APTOS, California — The San Francisco Glens led the host Santa Cruz Breakers in possession, scoring opportunities, and shots.
Unfortunately for the visitors, the one advantage they didn’t have on Saturday was on the scoreboard, as the Breakers beat the Glens 1-0 for the second time in a week.
“I’m proud of the team for battling from start to finish,” said team president/GM J. Ramon Estevez. “Obviously I wish the result were different, but they made some great strides, especially in the second half. Now it’s just a matter of putting the ball in the back of the net.”
The lone goal occurred in the 15th minute when Walmer Martinez found an opening in the Glens’ defense and slotted a shot past goalkeeper Emmanuel Jiménez.
Despite the loss, several bright spots emerged. Rei Dorwart earned Soccerloco Man of the Match honors for his well-rounded play despite having to play a new position. The erstwhile forward has been converted to right back and provided a spark on both defense and offense.
The Glens now return home to Boxer Stadium on Thursday, May 24 at 5:30 p.m. for a clash with LA Galaxy’s Under-23 affiliate, the San Diego Zest. All college students, SF Unified students, and SF Unified faculty will enjoy free admission with ID. Single-game tickets ($10) and free Youth Season Passes are available on 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 70s, 80s, and 90s.
The addition of the San Francisco Glens’ PDL team is the latest evidence of the club’s growth. Along with the Glens’ youth club, SF Glens Evolution—a U.S. Soccer Development Academy member and official North American partner of Celtic FC’s Academy—the Glens are the largest soccer club in San Francisco, providing all levels of competition to nearly 1,500 youth and adult soccer players.
About the USL 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 USL Premier Development League (PDL) has served as the proven stepping-stone for aspiring professionals.
Over 70 percent of all MLS SuperDraft selections since 2010 have PDL experience, including a total of 66 alums chosen in 2018. 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 the Bay Area’s own Nick Lima.