While the 2018 Champion is yet to be determined (between the Philadelphia Union and Houston Dynamo of MLS), 2019 qualifying is around the corner. Several teams from the San Francisco Bay Area will begin play next month. Qualifying begins September 22-23, with the winners advancing October 20-21. Play continues in November, before resuming in March and April.
(SF City FC (PDL) vs CD Aguiluchos (NPSL) – US Open Cup 2018)
Listed by League (Sanctioning Body) Affiliation – San Francisco Bay Area teams:
LIGA NorCal (US Club Soccer)
Academica Soccer Club; Turlock, Calif.
Contra Costa FC; Walnut Creek, Calif.
Davis Legacy; Davis, Calif.
San Francisco Soccer Football League (Calif. Soccer Assn.-North/USASA)
Oakland FC Leopards; Lafayette, Calif.
United Premier Soccer League (U.S. Adult Soccer Assn.)
JASA RWC; Redwood City, Calif.
Napa Sporting SC; Napa, Calif.
Oakland Stompers; Oakland, Calif.
Real San Jose; San Jose, Calif.
San Ramon Dynamos FC; San Ramon, Calif.
We want to know what coverage you want to see on the site. So far this year we have seen games with the Earthquakes (MLS) and SF City (PDL) as the flagship teams, and coverage of the SF Glens (PDL), El Farolito (NPSL), CD Aguiluchos (NPSL), and the Stompers (NPSL). In the past with other outlets we’ve done the Deltas of the old NASL, the International Champions Cup from 2015 to 2017, and the US National Teams–men and women.
From now until next week vote on the 3pointsport twitter site. We want to get an idea on how and where to take our coverage. Also follow 3pointsport on twitter at http://twitter.com/3pointsportsf
What should we cover on the 3pointsport site? So far we shoot photos of MLS, PDL, and NPSL. We had ventured into the NASL and the USMNT/USWNT and can do the USL if they had a Bay Area club. We try to tell soccer stories as possible. Should we expand our net to speak? Let us know.
Update 8/27: We’ll be evaluating things in September. If it’s the Quakes playing a friendly against an international club it gets coverage. Outside of the site, as a fan Nap has covered some college games, including friendlies against PDL clubs. It is something the site is trying to explore in the future besides the local teams so stay tuned.
From here until the end of October we’ll be covering the Quakes. We hope to add more games on the docket from the US National Team to any soccer news we can find around the San Francisco Bay Area. However, our main coverage is the major teams with the lower flight thrown in.
What is very important is that we’ll be posting something at least once a week such as this Monday column but we’ll also be sharing material from the vault. Between now and the end of October 3pointsport will be posting on the current and latest soccer beat. Plus we’ll be passing along any off-season news and events.
More from Quakesfan.com – please check Dan’s takes on the team.
Also, anyone interested in running for the board at San Francisco City FC applications are now open. Announcement as follows. The deadline to apply as a candidate is September 7, while statements are due on September 21. Details below. The Annual General Meeting and Member Celebration is on October 13 at 2pm – The Grotto at Sports Basement, 1590 Bryant Street, San Francisco.
Chris Wondolowski moved closer to the all-time goal scoring record with his equalizer in the 77th minute as the Quakes were able to salvage a 1-1 draw. Newcomer Lucas Janson opened the scoring with his goal in the 59th minute. The match also marked the return of Quakes alumni Justin Morrow and Jason Hernandez, who both started the game for the defending MLS Cup champions Toronto FC.
The goal was the 141st of Wondo’s illustrious career and moves him 4 towards the all-time scoring record of Landon Donovan’s mark of 145.
Facebook series – Quakes v Toronto FC. Photos by Nap Badillo. All Rights Reserved
The Quakes will continue their homestand against another Canadian club, this time against the Vancouver Whitecaps next Saturday August 25 at 7pm and conclude the August schedule against FC Dallas at home on Wednesday August 29. Toronto FC returns home to meet up against rival Canadian team Montreal Impact on the same day before returning to the west coast to play the Portland Timbers on August 29.
Some extras. And a thank you to Kirk, Nelson, and Noel. There were a few others I met but I couldn’t get anything else so thanks to them too. Sorry if I got in anyone’s way but my style is a bit different where I like to move around, especially since I previously covered street events and festivals. In the future 3pointsport will plan to hit the rugby tournaments.
The latest in this series is a true Flashback Friday post.
This edition showcases Manchester City’s game against Club America at AT&T Park in July 2011. Only 11,250 attended the match that day but this was a foreshadowing of that upcoming Premiership season when they won the title. Since then City as been a contender in the English Premiership winning in 2012, 2014, and most recently in 2018.
Manchester City. Photos by Nap Badillo
The next one will be up at a future date. Posting the retrospectives as a showcase and portfolio as to what I’ve done in the past, be in the stands in this case or on the pitch. Now to cue Wonderwall.
Nothing happens without the supporters/fans. Compared to the soccer World Cup the event was just as festive but more relaxed, yet as much fun. Some were there just to see their favorite team but a few were loud and boisterous.
Los Pumas of Argentina won many people over to their side:
England in the house
Alright who let him in?
Soccer or rugby it’s about the fun
Papua New Guinea in the house!
And let us not forget the home team:
That was a selection of what happened in the Friday with the coverage of the event. There will be more to come in regards to rugby.
The last of the action shots for now. This time taking the view from the stands. USA vs Wales to cap off the night. Not the best since I decided to call it a day but a good way to cap off a day long assignment.