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Contra Costa FC has moved on to the next round by beating JASA of Redwood City with a final score of 1-0. They take on Pajaro Valley United on July 6, 2019 at 6:00pm.
What a fantastic first and second week of camp! Campers have been building on their footwork, decision making and much more. With CCFC players, like, Nic Bob and Jonathan “Tata” Ayala conducting drills, campers are sure to get the most out of camp.
Congrats to CCFC for advancing to the 2nd Round of the playoffs! Check out where your CCFC stands in the bracket and who they face next.
CCFC bounces back, defeats Pajaro Valley United 6-1
Coming off of a tough loss a week ago at JASA FC in Redwood City, Contra Costa FC returned home to Northgate High School in Walnut Creek and got themselves back on track off of a pair of first half goals by Jonathan Ayala and Brandon Kearney in their 4-1 win over Parajo Valley United, clinching the top-seed in the UPSL’s Wild West Division.
CCFC struck first in the 11th minute as Ayala headed in a second-chance ball off of an initial shot by Navarro inside PVU’s six-yard box. Navarro nearly doubled CCFC’s score just minutes later, but his header just went over the top of the crossbar.
PVU looked to pull even in the 15th minute off of a counter attack, however their run in on goal was routinely stopped by goalkeeper Andrew Konstantino.
Konstantino couldn’t hold PVU out of the net for long. Parajo Valley responded with an equalizer in the 23rd minute, heading in a shot a point-blank range past Konstantino to pull even at 1-1.
CCFC took the lead back in the 33rd minute when Brandon Kearney finished a shot into an open net off of a pass by Ayala at the far post. PVU’s goalkeeper ran in to stop Ayala, leaving Kearney open at the post with nothing but net.
Navarro earned the first goal of his brace at the hour mark, beating PVU’s backline and fighting for the ball before breaking away and finishing his shot in the lower corner of the net, giving CCFC an insurance, third goal. His second of the game came just eight minutes later when he finished a shot into the upper 90, running in on goal.
Ellie Padilla came off of the bench and scored in the 78th minute, extending Contra Costa’s lead to 5-1, and Jesus Ocegueda tapped in an easy second-chance ball at the far post in the 80th minute to give CCFC a commanding 6-1 lead in the final minutes.
The win helps CCFC clinch the top seed in the division, putting them five points clear of second place PVU, who entered Saturday’s game just two points behind Contra Costa in second.
CCFC returns home to Northgate High School next Saturday in the final game of the regular season, taking on Redding Royals FC at 6 p.m.
CCFC 11’ – Jonathan Ayala (assist by Angel Navarro)
CCFC 33’ – Brandon Kearney (assist by Jonathan Ayala)
CCFC 60’ – Angel Navarro
CCFC 68’ – Angel Navarro
CCFC 78’ – Ellie Padilla
CCFC 80’ – Jesus Ocegueda
CCFC: 8w-0d-1L, 24 points, 1st place in Wild West Division
Parajo Valley United: 6w-1d-2L, 19 points, 2nd place in Wild West Division
Thank you Jeff Weisinger for the writeup.
Congratulations to our CCFC Women's team for getting their first win.
Your Contra Costa FC took on the Chico City Rangers in their home UPSL debut winning 5-0. CCFC looked strong as they came out working possession and had opportunities early on but couldn't find the net. It was a goal off the head of Jonathan "Tata" Ayala mid-way through the first half that opened up. CCFC went in to the half up 2-0 and came out from the half firing on all cylinders scoring 3 more.
The weather was a major factor in last weeks match; however, the elements were not the only thing that caused a rift. In the infancy of the match a CCFC player received a “last man” red card, which made Coach Brown adjust his match tactics rather quickly. Playing down CCFC found a way to play together and put 3 goals in the back of the net. Acoreano never stopped playing and put pressure on CCFC while Konstantino stayed strong in goal. CCFC moves on in the league to host Elk Grove Everton FC this upcoming weekend, Saturday February 9th at 6:00pm.
The United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) is pleased to announce Contra Costa Football Club as a member starting with the 2019 Spring Season.
Based in Concord (Calif.), Contra Costa FC will begin UPSL play in the Western Conference Wild West Division and play its UPSL home games this season at Northgate High School Stadium (425 Castle Rock Rd., Walnut Creek, CA 94598) in compliance with UPSL’s Minimum Standards.
United Premier Soccer League Wild West Division Manager Nick Arellano said, “Contra Costa FC is a well-run club and we think they’ll be a great addition to the already competitive UPSL Wild West Division. The Contra Costa FC staff has assembled a winning organization in Concord, and they are committed to being among the clubs competing for the UPSL 2019 Spring Season Championship.”
Contra Costa FC is owned by Mark Wine, 33, CEO of Functional Muscle Fitness and the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach at Concord (Calif.)’s De La Salle High School.
