Santa Ana Winds FC
Santa Ana Winds FC, also known as Winds FC, is a soccer team founded in Santa Ana, California, and a founding United Premier Soccer League club currently playing at the Lake Forest Sports Park, with occasional matches played at Championship Stadium at the Orange County Great Park. The club takes its name from a Southern California weather condition known as the Santa Ana winds. Santa Ana Winds FC, an elite amateur and professional development club, has played international development squads in the past, namely matches against a Club Atlas U-20 squad in March 2011, and a Chivas de Guadalajara U-20 squad in November 2011. On November 18, 2017, the club made history by qualifying to the 2018 U.S. Open Cup for the first time. On Tuesday, June 5, 2018, Winds FC winger Juan Arellano became the first player to transfer directly from Santa Ana Winds FC to an international professional club.
|Full name||Santa Ana Winds FC|
Golden City FC
|Ground||Lake Forest Sports Park|
Santa Ana College
|Head Coach||Marco Paniagua|
|League||United Premier Soccer League|
Santa Ana Winds FC was founded in 2006 by Leonel López and brothers.
Santa Ana Winds FC played in the SoCal Premier League from 2006 to 2011 before joining the National Premier Soccer League West Region-Flight Southwest Conference, also in 2011. The club played in the 2006–07 Raúl Briones Cup, Group B, that they shared with Morelos, PSA and OC United. Winds FC finished third behind Morelos and PSA.
2006–07 Raúl Briones Cup, Group B
|3||Santa Ana Winds FC||3||1||0||2||7||8||−1||3|
Winds FC finished second in the NPSL Southwest Conference during their sole NPSL season, made the playoffs and fell in the first round to Hollywood United Hitmen, a national finalist that year, by a score of 3–1.
The club left the NPSL after one season due to a split between owners. One faction of ownership left and kept the Santa Ana Winds FC name, while forming a startup development league called the United Premier Soccer League, which was also founded in Santa Ana. The other faction of ownership continued to operate in the NPSL with the borrowed name Fullerton Rangers, and later called themselves Orange County Spartans, and then OC Pateadores, before disappearing from the NPSL. Winds FC shared the NPSL West – Flight Southwest conference with FC Hasental, Lancaster Rattlers (now FC Santa Clarita), San Diego Boca F.C. and the San Diego Flash.
2011 NPSL West Division – Flight Southwest, Final Standings
|1||San Diego Flash||14||10||1||3||37||16||+21||31|
|2||Santa Ana Winds FC||14||8||2||4||25||19||+6||26|
|4||San Diego Boca||14||6||1||7||29||32||−3||19|
Santa Ana Winds FC was a founding club of the United Premier Soccer League, established in 2011. The club has been playing UPSL, Open Cup and State Cup matches since in Lake Forest, California or Irvine, California consistently in the last few years, while attempting to find a home field in the City of Santa Ana. Winds FC has one UPSL Championship title, from the 2012–13 season, a league cup title (later named Admiral Cup) from 2014, two Western Conference, SoCal Division Championship titles and one Western Conference Championship title from the Spring-Summer 2018 season. The club played all of their Spring 2016 league matches at the Lake Forest Sports Complex in Lake Forest, approximately 17 miles away from the City of Santa Ana, and began scheduling UPSL summer/fall season matches at Santa Ana College in July 2016. Other fields where the club has played UPSL matches include the Orange County Great Park and Las Lomas Park, both in Irvine.
The club began playing UPSL matches at the SAUSD Sports Complex Stadium, also known as Valley Falcons Stadium, in April 2017. On December 7, 2017 Santa Ana Winds FC played their first UPSL league match at the newly-built Championship Stadium at the Orange County Great Park against the LA Wolves, a game Winds FC won 3–1. Winds FC returned to Championship Stadium on January 7, 2018 in a playoff match against Orange County FC, a game Winds FC won 6–5 in penalty kicks. On January 13, Winds FC defeated the East Bay Stompers Juniors in the UPSL National Semi-final at Championship Stadium.
Juan Arellano Transfer to Cartaginés
On Tuesday, June 5, 2018, Club Sport Cartaginés of Costa Rica, coached by Paulo Wanchope announced new player signings ahead of their 2018 season among which Winds FC winger Juan Arellano was included. Juan Arellano became the first player to transfer directly from Santa Ana Winds FC to a professional club. Juan Arellano spent a week-long trial with the club prior to being invited to preseason and subsequently presented with C.S. Cartaginés.
Santa Ana Winds FC México
In 2017, a Mexican development club using the Santa Ana Winds FC name sprouted in Mexico City, in the Avante section of the Coyoacán borough. The team trained and played at the Jesús Clark Flores sporting park, between Santa Ana and Avenida Calzada de la Virgen streets. Winds FC founders Leonel López and Pedro Magallón granted use of the club name to Mexico-based trainer Roberto Vásquez.
