Match Day Guide: Burlingame Dragons FC v Stanford Cardinal

The Burlingame Dragons FC finish their 2016 PDL preseason when they travel to Palo Alto on Friday night to take on the defending NCAA National Champion, the Stanford Cardinal. The game will take place at Steuber Rugby Field on the campus of Stanford, located off of El Camino Real, south of Embarcadero Rd.  In preparation for Friday’s’ match, here is everything you need to know.

 

Kickoff: 7:00pm, Gates will open at 6:00pm

Admission: FREE

Parking: Fans can park anywhere on campus. It is suggested you park by the Sunken Diamond and Laird Q. Cagan Soccer Stadium

Seating: There is bleacher seating, which is general admission and first come, first serve.

Concessions: No concessions at the game. Please bring your own food and refreshments. No alcohol is allowed at the game

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/491943300998895/

 

Getting To The Match

Map and directions can be found at the following links

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Burlingame+High+School,+Mangini+Way,+Burlingame,+CA/steuber+rugby+stadium+address/@37.508896,-122.3834701,11z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m13!4m12!1m5!1m1!1s0x808f9df2e05d6993:0x95ac832b0ff50c62!2m2!1d-122.3468864!2d37.5825819!1m5!1m1!1s0x808fbadf5e2d2c75:0x4887c631770ec8b1!2m2!1d-122.1561844!2d37.4316928

 

Opponent Preview

The Cardinal are coming off their best season in school history as they captured the school’s first NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship in 2015. Stanford finished with an overall record of 18-2-3, 7-1-2 in the Pac-12 Conference, capturing the Pac-12 title.  Stanford would go onto defeat four teams in the Top 15 in the country during the NCAA Tournament including #14 Ohio State, #1 Wake Forest, #5 Akron and #3 Clemson in the NCAA Final, by a score of 4-0

The Cardinal were led this past season by Seattle Sounders FC and U.S. National Team forward Jordan Morris. Morris scored 13 goals and notched three assists for 29 points to lead the team. Replacing his offensive production will be difficult, but Junior Corey Baird and Sophomore Amir Bashti will be counted on heavily to do just that. Baird is coming off of a season where he scored three times, but dished out an amazing 13 assists to lead the team. Bashti, the highly touted Freshman, played in 21 games, scoring four goals and notching two assists.  

Sophomore striker Foster Langsdorf will be looked at to replace Jordan Morris’ goals this upcoming season. During his Sophomore year in 2015, he netted seven goals to go along with three assists in 23 matches.

Defensively, Senior Brian Nana-Sinkam , Junior Tomas Hilliard-Arce and Sophomore Drew Skundrich make up ¾ of a formidable defense that only gave up 15 goals this season. That is a goals against average of only 0.63 a game, ranking them 6th in the nation in 2015. 

There are obvious connections to the Dragons in this game as Skundrich, Nana-Sinkam, Baird and Bashti will all suit up for the Green and Black this summer. It is a great opportunity