Nothing happening this week except the coverage was at Levi’s Stadium for the Quakes v Manchester United match. San Jose resumes MLS play Wednesday against Seattle and Saturday against Real Salt Lake.
Also happening this coming weekend (July 28 and 29) is the Street Soccer tournament at Union Square in San Francisco. Details at the Street Soccer USA, and an appearance on the second day by one Chris Wondolowski.
Update 7/23: The Oakland Pro Soccer team has a name–the Oakland Roots–with a launch coming later this year. Today they announced their personnel staff, with some familiar names. We wish them the best of luck in this East Bay endeavor.
In a friendly played at Levi’s Stadium, the Quakes and Manchester United were held to a scoreless draw. In their second meeting since their game at Avaya Stadium on July 2015, this match was merely a tuneup for the upcoming Premiership season for United while the Quakes were playing in between breaks in their league calendar. Many of the United stars except for Alexis Sanchez and Anthony Martial made the trip and played at least one half, while the Quakes were rotating between their starters and reserves as well.
Facebook series – Quakes v Man United. Photos by Nap Badillo. All Rights Reserved
The Quakes return to league play on July 25 hosting Seattle at Avaya Stadium followed by another home match against Real Salt Lake on July 28. Manchester United are in the middle of their USA tour–having traveled in 2015, 2017, and this year. Having played in Phoenix against Club America and in the Bay Area against the Quakes, the fabled Red Devils travel to LA to play AC Milan at the Stubhub Center in Carson on July 25, to Ann Arbor to play Liverpool on July 28, and to Miami against Real Madrid on July 31.
We’ve just returned from AT&T Park covering the Rugby World Cup 7s. Due to the massive log of material taken at the match, we’ll be unloading material from August 1 until August 18 when the Quakes have their next home game that night against Toronto.
It is hard to describe the entire story of the event but in the wake of the recent soccer World Cup it is somewhat similar in terms of fan atmosphere, but more cordial.
We will show some select shots from Nap Badillo in the days to come, be here or on Instagram.
In this edition of Throwback-Flashback, I’m posting material from Tottenham Hotspur FC, aka Spurs, of North London.
The highlights are from 2010 when they toured the US and one of their games was a Saturday matinee against San Jose. Most of the shots were from the combined supporters section at that time.
Some of the highlights included Gareth Bale and Robbie Keane making an appearance at Buck Shaw Stadium on that day. The match was merely a showcase highlighting the arrangement with the Quakes and Spurs. Not much is heard about that today, but in the past the idea would have been to shuffle players on loan to both sides. The Quakes did train at the Spurs grounds one year. Maybe the team could have landed a younger Harry Kane on loan here, but that was not feasible then with a college stadium. Despite my preference for another club I actually enjoyed this match as both a fan and a photographer.
Select shots of Spurs. By Nap Badillo.
Next time, I’ll be posting a blurb of another club from past experiences, be in the stands or on the pitch.
July 2014 – Quakes v Fire. San Jose Ultras. (Disclaimer: I am a part of the group during my off days.)
Now that the World Cup is over, head to the stadium and support local, be MLS/USL/PDL/NPSL/UPSL or the leagues in your own yard. The PDL and NPSL leagues have just finished their season but MLS and the USL are still playing through the autumn. This old message still resonates.
This team needs no introduction and one of the most recognized brands in the world. The photos range from 2015 and 2017. Their friendly (pre-season/exhibition) game against the San Jose Earthquakes will be their third visit to the Bay Area in four years.
Manchester United. Photos by Nap Badillo
Also some sets, taken for FootySF–from their Facebook page:
In lieu of other news, we’ll be posting another throwback/flashback blurb later on this week. In the meantime, something from Jeff Carlisle of ESPN (very good writer who goes way back to the Clash days circa 1996). Given the team’s current woes this bit on Marvell Wynne is bound to create more chatter:
SF City finished their 2018 PDL season on the road with an afternoon 2-0 win over the Santa Cruz Breakers at Cabrillo College in Aptos. Gerardo Mendoza’s two goals were the difference maker in this game as City ended things on a positive note.
Flickr set – photos include the instagram posts. All photos by Nap Badillo. All rights reserved.
The win closed off in what was a season of highs and lows. The top highlight was their US Open Cup win at Oakland against NPSL contenders CD Aguiluchos, and a road win at Boxer against their crosstown rivals the Glens. Despite their slow start to the season on the road that resulted in 5 losses and 1 draw, City finished strong taking 2 wins over the Breakers and 1 against the Seahorses; only their loss at home against the Glens was the taint on that streak. The team has very high expectations of contending once again in their division and an established Bay Area rivalry against the Glens and the Breakers.