SFCityFC.com caught up with club captain Adam Ringler this week. Topics ranging from soccer to restaurants and music were all on the table, but nothing was off of it.
SFCityFC.com: For fans in our SF soccer community that don’t know you, tell us a little bit about yourself and your soccer career.
RINGLER: I’m 25 years old, originally from a tiny town in Western MA, and proud to call San Francisco home. My mom grew up here and my grandpa still lives in the Sunset, so I’ve been obsessed with the city since I was a kid. I think I’m the only guy on the SF City squad who didn’t play in college or professionally, so career may be an overstatement. I went to a public high school called Monument Mountain with a great soccer program. Our team’s motto was “Feel the Love”, and I’ve carried that with me over the years. Right now I just try to make every day fun, and soccer is a big part of that.
SFCityFC.com: What’s your day job like?
RINGLER: I work for HotelTonight, an app for booking hotels at the last minute. I’ve been there for two and half years and it’s been an awesome ride. Travel is a super fun industry and it’s a great place to work. I oversee LA and Santa Barbara, so I’m down in SoCal a lot as well. We also have a bar in the office and a company soccer team, so I guess it’s the perfect place for me.
SFCityFC.com: How do you balance that with soccer?
RINGLER: One day at a time. I don’t have a girlfriend and I eat a lot of take out.
SFCityFC.com: What’s been your favorite moment in your soccer career?
RINGLER: That’s a tough one. My senior year of high school we won a playoff game that came down to PKs. That celebration sticks in my head and the video still gives me chills. Beating USF last month was pretty cool too, even though it was a friendly.
SFCityFC.com: There’s been a ton of momentum the last few months such as the NorCal League Championship, U.S. Open Cup Qualification and discussions with the NASL. As the club’s captain, what are your thoughts?
RINGLER: Man it’s awesome, and I’m so psyched to be a part of it. The SF City guys have done an amazing job getting it to this point and it feels like it’s on the brink of really blowing up. They have lofty aspirations to take this thing to the next level, and I think they can do it based on the momentum they’ve been able to generate in such a short time.
For me, it’s just a blast playing soccer with these guys. It’s the most talented team I’ve ever played for and we’re really starting to develop some chemistry. It’s also a hilarious mix of personalities which makes it even more fun. We’ve had a few statement wins, but the US Open Cup is our chance to show the city that we’re for real. Honestly on a good day I think we can give anyone a good run. If you’re reading this, Stanford, we’re down for a friendly.
SFCityFC.com: What part of the city do you live in?
RINGLER: NOPA. My backyard is pretty sweet, I need to have an SF City BBQ soon.
SFCityFC.com: What are your favorite go to spots in your hood?
RINGLER: I’m at Green Chile Kitchen like 4 times a week. Their food is bomb and the $2 Pacifico is a game-changer in SF. Also, Madrone for dancing, The Page to shoot pool, 4505 for BBQ, Eddie’s for breakfast, Chile Pies for pie, and Nopa or Bar Crudo when I’m feeling fancy.
SFCityFC.com: Outside Lands is in August, but Coachella is later this month, please share some of the beats you’re listening to right now.
RINGLER: I just checked my recently played and it’s kind of all over the place: The Who, Wu-Tang, The Band, Billy Joel, Binary Star, CCR and Action Bronson. I love live music and will go see almost anyone. In my second life I’d like to be in a wedding band.
SFCityFC.com: A few SF based one offs for you:
Blue Bottle or Sightglass? Dunkin’
Coit Tower or Sutro Tower? Sutro
Burma Superstar or King of Thai Noodle? Burma
Tony Bennett or Carlos Santana? Grateful Dead
Taco Bell or Chipotle? La Cumbre
Ronaldo or Messi or Zlatan? Demarzi
Andrew Gardner or Jordan Gardner? Bruce
SFCityFC.com: Any other fun facts you think we should share.
RINGLER: For two summers I drove an ice cream truck called Mr. Dingaling. No joke, the music is still stuck in my head.