|Full name||San Antonio Fútbol Club|
|Founded||January 7, 2016|
|Owner||Spurs Sports & Entertainment|
|Chairman||Peter J. Holt|
|Head coach||Alen Marcina|
|2022||1st, Western Conference|
San Antonio FC is a professional soccer club based in San Antonio, Texas. It competes in the USL Championship, the second-highest level of the United States soccer league system, as a member of the Western Conference.
San Antonio FC was awarded the thirty-first USL franchise on January 7, 2016. The establishment of the club, along with the concurrent purchase of Toyota Field by the City of San Antonio and Bexar County, was part of a plan by local officials to obtain an expansion franchise in Major League Soccer. As a result, the San Antonio Scorpions franchise of the North American Soccer League was shut down. The first head coach in club history was former Elon University men's soccer coach and Orlando City SC Pro Academy Director, Darren Powell. Carlos Alvarez was the club's first player signing on February 2, 2016.
After failing to make the playoffs in its inaugural season, San Antonio FC finished the 2017 USL regular season with a 17–11–4 (W-D-L) record, finishing second in the USL Western Conference standings and earning their first playoff berth in club history. SAFC advanced to the Western Conference semifinals before being eliminated. San Antonio failed to make the playoffs in consecutive years in 2018 and 2019 by a combined 4 points in the conference table.
San Antonio FC parted ways with head coach Darren Powell on October 30, 2019 after four seasons with the club. He accumulated an overall competition win-draw-loss record of 59–39–44. He led the club to its only playoff appearance in 2017, but failed to make the playoffs in the other three seasons under his management. His assistant coach, Alen Marcina, was named to replace Powell on December 9, 2019 in preparation for the 2020 USL Championship season. He led the former San Antonio Scorpions to their only NASL championship in the 2014 season. On October 20, 2021, Marcina led the club to their second consecutive post-season berth – the first back-to-back playoff appearance in club history. San Antonio would advance to the Western Conference finals for the first time in club history, losing to eventual league champions Orange County SC in penalty kicks.
Marcina led the club back into the playoffs for a third consecutive time, part of the most successful season in club history. San Antonio captured five trophies in 2022; the Copa Tejas, Copa Tejas Shield, USLC regular season title, the Western Conference championship, and the USL Championship having beaten Louisville City FC 3-1 in the 2022 USL Championship Final.
San Antonio plays its home matches at Toyota Field in San Antonio, Texas. Toyota Field is an 8,296-seat soccer-specific, natural grass stadium designed to be expandable to over 18,000 seats. Originally built for the former San Antonio Scorpions, the stadium was sold by its owner, Gordon Hartman, to the City of San Antonio and Bexar County in November 2015. San Antonio FC set a Toyota Field attendance record of 8,534 for the 2022 USL Championship Final, a 3-1 victory against Louisville City FC on November 13, 2022.
Crest and colors
San Antonio's club colors are black and silver, showing strength and unity with the other SS&E franchises. Red is an accent color that is from the same red in the Texas state flag signifying the pride the club has in Texas.
The shape of San Antonio FC's badge was derived from a variety of traditional national and international club crests. The heart of the badge contains two prominent elements: the five diagonal stripes, which were inspired by the armed forces’ service stripes, are a salute to San Antonio’s rich military history and their upward movement signifies the club's goal to play at the highest level; and the rowel of the Spur symbolizes the direct link between San Antonio FC and its parent company, Spurs Sports & Entertainment. Binding all of the interior elements is a single "S”—a subtle nod to the hometown heritage and how it unites the community.
Kit manufacturers and sponsors
|Season||Kit manufacturer||Shirt sponsor||Ref.|
- The Crocketteers are the largest organized independent soccer supporters group based in San Antonio. The group was founded in March 2009 by Michael Macias.
- Mission City Firm is an independent football organization whose mission is to give 100% of their support to San Antonio FC. They are a very diverse group of individuals and "welcome any and all persons who share the same passion for the game and for what professional football here in San Antonio will do for our community."
- FTC de San Antonio
- 210 Alliance is a nonprofit organization based in San Antonio. "We are one of the supporters groups for San Antonio FC. While supporting our local club is our primary function, and supporting soccer across the city of San Antonio, as well as the United States National Teams is secondary, we also look to support our local communities as well."
San Antonio FC shares in-state rivalries with two current USL Championship sides in Texas – El Paso Locomotive FC, Rio Grande Valley FC and formerly Austin Bold FC. Begun in the 2019 USL Championship season, all three teams participate in the Copa Tejas – a head-to-head competition during the USL regular season schedule. The team with the most points at the end of the season wins the trophy. San Antonio won its first Copa Tejas in 2022, going 3-1-0 against their opponents while also capturing the Copa Tejas Shield.
South Texas Derby
Since 2016, the annual rivalry with Rio Grande Valley FC, who served as a hybrid affiliate of the Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer from 2016 until 2020, is one of the most hotly contested matches in lower division US soccer. The two teams are located about 237 miles apart from each other in South Texas. Due to this proximity, the matches tend to draw well and often feature aggressive play for bragging rights.
Players and staff
- As of September 14, 2023
- USL Academy Contract
For recent transfers, see 2023 San Antonio FC season.
|Chairman||Peter J. Holt|
|CEO||R. C. Buford|
|Head coach||Alen Marcina|
|Assistant coach||Victor Lonchuk|
|Assistant coach||Dario Pot|
|SAFC Pro Academy Director & Director of Goalkeeping||Juan Lamadrid|
|Equipment Manager||Rashad Moore|
|Head athletic trainer||Jesse Lowrance|
|Assistant Athletic Trainer||Alex Saldana|
Last updated: April 4, 2022
- As of September 25, 2023
|Year||USL Championship||U.S. Open Cup||Top scorer(s)||Average attendance|
|2016||30||10||8||12||36||36||38||10th||17th||Did not qualify||Fourth round|| Rafael Castillo
|2017||32||17||11||4||45||24||62||2nd||3rd||Conference semifinals||Third round||Billy Forbes||10||7,153||7,026|
|2018||34||14||8||12||45||48||50||9th||15th||Did not qualify||Fourth round||Éver Guzmán||11||6,939||N/A|
|2019||34||12||9||13||62||57||45||11th||20th||Did not qualify||Third round|| Jack Barmby
|2020||16||10||3||3||30||14||33||3rd||6th||Conference quarterfinals||Cancelled||Luis Solignac||8||2,448[a]||2,175[a]|
|2022||34||24||5||5||54||26||77||1st||1st||Winners||Round of 32||Samuel Adeniran||12||5,980||8,329|
|2023||31||14||12||5||58||32||54||2nd||4th||Qualified||Third round||Tani Oluwaseyi||15||7,130||TBD|
|USLC Players’ Shield||1||2022|
|Western Conference Playoffs||1||2022|
|Western Conference Regular Season||1||2022|
|Copa Tejas Shield||1||2022|
|Copa Tejas Division 2||2||2022, 2023|
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