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It looks like that the USL League Two Southwest Division will not play once again this year.  The Beautiful Blog has more details.  We won’t say anything else about the byline except just check it out.

The official statement from USL League Two.

The other news being announced especially for a “minor league” team in the Bay Area is the television deal for the Oakland Roots. We say “lower tier” or “lower flight” but in a sports market where the top tier gets play, except for the Quakes in some outlets (but that’s for another day) the Roots being on regular television is a major coup especially here.  We’re looking forward to seeing the games on KOFY-TV.

And, we are also looking forward to the return of NISA to the Bay Area.

Bay Area Soccer: SF City, SF Glens, Project 51O USL League 2 season canceled, Possible news NISA team in Redwood City, Oakland Roots score TV contract

Also the college beat–moving this up.

Bay Area College Soccer: St. Mary men lose first WCC game since 2017, SJ State women win 2 straight

Latest News – NPSL and UPSL

It looks like that they will be a 2021 season for both the NPSL and UPSL. What remains to be seen are the NSL–which is set to debut at a date yet to be announced, and USL League Two–which is speculated to not play again this year.

For now, FC Davis of the NPSL has announced a plan to return to play, which would mean El Farolito, the Stompers, and debutant Contra Costa FC will have matches depending on local health and safety protocols.

We will let FC Davis tell more–the schedule is supposed to come out at the end of this month.

The newest UPSL club AFC South Bay has announced a full schedule on their instagram. Some key dates include games against San Leandro on May 22.  As of now the other teams have not announced anything but again it will depend on health and safety protocols.  With the lower flight teams there is a small crowd hat attends the matches but spaced enough for social distancing.  If anything else is announced it will be posted here.

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This Week 3-29-21

The weekly blurb is a day late.  To be posted later will be these items:

The US U-23s with Jackson Yueill of the Quakes.

Update 4/1: On Sunday Jackson Yueill factored into the scoring with his second half goal in the 52nd minute in the semi-final game against Honduras in Olympic qualifying.  However it was not enough as the US U-23s lost 2-1 and for the third straight cycle they miss out on the Olympic Games.  For his performance in the tournament he was named to the Best XI.

The Quakes policy on the fans returning to the stands.

Update 4/1: The Earthquakes issued a statement and series of protocols regarding the return of fans to attend matches.  For now, the capacity will be at 20 percent

Some information are from the team FAQ:

How can I claim tickets for home games?
Capacity for the first two home games will be limited to 20 percent. Tickets to the first two home games will be available on a first-come, first-served basis with Season Ticket Holders having priority access to tickets.  During the Season Ticket Holder window, which will be communicated through email and by Account Services representatives, a Season Ticket Holder will be able to log into his/her account manager and select seats in pod seating for family members and/or with trusted acquaintances. Season Ticket Holders that are unable to secure tickets during the initial on-sale will have priority access to the allocation of tickets for the next three home games.

How much time do Season Ticket Holders have to decide if they want to come out to a game?
Tickets for the first games back will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, with Season Ticket Holders receiving priority access. The window for Season Ticket Holders to purchase will be open for three days, however, tickets are likely to sell out.

How can I get a seat close to my friends/family?
During the Season Ticket Holder purchase window, we recommend coordinating with other Season Ticket Holders you wish to sit near when selecting seats.

How many seats are in a pod?
Pods will be set up between one and six seats, with six-foot distance between pods.

How do I access my tickets?
Tickets will be available on the Earthquakes Stadium App. All events will be mobile only for a contactless experience.

How will general admission work?
General admission is not currently available. Until local guidance allows, all fans will be in assigned seats in pods.

What will happen to my season tickets if I don’t feel comfortable coming out to a game?
Credit will remain in your account until you feel comfortable returning.

Can I sit with other Season Ticket Holders in my pod?
You can sit with trusted acquaintances if you purchase under one account. Pods are limited to three households and you must remain in your assigned seat during the event.

How many tickets can Season Ticket Holders claim?
Season Ticket Holders can claim up to eight tickets, however are pods limited to six people.

Can Season Ticket Holders travel for away matches?
Each team is currently basing their attendance on state and local laws. Please check with your Account Service representative for more information on any games you wish to travel to.

How early are we able to enter the stadium?
Stadium gates will open 90 minutes prior to kickoff.

What are the rules for tailgating?
Tailgating will not be allowed for the first two games of the season. Please check back for updates.

Where do we enter the stadium? Main Gate and Audi Gate (Premium Accounts Only)
Audi Gate will be open for those who have a premium seat or have an ADA ticket.

Will concession stands or food trucks be open?
Concession and food truck availability is TBD pending state guidance. Please check back for updates.

Can fans go into the Quakes Team Store?
The main Quakes Team Store will be open and available to all fans visiting the stadium. Additionally, the Quakes Team Store located in the East corner of the Epicenter will be open on game days and available to fans in stadium.

Will fans have the ability to customized jerseys?
Yes. The Quakes Team Store will offer the ability to customize jerseys on-site.

Will the Box Office be open?
The Box Office will be open prior to kickoff to assist with digital tickets and provide customers service. No tickets will be available for purchase on match day and Will Call will be closed.

In addition ticketing can be found on the team’s Return to Stadium Guide, as well as more information.

