The Quakes run in the MLS is Back tournament came to an end last Saturday with a 4-1 loss to Minnesota United. The team was once again handed a loss to the Loons similar to their match on March 7 in which they lost 5-0. That meeting was the last regular season game before the entire schedule was suspended and eventually cancelled due to the Covid-19 global pandemic.
The Quakes were unable to dominate the game thanks to 2 goals in the 20th minute from Robin Lod and Jacori Hayes. While Magnus Eriksson was able to capitalize his penalty kick goal in the 50th minute, Luis Amarilla put the game out of reach in the 56th minute with Marlon Hairston scoring the final goal in the 86th minute. Twice this year Adrian Heath has dominated the coaching against Matias Almeyda.
The highlights and summary are from the team. The next games are to be determined with the possibility of the Quakes playing home games sometime later this month through November 8, with the playoffs commencing a week later with MLS Cup to be tentatively held on December 12.
Looks like the Roots will be returning to play with a benefit event. Both the team and The Beatiful Blog has the deets. Of note: the report is from Thursday July 30 before the Quakes match.
The Quakes continued their run in the MLS is Back Tournament in Florida with a 5-2 win over Real Salt Lake in Orlando Monday night. Cristian Espinoza kicked off the scoring in the 21st minute only to be drawn even with a Douglas Martinez goal a minute later. Magnus Eriksson gave the Quakes the lead again with a penalty kick goal in the 49th minute with Vako scoring another 12 minutes later. Damil Kreilach allowed his Real Salt Lake club back into the game with a goal in the 75th minute but Wondo and Magnus gave the team insurance goals to secure the win–with the latter scoring again off the penalty spot in stoppage time. Daniel Vega commanded the nets with 3 saves.
The Quakes now takes on the winner of Columbus Crew/Minnesota United on Saturday August 1 at 5pm.
Also, from last week there are reports of MLS returning to league play with the first game to start on August 22 and running through November 10. MLS Cup will be contested on December 12.
There is a blurb from our friends at sfgate on the late San Francisco Deltas. The players have moved on to other locales, while coach Marc dos Santos has taken the head coach position with the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Once again, the Bay Area has launched a bid to host a major sporting event. This is nothing new given the 1994 World Cup, 1999 Women’s World Cup, 2016 Copa America, and other various matches.
The Quakes have put out a story on this possibility, which we think will happen once again. Levi’s Stadium will likely serve as a main venue, though Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto and Memorial Stadium in Berkeley would possibly be good alternative sites. Earthquakes Stadium, Santa Clara University, Boxer and Kezar Stadiums in San Francisco, plus San Francisco State would probably serve as practice facilities for the tournament. Most or all would require some kind of refurbishing to accommodate the teams, media, and crowds.
The Bay Area bid has launched a website, and it would be a major shock if the Bay Area was passed in favor of another city. We’ll bet that in six years the world will converge here for world class soccer.
The Quakes played two games this past week. First off, this past Wednesday the Quakes came from behind to beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 4-3 in classic comeback fashion reminiscent of the 2012 Goonies. Also on Sunday the team completed Group B play with a 2-0 win over the Chicago Fire. Right now the next game for the Quakes will be on Monday July 27 at 5:30pm against the 3rd place team from either Group A, C, or D.
We will be back post-game next week against the Quakes match with the summary from their knockout round match against New York City FC from Group A, Toronto/DC United/New England/Montreal from Group C, or Real Salt Lake/Minnesota/Sporting Kansas City/Colorado from Group D.
Once again, some very disturbing news from USF. SF City has suspended ties with USF Men’s soccer after one on their former players was involved in misconduct during his matriculation at the school. The Beautiful Blog has the story, with a picture from our vault.
Disclosures: 3pointsport was not involved in this decision while we have provided full coverage of the team. Our concern is with the alleged incident at this time.
For the time being until the issue is resolved, SF City will not have any ties to the university.
For the first time in about 4 months, the Quakes finally took the field in a league game in the form of a World Cup style tournament. Their first game against the defending MLS Cup champion Seattle Sounders was played to a scoreless draw. Despite the Quakes dominating play, the result earned them at least a point in the standings.
