Match Day Guide: Burlingame Dragons FC v University of San Francisco Dons

The Burlingame Dragons FC continue their 2016 PDL preseason as they travel to San Francisco on Friday, April 15th to take on the Dons. The game will take place at Negoesco Stadium on the campus of the University of San Francisco. In preparation for Friday's match, here is everything you need to know.


Kickoff: 7:00pm with gates opening an hour before kickoff

Admission: FREE

Parking: The two-level parking garage next to Negoesco Stadium is the most convenient place to park, but the cost will be $20 as USF charges a fee to park on campus Monday through Saturday. Your other option is to go and buy a daily parking ticket from near the “main gate” which is actually just a kiosk in the parking lot near War Memorial Gym right off of Golden Gate Ave. You would then have to drive over to the Koret Health and Recreation Center lot, which is adjacent to Negoesco Stadium at the corner of Park and Turk Streets. Your final solution is to park for free on the street near the 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


Getting To The Match

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Opponent Preview

The University of San Francisco is coming off of a promising 2015 season in which they could have won the West Coast Conference title up until the final day of the regular season. The Dons finished with a 6-11-1 record (4-2-1 in conference), losing on the final day of the season and finishing 4th in tightly contested conference. They are filled with youth and exuberance which helps make the future bright for USF.

The Dons are led by Junior David Garrett, who scored seven goals and notched 15 points for the San Francisco this season. Freshman Sean Bowman was also important offensively for the Dons, racking up four goals and nine points in a impressive rookie season. 

Sophomore Manny Padilla and Junior Christian De Luna are two to watch on defense for USF. Both played in 17 out of the 18 games the Dons played this season and will help solidify the WCC school’s back line.

There are recent ties between the two teams as two current Dragons players are enrolled at USF and will play for them on Friday. The Dragons Captain, defender Josh Smith will anchor the Dons defense. The stellar defender missed most of 2015 with an injury and is eager and thrilled to be back on the field this spring. Midfielder Davi Ramos will be playing his first season in Burlingame this summer. The highly skilled Brazilian will add depth and creativity to an already stacked Dragons midfield.