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SF Glens announces Joel Soria as Director of Communications and Partnerships

By SF Glens SC Staff, 12/21/23, 9:00AM PST

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Longtime soccer journalist, nonprofit PR professional joins Glens

SAN FRANCISCO (Dec. 11, 2023) — The San Francisco Glens Soccer Club announced today that the club has hired Joel Soria as Director of Communications and Partnerships. He will oversee communications, marketing, media relations, partnerships for the club, and operations for the club’s USL League Two and USL W League teams as well as the SF Glens Academy, an MLS NEXT and USL Academy member.

“Joel is an impressive professional, and his addition to our front office signals our commitment to making this project a success,” said SF Glens Executive Director Mike McNeill. “His understanding of the local soccer market and his technical expertise make me confident that the team can continue to build something special for our club and our community.”

Soria comes to the Glens after three years in the nonprofit industry and five years as a soccer journalist, where his coverage of the San Jose Earthquakes and the English Premier League was featured for outlets such as NBC Sports Soccer, Sky Sports, Yahoo! Sports, and MLSsoccer.com, among others.

“It’s an honor to be part of such a historic institution with a really promising future,” said Soria. “The club is in an exciting position to continue to grow and win. I’m convinced that together we will achieve our objectives. I want to thank Executive Director Mike McNeill and the Board of Directors for the opportunity. Up the Glens!”

Soria, who will report directly to McNeill, boasts an extensive career in soccer journalism and media within Bay Area professional soccer, working in print, digital, and broadcast positions for over five years. In addition to working in soccer journalism, he was also a Communications Associate for Innovate Public Schools, where he led the organization’s strategic content and marketing, subscriber communication, and media relations.

About San Francisco Glens SC

With over 90 total teams and 1,300 youth and adult players, the San Francisco Glens are the largest and most diverse soccer club in The City. Founded in 1961, the Glens have established minor-league men’s team in USL League Two, a women’s team in the USL W League, and a comprehensive youth academy that includes a full pathway in MLS NEXT, the top youth league in America, right down to local micro soccer programs serving kids as young as Pre-K. In 2022, the club announced the construction of a soccer-specific facility at Treasure Island with a targeted completion date by end of 2024.

As a community-focused 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Glens are proud to have never turned away a single player or family due to financial hardship thanks to internal fundraising efforts and a scholarship program that distributed over $250,000 last year alone. Learn more at sfglens.com and sfglensacademy.com.

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