History of club

SoCal Premier

Santa Ana Winds FC played in the SoCal Premier League from 2006 to 2011 before joining the National Premier Soccer League West Region-Flight Southwest Conference, also in 2011. The club played in the 2006–07 Raúl Briones Cup, Group B, that they shared with Morelos, PSA and OC United. Winds FC finished third behind Morelos and PSA.

NPSL

Winds FC finished second in the NPSL Southwest Conference during their sole NPSL season, made the playoffs and fell in the first round to Hollywood United Hitmen, a national finalist that year, by a score of 3–1.

The club left the NPSL after one season due to a split between owners. One faction of ownership left and kept the Santa Ana Winds FC name, while forming a startup development league called the United Premier Soccer League, which was also founded in Santa Ana. The other faction of ownership continued to operate in the NPSL with the borrowed name Fullerton Rangers, and later called themselves Orange County Spartans, and then OC Pateadores, before disappearing from the NPSL. Winds FC shared the NPSL West – Flight Southwest conference with FC HasentalLancaster Rattlers (now FC Santa Clarita), San Diego Boca F.C. and the San Diego Flash.

UPSL

Santa Ana Winds FC was a founding club of the United Premier Soccer League, established in 2011. The club has been playing UPSL, Open Cup and State Cup matches since in Lake Forest, California or Irvine, California consistently in the last few years, while attempting to find a home field in the City of Santa Ana. Winds FC has one UPSL Championship title, from the 2012–13 season, a league cup title (later named Admiral Cup) from 2014, two Western Conference, SoCal Division Championship titles and one Western Conference Championship title from the Spring-Summer 2018 season. The club played all of their Spring 2016 league matches at the Lake Forest Sports Complex in Lake Forest, approximately 17 miles away from the City of Santa Ana, and began scheduling UPSL summer/fall season matches at Santa Ana College in July 2016. Other fields where the club has played UPSL matches include the Orange County Great Park and Las Lomas Park, both in Irvine.

The club began playing UPSL matches at the SAUSD Sports Complex Stadium, also known as Valley Falcons Stadium, in April 2017. On December 7, 2017 Santa Ana Winds FC played their first UPSL league match at the newly built Championship Stadium at the Orange County Great Park against the LA Wolves, a game Winds FC won 3–1. Winds FC returned to Championship Stadium on January 7, 2018 in a playoff match against Orange County FC, a game Winds FC won 6–5 in penalty kicks. On January 13, Winds FC defeated the East Bay Stompers Juniors in the UPSL National Semi-final at Championship Stadium.

Juan Arellano Transfer to Cartaginés

On Tuesday, June 5, 2018, Club Sport Cartaginés of Costa Rica, coached by Paulo Wanchope announced new player signings ahead of their 2018 season among which Winds FC winger Juan Arellano was included. Juan Arellano became the first player to transfer directly from Santa Ana Winds FC to a professional club. Juan Arellano spent a week-long trial with the club prior to being invited to preseason and subsequently presented with C.S. Cartaginés.

Santa Ana Winds FC México

In 2017, a Mexican development club using the Santa Ana Winds FC name sprouted in Mexico City, in the Avante section of the Coyoacán borough. The team trained and played at the Jesús Clark Flores sporting park, between Santa Ana and Avenida Calzada de la Virgen streets. Winds FC founders Leonel López and Pedro Magallón granted use of the club name to Mexico-based trainer Roberto Vásquez.

Costa Rica and Central America

Winds FC named Costa Rican soccer personality José Luis Bustos Director of International Soccer Operations for Costa Rica and Central America in October 2018. Part of Bustos’s tasks include forming a partnership with a professional Costa Rican club and organizing a tournament in Costa Rica where Winds FC along with Asociación Deportiva Carmelita are set to participate in.

Club Crest<br /> The first Santa Ana Winds FC crest dates from 2006 to 2013 and features the Spurgeon Building's clock tower, located in the Downtown Santa Ana Historic District and named after city founder William H. Spurgeon.[10][better source needed]</p> <p>The second Santa Ana Winds FC crest (2014–17) was redesigned in 2014 by sports logo artist Slavo Kiss for Sigma Kappa Brands, based in the Slovak Republic. The crest featured the City of Santa Ana water tower, visible from the Santa Ana Freeway, also known as the Interstate 5 Freeway or Golden State Freeway, which connects the cities of Los Angeles and San Diego, and connects at the Mexico–United States border to the city of Tijuana.</p> <p>The third and most-current Santa Ana Winds FC crest was redesigned in late 2017 again by Slavo Kiss looking to 2018 and the club's debut in the U.S. Open Cup.

