The San Francisco Elite Academy, along with so many others across the nation, are mourning the passing of a San Francisco soccer legend. Steve Negoesco, former University of San Francisco Men’s Soccer coach and winner of four national championships and 22 conference championships, passed away Sunday evening at the age of 93.
Coach Negoesco, for whom the University of San Francisco’s soccer field is aptly named, positively impacted so many players, coaches and people that it’s impossible to measure. Since its inception, the San Francisco Elite Academy has enjoyed a unique and close partnership with the University of San Francisco men’s and women’s soccer programs, and we are acutely aware that the relationship exists in no small part to the amazing work and accomplishments of Coach Negoesco. He will be truly missed but forever remembered.
A bay area soccer icon in his own right, John Doyle--former USF Don player, US National Team player and longtime professional player and coach--shared his thoughts about Coach Negoesco. “It’s a sad day when a man who was so influential to so many ways passes away," said Doyle. He had extraordinary real life experiences and he was always willing to take the time to share them with us. He gave me a chance at my dream school and always let me do what was best for my career, not always the USF soccer team. He said to me that what was good for you is good for the school. Many college coaches never let their players have that opportunity. I owe Steve a huge debt of gratitude in forming my career. Thank you, Steve. You are a legend and you will never be forgotten.”
Please read more via the links below on Coach Steve Negoesco and the many beautiful tributes being shared by those now honoring his memory.
San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Examiner
Soccer America (subscription)
Congratulations to the SFEA 2002 Boys, as well as the 2003 and 2005 Girls' teams, for claiming NorCal Champions League spots for the spring of 2019. Champions League divisions represent the highest level of play in northern California outside U.S. Soccer Development Academy play. All three teams had remarkable fall seasons that ended with them being in the critical top spots of their NPL 1 divisions.
For the 2002 Boys, NPL Champions League was our team goal for the fall," said Bobby Quinlan, head coach of the SFEA 2002 boys. As a group we created a set of values and expectations and it included Champions League play as a critical goal. I'm very proud of the team for working to be better each day, and now we look forward to competing for Champions League and State Cup titles this spring."
For the 2003 Girls it will be a second Champions League qualification in a row. Nonetheless, head coach Jeff Wilson knows that his 2003 girls cherish the high level competition. "The 2003 girls love competing against the very best players and clubs throughout Northern California. Like their accomplishments on the field, these girls are also successfully excelling in the classrooms of some of the most prestigious high schools in the bay area. They've learned to balance daily schedules filled with college preparatory courses as well as competition against the most accomplished soccer players around. It all adds up to these 2003 girls being prepared for many great things ahead."
Currently, the 2002 Boys and 2003 teams are on a winter break while most of their players participate in high school play. The 2005 girls, who have also qualified for Champions League, are continuing to train together as a group over the winter. "The 2005 Girls have really benefited with our club philosophy of mixing some training and play opportunties across age groups," said Tom Atencio, head coach of the 2005 Girls. "They go against the 2004 Girls quite often and that highly competitive environment carries them into games and in turn the Champions League for spring as well as our great results at 2018 Surf College Cup. In fact, across the 2004 and 2005 teams we have 8 players on the state PDP team, which is comparable to the very best ECNL teams in northern California. It's a credit to the girls themselves as well as the carefully considered training environment we've established to help them be the top players they want to become."
Good luck to all three teams this spring as they compete in the very highest divisions of Norcal play available.
Congratulations to several of our 2004 and 2005 girls for making the PDP state team!!
Pictured are (left to right): Sam Gotch, Freya Youssef, Brianna Lucey, Thalia Robello. Not pictured but also selected is Kate Gerrity (04), Kaila Ehrlich (05), Stella Etchevery (05), Ariana Beddoes (05), and Ariel Fu Chen (06).
All of these SFEA girls are in the PDP state pools for their ages—a huge statement of SFEA’s leadership in player development in San Francisco.
Well done girls!
US Club Soccer, the sanctioning body for NorCal soccer and top leagues all over the country, has selected the San Francisco Elite Academy as one of just 46 clubs nationwide (and the only in San Francisco) to earn the designation of being a Players First-licensed club.
US Club reviewed clubs nationwide and selected those that met or exceeded rigorous Players First standards related to Club Development, Coaching Development, Player Development, Parent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety.
"We're really appreciative of this recognition from US Club," said Joe Dugan, President of the San Francisco Elite Academy. "Our club's core pillars align perfectly with the Player First philosophy. We've always been the San Francisco club trying to raise the bar for a competitive youth soccer experience. We understand that a club isn't only about wins and losses, but it's about creating a holistic environment for growth that benefits young people for the entire lives.
You can read about Players First from US Club here.
The SFEA 2004 Girls NPL team completed a strong weekend of play by claiming the title at the MVLA Tournament held this past weekend. The 2004 Girls squad. led by SFEA Head Coach Tom Atencio, went 4-0 over the weekend and won the final in dramatic fashion on penalty kicks. On the route to the final, the girls defeated West Coast, the San Jose Earthquakes and South San Jose, scoring 10 goals and only conceding 1, before facing off with the top West Coach team in the final.
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