes added 2 more goals from Tommy Thompson and Adam Jahn. The final scoreline was 4-0 as the SF City players gained terrific experience playing against the top tier local MLS side.
For more photos on our game with the Quakes click here.
Moving forward from the Quakes game in midweek, SF City took to the pitch once more Saturday night at Negoesco Stadium to play against the University of San Francisco. This was the 2nd overall meeting as SF City beat USF 4-1 last year. Supporters and fans gathered at Barrel Head Brewhouse prior to the game for an official pre-game party on Fulton and Masonic.
It was a warm homecoming for former USF standouts, Danny Kirkland and Kevin Gould who got the chance to play on the field they played on for their 4 year college careers. The game started off fast and zippy as USF had a bulk of the possession to begin. The Dons found the net within the first 15 minutes on a snap header by Bryce Kaminski from a cross by Manny Padilla. SF City upped their game right after and in the 40th minute, a corner was turned in by SF City’s David Taylor. The halftime score was 1-1 and the match was well poised for the 2nd half.
The atmosphere was phenomenal with over 750 fans in attendance. Both sets of fans sang for their teams throughout, including the loyal and sturdy SF City Northsiders. SF City came out very strong in the 2nd half and bothered the Dons back line with multiple chances. USF also had a few opportunities with good link up play on the counter-attack. Danny Kirkland’s shot from 30 yards out was saved by USF Goalkeeper, Ryan Buckingham, who actually played on SF City’s summer squad in 2015. During the final 15 minutes, both teams searched for a game winner. As USF had the ball in the City final 3rd, SF City looked to clear, but the ball found the back of the net as an own goal put USF up 2-1. With SF City pushing forward for an equalizer, USF scored again in the 85th minute for a 3-1 final score.
SF City FC will continue friendlies next month and in April. Stayed tuned to SFCityFC.com, on Facebook and Twitter for more information.
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