Costa Rica and Central America
Winds FC named Costa Rican soccer personality José Luis Bustos Director of International Soccer Operations for Costa Rica and Central America in October of 2018. Part of Bustos's tasks include forming a partnership with a professional Costa Rican club and organizing a tournament in Costa Rica where Winds FC along with Asociación Deportiva Carmelita are set to participate in.
The first Santa Ana Winds FC crest dates from 2006 to 2013 and features the Spurgeon Building's clock tower, located in the Downtown Santa Ana Historic District and named after city founder William H. Spurgeon.
The second Santa Ana Winds FC crest (2014–17) was redesigned in 2014 by sports logo artist Slavo Kiss for Sigma Kappa Brands, based in the Slovak Republic. The crest featured the City of Santa Ana water tower, visible from the Santa Ana Freeway, also known as the Interstate 5 Freeway or Golden State Freeway, which connects the cities of Los Angeles and San Diego, and connects at the Mexico–United States border to the city of Tijuana.
The third and most-current Santa Ana Winds FC crest was redesigned in late 2017 again by Slavo Kiss looking to 2018 and the club's debut in the U.S. Open Cup.
- The Golden City Classic (an all-Santa Ana rivalry versus La Máquina)
- The Sunset Derby (versus LA Wolves FC)
- The I-5 Derby (versus Orange County FC)
2018 Open Cup Squad
The following players were called to the September 23 Open Cup qualifying match versus Outbreak Soccer.
Player Number, Name, Position:
1. Adrian Urquizo, GK
2. Ezequiel Estrada
3. Juan Fuentes, RB
4. Oscar Sandoval
5. Israel Espinoza
8. Kyle O'Brien, MF
9. Carlos Andrade
13. Khalil Zaid
14. Quinn M. Harter, CB
16. Derek Solano
17. Juan Arellano, LW
19. Ruben Ortiz
20. Osvaldo Hernandez
21. Kramer Runager, F
23. George Zuniga
- Jordan Gorman
- Omar Perez
2018 Spring UPSL Playoffs
Western Conference, SoCal Division Champion
|July 15, 2018 Round 1||Santa Ana Winds FC||4–1||LA Galaxy OC||Lake Forest, California|
|7:00 p.m||4||1||Stadium: Lake Forest Sports Park|
|July 22, 2018 Round 2||LA Wolves FC||1–1 (4–5 pk)||Santa Ana Winds FC||Lake Forest, California|
|7:00 p.m||4||5||Stadium: Lake Forest Sports Park|
|July 28, 2018 Round 3||Santa Ana Winds FC||3–3 (4–3 pk)||Sporting San Fernando||Lake Forest, California|
|7:00 p.m||3||3||Stadium: Lake Forest Sports Park|
|August 4, 2018 Round 4||Nevada Coyotes FC||0–3||Santa Ana Winds FC||Salinas, California|
|4:00 p.m||0||3||Stadium: Rabobank Stadium|
|August 10, 2018 Quarterfinal||FC Boulder||1–1 (3–4 pk)||Santa Ana Winds FC||Arvada, Colorado|
|7:30 p.m. MDT||1||1||Stadium: NAAC Stadium|
|August 11, 2018 Semifinal||Sporting Arizona FC||2–1||Santa Ana Winds FC||Arvada, Colorado|
|8:00 pm MDT||2||1||Stadium: NAAC Stadium|
2017–18 Fall/Winter UPSL Playoffs
National Finalist, Runner-Up
|January 6, 2018 Round 1||Santa Ana Winds FC||4–1||LA Wolves FC||Lake Forest, California|
|7:00 p.m||4||1||Stadium: Lake Forest Sports Park|
|January 7, 2018 Round 2||Orange County FC 2||1–1 (5–6 aet)||Santa Ana Winds FC||Irvine, California|
|7:00 p.m||1||1||Stadium: Championship Stadium|
|January 13, 2018 Quarterfinal Round||Boise Cutthroats FC||1–3||Santa Ana Winds FC||Lake Forest, California|
|10:30 a.m.||1||3||Stadium: Lake Forest Sports Park|
|January 13, 2018 Semifinal Round||Santa Ana Winds FC||2–0||East Bay FC Stompers Jrs||Irvine, California|
|8:00 p.m||2||0||Stadium: Championship Stadium|
|January 14, 2018 Final Round||OC Invicta||3–2||Santa Ana Winds FC||Norco, California|
|4:00 p.m||3||2||Stadium: SilverLakes Sports Complex|
U.S. Open Cup record
2018 Open Cup
|May 9, 2017 Round 1||Orange County FC||3–0||Santa Ana Winds FC||Irvine, California|
|7:00 p.m||3||0||Stadium: Championship Stadium|
2018 Open Cup Qualifying
|September 23, 2017 Qualifying Round 1||Santa Ana Winds FC||5–2||Outbreak Soccer||Lake Forest, California|
|7:00 p.m||5||Report||2||Stadium: Lake Forest Sports Park|
|October 21, 2017 Qualifying Round 2||Santa Ana Winds FC||6–0||Newcastle United FC||Lake Forest, California|
|7:00 p.m||6||Report||0||Stadium: Lake Forest Sports Park|
|November 18, 2017 Qualifying Round 3||Santa Ana Winds FC||4–1||San Pedro Monsters FC||Lake Forest, California|
|7:00 p.m||4||Report||1||Stadium: Lake Forest Sports Park|
2017 Open Cup Qualifying
Santa Ana Winds FC were scheduled to host fellow UPSL club La Habra City FC at Lake Forest Sports Park on Sunday, September 18 in a qualifying match to the first round of the 2017 U.S. Open Cup, but had the match moved to Colton High School in Colton, California. Santa Ana defeated La Habra City FC by a score of 5–0 in the first-ever U.S. Open Cup qualifying match for either team.