The next two games could determine if the team will advance to the knockout rounds, with a match this Wednesday against Vancouver at 6pm and Chicago on Sunday at 5pm. We will have recaps from both games next Monday.
If you want to be part of the crowd for an upcoming Oakland Roots this is your chance. Since the Fall schedule for the team at Laney College will be closed door, for a very good cause they will have a cutout of you in the stands. Roots members get a discount for $35 while everyone else will cost $45 with a family of 4 for $156 and group rates for $360 for 10. Details can be found at the Roots website.
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The teams were supposed to play this season at Soldier Field but due to the pandemic that game has obviously been cancelled, and with FC Dallas and Nashville SC out of the tournament due to the number of Covid-19 cases on each club one team in the 5 team category would have to move and Chicago now gets to play against the likes of the Sounders, Whitecaps, and obviously the Quakes.
While it looks like this may be the only games scheduled for this year not including the knockout rounds if the team advances, stay tuned for a possible fall schedule but that would be all dependent on the health order of San Jose, Santa Clara County, and the State of California. We’re still not sure if a limited amount of people will be allowed for the games but if England and Germany has to show behind closed doors that may be the trend until next year. Stay tuned for any further updates, but with safety protocols in place despite the current news, the game is back for this year.
As a result, the Quakes will only play two games. Friday against Seattle and on Wednesday July 15 against Vancouver. Both games will kick off at 7:30pm.
Update 7/7/20 10:30am – the Quakes/Sounders game time has been moved up to 6pm. As of now, the Quakes/Whitecaps game will be scheduled as is.
Last week it was announced at several UPSL teams have broken away to join the NSL. The Beautiful Blog has more details here (note that this article from last week was posted before today’s announcement of FC Dallas withdrawing from Orlando):
It looks like as of now Sacramento of the USL will be the only Northern California club playing local soccer in 2020. While the MLS is Back tournament is still on the schedule, there is talk of at least a fall slate in the home markets. However, Santa Clara County has been advising that teams do not play games until November, so there is the possibility that if MLS returns the Quakes could play at another location in the Bay Area or even elsewhere where a municipal area will allow closed door matches. In our case barring any major miracle where games can be played in Santa Clara County we do not anticipate the Quakes returning to play until next year. However, in Alameda County where the Oakland Roots play and where the situation is currently stable we expect them to play their fall schedule (closed door) unless the area goes on lockdown again. Of note, San Francisco is expecting to allow closed door games for the Giants baseball team, and while there are no locations available to the Quakes Kezar Stadium in our personal view may be an accommodating venue but that is only speculation and there is nothing confirming that since everything is very fluid in regards to the status of the 2020 schedule.
(Home team listed first) MON. JUL. 13 7:00 PM Sacramento Republic FC v Tacoma Defiance SUN. JUL. 19 6:00 PM Sacramento Republic FC v Reno 1868 FC SAT. JUL. 25 TBD LA Galaxy II v Sacramento Republic FC WED. JUL. 29 TBD Sacramento Republic FC v Orange County SC SAT. AUG. 1 TBD San Diego Loyal SC v Sacramento Republic FC SAT. AUG. 8 TBD Portland Timbers 2 v Sacramento Republic FC WED. AUG. 12 TBD Reno 1868 FC v Sacramento Republic FC SAT. AUG. 15 TBD Sacramento Republic FC v Tacoma Defiance SAT. AUG. 22 TBD Sacramento Republic FC v Portland Timbers 2 WED. SEP. 2 TBD Portland Timbers 2 v Sacramento Republic FC SAT. SEP. 12 TBD Sacramento Republic FC v Reno 1868 FC SAT. SEP. 19 TBD Sacramento Republic FC v Tacoma Defiance SAT. SEP. 26 TBD Reno 1868 FC v Sacramento Republic FC WED. SEP. 30 TBD Tacoma Defiance v Sacramento Republic FC SAT. OCT. 3 TBD Sacramento Republic FC v Portland Timbers 2