Santa Clara and Francisco, who have played early year since 1967, renew one of the oldest men's rivalries on the West Coast when they meet Friday night at Buck Shaw Stadium in a WCC match
televised on Fox Soccer Channel (kickoff: 5 pm PT, 8 pm ET).
Santa Clara, ranked No. 6 in the latest Soccer America Top 25 rankings, carries a seven-game unbeaten streak into the
game, while the Dons look to bounce back after opening WCC play with a pair of shutout losses to Portland (1-0) and No. 23 Gonzaga (2-0) at home.
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San Francisco, 28-17-7.
The Broncos have closed the gap,
losing only once to the Dons in their last 16 meetings. USF has won all four playoff contests. WCC Championships
San Francisco, 11-10.
Santa Clara or USF has won the last four WCC titles -- the Broncos in 2003 and 2006 and the Dons in 2004 and 2005. They have combined to win
championships in 19 of 26 years of conference play. NCAA Championships Edge:
San Francisco and Santa Clara have combined for six NCAA national championships. The Dons won titles in 1966, 1975, 1976, 1978 and 1980 -- the 1978 title was vacated by the NCAA -- and
Santa Clara shared the 1989 national championship with Virginia. Both current coaches played on national championship teams -- USF's Erik Visser
in 1978 and
1980 and Santa Clara's Cameron Rast
in 1989. National Team
Santa Clara, 7-3 Rick Davis
, who played in the 1984 and 1988 Olympics, is the most
famous of the seven Santa Clara players to play on the U.S. national team. USF produced three national team players, most notably John Doyle
, who started
on the 1990 U.S. World Cup team in Italy. National Team Coaches Edge:
have produced national team coaches. Lothar Osiander
, who played on the Dons' 1966 national championship team, coached the U.S. national team for three years
(1986-88) and led it to the 1988 Olympics. Steve Sampson
, who was Santa Clara's coach when it shared its 1989 title with Virginia, was named U.S. national team
coach in 1995 and led the USA to the 1998 World Cup finals in France.