This Week 7-8-24

Last week’s coverage took us to San Francisco for City on Wednesday, Moraga for the Town FC on Friday, San Jose for Bay FC, and back to San Francisco for a City win and again to San Jose for a long awaited Quakes victory.

We start with the Roots where Michael at Soccer Bay Area and Jon at the Roots Blog have their takes on a suddenly surging team in the USL Championship.

Oakland Roots Find a Way to Win Over Top Scoring Team in the East

Live Blog: Oakland Roots vs. Louisville City FC (July 6, 2024)

Bay FC didn’t get off to a good start and never recovered as they lose to the Washington Spirit in the last NWSL game before the Olympic break–during the hiatus the team will play matches against San Diego, Angel City, and Liga MX Femenil team Club America in the Summer Cup.  Doug at Soccer Bay Area has his summary on the match in which both teams had their national team players honored.

What we learned: Bay FC’s slow start dooms team to loss before Olympic break

The Soul’s 2024 season come to an end once again.  Jon pulls double duty with his coverage of their match

Live Blog: Oakland Soul vs. FC Olympia, First-Round W League Playoffs (July 5, 2024)

The Quakes finally snap their losing streak.  Kevin at Soccer Bay Area has the highlights from the match.

New formation, familiar faces inspire Quakes’ first clean sheet victory of the season

To close, Brazil and Colombia played at Levi’s Stadium in a Copa America group stage match with both teams drawing even at one goal each.  Another report is filed from Soccer Bay Area, courtesy of Simon Campbell

Vincius and Brazil kept quiet by Munoz and Colombia

Quakes v Fire

The Quakes snap their six game losing streak with a 1-0 win over the Chicago Fire.  The victory was the first for interim Head Coach Ian Russell.  Hernan Lopez scored the only goal of the match in the 49th minute off a pass from Cristian Espinoza and William Yarbrough earned the clean sheet.

Our photo album is here.

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Next for the Quakes is another home game against Sporting Kansas City on Saturday July 13 at 7:30pm while Chicago returns home to face New York City FC on the same day 5:30pm start.

SF City v Marin FC

SF City break a 1-1 tie to win over Marin FC 2-1 before their largest crowd since 2019 with an attendance of about 1000 people at Kezar Stadium. Kiichi Murakami scored first in the 23rd minute while Joe Blakely of Marin drew the score even before halftime. Salvador Sandoval provided the game winner in the 65th minute.

The photo album is here

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Next up for SF City is a trip across the bay to play Project 51O on Wednesday July 10 at 6pm before returning home to Kezar to conclude their schedule against the Glens on Sunday July 14 at 2:30pm, while Marin FC finish their schedule on the road with matches at Monterey Bay 2 on the same Wednesday at 7pm before concluding their season on Saturday July 13 at 2pm against Project 51O.

Bay FC v Washington Spirit

In the last league game before the Olympic break, Bay FC was hoping to gather momentum in the playoff race for the first year team.  However, they stumbled out of the gate and never recovered as they lose to the Washington Spirit 3-0.  Makenna Morris scored early in the 4th minute with an open strike into the box followed by a penalty kick goal from Trinity Rodman in the 21st minute.  Ouleymata Sarr gave the visitors an insurance goal with her second half tally in the 57th minute and the victory.

Both teams had their Olympic team players honored after the game with Rachel Kundananji representing Zambia, Asisat Oshoala for Nigeria, and Lysianne Proulx for Canada.  The Washington Spirit players were also honored with three players from the USA: Trinity Rodman, Casey Kruger, and Hal Hershfelt for the USA, and Gabby Carle joining Proulx for Canada.

The album with additional photos are here:

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With the Olympic break from now until August, the next league game for Bay FC will be against Utah Royals on August 23 at 6:30 pm while the Washington Spirit will resume at home against Kansas City on August 25 at 9am.  During the hiatus the NWSL clubs will play against the teams from Liga MX Femenil in the Summer Cup.  Bay FC will open on the road at San Diego on July 20 before returning home to face Angel City on July 26 and Club America on August 2 with the top four group winners with the most points out of five advancing to the semi-finals at CPKC Stadium in Kansas City on August 6 before the final at Toyota Field in San Antonio on October 25.

