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It looks like Quakes defender Nick Lima will have his chance to earn his first cap either against Panama or Costa Rica. All of the players on Gregg Berhalter’s team are MLS based players and are hoping to earn a further look as the US team begins their Gold Cup run this year, and eventually their World Cup qualifying run in 2022.


NEWS: Earthquakes Defender Nick Lima Named to Final USMNT Roster (sjearthquakes.com)

And the take from QuakesFan.com

The Quakes will begin their pre-season camp in Cancun, Mexico. One game is slated to be played there before returning to the US for a 3 game warmup at Reno on February 9, a closed door match against LAFC on February 16, and the traditional pre-season warmup on February 23 against the Seattle Sounders.

Some news from Sacramento regarding their MLS bid. The team currently plays in the USL Championship.

Sacramento Republic acquire new lead investor for MLS expansion push (nbcsports.com)

From the SF Glens Instagram. Their USL League Two (previously the PDL) schedule will be announced on Wednesday January 30, and that will include the home and home matches against cross town rival SF City–which we can best presume they will announce their season as well. (We await their schedule but 2019 memberships are available here.) A major note is that Fresno FC U23s is not on the list and that the Northern California group will include the San Francisco teams and the second year Santa Cruz Breakers. Stay tuned to 3pointsport for more USL League Two news.

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On Sunday Joel Soria of Quakes Epicenter reported that the Quakes will be training in Cancun. Today, that was confirmed by the team.

NEWS: Earthquakes Announce 2019 Preseason Schedule (sjearthquakes.com)

The team will train in Mexico before heading back for 3 games leading up to their home opener on March 2 against Montreal.

Full 2019 preseason schedule:

DATEOPPONENTLOCATIONTIME (PT)TICKETS
TBDTBDCancún, MexicoTBDTBD
Feb. 9Reno 1868 FCGreater Nevada Field12:15 p.m.Available now
Feb. 16LAFCBanc of California Stadium12 p.m.Closed
Feb. 23Seattle Sounders FCAvaya Stadium12:45 p.m.TBD

Tickets for the February 23 friendly will go on sale this week. For Season Pass Holders it will be January 22 before the public will get their chance on January 25.

Head over to https://www.sjearthquakes.com/schedule for the 2019 slate.

The USL League Two and NPSL schedules will be announced in the coming days/weeks. Stay tuned to 3pointsport.com for the latest news and information.

Throwback-Flashback: SF City FC

This edition showcases San Francisco City FC.  However, taking this in a bit different course and concentrating on the Norcal Premiership years of 2015 before they became a PDL (now League Two) club the following year.

The selection here is from January at San Francisco State, and some games during their spring at Kezar Stadium.

More can be found here:

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We’re planning to add more material from the vault in the future so stay tuned for the latest current news and highlights at 3pointsport.com as well as some throwbacks.

Previous Throwback-Flashback blurbs:

AC Milan

Inter Milan

FC Barcelona

Real Madrid

Chelsea FC

USA WNT

Manchester City FC

SF Deltas

Arsenal

Liverpool

Tottenham Hotspur

Manchester United FC

USA MNT

Everton FC

This Week 1-21-19

The Monday news includes the introduction of new Quakes coach Matias Almeyda to the local fanbase. A crowd braved the rain and clouds to meet the Argentine native, who was introduced as the head coach last October.


The San Jose Ultras introduce the coach in style!

San Jose Ultras introduce new coach Matias Almeyda. Photo by Nap Badillo/3pointsport

Joel Soria of Quakes Epicenter is reporting that the Quakes will be training in Cancun. What remains to be announced is if a pre-season game will be played at Avaya. One match has been announced for February 9 as the team will be on the road playing against Reno 1868 FC. but most likely the two Saturdays afterward could have that traditional warmup leading up to the home opener on March 2 against Montreal. February 2 will be the USA-Costa Rica friendly at Avaya Stadium.

As this postcard from Avaya shows, we are happy to be back at the Epicenter.


Charles Boehm of mlssoccer.com has his take on the entire festivities. Matias Almeyda gets rock-star reception at rainy Earthquakes fan event (mlssoccer.com)

Stay posted at 3pointsport.com for the latest news, announcements, and information related to Bay Area soccer. The Quakes open up their season on March 3 against Montreal. The USL League Two and NPSL schedules will be announced in the coming weeks.

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In the latest hot stove news regarding the Quakes, goalkeeper Daniel Vega was signed today.

NEWS: Earthquakes Sign Veteran Goalkeeper Daniel Vega(sjearthquakes.com)

Vega arrives with experience in Argentina, Europe, and most recently the NASL with Miami FC where he was honored with the Golden Glove and leading the team to the best regular season record in 2017. He is expected to compete for the starting job along with Andrew Tarbell.

The Bay Area got a glimpse of Daniel Vega on July 2017 when Miami FC of the NASL played against the San Francisco Deltas at Kezar Stadium.  (Photo by Nap Badillo/FootySF)

Also some highlights of the newest keeper in action, from the NASL and the Quakes youtube page.

The Quakes begin their 2019 season on March 2 when they host Montreal.  Their pre-season training camp is set to begin in the coming days.  Stay with 3pointsport.com for the latest Bay Area soccer news and information.

 

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It’s close to the weekend.  However, some musings that we needed to share immediately.

First and foremost, Quakesfan has their critique on the status of MLS and the increase of international players over the “domestics”, which consists of the American and Canadian players.  When the league was started in 1996 the focus was giving American players a chance to play.  Fast forward to 2019 and the shift is now towards the Central American and South American players. In that sense the analytics are starting to remind us of the old NASL 1.0.

