After defeating USL Championship side Monterey Bay FC at PayPal Park on Wednesday evening in a stunning upset, Bay Cities FC looks to recreate the magic as they face the San Jose Earthquakes for the third round of the high-stakes U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday, April 19.
As a brand-new Division 3 NISA league team, Bay Cities went into its second round fixture with Monterey Bay FC as the underdogs, with few observers expecting the side to come away with a victory. With two goals from Rei Dorwart and Edson Cardona, the Redwood City’s home team sent shockwaves around the soccer world when they scored a last-minute goal and the win, advancing to the next round. Now, they will be looking to do it all over again when they return to PayPal Park.
The San Jose Earthquakes are a Division 1 member of the MLS league, the highest level of professional soccer in the United States. Even though Bay Cities faces off against a team two divisions above theirs, the team is not deterred.
“Our victory against Monterey proved that we are not to be underestimated,” said Head Coach and President Anders Perez. “We look forward to competing against our neighbors to the South and reprising our David vs. Goliath moment. It’s sure to be another exciting and historic match.”
As a team comprised heavily of local young talent, this draw is a testament to what the Bay Cities ownership group set out to achieve when they started the organization. Bay Cities FC aims to bridge the gap for talented players from the Peninsula who get overlooked for professional opportunities, and this upcoming game will provide everything that the players, staff, and fans have dreamed of from the outset.
Bay Cities Football Club is the only professional sports organization based in San Mateo County, launching its inaugural season this year.
Season tickets are available at the Bay Cities website.
Photo credit: Rocha Multimedia for Bay Cities Football Club
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