For those who were planning to attend this week’s jersey unveil in San Jose–it won’t happen due to weather. However, there will be a kick-off party in 2 weeks on February 27. Same spot. The new threads will be unveiled online instead.
The Founder’s Cup schedule has been announced. Play is set to begin on August 10 for the East region and August 24 for the West region.
The opening schedule has been announced for the East with two former NASL clubs going against two NPSL upstarts–the storied New York Cosmos traveling to Chattanooga FC, and Detroit City FC travelling to meet former contenders Miami FC. Miami United FC at Milwaukee Torrent rounds out the slate. The West schedule will be announced at a later date and will include the Oakland Roots. Rounding out the other four teams in this bracket are ASC San Diego, Cal FC, California United Strikers FC, and FC Arizona. The Founders Cup semifinals will be held at the home of the highest remaining seeds on November 2, with the final to be on November 16. Stay tuned to 3pointsport.com for the latest on the Roots and other Bay Area related soccer clubs.
Some news to get the week rolling. Our version of Monday Morning Quarterback, or Midfielder.
The Quakes and Reno 1868 squared off in a friendly at the Biggest Little City in the World with the USL Championship affiliate coming out on top 3-0. The match was merely a tuneup for both teams as they prepare for their respective regular seasons.
RECAP: Earthquakes Complete 17-Day Training Camp with Friendly in Reno (sjearthquakes.com)
The NPSL Stompers had a friendly against UPSL side Real San Jose in pre-season action in Oakland and the home team came out on top 5-2.
Some sad news. If you followed the 1994 US World Cup team he was one of their key defensive cogs. Not local, but of historical note given that one game here back on the 4th of July. Also, from the old Quakes team of 1983-1984 when they were called the Golden Bay Earthquakes and a member of the 2005 Hall of Fame along with US teammates Marcelo Balboa and John Harkes.
Stay tuned to 3pointsport.com for the latest from the MLS Quakes to the NPSL to League Two.
Check out the ’74 Til Infinity Podcast interview with Gary Singh. Also a good friend, his book is available at Amazon in book or Kindle form. Support the artist and hear his interview.
Very very sad news. A local soccer legend has passed away.
update 2/11: The Beautiful Blog take added.
We had a very busy weekend. Our report on the JASA friendly match, and something else, is here.
Next week, on Wednesday February 13 6pm the Quakes will be unveiling their 2019 primary jersey at San Pedro Square. We won’t be able to cover this event since the focus tend to be on the matches themselves but you can RSVP here.
The event will include the official presentation of the team’s newest jersey, as well as autograph and photo opportunities with several Quakes players. There will also be music, a raffle for various Quakes prizes, and merchandise – including the new kit – available for purchase. Season pass holders will receive a 20% discount on all merchandise.
Some news on the US Open Cup. Only the Earthquakes and Sacramento (USL Championship) will be in this year’s tournament.
Our friends at the Beautiful Blog have their take on the game. By Charles Wollin and Doug Zimmerman.
And our other friends at Quakesfan.com covered the game as well. So check it out. Great job and finally getting that chance. Hoping for more.
Also one more game has been announced – the Quakes will host Monterrey on March 23 – that match falls during the FIFA calendar.
NEWS: Earthquakes to Face C.F. Monterrey on Saturday, March 23 (sjearthquakes.com)
The Quakes open up their 2019 season at home against Montreal on March 2. The USL League Two and NPSL schedules are already out and check them out here at 3pointsport.com.
Update 2/4: Posts from the Beautiful Blog and Quakesfan.com have been added.
This tidbit is two-fold.
NEWS: Earthquakes Midfielder Vako Obtains Green Card (sjearthquakes.com)
By having him as a Permanent Resident, this frees up an international spot.
Chivas Defender Benjamin Galindo Cruz Loaned to Reno 1868 FC (reno1868fc.com)
At this time there is no word if Galindo Cruz will be called up to the Quakes but his father Benjamin Galindo is on coach Matias Almeyda’s staff with their connection going back to their days coaching at Chivas. If a roster spot gets freed for whatever reason there is that chance the younger could get called up to the main squad. The Quakes and Reno 1868 will face off on February 9 at 12:15pm at Greater Nevada Field. Tickets for the match are available at the Greater Nevada Field Ticket Office or at Reno1868fc.com.
The 2019 NPSL Golden Gate Conference has been announced. The major omission is the absence of CD Aguiluchos USA, which was a perennial contender in the region. Stockton and San Ramon have been added to the conference, while the Stompers will now return to Raimondi Park in Oakland.
The season kicks off March 9 with Academica SC hosting Napa Valley on the road at the Central Valley. They hit the road again to Oakland to play the Stompers a week later before their home opener March 30 against El Farolito. The second year outfit will host newcomer Stockton FC at Kezar with a noontime start on March 23.
Farolito will split their schedule between Kezar with 2 games and Boxer for the rest. Their Boxer opener will be on April 13 against Academica.
San Ramon will make their debut with a home match against the Stompers on March 23 at 7pm.
The teams will be on break on May 25 before resuming on June 1.
The schedule can be found at npsl.com – search: Golden Gate Conference.
Once again, we’re not pleased about not getting onto the field for this, be for here or elsewhere. We will work on getting back here any which way and we will not sell out to anyone. If the arrangement were both sides can post the material then it will be done.
The fan shots from the game. Also check out the take from 2017 for FootySF.
(photos coming soon)
The other half of the series.