SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Glens brought the Boxer Stadium crowd to its feet in the second half, but a pair of early goals by the visiting SF City FC doomed the hosts to a 2-1 defeat Saturday.
Forward Tawwab Emiola cut the lead in half when he hammered home a rebound in the 64th minute for the Carlsberg Play of the Game, but the Glens could not come up with the subsequent equalizer despite outshooting SF City 4-0 in the final 45 minutes.
Emiola had another chance to score in the first half when the Glens drew a penalty kick, but SF City goalkeeper Remi Prieur guessed correctly and made the save.
“We gave the fans a good, entertaining game. Not the result we wanted, but it was a good experience for everyone,” said Glens head coach Javier Ayala-Hil in the postgame Coaches’ Corner presented by Casa Sanchez SF. “We’re going to up the intensity this week at practice.”
Johnny McBeth was our Man of the Match presented by Renewable Rascals for his solid play out of the back line, both defensively and in attack.
“We should’ve taken more chances,” McBeth said. “We said before the game that San Francisco City was going to be hungry for the result. … We just need to rally the troops and keep going.”
The Glens now enter their initial extended road trip of the season. The first stop is Irvine’s OC Great Park on Friday for a 7 p.m. clash with LAFC affiliate Orange County SC U23.
Afterward, they travel south to Sage Creek in Carlsbad on Sunday for a 5 p.m. rematch with LA Galaxy affiliate San Diego Zest.
The last road game will take place next Thursday the 14th in Fresno’s Chukchansi Park against Fresno FC U23. Click here for the full schedule.
The Glens’ next home game is Sunday, June 17 against Orange County SC U23 at a venue to be determined. Season tickets and single-game tickets are available at sfglens.com/tickets.
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.