Napa Valley 1839 FC visits Sonoma Sol Saturday

Both teams will clearly have in mind the last-minute heroics of Francisco Mendoza when his Napa Valley 1839 FC men’s soccer team visits the Sonoma Sol for a rematch Saturday night at Casa Grande High School in Petaluma. Action is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

Mendoza blasted the game equalizer to tie up the first-ever Wine Country Derby between Napa Valley 1839 (0-4-3) and the Sonoma Sol (2-2-2), a 2-2 draw at Memorial Stadium in Napa.

The last time fans of 1839 FC – also known as the Green Army – travelled with the 1839 team was on April 29th at Aguiluchos in Oakland and, according to the front office, the Napa Valley fans outnumbered the home team’s.

“We have definitely had a strong and loyal following, both at home and away,” said Josh Goss, one of the team’s owners. “When you’re averaging over 1,000 at home games, your fans are going to follow you closely, wherever you go.”

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Head coach Jesus Medina might make some changes to 1839 FC’s starting 11 to find the right balance of attack and defense. The club expects Ricky Medina back from a shoulder injury, which will help provide senior leadership in the backline. Also, the club expects to play 15-year old Lalo Blancas,…

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