January Newsletter

On behalf of Star Academy FC, we'd like to wish everyone a prosperous New Year and hope you've enjoyed the holidays.

coach carlos — gracias & good luck

Star Academy—the club, coaches and players—would like to offer their thanks and well-wishes to Coach Carlos Salcido. He made lasting impressions to many of us at the club throughout the time he spent here at Star. We wish him good luck and fortune in his new post at the prestigious Mexican professional football club Necaxa. He will be working with their U17 and U19 teams. Gracias, Crack!


register for winter futsal

We are excited to announce our Winter Competitive Futsal program. Last year was a great success and we will build on those learned experiences. 
Who: Open to all players
When: January - March 2019
Location: South San Francisco (schools and facilities) 
Practice: Twice a week.
Competition: Futsal Regionals in March.
Cost: $ 250.00   


Star Free Fútbol clinics

Our Free Fútbol Clinics continue to be a success, as well as our school program. We are currently working with All Souls elementary and Spruce Elementary in South San Francisco and Vallemar Elementary in Pacifica. We encourage Star families to help us spread the word when future clinics are published. Our next clinics will be held Feb. 2 & Feb. 24.


Congrats to our winning teams


Congratulations to our ‘02 Boys and ‘05 Boys for reaching Champions League in the Spring after finishing top 4 in NPL 1. Kudos to our ‘03 boys for qualifying to NPL 1 after finishing on top of the table in NPL 2. Our ‘07 Girls won the Placer tournament and finished 2nd place in NorCal Silver. Both of our ‘09 Boys team won their respective leagues. 


star spotlight: marc esqueda

Marc Esqueda, Star Academy ‘99 Boys alumni. Student at Westminster College, New Wilmington, Pennsylvania. Studying Political Science.

Summarize your overall college experience so far?
My experience in college has given me a chance to sharpen my skills in my field of choice. Learning new things, meeting new people, and building new relationships has been the basis of my first semester. Playing futbol everyday and hanging out with my teammates is a dream come true for me, as it probably is for anyone who loves the game. Now that my parents aren’t around to guide me, I have had to take control of my own life which is quite liberating. College is all about finding yourself and maturing. With this newfound responsibility for myself and my future, I have put academics and athletics above all else so I may be successful.

How do you balance out soccer and academics?
Despite what others may tell you, the most difficult aspect of college is efficient time management. In general, a student athlete in college can expect to spend half their time on academics and the other half on athletics. This doesn’t leave much time for socializing or “fun” during the season. It is crucial to prioritize the important things, because it is very to be knocked off your grind. You must stay focused as your life and future are now in your hands, so make the best out of it. Any student athlete will tell you that your life will consist of five things, which are: Class, food, practice, homework and sleep. Because of how demanding this schedule is, it is incredibly important that student athletes learn good time-management skills.

What has been your biggest challenge in college?
The biggest challenge for me was staying dedicated and on top of my responsibilities. With distractions around every corner, it is difficult to stay focused at times. What kept me on the right path was the realization that my life is now in my hands, and I can either make the best of it, or be lazy. I wanted to prove to everyone that I was capable of being on my own, thousands of miles from home. This motivation is what pushes me day to day, and it payed off as I finished my first semester with a 4.0, which many said wouldn’t be possible

What do you miss the most?
I miss my family watching me from the stands. The most difficult part looking over and not seeing my family there. My grandfather has been to every game I have played since I started playing; he is my biggest fan. I miss my Star Academy teammates and my coaches. I have been through blood, sweat and tears with my Star Academy family and even though I truly enjoy my new teammates in college, my brothers who I grew up with and learned soccer with is what I miss the most.

What can you share about the college playing experience?
Its definitely different then club soccer. When a player is recruited, he is expected to perform at a very high level as which with club it’s a constant learning experience. You play everyday, for almost three hours which can be extremely exhausting. On top of this, you must attend your morning workouts and all your classes, or else you will not play. College soccer is very fast-paced and you must have a winning, competitive attitude every time you step onto the pitch. The coach doesn’t care for mistakes. Mistakes in practice means you don’t get selected to play. High performance is a must or risk not seeing your name on the game day roster. There are 40 players on my college team, and only 23 get to travel to games. Three of those players are goalkeepers and even though everyone is your teammate and your friend, you are in constant competition with the others who play your position. If you don’t perform day in and day out, no one will wait up for you. A tenacious work ethic is required for college soccer; without it you will not succeed.

How did playing for SAFC help you transition to play college?
Playing for the 99B team was never an easy task. We constantly faced the best competition, but were often the underdogs. This was especially the case in my last season with Star, where we played in the NPL Champions League. Every team was bigger, faster, and more talented than our team. Furthermore, our team consisted of mostly 00’s and 01’s making it all the more difficult facing the top 99 boys teams in the nation. Coming to college, everyone was bigger and faster than I was, but I was prepared for this. Other than the physical aspects of futbol, Star taught me how to play the game correctly. With the top notch coaching at Star, I was able to see the game in a much more clear efficient way. I will never forget the valuable lessons I received over the years. I was constantly challenged by my coaches—Sennay and Daniel. They pushed me to be my best, and were always hard on me especially. The relationship I have with these two is something I will cherish forever. They are more than just coaches too me—they're family.

Looking back, what advice would you give to the future graduating classes from SAFC that you wished you could have received?
As far as advice I wish I could have received, well there really isn’t anything I didn’t receive from the club. I was given the necessary resources and connections to be able to play in college, it was just a matter of the work I was willing to put into the game I love. But as far as personal advice, I would say never give up. I was never the best player on my team in club. I played in the shadows of the better players on the team, but this was my motivation. Each day I would work and fight to be better than I was the day before. I was always taught by my father, “In order to be the best, you have to beat the best. “ I was constantly trying to beat the best. I competed internally with myself, and my teammates to be the best. You have to put in the work without cutting corners. You can cheat and lie about the work and let everyone think you are the best... the pitch doesn’t fall for it. Your results are what you put in. Be the best at everything you do and continue competing till the very end.



monthly club photography contest

We're looking for great shots of our players at games and training. Send us your best images and video. We'll give a shout-out on social media every month to the best submission.