The October 23 Open Cup qualifier vs La Máquina was cancelled due to a thunderstorm in Irvine, and was rescheduled for October 30 at 6 pm at Orange County Great Park.
|September 18, 2016 Qualifying Round 1||Santa Ana Winds FC (UPSL)||5–0||La Habra City FC (UPSL)||Colton, CA|
|6:30 pm||5||Report||0||Stadium: Colton High School Stadium|
- UPSL Western Conference Champion, Spring 2018
- UPSL Western Conference, SoCal Division Champion, Spring 2018
- UPSL Western Conference, SoCal Division Champion, Fall-Winter, 2017–18
- UPSL Fall-Winter National Championship: Runner-Up, 2017–18
- UPSL, Admiral Cup Champions: 2014
- United Premier Soccer League Champions: 2012–13
- National United Premier Soccer League Most Valuable Player: Kyle O'Brien, Fall 2017
- National Player of the Week: Jordan Gorman, 2017, Western Pro Premier Division, Week 17
- National Player of the Week: Adan Coronado, 2017, Western Pro Premier Division, Week 3
- U.S. Open Cup: Qualified, First Round, 2018
- UPSL Fall-Winter National Championship: Runner-Up, 2017–18
- Cal South State Cup, Quarterfinals, 2018
- Cal South State Cup, Quarterfinals, 2017
- US Open Cup, Second Qualifying Round, 2016
Home fields (All time: SoCal Premier, NPSL, UPSL)
- Heritage Park Field; Irvine, California (2006–2008)
- Rancho Capistrano; San Juan Capistrano, California (2006–2008)
- Centennial Park Field; Santa Ana, California (2009–2010)
- Oak Creek Park Field; Irvine, California (2009–2010)
- Westgrove Park; Garden Grove, California (2009–2010)
- Santa Ana Stadium; Santa Ana, California (2011–2013)
- Santa Ana College; Santa Ana, California (2013)
- Orange County Great Park; Irvine, California (2013–2016)
- Las Lomas Community Park; Irvine, California (2014)
- Lake Forest Sports Park; Lake Forest, California (2016–2017)
- Championship Stadium at OC Great Park; Irvine, California (Dec. 2017)
Sponsors and partners
- Score Sports, 2018–21
- Admiral Sportswear, 2014–18
- Molten, 2014–18
|Year||Division||League||Combined Season||Playoffs||Open Cup|
|2006||USASA||SoCal Premier||7th, Premier Division|
|2007||USASA||SoCal Premier||7th, Premier Division|
|2008||USASA||SoCal Premier||8th, Premier Division|
|2009||USASA||SoCal Premier||7th, Premier Division|
|2010||USASA||SoCal Premier||7th, Premier Division|
|2011||USASA||SoCal Premier||7th, Premier Division|
|2011||USASA||NPSL||2nd, West – Southwest Conference||First Round|
|2014||USASA||UPSL||Admiral Cup Champions|
|2016–2017||USASA||UPSL Fall/Winter||7th, Southeast||Did not qualify||Second Round|
|2017||USASA||UPSL Spring/Summer||8th, Western Pro Premier Conference||Did not qualify|
|2017–2018||USASA||UPSL Fall/Winter||3rd, Western Pro Premier Conference||SoCal Division Champions||First Round|
|2018||USASA||UPSL Spring/Summer||3rd, Western Conference, SoCal Division||Western Conference Champion
SoCal Division Champion
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