Redwood City, CA - As we move deeper into the off-season it is important to us here at Bay Cities FC that our community of loyal supporters knows the team on and off the field.
Today we introduce the Founder and President of Bay Cities FC, Anders Perez. Anders is not a unknown name in the Bay Area soccer community. “My journey with soccer starts at a very young age. I come from a family heavily involved in soccer. I played the game from the very beginning and I was fortunate it led me to University where I was able to take advantage and receive my education.After University, I decided I wanted to stay involved in soccer, as a coach. I began my coaching education almost right away, and was able to achieve my “A” License a couple of years ago. Overall, soccer has been my passion and my guide and I am excited about the opportunity to bring professional soccer to the Peninsula.”
The story of how Bay Cities FC came to be is ironically similar to how most of us spent our time when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, creative ideas started coming out from being bored in the house. “It was a call from an individual within one of the professional leagues. They asked me if I’d be interested in leading a group in bringing pro soccer to our area. That has taken me on an 18 month journey where I have seen this grow from a simple presentation to a physical team and actual games over the summer. It has led me to meet so many wonderful individuals, many who are now behind the scenes working with me at Bay Cities.”
Bay Cities FC debuted their first ever Men’s and Women’s squads this past summer playing friendly games and hosting the NISA Independent Cup at Sequoia High School in the heart of Redwood City. The record overall was 1-3-2. When asked about the Summer season, Anders said, “Very eye opening. And very cool to see. The attendance was great. The football was great. For me personally, I had the chance to see 9 of my former youth players playing for us. There is no equal sense of pride. My favorite moment was the Miguel Najar game tying goal. I thought that was top ten experience in my life so far!”
Bay Cities FC uses the term “Bridge the Bay” in our Brand marketing. The meaning of this is the goal of bridging the communities of the Bay Area together through soccer. I asked Anders what the most important thing he wants to accomplish with this club and he said, “I want this club to be embraced and represented by its community across all the levels of the club. I really want to see the people within the community be proud to have a pro soccer club here. I want to see local players wear the Bay Cities shirt and consider us as the starting point of their professional careers”.
We are excited to be in this building phase of the club’s history as we prep for a new team and new opponents in NISA in the Spring Season. We want to be transparent with our goals for the future as we are relying on you, the fans, to be a huge part of it. I asked Anders where he sees for this club in the near future, his response was, “I see us being the top division 3 club in the country. I see us entertaining the peninsula with attacking soccer and just a fun event like atmosphere. And I see us winning the title in 2 years!”. Big goals but we have the potential to make it happen.
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