SF City FC enters both new and familiar waters this week when the club faces the San Jose Earthquakes in a midweek closed door friendly and the University of San Francisco Dons on Saturday evening. The preseason tuneups will be the first matches since a 2-1 victory over Davis Legacy to clinch the NorCal Premier League title in January. With the jump up to the PDL and another U.S. Open Cup campaign on the horizon, the buildup to the beginning of the season in May could not be more important.
Over the weekend, Coach Paddy Coyne and his staff took in the first of two open tryout days this season. Many top local players had the opportunity to showcase their abilities for a spot in the side. The second tryout is scheduled for Saturday, March 20th at 11:00am (link below) at Crocker-Amazon Soccer Fields.
The match vs the Quakes marks the first ever meeting between the two clubs. Last year, the Quakes had a monumental season as they opened up their new home, Avaya Stadium, and finished 7th in the muddled Western Conference, just 4 points from a playoff berth. San Jose defeated fellow Northern Californian rival Sacramento Republic 2-1 over the weekend and face the 2015 NASL Champions New York Cosmos on Saturday to finish their pre-season schedule. The match is closed the to public, with social media updates to follow.
On Saturday, SF City FC will play the University of San Francisco Dons under the lights at Negoesco Stadium. The match will kickoff at 6:00pm with a pre-game gathering at Barrelhead Brewhouse (on the corner of Fulton and Masonic), starting at 3:00pm. The two teams met last year as SF City FC beat USF 4-1. USF has performed admirably under Eddie Soto in just two short years. They barely missed out on a NCAA tournament in both 2014 and 2015, but get there in 2016 with a West Coast Conference title in the trophy case. The relationship between the two clubs remains strong. Former Dons standout and current SF City FC captain, Danny Kirkland, will play his first match at Negoesco Stadium since his graduation in 2014. Former four year USF starter and current LA Galaxy Defender, Dave Romney, played for SF City FC during the run up to the U.S. Open Cup in 2015. Fans that cannot attend the match can watch the game on the live broadcast on the Bay Area Online Sports Network by clicking here.
For more information on this Saturday’s match vs. USF and pre-game festivities, click here!
For more information on our tryouts on March 20th and to sign up, click here!