SAN FRANCISCO — For the third consecutive game, the San Francisco Glens scored first only to give up an equalizer mere minutes later.
Unlike the initial two instances, they would come away empty-handed Sunday as Orange County SC U23 added another goal to earn a narrow 2-1 victory at Beach Chalet.
Despite playing a home game outside Boxer Stadium for the first time this season, the Glens seemed to adjust early to the new confines. After Sam Junqua’s blast inside the box was deflected by OC goalkeeper Ruben Stuiver, Ranier Plantinos slotted home the rebound in the 17th minute. The San Francisco State product’s goal was named Carlsberg Play of the Game.
However, the lead was once again short-lived as Connor Gordon’s two goals in the 23rd and 36th minutes put the visitors ahead on the scoreboard. After relinquishing 1-0 leads vs. LA Galaxy San Diego Zest and Fresno FC U23 last week only to ultimately earn a draw and win, respectively, the Glens were not so lucky this time around.
When these two clubs met in Orange County last week, the Glens secured a 1-1 draw with a last-minute goal. The rematch was also marked with a furious final 10 minutes surrounding Stuiver's net, but the Glens could not replicate their success in San Francisco.
The result was a crucial one for both sides as sole possession of fourth place in the USL PDL Southwest Division was on the line. With the top two in the table in the playoff hunt and the top three historically offered Open Cup berths for next season, San Francisco’s margin of error is razor-thin now.
Next Road Games
Sunday’s game in San Francisco was a slight travel break; the Glens now head south for games vs. SoCal Seahorses at Al Barbour Field in La Mirada (Thursday, June 21) and Ventura County Fusion at the Ventura College Sportsplex (Saturday, June 23). Both kickoffs will take place at 7 p.m.
Next Home Game
The Glens return to Boxer Stadium on Sunday, July 1, at 1 p.m. against the first-place FC Golden State Force. All First Responders and Military will enjoy free admission. After the Glens’ game with the Force, the SFPD Soccer Club will take the field against an opponent TBD.
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 1,300 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.