CARLSBAD, California — The San Francisco Glens have yet to lose on their latest road trip. Now if they can only pick up that first win away from home.
Egged on by a rowdy Glens Brigade that made the trip south to Sage Creek, the team dominated possession and shots on goal but were held to a 1-1 draw Sunday by the host LA Galaxy San Diego Zest.
In the 16th minute, Glens defender Sterling Hancock knifed through an open space in the Zest back line to poke a corner kick past opposing goalkeeper Rodrigo Sarmiento. The goal, which was named the Carlsberg Play of the Game, opened the scoring.
However, the Zest would even the score off a corner kick of their own in the 24th minute when Nico Tagaloa headed the ball over Glens keeper Andre Glasnovic.
The score would remain unchanged throughout the course of the game despite the Glens’ best efforts. San Francisco’s Ranier Plantinos blasted a shot from the right wing that caused Sarmiento to dive for the ball, which bounced toward the middle of the box. Unfortunately for the Glens, no one was in the vicinity to finish the play.
In the 88th minute, Shinya Kadono and Diego Lopez connected in the box, but the latter was thwarted in his attempt to chip the ball over Sarmiento for the game-winning score. Despite the result, San Francisco arguably put together one of their most entertaining performances of the season.
The Glens now head to the Central Valley on Thursday for the final leg of their three-game road trip against Fresno FC U-23. Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Fresno State University.
Next Home Game
The Glens’ next home game is Sunday, June 17 at 1 p.m. against Orange County SC U23 at San Francisco’s Beach Chalet Soccer Fields. There will be a pregame party next door at Park Chalet Coastal Beer Garden starting at 11:30 a.m. 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.