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San Antonio FC is a professional soccer team based in San Antonio, Texas. It competes in the USL Championship (USL), the second-highest level of the United States soccer league system, as a member of the Western Conference. The team was awarded the thirty-first USL franchise on January 7, 2016.

San Antonio FC
San Antonio FC logo.svg
Full nameSan Antonio Fútbol Club
Short nameSAFC
FoundedJanuary 7, 2016; 3 years ago (2016-01-07)
StadiumToyota Field
Capacity8,200
OwnerSpurs Sports & Entertainment
Chairman and CEOJulianna Hawn Holt
Head coachDarren Powell
LeagueUSL Championship
20189th, Western Conference
Playoffs: Did not qualify
WebsiteClub website
Current season

HistoryEdit

The establishment of the club, along with the concurrent purchase of Toyota Field by the City of San Antonio and Bexar County, was part of a plan by local officials to obtain an expansion franchise in Major League Soccer.[1] As a result, the San Antonio Scorpions franchise of the North American Soccer League was shut down. The first head coach in club history is former Elon University men's soccer coach and Orlando City SC Pro Academy Director, Darren Powell.[2] Carlos Alvarez was the club's first player signing on February 2, 2016.[3]

After failing to make the playoffs in its inaugural season, San Antonio FC finished the 2017 USL regular season with a 17–11–4 (W-D-L) record, finishing second in the USL Western Conference standings and earning their first playoff berth in club history. SAFC advanced to the Western Conference semifinals before being eliminated.[4]

StadiumEdit

 
Toyota Field during Soccer Bowl 2014

San Antonio plays its home matches at Toyota Field in San Antonio, Texas. Toyota Field is an 8,200-seat soccer-specific, natural grass stadium designed to be expandable to over 18,000 seats. Originally built for the former San Antonio Scorpions, the stadium was sold by its owner, Gordon Hartman, to the City of San Antonio and Bexar County in November 2015. San Antonio FC set a Toyota Field attendance record of 8,466 for its inaugural home match against the Swope Park Rangers on April 9, 2016.[6]

Crest and colorsEdit

San Antonio's club colors are black and silver, showing strength and unity with the other SS&E franchises. Red is an accent color that is from the same red in the Texas state flag signifying the pride the club has in Texas.[7]

The shape of San Antonio FC's badge was derived from a variety of traditional national and international club crests. The heart of the badge contains two prominent elements: the five diagonal stripes, which were inspired by the armed forces’ service stripes, are a salute to San Antonio’s rich military history and their upward movement signifies the club's goal to play at the highest level; and the rowel of the Spur symbolizes the direct link between San Antonio FC and its parent company, Spurs Sports & Entertainment. Binding all of the interior elements is a single "S”—a subtle nod to the hometown heritage and how it unites the community.[7]

Kit manufacturers and sponsorsEdit

Season Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor Ref.
2016– Nike   Toyota [8]

CultureEdit

AffiliationEdit

San Antonio is designated as the USL affiliate of New York City FC for the 2017 season.[9] The partnership will result in organizational collaboration for on and off the field initiatives between the two clubs.

SupportersEdit

  • Mission City Firm is an independent football organization whose mission is to give 100% of their support to San Antonio FC. They are a very diverse group of individuals and "welcome any and all persons who share the same passion for the game and for what professional football here in San Antonio will do for our community."[10]
  • The Crocketteers are the largest organized independent soccer supporters group based in San Antonio. The group was founded in March 2009 by Michael Macias.[11]

RivalriesEdit

Copa TejasEdit

San Antonio FC shares in-state rivalries with the three other USL Championship sides in Texas - Austin Bold FC, El Paso Locomotive FC, and Rio Grande Valley FC. Beginning with the 2019 USL Championship season, all four teams participate in the Copa Tejas[12] - a head to head competition during the USL regular season schedule. The team with the most points at the end of the season wins the trophy.

South Texas DerbyEdit

Since 2016, the annual rivalry with Rio Grande Valley FC, who serves as a hybrid affiliate of the Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer, is one of the most hotly contested matches in lower division US soccer. The two teams are located about 237 miles apart from each other in South Texas. Due to this proximity, the matches tend to draw well and often featured aggressive play for bragging rights.

