Although the 2014 season ended a few weeks earlier than the Sockers FC players, coaches, and staff had hoped, there can be no doubt that this summer was a key turning point in the franchise’s fledgling history.
With the new energy and leadership from first-year head coach Matt Barnes, the team eased the tough memories of previous seasons and established the foundation for achieving the franchise’s goal of becoming a powerful force in the Premier Development League.
By any measure, the 2014 season was one for the Sockers’ record books:
The Sockers ranked in the top five nationally in average attendance during each of the team’s first five seasons. Although the PDL has not released the 2014 figures yet, that streak is expected to continue, as attendance increased 16 percent from 2013.
Just as the mission of the Sockers is to prepare collegiate players for Major League Soccer, the same goal applies to our coaching staff: preparing them for the opportunity to coach at the highest levels in the nation. The team accomplished that with the news that Matt Barnes has been named the head men’s soccer coach at San Francisco State. As he has done throughout his two-decade coaching career, we know that Matt will find quick and sustained success for the Gators, and we are excited to continue this journey in 2015!
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