SAN FRANCISCO — For the San Francisco Glens’ first 248 minutes in the USL PDL, scoring seemed to be an exercise in futility.
But when they finally flicked on the switch, they did a lot more than keep the lights on.
Sparked by three second-half goals in the last 22 minutes, the Glens busted open a tight game and earned their first win in franchise history with a 3-0 triumph over LA Galaxy SD Zest.
Three late substitutions by Glens head coach Javier Ayala-Hil were the culprits of the abrupt offensive outburst.
The catalyst was Rajaee Delane, who earned Gilligan Development Man of the Match honors for his role in scoring San Francisco’s first goal of the season (68’) as well as assisting Adam Mickelson for the third and final score (90+3’). Sandwiched in between was the second goal by Spencer Held, which ironically enough was assisted by Mickelson.
Ayala-Hil unveiled a three-man back line, which debutants Roy Boateng and Marcus Nordgard patrolled with aplomb along with recent signee Sterling Hancock.
The new-look Glens will remain at Boxer Stadium for Saturday’s inaugural San Francisco Derby with SF City FC at 5PM. General admission tickets are $10 at the door. See sfglens.com/tickets for more details.
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.