Contra Costa FC Owner Mark Wine said, “We feel like it’s the right time for the club. Our biggest goal is to bring a top level Pro Development club to this area. We feel like there’s a need to inspire the youth players that are all around, and give them a place to play as older players and role models to look up to. We need to take the next step up and the UPSL is where we want to be to play a higher level of competition. This is something that we want to do and something that we’ve promised to our players; It’s just one of those moments where we sensed it was the right time for us.”
Contra Costa FC has played in the prestigious NorCal Premier League since its inception in 2015, and claimed the Liga NorCal Copa Cup championship in May 2018.
“A lot of our players come from local youth clubs and that makes us unique because we’re not attached to any one youth club (and) because of that we’ve been able to build a bigger and stronger community,” Wine said. “We have a surrounding community of numerous clubs and we have representations from almost all of them, players which in many cases were the best players from those clubs.”
Gabe Cienfuegos serves as General Manager for Contra Costa FC. Cienfuegos, 34, played collegiately at Belmont (Calif.)’s Notre Dame de Namur University (2005-’06) and is a youth coach at Walnut Creek (Calif.) Surf Soccer Club.
Derricke Brown is Head Coach of Contra Costa FC. Brown played collegiately at Moraga (Calif.)’s St, Mary’s College and is in his eighth season as Head Coach at Concord (Calif.)’s De La Salle HS, where he’s led the boys varsity soccer team to four California Interscholastic Federation section titles in six championship game appearances. Brown also coaches at Walnut Creek (Calif.) Surf SC.
Jon Scoles is the Director of Player Development and serves as an Assistant Coach for Contra Costa FC. The Director of Coaching at Heritage Soccer Club, Scoles also is a Men’s Soccer Coach at Contra Costa Community College.
The club is hosting its next tryout on Jan. 13, 2019, and will announce its upcoming game schedule.
About Contra Costa Football Club
Contra Costa Football Club is an American Soccer club currently based in Concord, Calif., and a new member of the United Premier Soccer League. Contra Costa FC will begin play in the UPSL Pro Premier.
Founded in 2015, Contra Costa FC can participate in the qualifying rounds for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup through their affiliation and membership with the UPSL, the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) and the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA).
For months CCFC has been pouring their blood and sweat into becoming a force in the Liga! Want to get to know our players, check out their profiles here.
With only 2 goals allowed this season, Konstantino has been a vital asset to the great start of the season for CCFC.
Congrats to our starting keeper Andrew Konstantino for signing with Moroka Swallows FC club in South Africa!!!
Contra Costa County home grown and CCFC is proud, keep working Tino!!!!
To everyone that supported Contra Costa Football Club this season, we Thank You!
June 29, 2019 at 6:00pm Contra Costa FC took on JASA of Redwood City in a UPSL Playoff Match up.
CCFC player Nic Bob having a chat with campers during their snack time. The first week is in the books but there is still seven weeks available. Click Here to Register
This soccer camp offers skill training, soccer games, and small-sided competition in a safe and nurturing environment. This camp is an excellent way for all young soccer players to spend their school break having lots of fun while developing soccer skills along the way.
One down, two to go. The UPSL Wild West DIvision champion Contra Costa Football Club defeated Real San Jose 3-1 at Northgate High School in Walnut Creek, highlighted by a pair of open-net, second half goals by Brandon Kearney and Eli Padilla.
Contra Costa played the aggressor throughout the first half, however Real San Jose’s goalkeeper stopped the first several attempts by CCFC in the first quarter hour.
Contra goalkeeper Andrew Constantino faced little pressure early in the first half on breakaways from Real San Jose, but was able to make the clearances just out of his box.
Real San Jose’s goalkeeper came up with a huge stop at the post in the 16th minute, as Santiago Alejandro hit a perfect volley low at the post, however RSJ’s goalkeeper made the highlight-worthy save.
CCFC struck first on the scoreboard just two minutes later when Alejandro fired a shot off of a free kick that struck the far post and into the back of the net, putting Contra up 1-0.
Real San Jose pulled even at 1-1 just after the half-hour mark as they broke away from the Contra backline and fired past Constantino into the back of the net. Contra nearly responded just minutes later, however Padilla’s shot from distance went just over the crossbar.
They nearly pulled ahead in the first half again in the 35th minute when Luis Navarro nearly beat RSJ’s backline to a ball heading toward the net, however RSJ’s goalkeeper beat Navarro to the ball, making the save and parrying the ball away at the top of the box.
Contra pulled ahead early in the second half on a pair of open-net goals by Brandon Kearney in the 47th minute and by Padilla in the 55th minute. Kearney tapped in his goal on a second chance off of a cross for CCFC, and Padilla headed in his goal after a frantic sequence inside the RSJ six-yard box.
RSJ nearly pulled back a goal in the 57th minute, chipping Constantino just past his six-yard box, however, Kearney was there to prevent the goal, clearing the ball at the line.
Contra put the game away in the 81st minute as Navarro headed in a cross in front of the net, putting Contra up 4-1, and Steven Henry curled in a goal in the 85th minute to extend the score 5-1.
CCFC plays the winner of the AFC Hearts - JASA FC match in the next round of the playoffs at home on Saturday, June 29th at 6 p.m.