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; 3 years ago (2016-01-07)
StadiumToyota Field
Capacity8,400
OwnerSpurs Sports & Entertainment
Chairman and CEOJulianna Hawn Holt
Head coachDarren Powell
LeagueUSL Championship
20189th, Western Conference
Playoffs: Did not qualify
WebsiteClub website
Current season

San Antonio FC is a professional soccer team based in San Antonio, Texas that competes in the USL Championship (USL), the second-highest level of American soccer, as a member of the Western Conference. The team was awarded the thirty-first USL franchise on January 7, 2016, and are the USL Championship affiliate of New York City FC.[1]

History[edit]

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.[2] 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.[3] Carlos Alvarez was the club's first player signing on February 2, 2016.[4]

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.[5]

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 8,400-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 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.[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 sponsors[edit]

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

Culture[edit]

Affiliation[edit]

San Antonio is designated as the USL affiliate of New York City FC for the 2017 season.[1] The partnership will result in organizational collaboration for on and off the field initiatives between the two clubs.

Rivalries[edit]

San Antonio shares an in-state rivalry with fellow 2016 USL newcomer, RGV FC, from Edinburg, Texas. The Toros serve as a hybrid affiliate of the Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer. The two clubs play the South Texas Derby. San Antonio also shares regional rivalries with the Oklahoma City Energy and the Tulsa Roughnecks.[9]

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."[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]

Ownership[edit]

The club is owned by Spurs Sports & Entertainment.[12]

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 July 15, 2019.[13]

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
18 Midfielder Ethan Bryant  United States
19 Midfielder Cristian Parano  Argentina
20 Midfielder Brian Gómez  Argentina
21 Midfielder Leo Torres ([A])  United States
27 Midfielder Jose Gallegos ([A])  United States
31 Defender Kai Greene  United States
60 Goalkeeper Joseph Batrouni  United States
70 Forward Bradford Jamieson IV (on loan from LA Galaxy)  United States
77 Midfielder Billy Forbes  Turks and Caicos Islands
99 Forward Éver Guzmán  Mexico
  1. ^ USL Academy Contract

For recent transfers, see 2019 San Antonio FC season.

Out on loan[edit]

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

Team management[edit]

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

Last updated: March 13, 2019
Source: [14]

Year-by-year[edit]

As of July 18, 2019
Year USL Regular season Position Playoffs U.S. Open Cup Top scorer
P W D L GF GA Pts Conf. Overall Player Goals
2016 30 10 8 12 36 36 38 10th 17th Did not qualify Fourth round Colombia Rafael Castillo
United States Franck Tayou
5
2017 32 17 11 4 45 24 62 2nd 3rd Conference Semifinals Third round Turks and Caicos Islands Billy Forbes 10
2018 34 14 8 12 45 48 50 9th 15th Did not qualify Fourth round Mexico Éver Guzmán 11
2019 19 6 5 8 28 28 23 11th 20th TBD Third Round Mexico Éver Guzmán 6

Head coaches[edit]

  • Includes USL Regular season, USL Playoffs, and Lamar Hunt 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 127 53 35 39 041.73

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://www.sanantoniofc.com/news_article/show/755810?referrer_id=2436046
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ "Meet Darren Powell". uslsanantonio.com. January 7, 2016. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
  4. ^ http://uslsanantonio.com/2016/02/usl-san-antonio-signs-midfielder-carlos-alvarez/
  5. ^ http://www.sanantoniofc.com/news_article/show/860465?referrer_id=2436046
  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.
  9. ^ "San Antonio FC". Archived from the original on March 3, 2016.
  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. ^ "Spurs Sports & Entertainment Closes in on USL Club". www.uslsoccer.com. Archived from the original on December 23, 2015. Retrieved December 22, 2015.
  13. ^ "San Antonio FC roster". sanantoniofc.com. San Antonio. Archived from the original on February 19, 2016. Retrieved February 16, 2016.
  14. ^ "San Antonio FC Staff". sanantoniofc.com. March 13, 2019. Retrieved March 13, 2019.

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