MLS Is Not A Domestic League

Also, Quakes defender Nick Lima was called to the US January camp last year.  This time, he hopes to finally earn his first cap.   A read from mlssoccer.com

One more from the path2prosoccer.com podcast.  Their latest chat is with MLS/NASL alum Danny Cruz and another of the MLS originals Darren Sawatzky, now the head coach of FC Tuscon.  Note: click on Episode 11.

Matias Almeyda named Concacaf Coach of the Year

The newest coach of the Quakes has received an honor by Concacaf for his tenure with Chivas of Guadalajara.

 

NEWS: Earthquakes Head Coach Matias Almeyda Named Concacaf Coach of the Year (sjearthquakes.com)

Of note, Almeyda will be introduced to the local fanbase this Sunday January 20 at 1pm at Avaya Stadium.  The Quakes will begin their training camp in the coming days with a few friendlies being scheduled throughout the month of February leading up to the 2019 regular season opener on March 2 against Montreal.

Superdraft Summary

The 2019 SuperDraft concluded on Monday with one more pick from the Quakes.  The team selected defender Nathan Aune from Seattle University in the 3rd round and 50th overall.  He joins fellow college teammate Sergio Rivas, plus first round pick Siad Haji and second round selection Mamadi Camara as the latest additions to the Quakes.

Cautious Optimism – Grading Quakes Off-Season Moves (So Far)

Our friends at Quakesfan.com have their spin on the draft up to the first two rounds, plus their take on the off-season acquisitions.  Right now, Haji seems to have a bit of an upswing but the rest may see some time in Reno.

 


In the local take, two Glens/California (Berkeley) players were selected in the later rounds.  Forward Shinya Kadono was selected by DC United in the 3rd round (72nd overall) while Sam Ebstein went to Dallas in the 4th round (87th overall).  They join Glens teammates and fellow Cal teammate/Houston pick Sam Junqua and Roy Boateng of UC Davis in getting selected by MLS teams.  Quakes academy player Amir Bashti of Stanford rounded out the local college players drafted by MLS clubs.

SF Glens Soccer Spotlight: Sam Junqua, Roy Boateng become first in club history picked in SuperDraft

The Glen’s Ryan Maquiñana reports on the team’s first round picks in the SuperDraft.


Up next will be the Quakes players reporting to training camp to prepare for the upcoming season.  Defender Nick Lima has been called to the US National Team training camp in Southern California.  He hopes to seek playing time as the US takes on Panama on January 27, and Costa Rica on February 2 here at Avaya Stadium.  3pointsport plans to highlight all the off-season hot stove news and any updates related to the Quakes, and Bay Area soccer.

Our summary from Friday’s draft.

 

 

This Week 1-14-19

The SuperDraft was held this past Friday and continues Monday.  We’ll have an update this week on the full results.

In the meantime the Quakes report and the 3pointsport spin on the event.

JASA Redwood City had a match over the weekend against Cal United FC II from the San Diego area for the UPSL West title.  The result was not meant to be, with the San Mateo County club losing 1-0 to the second team of Cal United FC.

 

 

Cal United FC II moves on to the UPSL semi-finals, while JASA prepares for the upcoming off-season wondering what may have been.  If you have a need for a soccer fix, support the lower leagues.  Most of the games are free, and a chance to maybe catch the next future top-flight player. Congratulations to both teams, plus the local UPSL clubs Oakland Stompers, San Leandro United, San Ramon, and Real San Jose to name, on a well-played season.

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Here’s a great story from Elliott Almond of the San Jose Mercury on this year’s pick Siad Haji.

Update: How Earthquakes came out in the 2019 MLS draft

From the MLS website, a profile on 2nd round pick Sergio Rivas.

Quakes’ underdog draft pick Sergio Rivas savors “once in a lifetime” moment (mlssoccer.com)

 

Any roster moves pertaining to the Quakes or any other Bay Area soccer highlights will be updated at 3pointsport.com.  We’re highlighting the latest news on the front page.  For all the archives head over to the News.  We plan for bigger and bigger things in 2019 and we will be reporting on the Bay Area soccer scene.

 

Superdraft

On Friday the Quakes picked three players from the SuperDraft consisting of college players.  With the 2nd pick (1st round) the team selected midfielder Siad Haji on Virginia Commonwealth University.  Haji is a member of the 2019 Generation adidas class, which is comprised of players signed to MLS contracts before the SuperDraft and do not count against MLS teams’ salary budget.

The Quakes also picked two more players in the 2nd round from Friday’s draft.  Midfielder Sergio Rivas of Seattle University was picked 26th while forward Mamadi Camara from Simon Fraser University (British Columbia, Canada) was selected 46th with that pick acquired from the Red Bulls.

Rounds 3 and 4 will be conducted on Monday January 14  at 10 AM Pacific Time via conference call.


In local news three players from Northern California universities were selected by other teams.  San Francisco Glens defenders Sam Junqua (California) was picked 8th (1st round) by Houston and Roy Boateng (UC Davis) 16th (1st round) by the New York Red Bulls. Quakes Academy alum and midfielder Amir Bashti (Stanford) was selected by MLS Cup Champions Atlanta United 48th (2nd round).

Any Bay Area connections to the draft will be posted in the coming days.

NEWS: Earthquakes Select Three Players in 2019 MLS SuperDraft (sjearthquakes.com)

2019 SuperDraft (mlssoccer.com)

 

Update 1/13: the report added Amir Bashti to the list of local draftees.