The Town FC v v Rapids 2

Two second half goals from Julian Donnery in the 65th minute and Cruz Medina in the 83rd gave The Town FC a 2-0 win over the Colorado Rapids second team.  A spot kick save from goalkeeper Emi Ochoa preserved the tie early in the second half.

The photo album is here

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Next up for The Town FC is another home game against Sporting KC 2 on Sunday July 14 at 5pm while Rapids 2 return home to face North Texas SC on the same day at 7pm.

This Week 7-1-24

Our coverage was Saturday at Palo Alto and Sunday at San Francisco for a first.

However the news was not without a major shakeup the past week and Soccer Bay Area has their take on San Jose Soccer’s version of “Black Monday”

A surreal day in San Jose: Quakes fire Luchi Gonzalez and Bay FC’s Lucy Rushton abruptly resigns

The Roots win and the Soul beat the Glens women in a winner take all game for the playoffs while beating the competition leading up to the final game.  The usual people at Soccer Bay Area and the Roots Blog pen their view on all the happenings in that area.

Oakland Roots Earn First Ever Road Win vs. Orange County

Live Blog: Oakland Roots vs. Orange County SC (June 29, 2024)

Live Blog: Oakland Soul vs. SF Glens (June 30, 2024)

Oakland Soul holds 2nd place going into season-finale vs. SF Glens

Bay FC let’s go streaking – in a first they win back to back games with wins at home against Angel City and on the road this past weekend at Racing Louisville.  Doug at Soccer Bay Area has the take on the match.

What we learned: Oshoala PK leads Bay FC to win over Louisville

To close, we try to catch the NPSL beat whenever possible and are always thankful to Mike at Soccer Bay Area for the coverage.  In no surprise El Farolito and Napa win their matches.

NPSL Golden Gate Conference Playoff Semifinals

And congratulations to Silicon Valley Rush for winning the NISA Nation Pacific Region championship!

SF City v CD Tapatio

In a first SF City hosted an international friendly hosting Chivas reserve side CD Tapatio. While the home team opened up with the lead 1-0 the visitors ended up scoring two unanswered goals sealing the win.

The photo album is here

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Next up for SF City are two home games to bookend a holiday schedule with them hosting Monterey Bay 2 on Wednesday July 3 at 7pm and Marin FC on Sunday July 7 at 2pm as part of a doubleheader with the Nighthawks with that match kicking off at 5pm.

Quakes v Galaxy

The Quakes lose 3-0 at Stanford in Ian Russell’s debut as interim coach after the release of Luchi Gonzalez. The game was commemorated with a reunion of all the players dating back from the NASL era to the MLS tenure. Joseph Paintsil of the Galaxy opened up the scoring for the visitors with his goal in the 37th minute and the team held on to the lead for the entire match. Dejan Joveljic added to the tally in the 72nd minute, while Mauricio Cuevas put the dagger with his stoppage time goal.

The photo album is here

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The Quakes will play next at St. Louis in a midweek match on Wednesday July 3 at 5:30 while the Galaxy will host crosstown rival LAFC at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena in a holiday tilt on Thursday July 4 at 7:30pm.

Breaking News

This past Monday the Quakes and Head Coach Luchi Gonzalez parted ways after a dismal showing to start the 2024 campaign with a 3 win 2 draw and 14 losses for the worst record in the league. While he led the team back to the playoffs last year with 10 wins 14 draws and 10 losses, the slow start to his second year beginning with three losses and their last win so far against LAFC at Levi’s Stadium it was most likely a collapse in Portland where they held to the lead, along with a four game losing streak as of June 23 that sealed his fate with the team ending his tenure as head coach. Ian Russell takes over as interim Quakes coach.

In other news Bay FC General Manager Lucy Rushton resigned from her post on the same day with the possibility that she will be returning to work on the men’s side, having worked at Reading FC in England in management. Her tenure here included assembling an expansion team from scratch in under a year. While she was able to acquire talent to begin play in a short amount of time there was the possibility of taking as of now an undisclosed job so there was no indication that her job was in jeopardy. Technical Director Matt Potter will take over as General Manager at least for the rest of the season.

Our friends at Soccer Bay Area has their take on what happened on both ends.