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San Jose Earthquakes U23 affiliate Burlingame Dragons FC roster takes shape for the 2015 PDL season

The 2015 Dragons roster features a smattering of Quakes Academy players

Dragons huddle up before taking the field
Dragons huddle up before taking the field
Lyndsay Radnedge | Center Line Soccer

As the San Jose Earthquakes have increased their footprint across Northern California with the expansion of their youth academy program, the club has also added a vital link to it professional team with the advent of its U-23 affiliate, the Burlingame Dragons FC.

Located up to the Peninsula from San Jose, Burlingame is a city that is considered a hotbed for soccer in the Bay Area. The Dragons, a business venture between former founder Nick Swinmurn and former Facebook and Genentech CFO David Ebersman, handles all the off-field activities, while the on-field product is the responsibility of the Earthquakes organization. The team is coached by Cal State Stanislaus head coach Dana Taylor, who coached the Quakes' U-23 team when it was located in Turlock last season.

The Dragons played a number of exhibitions during the offseason as a way to identify players for its roster. Leading into the weekend prior to the start of the 2015 PDL season, the team was welcoming in guys that were just finishing up the college year as well. Ahead of its first competitive match, a first-round U.S. Open Cup meeting with the Sonoma County Sol, Taylor had whittled the candidates down to less than 40 players. The Dragons scored first against the Sol, but Sonoma equalized at the end of regulation and won the game in overtime to advance to the next round to face Sacramento Republic FC.

Burlingame opens up its PDL season with a pair of road games -- the first an impressive 1-0 victory over the Fresno Fuego -- before returning to the Bay Area for its home debut on May 23 at Burlingame High School. The Dragons have surpassed 1,500 in season ticket sales for the 8-game 2015 home schedule -- an amazing sales figure for an amateur club, but one that reflects the community's interest in soccer -- and hope a successful season will lead them to the postseason and a berth in next year's U.S. Open Cup.

The 2015 Burlingame Dragons FC player roster
Number Position Player College/Previous Club
12 Chad Bartolomè Sacramento Republic FC
9 F Marquis Brooks San Diego Flash
4 D Kyle Cadigan Cal State Stanislaus
26 Luis Cardona York Region Shooters
13 Julio Castillo Chula Vista FC
14 Manny Cazares Chivas USA U-23
30 Julio Cervantes San Jose Earthquakes U-23
27 Bryce Clark San Jose Earthquakes Academy
1 GK Josh Cohen U.C. San Diego/Santa Clara Sporting
11 F Jamael Cox Seattle Sounders U-23
15 Rajaee Delane De Anza Force Academy
37 Sam Ebstein U.C. Berkeley/SV Memmelsdorf
0 Evan Finney Penn State University/San Jose Earthquakes U-23
16 M Armando Garcia San Jose Earthquakes U-23
17 Jose C. Garcia U.C. Berkeley
19 Daniel Giron University of Vermont/Academia Guatemala
32 Jonathan Gonzalez Iron FC
18 Josh Goss University of New Mexico
38 Glenn Gomez Gutierrez
28 Nathan Kouamou Houston Dynamo U-23
33 Oscar Ledesma Notre Dame de Namur
31 William C Lewis Santa Cruz Breakers Academy
20 Nick Lima U.C. Berkeley
21 GK Kendall McIntosh Santa Clara University/San Jose Earthquakes Academy
6 M Jose Mendoza UNLV/Kitsap Pumas
29 Roberto Mendoza De Anza College/San Jose Earthquakes U-19
34 Daniel Moreno Los Angeles Pateadores
7 D Josh Morton U.C. Berkeley/San Jose Earthquakes Academy
22 Kevin Partida UNLV/Las Vegas Mobsters
35 Shaun Preddie Chipstead FC
10 F Freddy Razo Northwest Nazarene University
5 D Luke Salmon University of Vermont/Wallsend Boys Club
8 M Gabe Silveira Sacramento State University/San Jose Earthquakes U-23
Aravind Sivakumar U.C. Berkeley
3 D Josh Smith University of San Francisco/San Jose Earthquakes U-23
2 D Ugo Uche University of New Hampshire/San Francisco Stompers
24 Kristof Urbanyi Academy of Art University/FC Papa
23 Alfonso Verde Torre Levante
25 Nile Walwyn University of Vermont/Dixie Soccer Club