2/01/18, 9:15am PST - By SF Glens Staff
SAN FRANCISCO, CA. – San Francisco’s newest PDL team made two additions to the technical staff today, both with local connections. Former Cal player and current SF State Assistant Men's Soccer Coach Evan Sassano will join the team, serving in the same capacity for the SF Glens PDL team.
Meanwhile, current SF Glens Evolution Academy Director and former U.S. Youth National Team member, Steven Sosa will come on board as a Technical Consultant.
"We're excited to keep adding local, experienced staff members to our team. These are coaches with high level NCAA, domestic, and foreign pro experience. Guys that can pull a player aside and provide real world advice to help get them to the next level.", said President and General Manager J. Ramon Estevez.
Sassano followed his playing days at Cal with stays in Germany and Holland before ending his pro career in Minnesota in 2012.
"I have coached alongside Evan for the past 5 years. We have established a wonderful professional relationship over the years. We have similar views on how to approach the game, so we compliment each other fairly well.", said Head Coach Javier Ayala-Hil.
Sosa, a U17 World Cup Starter and NCAA All-American at UCSB, is a Marin County native and has served as DOC at Central Marin, US Soccer Scout, PDP Coach, and served as Assistant Men's Coach at USF.
"Steven is a great addition to an already exciting lineup of technical staff members. He is a local guy that has played at a very high level and even represented the United States at the youth national team level. He knows the club very well and will add a lot to the first team.", added Technical Director Mike McNeill.
The San Francisco Glens will play their 2018 PDL Home Games at historic Boxer Stadium, where The Glens first began play in 1961. Season Tickets are available at www.sfglens.com.
About the San Francisco Glens
Founded in 1961, the San Francisco Glens have been a mainstay of the San Francisco soccer landscape for decades, winning numerous titles in the historic San Francisco Soccer-Football League and competing for National titles throughout the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s.
With the addition of the San Francisco Glens PDL team, and in partnership with their youth club, San Francisco Glens Evolution, the Glens form the largest soccer club in San Francisco, providing all levels of competition to nearly 1500 youth and adult soccer players.
About the Premier Development League
A part of the United Soccer Leagues, which also operates the Division II USL, the newly-announced USL Division III and Super Y League, the PDL has served as the proven stepping-stone for aspiring professionals.
Nearly 70 percent of all MLS SuperDraft selections since 2010 have PDL experience, including a total of 59 alums chosen in 2017. Among the many players to have played in the PDL before making their professional debuts include Newcastle United FC defender DeAndre Yedlin, 2017 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Tim Melia, 2017 MLS Defender of the Year Ike Opara and U.S. Men’s National Team members such as Darlington Nagbe, Brad Guzan, Geoff Cameron and Tim Ream.