San Francisco Glens

San Francisco Glens SC, commonly known as SF Glens, is an American soccer club based in San Francisco that was founded in 1961. Their first team currently competes in USL League Two (formerly USL PDL), the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid.

San Francisco Glens
Full nameSan Francisco Glens SC
Nickname(s)The Glens, Green and White, Blanco y Verde
GroundBoxer Stadium
CoachJavier Ayala-Hil
LeagueUSL League Two
20198th, Southwest Division
Playoffs: DNQ
WebsiteClub website

Before establishing a USL League Two franchise in 2018, the Glens had been a longtime member of the San Francisco Soccer Football League (SFSFL) and were once affiliated with the San Francisco Seals' PDL team, which is now defunct. The Glens continue to field an SFSFL team, but the USL League Two franchise is now the club's official first team.

Today, the Glens are the official North American partner of European giants Celtic F.C., and their youth program, known as SF Glens Evolution, enjoys U.S. Soccer Development Academy status. It is also the only youth club in San Francisco that is a member of the USL Academy and a Partner in Development Training with the San Jose Earthquakes.[1]

Combined as one entity (USL League Two first team, SFSFL second and third teams, and SF Glens Evolution youth teams), the Glens are the largest club in San Francisco with over 70 teams and approximately 1,300 active players.[2][3]



The Glens were founded in 1961 by Dr. Michael McFadden as one of a number of Irish American amateur sides that had emerged in the SFSFL during the 1960s. The emergence of the Glens during this period was based on the coaching of Irishman Neil Hagan coupled with a talented crop of young players like Tom and Steve Ryan, Jim Boyle, and Tom and Tim Harvey, among others.

National Amateur Success

The result was promotion to the SFSFL's Premier division by the end of the decade. The Glens went on to national prominence by advancing all the way to the National Amateur Cup final in 1979 where they lost 1–0 to Atlanta Datagraphic. Their national success also spilled over into qualification for the prestigious U.S. Open Cup three times in a five-year stretch from 1978–1982.

SFSFL Title Teams

The untimely death of Hagan in 1981 left a void that might have been the end of other clubs. However, Sean Shannon stepped into the spotlight and quietly remolded the team into a championship-winning outfit by bringing in players such as Paul Mitchell and Mal Roche. By 1984, the Glens captured their first SFSFL championship in 1984—the first by an Irish side. In 1990, they returned to the National Amateur Cup final that season. Unfortunately, they were on the wrong side of another 1–0 result, this time to the St. Petersburg Kickers. Three years later under Shannon, the Glens captured their second SFSFL title.

Return to the SFSFL

After a brief hiatus, the SF Glens returned to the SFSFL in 2015 with a Premier Division and reserve team open to all comers. Three years later behind coach Bill Chu, the SFSFL Glens earned a berth in the California Soccer Association North (CSAN) State Cup Final, falling to Club Marin in extra time, 4–2.

A New Era in USL League Two

In 2018, the Glens announced the establishment of a new franchise in the USL Premier Development League with dual intentions: to create a top of the pyramid for their SF Glens Evolution youth program and SFSFL teams, and also to set a foundation to enter the professional ranks in the future. J. Ramon Estevez was hired as the PDL franchise's inaugural team president/general manager and Javier Ayala-Hil as head coach.[4] Mike McNeill, executive director of football for the youth side, doubles as a member of the PDL front office as well.[5]

Though the Glens missed the playoffs in their first PDL season, they closed the campaign on a four-game unbeaten streak and were one of only two teams to take points from eventual Southwest Division champion FC Golden State Force.

In September 2018, the club announced that U.S. World Cup veteran and MLS Cup champion Jimmy Conrad had agreed to become their new technical director and associate head coach.[6] In December 2018, Mike McNeill took on the reins of the team presidency. One month later, the Glens had four players selected in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft--a first for any San Francisco club and the third-most among all clubs in the PDL, now rebranded as USL League Two.

