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Here come the Foxes! Fresno Football Club tests out new home

Excitement is high for Fresno Football Club pro soccer team on first day of practice

The Foxes will debut in Fresno for their home United Soccer League opener on March 17, 2018 at Chukchansi Park.
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The Foxes will debut in Fresno for their home United Soccer League opener on March 17, 2018 at Chukchansi Park.

Professional soccer has taken its first steps in Fresno – literally.

The Fresno Football Club held its first training session on Wednesday morning at Chukchansi Park, with players suited up and running drills on the pitch in preparation for the 2018 United Soccer League season.

The USL is the second division of American soccer, below top-tier Major League Soccer. FFC is affiliated with Vancouver Whitecaps FC of MLS.

Coach Adam Smith’s inaugural roster includes 2017 All-USL selection Juan Pablo Caffa, former English Premier League winger Jemal Johnson, and Fresno Fuego alumni in Christian Chaney, Jose “Chiva” Cuevas, Agustin Rey and Renato Bustamante.

“It’s a whole different level now,” Smith said. “This is these guys’ careers, this is their living, this is their livelihood, it’s the staff’s livelihood, and we’re going to be judged on doing well.”

FFC Foxes

The USL season runs March to October and the Foxes (aka Los Zorros) open their 34-match schedule with back-to-back games at Chukchansi Park: March 17 against Las Vegas Lights FC and March 24 against LA Galaxy II.

“We’re determined to be more than just a rookie franchise in the USL,” club owner Ray Beshoff said. “We want the Foxes to be one of the best football clubs this country has seen, from the talent on the field to the culture in the stands.”

2018 Fresno Football Club schedule

March 17

FFC vs. Las Vegas Lights FC

Chukchansi Park

March 24

FFC vs. LA Galaxy II

Chukchansi Park

March 28

FFC at Seattle Sounders 2

Cheney Stadium

March 31

FFC vs. OKC Energy FC

Chukchansi Park

April 7

FFC at Saint Louis FC

Toyota Stadium

April 18

FFC vs. Tulsa Roughnecks FC

Chukchansi Park

April 22

FFC vs. San Antonio FC

Chukchansi Park

April 28

FFC at Phoenix Rising FC

Phoenix Rising FC Soccer Complex

May 5

FFC at San Antonio FC

Toyota Field

May 9

FFC vs. Rio Grande Valley FC Toros

Chukchansi Park

May 12

FFC at Real Monarchs SLC

Rio Tinto Stadium

May 26

FFC at Orange County SC

Champions Soccer Stadium at OC Great Park

June 2

FFC vs. Seattle Sounders 2

Chukchansi Park

June 9

FFC at Reno 1868 FC

Greater Nevada Field

June 13

FFC vs. Sacramento Republic FC

Chukchansi Park

June 17

FFC vs. Swope Park Rangers

Chukchansi Park

June 23

FFC at Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC

Weidner Field

June 26

FFC at Real Monarchs SLC

Rio Tinto Stadium

June 30

FFC vs. Sacramento Republic FC

Chukchansi Park

July 8

FFC at Portland Timbers 2

Providence Park

July 14

FFC vs. Phoenix Rising FC

Chukchansi Park

July 25

FFC at OKC Energy FC

Taft Stadium

July 28

FFC at Tulsa Roughnecks FC

ONEOK Field

Aug. 4

FFC at Sacramento Republic FC

Papa Murphy's Park

Aug. 9

FFC at LA Galaxy II

StubHub Center - Track & Field Stadium

Aug. 18

FFC vs. Saint Louis FC

Chukchansi Park

Aug. 25

FFC at Las Vegas Lights FC

Cashman Field

Sept. 1

FFC vs. Reno 1868 FC

Chukchansi Park

Sept. 9

FFC at Swope Park Rangers

Children's Mercy Victory Field

Sept. 16

FFC vs. Orange County SC

Chukchansi Park

Sept. 22

FFC vs. Portland Timbers 2

Chukchansi Park

Sept. 29

FFC at Rio Grande Valley FC Toros

H-E-B Park

Oct. 5

FFC vs. Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC

Chukchansi Park

Oct. 13

FFC vs. Real Monarchs SLC

Chukchansi Park

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