OwnershipEdit

The club is owned by Spurs Sports & Entertainment.[13]

Players and staffEdit

Current rosterEdit

Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth. Squad correct as of September 13, 2019.[14]

No. Position Player Nation
0 Goalkeeper Matt Cardone   United States
1 Goalkeeper Jonathan Viscosi   Canada
2 Defender Moisés Hernández (on loan from FC Dallas)   Guatemala
3 Defender Pascal Eboussi (on loan from MFK Vyškov)   Cameroon
4 Defender Joshua Yaro   Ghana
6 Defender Johnny Fenwick   England
7 Midfielder Lance Laing   Jamaica
8 Midfielder Pecka   Brazil
9 Forward Frank López (on loan from LA Galaxy II)   Cuba
10 Midfielder Wálter Restrepo   Colombia
11 Midfielder Jack Barmby   England
13 Midfielder Michael Lahoud   Sierra Leone
14 Midfielder Leeroy Maguraushe   Zimbabwe
15 Defender Ebenezer Ackon   Ghana
16 Midfielder Rafael Castillo   Colombia
19 Midfielder Cristian Parano   Argentina
20 Midfielder Brian Gómez   Argentina
21 Midfielder Leo Torres ([A])   United States
23 Forward Tony Taylor   Panama
27 Midfielder Jose Gallegos ([A])   United States
31 Defender Kai Greene   United States
70 Forward Bradford Jamieson IV (on loan from LA Galaxy)   United States
99 Forward Éver Guzmán   Mexico
  1. ^ USL Academy Contract

For recent transfers, see 2019 San Antonio FC season.

Out on loanEdit

No. Position Player Nation
28 Forward Alex Bruce (on loan to Lansing Ignite FC)   England

Team managementEdit

Executive
Chairman and CEO   Julianna Hawn Holt
Managing Director   Tim Holt
Staff
Head Coach   Darren Powell
Assistant Coach   Alen Marcina
Assistant Coach   Ryan Roushandel
Assistant Coach / SAFC Pro Academy Director   Nick Evans
Assistant Coach / Director of Goalkeeping   Juan Lamadrid
Athletic Development Coach   Frank Barone
Head Athletic Trainer   Adam Quigley
Team Coordinator
Equipment Manager
  Rashad Moore

Last updated: March 13, 2019
Source: [15]

Year-by-yearEdit

As of September 16, 2019
Year USL Championship U.S. Open Cup Top scorer
P W D L GF GA Pts Pos Playoffs Player Goals
2016 30 10 8 12 36 36 38 10th, Western Conference Did not qualify Fourth round   Rafael Castillo
  Franck Tayou
5
2017 32 17 11 4 45 24 62 2nd, Western Conference Conference Semifinals Third round   Billy Forbes 10
2018 34 14 8 12 45 48 50 9th, Western Conference Did not qualify Fourth round   Éver Guzmán 11
2019 28 10 7 11 48 42 37 10th, Western Conference TBD Third Round   Jack Barmby 8

Head coachesEdit

  • Includes USL Regular season, USL Playoffs, and U.S. Open Cup matches
San Antonio FC Coaching Stats
Coach Nationality Start End Games Win Draw Loss Win % Honors
Darren Powell   England January 7, 2016 present 136 57 37 42 041.91

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Staff (December 22, 2015). "Spurs Sports & Entertainment reaches agreement with Bexar County and City of San Antonio to play soccer at Toyota Field in 2016" (Press release). San Antonio: Spurs Sports & Entertainment. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
  2. ^ "Meet Darren Powell". uslsanantonio.com. January 7, 2016. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
  3. ^ http://uslsanantonio.com/2016/02/usl-san-antonio-signs-midfielder-carlos-alvarez/
  4. ^ http://www.sanantoniofc.com/news_article/show/860465?referrer_id=2436046
  5. ^ https://www.nba.com/resources/static/team/v2/spurs/PDFs/2019SAFCMG.pdf
  6. ^ "SAN ANTONIO FC EARN 1–1 DRAW IN FRONT OF RECORD CROWD". San Antonio FC. April 9, 2016. Retrieved April 9, 2016.
  7. ^ a b "We Are San Antonio FC". San Antonio FC. February 4, 2016. Retrieved February 4, 2016.
  8. ^ "San Antonio FC". Archived from the original on March 12, 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  9. ^ http://www.sanantoniofc.com/news_article/show/755810?referrer_id=2436046
  10. ^ http://i.cdn.turner.com/nba/nba/.element/media/2.0/teamsites/spurs/PDFs/2017%20SAFC%20Media%20Guide.pdf
  11. ^ "About Us". Crocketteers.
  12. ^ https://copatejas.com/
  13. ^ "Spurs Sports & Entertainment Closes in on USL Club". www.uslsoccer.com. Archived from the original on December 23, 2015. Retrieved December 22, 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  14. ^ "San Antonio FC roster". sanantoniofc.com. San Antonio. Archived from the original on February 19, 2016. Retrieved February 16, 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  15. ^ "San Antonio FC Staff". sanantoniofc.com. March 13, 2019. Retrieved March 13, 2019.

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