This Week 3-30-20

No news right now, except the NPSL has cancelled their 2020 season last week, and the other lower leagues may not be far behind.  When the games resume, most likely the top leagues and the local amateur schedule will continue.

If and when it happens, some analysis from thecup.us on who should be playing if the US Open Cup happens this year.

A modest proposal: How to salvage 2020 US Open Cup amid coronovirus pandemic

In the meantime, posting select items from the Rugby Sevens World Cup held at AT&T (now Oracle) Park on July 2018 with the other part coming next Monday.  We previously posted some articles back then and adding some select shots which can be found on the photo cloud and on Instagram.  Enjoy and be safe.

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Rugby Picture of the Day

Rugby Picture of the Week 10-29-18

Rugby Picture of the Week 10-22-18

Rugby Picture of the Week 10-15-18

Rugby Picture of the Week 10-8-18

Rugby Picture of the Week 10-1-18

Rugby World Cup Sevens

Rugby World Cup Sevens

Rugby World Cup Sevens

Rugby World Cup Sevens

Rugby World Cup Sevens

Rugby World Cup Sevens

Rugby World Cup Sevens

Rugby World Cup Sevens

Rugby World Cup Sevens

Rugby World Cup Sevens

Rugby World Cup Sevens

Yachting

Since the soccer leagues are on hold until May for the main circuit, and April for the NPSL and UPSL (subject to change),  going off the trail for another sport.

Some select shots from the host (via Instagram) – taking back to the 2013 America’s Cup.

2013 #sailing #yachting #americascup #ac72 need to cover more of this. Throwing down the gauntlet lol. I don't get in but you all do and yes I go mamba there. More for the speed. The sailors need to reach out to the kids to try and to grow the sport.

Emirates New Zealand #yachting #sailing #americascup #ac72 2013

2013 #americascup #ac72 #yachting #sailing

2013 #yachting #sailing #ac72 #americascup

2013 #yachting #sailing #americascup #ac72 #goldengatebridge #postcard #tourist no soccer so like Hawaii going off the trail for now

UPDATE – MLS SEASON

The season suspension has been extended from April 11 to possibly May 10.

NEWS: Major League Soccer Statement on CDC Recommendation (sjearthquakes.com)

In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance to postpone events involving more than 50 people over the next eight weeks, Major League Soccer has extended the postponement of its matches during this period of time. MLS remains focused on playing the entire 2020 season and is evaluating all options, including pushing back the end of the season and playing MLS Cup in December, as the league did prior to the 2019 season. The league is also identifying other available dates. Throughout this process, MLS will continue to prioritize the safety of our fans, players, employees and partners and to coordinate with federal and local public health authorities as well as other sporting organizations.

Of note, the USL Championship and USL League One seasons have been paused until May 10.

Update 3/20: NISA also has extended their hiatus to May 10.

Update 3/20: USL League Two, which includes SF City, SF Glens, and Santa Cruz Breakers, have delayed their start until after May 10.

Update 3/26: The NPSL has cancelled their season though according to Napa Valley while the schedule is now null and void they plan when appropriate to schedule conference play.

Update – USL League Two

As of right now, the schedule is on for all teams.  However, things may change with all leagues (MLS, USL Championship, USL League One, NISA, NPSL, UPSL, the US Open Cup, and local leagues SFSFL and GGWSL to name) suspending play due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

With no news to report, the Monday “This Week” column for March will present a random soccer theme or something outside of the usual sphere.   Stay tuned on March 16 and 23 for something “completely” different.  All the support has been and is appreciated throughout.

BREAKING NEWS – MLS SEASON SUSPENDED

On Wednesday, the Quakes announced their match against Sporting Kansas City on March 21 was postponed due to a ban on mass gatherings of 1000 or more people in Santa Clara County.

The postponement has now expanded to Major League Soccer with their schedule suspended for 30 days.  The affected games include Philadelphia (away), Sporting Kansas City, Minnesota (away), and DC United.  The USL Championship also followed suit, while the only NPSL team affected is Project 51O with their home matches in March to be held behind closed doors.  As of now, the National Independent Soccer Association (NISA) has not made any announcement regarding their season, but we will post an update if any news happens.

Also events at Earthquakes Stadium has been postponed or cancelled for this month and April including matches involving Chivas and the US women.  Refunds will be made at the point of purchase, and any tickets for the postponed match will be honored at the reschedule date.

Update 3/12 2:15pm: The Beautiful Blog has their update.  Also NISA has also followed suit suspending the season for 30 days.  The Roots games affected are Detroit City (away), 1904 FC (away), Detroit City, and possibly Cal United.

Bay Area Soccer: San Jose Earthquakes, Oakland Roots suspend games

Update 3/12 2:20pm: Now, the NPSL has suspended play for the remainder of the month.  Impacted games include El Farolito, the aforementioned Project 51O, and the rest of the teams in the division (Academica SC, FC Davis, Sonoma County, Napa Valley, and Sacramento Gold).

As of now, no word on the US Open Cup and UPSL.  Keep posted on this page for any updates.

Update 3/13 4pm: The UPSL and US Open Cup have now suspended play.

Breaking News – Project 51O

The home debut and second home game for Project 51O will be closed door.  April 5 against FC Davis may be the first match played before fans.

From the Oakland Roots:

Club Statement on Roots and Project 51O Events

Project 51O’s match against Sacramento Gold FC on March 15th and against Academica on March 22nd will be closed to the public. This decision was made after careful consideration of a public health alert from the Alameda County Department of Public Health on March 10 and the City of Oakland on March 11 regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus).

The matches will still be played at 3 pm, and a live stream will be available at MyCujoo.tv.

Oakland Roots and Project 51O officials will continue to monitor the situation. The safety of our fans, as well as players and staff on both teams, is paramount. We will continue to provide updates on future events as more information becomes available. Additionally, we will update everyone on our NISA league games as more information becomes available.

USL League Two schedule: SF Glens

The Glens officially announced their full schedule, and a new venue for the 2020 season.

For this year, the USL League Two club will be playing at Skyline College in San Bruno with the home opener on Sunday May 31 against FC Golden State Force.  Their already announced road match at Kezar Stadium against San Francisco is scheduled for May 10 and on July 12.  The return leg in San Mateo County will be on June 19.

Tickets are now on sale at http://sfglens.com/tickets