The Glens entered an official partnership with 2. Bundesliga club Holstein Kiel in 2019. San Francisco and Kiel are sister cities.


The SF Glens supporters' group is known as the SF Glens Brigade, or Briogáid Ghleann (as it is known in Irish Gaelic as a nod to the club's Irish roots). They meet at Boxer Stadium in Balboa Park during matches and travel on the road to support the club.

Kit Sponsors

The SF Glens made history when they announced that global brand Carlsberg would be the presenting sponsor for their inaugural season kit, as Liverpool F.C., Wimbledon F.C., and F.C. Copenhagen are the only other club teams in association soccer to ever don the renowned beer company's logo on the front of their jerseys. The Glens' other kit sponsors are Soccerloco, Rubica, and Thomas Quinn Law. In addition, the club entered a contract with Casa Sanchez Foods to feature the iconic Jimmy the Cornman logo on their coaches' apparel.[7]

Period Kit manufacturer Main shirt sponsor
2018 Nike Carlsberg
2019 Nike Carlsberg, Speakeasy


Current squad

The following 18 players were named in the squad for the USL League Two regular-season game against Southern California Seahorses on May 30, 2019.

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
0 GK Dominic Peters
1 GK Javier Santana
2 DF José López
3 DF Aydan Bowers
4 FW Rei Dorwart
7 FW Marco Iubel
8 FW Julio González Ponce
9 FW Stephen Cordova
10 MF Luis López
No. Position Player
11 MF Yohannes Harish (loan)
14 DF Shayan Charalaghi
15 DF Tyler Moss
16 DF Liam Guest
17 FW Alonzo Del Mundo
18 DF Tariq Pulskamp
19 FW Miles Stray
20 FW Ilya Golubevs
21 DF Nabilai Kibunguchy

Recent callups

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
FW Eruvey Arceta
MF Brendan Adame
DF Matthew Albert
FW Amir Bashti
FW Arda Bulut
GK Drake Callender
MF Kyle Casey
MF Younes Dayekh
FW Rhys de Sota
FW Kevin Estrada
DF Jean-Julien Foe
DF Dominic Galletti
FW Diego Grande
DF Christopher Grey
No. Position Player
MF Adrian Guzman
GK Andrew Konstantino
FW Simon Lekressner
MF Diego López
MF Adrian Medina
DF Jeremiah Michael
FW Eric Pearce
FW Ranier Plantinos
FW Josiah Romero
FW Zach Ryan
DF Xander Sagatelyan
FW Carlos Trujeque Leal
FW Matt Wiesenfarth



Year Division League Regular Season
2000 2 SFSFL Majors 6th
2001 2 SFSFL Majors 1st
2002 1 SFSFL Premier 9th
2003 1 SFSFL Premier 7th
2004 1 SFSFL Premier 5th
2005 1 CPSA 1st
2006 1 CPSA 3rd
2007 1 CPSA
2008 1 CPSA 5th
2015 1 SFSFL Premier 3rd
2016 1 SFSFL Premier 9th
2017 1 SFSFL Premier 6th
2018 1 SFSFL Premier 8th
2019 1 SFSFL Premier 5th

USL League Two

Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs Open Cup
2018 4 USL PDL 7th, Southwest Did not qualify Did not qualify
2019 4 USL League Two 8th, Southwest Did not qualify Did not qualify

Glens in the Pros

SFSFL Honors


  • 1st Division (Premier) Champions (2): 1978–79, 1992–93
  • 2nd Division (Majors) (2): 1983–84, 1989–90, 2001
  • 3rd Division (1): 1977–78
  • 4th Division (1): 1976–77

National Amateur Cup

  • California North 1978–79, 1979–80, 1982–83
  • Finalists 1979, 1990

U.S. Open Cup

  • California North 1977–78, 1979–80, 1980–81

California State Cup (soccer)

  • Champions 1983–84
  • Finalists 2018

California State Intermediate Cup (1): 1968–69

Carlsberg Cup

  • S.F. Champions 2001
  • National Finalists 2001


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