Know Your Opponent: San Francisco City Football Club
The Dragons face PDL newcomer San Francisco City Football Club this Friday, 7pm at Dragons Stadium at Burlingame High School. Burlingamedragons.com sat down with Dragons FC President and Former San Francisco City FC General Manager Jordan Gardner for his thoughts on the big match.
Can you give the Dragons fans some background on SF City FC?
SF City FC has been around since 2001 playing in various amateur leagues in San Francisco. Most recently, the club was in the NorCal Premier Adult League, a high level amateur league in Northern California. The club is 51% supporter owned, with a small but dedicated group of fans running the club. I was the General Manager of SF City FC in 2015, helping the club qualify for the U.S. Open Cup and win several league titles in the NorCal Premier League.
How has SF City's first season in the PDL gone and what kind of rivalry do you see between the two clubs?
SF City and the Dragons are currently tied for 2nd place in the Central Pacific Division with 10 points. SF City has had several impressive road wins over BYU and Ventura County, although they opened their home schedule with a loss this past Saturday to Las Vegas. I think there is potential for a great rivalry between the two clubs, as there is very much a clash of cultures between their fanbase and ours.
Which players on SF City should Dragons fans keep an eye on?
Adnan Gabeljic is a striker who spent last season with the Sacramento Republic FC in the USL-Pro. He's a strong, technically gifted player who is one guy to watch. Johannes DeMarzi, someone I recruited to SF City in 2015, is having a strong season as well.
Tell us about the Northsiders, SF City's Supporters Group
The Northsiders are a dedicated group of about 40 or 50 hardcore fans who support the club. They beat drums, wave the SF City flags and display their tifo's at all the SF City games. We expect a group of Northsider's at the game on Friday, which should make for a fun atmosphere. While SF City doesn't nearly have the fan support and attendance that the Dragons have, the Northsider's create a really fun, and authentic game day experience at Kezar Stadium.