Santa Ana Winds FC

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Full name Santa Ana Winds FC
Nickname(s) Winds FC, Vendavales
Founded 2006
Stadium Santa Ana Stadium
SAUSD Sports Complex
Santa Ana College
Orange County Great Park
Lake Forest Sports Park
Ground Capacity 0-9000
Owner Leonel López
Head Coach José López
League United Premier Soccer League
Current season

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 Santa Ana College and Lake Forest Sports Park.

History[edit]

Winds FC played in the So Cal Premier League from 2006 to 2011 before joining the National Premier Soccer League West Region Southern Conference, also in 2011.[1] Winds FC finished second in the NPSL Southern Conference during their sole NPSL season, made the playoffs and fell in the first round to Hollywood United Hitmen 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.[2][3][4]

Winds FC has been playing in Lake Forest, California or Irvine, California consistently in the last few years, while attempting to find a home field in Santa Ana. 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. The club began scheduling UPSL summer/fall season matches at Santa Ana College in July 2016.

Winds FC has also held occasional playoff matches at Santa Ana College, as well as occasional exhibition games at Santa Ana Stadium, namely a match against a Chivas USA U-18 squad in January 2011, a match against a Club Atlas U-20 squad in March 2011, and a match against a Chivas de Guadalajara U-20 squad in November 2011.[5][6][7]

Current Season[edit]

2017 UPSL Pro Premier Division[edit]

2017 USASA Region IV Cup[edit]

Winds FC will enter the 2017 United States Adult Soccer Association Region IV tournament, first via local Cal South State Cup qualifying in April of 2017. Three group stage games will be played in April, followed by quarterfinals and semifinals to be played in late April and May. The finalists advance to the USASA Region IV Amateur Cup, to be played from June 2-4 in Norco, CA. Winds FC are placed in Cal South Group A, with San Nicolas FC, FC Strikers South Coast and Real Sociedad Royals.

Team Records[edit]

2016-17 UPSL Playoffs[edit]

Winds FC defeated regional powerhouse and conference rival La Máquina FC on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at Santa Ana Stadium by a score of 2-1.

2016-17 Season Match Reports[edit]

Winds FC completed a preseason, with matches against 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup entrants La Máquina FC and L.A. Wolves FC. Santa Ana Winds FC faced La Máquina at Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana, California) on April 27, 2016 at 8 pm, and L.A. Wolves FC in Manhattan Beach.

The Summer-Fall 2016 season began for Winds FC on July 16 at Santa Ana College, with the club defeating SoCal Troop FC by a score of 4-1, followed by a 4-4 tie against Newcastle United US on July 23.

Honors[edit]

Player of the Week: Adan Coronado
2017 UPSL Pro Premier Division, Week 3

U.S. Open Cup record[edit]

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.

Club crest[edit]

The current Santa Ana Winds FC crest was redesigned in 2014 by sports logo artist Slavo Kiss for Sigma Kappa Brands, based in the Slovak Republic. The crest features the 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.

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The first Santa Ana Winds FC crest dates to 2006 and features the Spurgeon Building's clock tower, located in downtown Santa Ana and named after city founder William H. Spurgeon.[8]

Sponsors and partners[edit]

Admiral Sportswear

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Players[edit]

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

No. Position Player
0 United States GK Adrian Urquizo
1 United States FW Alex Heilman
2 United States DF Gabriel Moreno
3 United States DF Zach Bryan
4 United States DF Kenny Cruz
5 United States MF Justin Burroughs
6 Argentina FW Alexis Diaz
7 Brazil DF Antonio Perez
8 United States FW Joey Allemand
9 United States MF Robert "Casey" McNeil
10 Mexico MF Richard Lopez
11 Brazil MF Tiago Saint Clair
12 United States MF Manuel Juarez
13 United States MF Julien Sperling
14 United States FW Javi Curiel
15 United States DF Hector Leon
16 United States MF Ronny Cruz

Season-by-season[edit]

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 Hiatus
2010 USASA SoCal Premier 7th, Premier Division
2011 USASA SoCal Premier 7th, Premier Division
2011 USASA NPSL 2nd, West - Southwest Conference 1st round
2012 USASA UPSL Unknown
2013 USASA UPSL 1st, Southeast Champions Did not qualify
2014 USASA UPSL NA NA Did not qualify
2015 Hiatus
2016-17 USASA UPSL Winter 7th, Southeast Did not qualify Qualifying 2nd Round
2017 USASA UPSL Pro Premier Division Ongoing

Head coaches[edit]

  • United States José López (2016-present)
  • United States Arturo Martinez (2016)
  • United States Cesar Reyes (2015–2016)
  • United States Mele Lopez (2013–2014)

Home fields[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "So Cal Premier 2007 Final Standings". SoCalPremier.org. So Cal Premier League. 2007. Retrieved 2016-08-18. 
  2. ^ Omar Ávalos Gallegos (2013). "Santa Ana Winds FC Rebrands and Moves to Fullerton, Sort of". The Santa Ana Sentinel. Omar Ávalos Gallegos. Retrieved 2016-08-18. 
  3. ^ Omar Ávalos Gallegos (2013). "Fullerton Rangers Become OC Spartans FC". The Santa Ana Sentinel. Omar Ávalos Gallegos. Retrieved 2016-08-18. 
  4. ^ "OC Spartans Merge with Pateadores". Parlor City Football. 2013. Retrieved 2016-08-18. 
  5. ^ Olivia Cervantes (2011). "Chivas USA U-18 Team Defeats Santa Ana Winds FC". CDChivasUSA.com. Major League Soccer. Retrieved 2015-11-02. 
  6. ^ Celestino Orozco (2011). "Se le escapa la victoria al Santa Ana Winds". OCExcelsior.com (Now UnidosSC.com). Excelsior de Orange County / Freedom Communications. Retrieved 2015-11-05. 
  7. ^ Omar Ávalos Gallegos (2011). "Chivas Comes to Santa Ana". Santaniego. Retrieved 2015-11-02. 
  8. ^ "Original Santa Ana Winds FC Crest". Twitter.com. Santa Ana Winds FC. 2011. Retrieved 2016-03-01. 

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