On Saturday, San Francisco's newest professional team, the California Victory played their home opener against Mexican First Division side Club Necaxa at Kezar Stadium. In pre-game ceremonies, Mayor's Liason to District 9 Alfredo Pedroza presented a Certificate of Honor from Mayor Gavin Newsom to Victory owner Dmitry Piterman, and Mexico's Counsel General Jaime Martin cut the ceremonial ribbon to kick off the Victory's season.
The Victory won the physical yet skillful match, 1-0 on a first half goal by defender Kiel McClung off a Ricardo Sanchez free kick. The match saw ten yellow and three red cards along with 15 shots on goal.
The Victory start their regular USL home season on Saturday against the Rochester Raging Rhinos at 7pm at Kezar Stadium. Their schedule features 14 home games and runs through September. For more info about the team visit Californiavictorysoccer.com.
There are more photos after the jump. And if you want to see Matt's whole set, check out his Flickr page.