Monterey Bay FC

A Look Back at Monterey Bay Football Club's Second Annual Military Appreciation Night

July 11, 2023 - United Soccer League Championship (USL)
Monterey Bay FC News Release

Monterey Bay Football Club hosted its second annual Military Appreciation Night at Cardinale Stadium in Seaside on Saturday, July 8 against Western Conference foes El Paso Locomotive FC. The Union recorded their fifth shutout of the season and fourth in the previous eight matches, marking the occasion as yet another night that the 831 was successfully defended.

The players wore the latest addition to the Club's kit rotation, the Light Fighter kits, which are an ode to the U.S. Army's Light Fighter division (7th infantry) that occupied Fort Ord before it closed down in 1994. The Dune yellow that accentuates the kit is one of three colors in the Club's original brand package and was created as a nod to the sand dunes here on the peninsula. Because black and yellow are the colors of the U.S. Army, the presenting sponsor on Military Appreciation Night, the Light Fighter kits gave MBFC a chance to formally introduce Dune yellow as a Club color.

As fans entered the gates to the stadium, the first 2,000 received Dune yellow rally towels that were waved in unison throughout the match. The 191st Army Reserve Band played in the lead up to kickoff, while the United States Army Recruiting Command presented the colors and performed the National Anthem. In addition, Military vehicles such as the Wrecker and a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) were on display in the plaza throughout the match and several active local Military members participated in a halftime penalty kick contest.

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