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Victory face Thunder, Islanders in hunt for playoffs

July 25, 2007 - USL First Division (USL-1) - California Victory News Release

SAN FRANCISCO (July 25, 2007) -- The California Victory heads into the week hoping to build on a three-game unbeaten streak that has seen the team edge up the standings toward a playoff spot.

California is in action twice this week, finishing the month off with a special soccer double-header featuring two top San Francisco Soccer Football League teams at Kezar Stadium Saturday.

The Vics play the Minnesota Thunder in St. Paul, Minn., on Thursday, with an opportunity to stretch their one-point advantage over the last-placed team. Kickoff is at 5:05 p.m. and can be seen live at

The two sides have enjoyed plenty of action together this season, already meeting twice in the league.

While Minnesota leads the series 1-0-1, the Victory went on to bounce the Thunder from the US Open Cup 1-0 in a dramatic and entertaining extra-time match that saw four dismissals.

However, the Vics, who recently picked up Josh Tudela and Mike Randolph on loan from the Los Angeles Galaxy, will have a former World Cup star to contend in the Minnesota attack.

Minnesota yesterday announced the signing of former-USMNT star Tony Sanneh, who will make his debut against California pending USL and USSF approval.

On Saturday the Vics continue their quest for a final-eight place when they take on another playoff contender, Puerto Rico Islanders, at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco. Kickoff is at 7 p.m., but fans are encouraged to come early to check out a very special soccer double-header that begins at 4:15 p.m., featuring two top San Francisco Soccer Football League teams.

The Major's Division match-up is between San Francisco City F.C. (ninth position with 19 points) vs Mexicali (third position with 31 points).

All players affiliated with the SFSFL will be admitted for free, and any guests they bring along with them will be admitted for $5.00 (the admission is good for BOTH games). Thanks to Tony Alejandre and the SFSFL for their support.

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