TIMELINE

2018 Spring UPSL Playoffs

Western Conference, SoCal Division Champion

July 15, 2018Round 1 Santa Ana Winds FC 4–1 LA Galaxy OC Lake Forest, California
July 22, 2018Round 2 LA Wolves FC 1–1 (4–5 pk) Santa Ana Winds FC Lake Forest, California
July 28, 2018Round 3 Santa Ana Winds FC 3–3 (4–3 pk) Sporting San Fernando Lake Forest, California
August 4, 2018Round 4 Nevada Coyotes FC 0–3 Santa Ana Winds FC Salinas, California

Final Rounds

August 10, 2018Quarterfinal FC Boulder 1–1 (3–4 pk) Santa Ana Winds FC Arvada, Colorado
August 11, 2018Semifinal Sporting Arizona FC 2–1 Santa Ana Winds FC Arvada, Colorado

 

2018 Spring UPSL Playoffs

Western Conference, SoCal Division Champion

July 15, 2018Round 1 Santa Ana Winds FC 4–1 LA Galaxy OC Lake Forest, California
July 22, 2018Round 2 LA Wolves FC 1–1 (4–5 pk) Santa Ana Winds FC Lake Forest, California
July 28, 2018Round 3 Santa Ana Winds FC 3–3 (4–3 pk) Sporting San Fernando Lake Forest, California
August 4, 2018Round 4 Nevada Coyotes FC 0–3 Santa Ana Winds FC Salinas, California

Final Rounds

August 10, 2018Quarterfinal FC Boulder 1–1 (3–4 pk) Santa Ana Winds FC Arvada, Colorado
August 11, 2018Semifinal Sporting Arizona FC 2–1 Santa Ana Winds FC Arvada, Colorado

 

2017–18 Fall/Winter UPSL Playoffs

National Finalist, Runner-Up

January 6, 2018Round 1 Santa Ana Winds FC 4–1 LA Wolves FC Lake Forest, California
January 7, 2018Round 2 Orange County FC 2 1–1 (5–6 aet) Santa Ana Winds FC Irvine, California
January 13, 2018Quarterfinal Round Boise Cutthroats FC 1–3 Santa Ana Winds FC Lake Forest, California
January 13, 2018Semifinal Round Santa Ana Winds FC 2–0 East Bay FC Stompers Jrs Irvine, California
January 14, 2018Final Round OC Invicta 3–2 Santa Ana Winds FC Norco, California

2016–17 Fall/Winter UPSL Playoffs

Winds FC defeated regional powerhouse and conference rival La Máquina FC on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at Santa Ana Stadium by a score of 2–1.

January 24, 2017Match 1 Santa Ana Winds FC 2–1 La Máquina Santa Ana, California

2018 Open Cup Qualifying

September 23, 2017Qualifying Round 1 Santa Ana Winds FC 5–2 Outbreak Soccer Lake Forest, California
October 21, 2017Qualifying Round 2 Santa Ana Winds FC 6–0 Newcastle United FC Lake Forest, California
November 18, 2017Qualifying Round 3 Santa Ana Winds FC 4–1 San Pedro Monsters FC Lake Forest, California

The name association football was coined to distinguish the game from the other forms of football played at the time, specifically rugby football. The first written “reference to the inflated ball used in the game” was in the mid-14th century: “Þe heued fro þe body went, Als it were a foteballe”. The Online Etymology Dictionary states that the word “soccer” was “split off in 1863”. According to Partha Mazumdar, the term soccer originated in England, first appearing in the 1880s as an Oxford “-er” abbreviation of the word “association”.

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2017 Open Cup Qualifying

Santa Ana Winds FC were scheduled to host fellow UPSL club La Habra City FC at Lake Forest Sports Park on Sunday, September 18 in a qualifying match to the first round of the 2017 U.S. Open Cup, but had the match moved to Colton High School in Colton, California. Santa Ana defeated La Habra City FC by a score of 5–0 in the first-ever U.S. Open Cup qualifying match for either team.

The October 23 Open Cup qualifier vs La Máquina was cancelled due to a thunderstorm in Irvine, and was rescheduled for October 30 at 6 pm at Orange County Great Park.

September 18, 2016Qualifying Round 1 Santa Ana Winds FC (UPSL) 5–0 La Habra City FC (UPSL) Colton, CA
October 30, 2016Qualifying Round 2 La Maquina FC (UPSL) 3–0 Santa Ana Winds FC (UPSL) Irvine, California

 

The name association football was coined to distinguish the game from the other forms of football played at the time, specifically rugby football. The first written “reference to the inflated ball used in the game” was in the mid-14th century: “Þe heued fro þe body went, Als it were a foteballe”. The Online Etymology Dictionary states that the word “soccer” was “split off in 1863”. According to Partha Mazumdar, the term soccer originated in England, first appearing in the 1880s as an Oxford “-er” abbreviation of the word “association”.

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