San Antonio FC

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
Full nameSan Antonio Fútbol Club
Short nameSAFC
FoundedJanuary 7, 2016 (2016-01-07)
StadiumToyota Field
Capacity8,200
OwnerSpurs Sports & Entertainment
Chairman and CEOJulianna Hawn Holt
Head coachAlen Marcina
LeagueUSL Championship
201911th, Western Conference
Playoffs: Did not qualify
WebsiteClub website

History

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] San Antonio failed to make the playoffs in consecutive years in 2018 and 2019 by a combined 4 points in the conference table.

San Antonio FC parted ways with head coach Darren Powell on October 30, 2019 after four seasons with the club. He accumulated an overall competition win-draw-loss record of 59-39-44. He led the club to its only playoff appearance in 2017, but failed to make the playoffs in the other three seasons under his management.[5] His assistant coach, Alen Marcina, was named to replace Powell on December 9, 2019 in preparation for the 2020 USL Championship season. He led the former San Antonio Scorpions to their only NASL championship in the 2014 season.[6]

Stadium

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.[8]

Crest and colors

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.[9]

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.[9]

Kit manufacturers and sponsors

Season Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor Ref.
2016– Nike Toyota [10]

Culture

Affiliation

San Antonio is designated as the USL affiliate of New York City FC for the 2017 season.[11] The partnership will result in organizational collaboration for on and off the field initiatives between the two clubs.

Supporters

  • 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."[12]
  • The Crocketteers are the largest organized independent soccer supporters group based in San Antonio. The group was founded in March 2009 by Michael Macias.[13]

Rivalries

Copa Tejas

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[14] - 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 Derby

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.

Ownership

The club is owned by Spurs Sports & Entertainment.[15]

Players and staff

Current roster

Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth. Squad correct as of December 12, 2019.[16]

No. Position Player Nation
0 Goalkeeper Matt Cardone  United States
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
10 Midfielder Wálter Restrepo  Colombia
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
99 Forward Éver Guzmán  Mexico
  1. ^ USL Academy Contract

For recent transfers, see 2019 San Antonio FC season.

Team management

Executive
Chairman and CEO Julianna Hawn Holt
Managing Director Tim Holt
Staff
Head 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: December 9, 2019
Source: [17]

Year-by-year

As of October 21, 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 34 12 9 13 62 57 45 11th, Western Conference Did not qualify Third Round Jack Barmby
Éver Guzmán
9

Head coaches

  • Includes USL Regular season, USL Playoffs, and U.S. Open Cup matches
San Antonio FC Coaching Stats
CoachNationalityStartEndGamesWinDrawLossWin %Honors
Darren Powell  England January 7, 2016 October 30, 2019 142 59 39 44 041.55
Alen Marcina  Canada December 9, 2019 present 0 0 0 0 !

References

  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.sanantoniofc.com/news_article/show/1061132
  6. https://www.sanantoniofc.com/news_article/show/1070332
  7. https://www.nba.com/resources/static/team/v2/spurs/PDFs/2019SAFCMG.pdf
  8. "SAN ANTONIO FC EARN 1–1 DRAW IN FRONT OF RECORD CROWD". San Antonio FC. April 9, 2016. Retrieved April 9, 2016.
  9. "We Are San Antonio FC". San Antonio FC. February 4, 2016. Retrieved February 4, 2016.
  10. "San Antonio FC". Archived from the original on March 12, 2016.
  11. http://www.sanantoniofc.com/news_article/show/755810?referrer_id=2436046
  12. http://i.cdn.turner.com/nba/nba/.element/media/2.0/teamsites/spurs/PDFs/2017%20SAFC%20Media%20Guide.pdf
  13. "About Us". Crocketteers.
  14. https://copatejas.com/
  15. "Spurs Sports & Entertainment Closes in on USL Club". www.uslsoccer.com. Archived from the original on December 23, 2015. Retrieved December 22, 2015.
  16. "San Antonio FC roster". sanantoniofc.com. San Antonio. Archived from the original on February 19, 2016. Retrieved February 16, 2016.
  17. "San Antonio FC Staff". sanantoniofc.com. March 13, 2019. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
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