San Antonio FC

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San Antonio FC
San Antonio FC logo.svg
Full nameSan Antonio Fútbol Club
Short nameSAFC
FoundedJanuary 7, 2016; 4 years ago (2016-01-07)
StadiumToyota Field
Capacity8,200
OwnerSpurs Sports & Entertainment
Chairman and CEOJulianna Hawn Holt
Head coachAlen Marcina
LeagueUSL Championship
20201st, Group D
Playoffs: Conference Quarterfinals
WebsiteClub website
Current season

San Antonio FC is a professional soccer team based in San Antonio, Texas. It competes in the USL Championship, the second-highest level of the United States soccer league system, as a member of the Western Conference.

History[edit]

San Antonio FC was awarded the thirty-first USL franchise on January 7, 2016. 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[edit]

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.[8]

Crest and colors[edit]

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[edit]

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

Culture[edit]

Affiliation[edit]

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. This relationship has gone on through the 2020 season, but has largely been in name only and only in effect because all MLS teams need a USL affiliate

Supporters[edit]

  • 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[edit]

Copa Tejas[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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

Players and staff[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth. Squad correct as of October 10, 2020.[16]

No. Position Player Nation
4 Defender Joshua Yaro  Ghana
6 Midfielder PC  Brazil
7 Forward Gonzalo Di Renzo (on loan from CA Lanús)  Argentina
9 Forward Luis Solignac  Argentina
10 Midfielder Cristian Parano  Argentina
14 Midfielder Zachary Herivaux  Haiti
17 Forward Jose Gallegos  United States
18 Midfielder Ethan Bryant  United States
20 Defender Mitchell Taintor  United States
21 Midfielder Leo Torres  United States
22 Midfielder Santiago Viera (on loan from Liverpool Montevideo)  Uruguay
23 Defender Blake Smith  United States
25 Forward Ignacio Bailone  Argentina
26 Defender Liam Doyle  Isle of Man
27 Defender Hunter Gorskie  United States
30 Defender Kai Greene  United States
31 Defender Connor Maloney  United States
32 Midfielder Hayden Partain  United States
37 Goalkeeper Matt Cardone  United States
44 Midfielder Rocky Perez ([A])  United States
45 Defender Sebastian Mercado ([A])  United States
46 Forward Fabrizio Bernal ([A])  United States
47 Defender Josh Ramsey ([A])  United States
99 Goalkeeper Carlos Mercado  United States
  1. ^
    USL Academy Contract

For recent transfers, see 2020 San Antonio FC season.

Team management[edit]

Executive
Chairman and CEO United States Julianna Hawn Holt
Managing Director United States Tim Holt
Staff
Head Coach Canada Alen Marcina
SAFC Pro Academy Director & Assistant Coach Wales Nick Evans
Director of Goalkeeping Mexico Juan Lamadrid
Equipment Manager United States Rashad Moore
Assistant Coach United States Ryan Roushandel
Athletic Trainer United States Jesse Lowrance
High Performance Coordinator United States Sean Arters

Last updated: September 28, 2020
Source: [17]

Year-by-year[edit]

As of October 10, 2020
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 Colombia Rafael Castillo
United States Franck Tayou
5
2017 32 17 11 4 45 24 62 2nd, Western Conference Conference Semifinals Third Round Turks and Caicos Islands Billy Forbes 10
2018 34 14 8 12 45 48 50 9th, Western Conference Did not qualify Fourth Round Mexico Éver Guzmán 11
2019 34 12 9 13 62 57 45 11th, Western Conference Did not qualify Third Round England Jack Barmby
Mexico Éver Guzmán
9
2020 16 10 3 3 30 14 33 1st, Group D Conference Quarterfinals Cancelled Argentina Luis Solignac 8

Head coaches[edit]

  • Includes league regular season, league 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 October 30, 2019 142 59 39 44 041.55
Alen Marcina  Canada December 9, 2019 present 17 10 3 4 058.82

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Capacity limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.

References[edit]

  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. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ Communications, San Antonio FC (November 27, 2017). "SAN ANTONIO FC RE-SIGNS USL GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR DIEGO RESTREPO". San Antonio FC.
  5. ^ Communications, San Antonio FC (October 30, 2019). "SAN ANTONIO FC MUTUALLY AGREES TO PART WAYS WITH HEAD COACH DARREN POWELL". San Antonio FC.
  6. ^ Communications, San Antonio FC (December 9, 2019). "SAN ANTONIO FC NAMES ALEN MARCINA HEAD COACH". San Antonio FC.
  7. ^ "Data" (PDF). www.nba.com. Retrieved August 26, 2020.
  8. ^ "SAN ANTONIO FC EARN 1–1 DRAW IN FRONT OF RECORD CROWD". San Antonio FC. April 9, 2016. Retrieved April 9, 2016.
  9. ^ a b "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. ^ Communications, San Antonio FC (February 9, 2017). "SAN ANTONIO FC AND NEW YORK CITY FC ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP". San Antonio FC.
  12. ^ "Info" (PDF). i.cdn.turner.com. 2017. Retrieved August 26, 2020.
  13. ^ "About Us". Crocketteers.
  14. ^ Tejas, Copa (February 26, 2007). "Who is the best in Texas?". Copa Tejas. Retrieved August 26, 2020.
  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. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
  17. ^ "San Antonio FC Staff". sanantoniofc.com. Retrieved September 28, 2020.

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