Albion SC goes to first place in first season

It’s a warm summer morning down at Mission Bay. Usually the echoes from the still new field are of crows and seagulls at this time, but instead its the cracks of leather and metal poles.

Isn’t it summer? Aren’t the children sleeping in?

Maybe they are, but this isn’t about  them today. It’s about a little happy-go-lucky squad that rose from the quiet to run the soccer world.

It’s a morning with the pros of Albion SC.

"I grew up in this club," midfielder Luis Cardona said. "We’ve done incredible."

This is the first year this professional team has taken the field together. In 2015 this was just an idea springing from a successful youth program.

"Nobody expected us to come here," Cardona said. "Nobody thought we would come this far…but we still haven’t reached our goal of a championship."

Now Albion isn’t just surviving, its transcendent. They’re just one of three NPSL teams to still be undefeated.

"There are a number of guys who have sacrificed in their work," head coach Ziggy Korytoski said. "Sacrificing their school and their family life to really make this a reality for the community."

Even if Albion can’t make it to the top of country, their next challenge is the greatest. They’ve officially qualified for the US Open Cup, and if they advance far enough they could face MLS competition.

"In preseason we played the LA Galaxy II and we beat them," defenseman Luke Staats said. "It would be a really good measurement for us."

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