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.
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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/.