The USL’s developmental league, the PDL, was once home to Burlingame Dragons FC, the Quakes’ next affiliate on the ladder that had a staggering 14 players either signed to MLS Homegrown Contracts (e.g., Nick Lima, JT Marcinkowski) or selected in the MLS SuperDraft (Kevin Partida, Danny Musovski most recently).
However, with the team folding last season, no less than 11 former Dragons have signed with the expansion San Francisco Glens, Burlingame’s de facto replacement in the league. Glens team president/GM J. Ramon Estevez is himself a former Quakes director of game operations.
Among the Quakes Academy stars now suiting up for the Glens include a trio of U.S. Under-18 National Team players—forward Arda Bulut (pictured above right), midfielder Andrew Paoli, and defender C.J. Grey—who also currently feature collegiately for Stanford, UCLA, and Cal, respectively.
Ex-Quakes Academy captain Isaiah Dargan, midfielder Marcus Simmons and forward-turned-defender Rei Dorwart have also been regulars for head coach Javier Ayala-Hil this season, including a 3-0 win over LA Galaxy’s San Diego-based PDL team that gave the new City squad its first win in franchise history.
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