Former USF soccer standout and his professional indoor team have smashed an all-time sports record: the San Diego Sockers won 48 consecutive games, more than any other professional team in U.S. history.
Anthony Medina ’01 was the only member of the team who played in all 48 matches, and he was also a team leader, scoring an impressive 28 goals and earning 33 assists.
“Anthony shines whenever the game’s on the line,” said Phil Salvaggio, Sockers owner and head coach. “He is the go-to guy when it’s close at the end.”
Medina, who is both a striker and midfielder for the Sockers, was also a star player at USF. He was the Dons’ top scorer in 2001, notching seven goals (one of them a game winner) and four assists.
The Sockers’ winning ways ended in January when the team lost by a goal in overtime to the Dallas Sidekicks (5-6). Despite losing for the first time in more than two seasons, Medina and the Sockers rallied to finish the season strong and claim a fourth straight Professional Arena Soccer League title.
“I think the couple of losses we experienced this year were blessings in disguise,” said Medina. “There was so much pressure on us to continue the winning streak that once we finally lost we were able to regroup, learn from our mistakes, and focus on winning the championship.”
The record for most consecutive wins previously belonged to the Sioux City Storm, an indoor football team that won 40 games between 2005-08.
When Medina’s not playing soccer or running his real estate business, he supports the YMCA of San Diego County. He serves on its board of directors and runs soccer clinics for underserved youth.
“I feel strongly that these kids and their families deserve the resources to better their lives,” Medina said. “I’ve seen how it can make a difference, which is why giving back is a top priority in my life—no matter how busy I may be.”
Medina’s commitment to service is rooted in his time at USF. “One of the most powerful influences of my Jesuit education was the impression it left on me to go out and make a difference in the world, starting with my own community,” he said.
Medina is also president of the Mazara del Vallo Italian Catholic Social Club and fundraises for the Southwest Sports Wellness Foundation.