The Roots schedule is finally announced.

Update 4/1: Earlier the home opener against Sacramento on June 19 was announced, the team released the rest of their 2021 schedule this week.

The Roots will open up on the road against Phoenix on May 8 and will continue at LA (May 23), Sacramento, (June 2), and Orange County (June 12) until the debut at home on June 19. Some key rivalry dates are as follows:

Sacramento: June 2 (away),  June 19 (home), July 7 (away), October 6 (home)

LA Galaxy II: May 23 (away), July 25 (away), August 14 (home), September 18 (home)

Orange County: June 12 (away), July 31 (home), September 25 (away), October 16 (home)

San Diego: June 29 (away), September 11 (home), September 22 (home), October 21 (away)

Tacoma: July 17 (home), August 8 (away), August 28 (home), October 20 (away).

The Roots will close their inaugural USL Championship campaign at home against Sporting KC II on October 30.

In the meantime, the latest from our friends at The Beautiful Blog where they report on college soccer.

Bay Area College Soccer: Cal Men, Santa Clara Women record impressive wins

Update 4/1: Another take from our friends at The Beautiful Blog.

Oakland Roots, San Jose Earthquakes release 2021 schedules

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2021 Quakes Schedule

NEWS: Earthquakes Announce 2021 Regular Season Schedule (sjearthquakes.com)

The opener at Houston, the home opener against Dallas, plus a June road game at Austin to debut their MLS home have been announced.  The remaining schedule is now official with a main emphasis on conference play.  The Quakes will only play against two Eastern teams–they will host DC United and be on the road at Orlando.  Of note–FC Dallas will open and close the Quakes home slate with matches on April 24 and November 7–which could be the last game for Chris Wondolowski.

The full 2021 regular season schedule, minus local broadcast details, is below:

WEEK

DATE

TIME (PT)

HOME TEAM

AWAY TEAM

TV

1

Fri., April 16

5 p.m.

HOU

SJ

TBD

2

Sat., April 24

12:30 p.m.

SJ

DAL

UNIV

3

Sat., May 1

7 p.m.

SJ

DC

TBD

4

Fri., May 7

6:30 p.m.

RSL

SJ

TBD

5

Wed., May 12

7:30 p.m.

SJ

SEA

TBD

6

Sat., May 15

7 p.m.

SJ

POR

TBD

7

Sat., May 22

7 p.m.

SJ

SKC

TBD

8

Sat., May 29

5 p.m.

LA

SJ

UniMás

9

Sat., June 19

6 p.m.

ATX

SJ

UniMás

10

Tue., June 22

4:30 p.m.

ORL

SJ

TBD

11

Sat., June 26*

7 p.m.

SJ

LA

UniMás

12

Sat., July 3

5 p.m.

MIN

SJ

TBD

13

Sat., July 17

6 p.m.

COL

SJ

TBD

14

Wed., July 21

5:30 p.m.

SKC

SJ

TBD

15

Sat., July 24

7 p.m.

SJ

HOU

TBD

16

Sun., Aug. 1

TBD

SEA

SJ

FS1

17

Wed., Aug. 4

7:30 p.m.

POR

SJ

TBD

18

Sun., Aug. 8

4 p.m.

SJ

LAFC

TBD

19

Fri., Aug. 13

7:30 p.m.

SJ

VAN

TBD

20

Tue., Aug. 17

7:30 p.m.

SJ

MIN

TBD

21

Fri., Aug. 20

7 p.m.

LA

SJ

ESPN

22

Sat., Sept. 4

7 p.m.

SJ

COL

UniMás

23

Sat., Sept. 11

5:30 p.m.

DAL

SJ

TBD

24

Wed., Sept. 15

7:30 p.m.

SJ

RSL

TBD

25

Sat., Sept. 18

6 p.m.

ATX

SJ

TBD

26

Sat., Sept. 25

7 p.m.

SJ

LAFC

TBD

27

Wed., Sept. 29

7:30 p.m.

SJ

SEA

TBD

28

Sat., Oct. 2^

7 p.m.

VAN

SJ

TBD

29

Sat., Oct. 16

12:30 p.m.

LAFC

SJ

UNIV

30

Wed., Oct. 20

7:30 p.m.

SJ

ATX

TBD

31

Sat., Oct. 23

7 p.m.

SJ

VAN

TBD

32

Wed., Oct. 27

7 p.m.

POR

SJ

TBD

33

Sat., Oct. 30

6:30 p.m.

RSL

SJ

TBD

34

Sun., Nov. 7

3 p.m.

SJ

DAL

TBD

There are more mid-week games with the Quakes hosting Seattle May 12 and September 29. Real Salt Lake comes to town September 15 and Austin FC will make their first trip to San Jose on October 20 with Danny Hoesen, Nick Lima, and Andrew Tarbell coming back as visitors.

There is one Friday Night Lights match at home with Vancouver coming to town August 13.

Due to current travel restrictions between Canada and the USA, the Whitecaps road game on October 3 will either be across the border or at another US city.

Rivalry games – more this time:

With this season focused on conference play, some games will be a three game set.

Seattle will play here in a mid-week schedule on May 12 while the return leg will be on August 1.  The third match will be again at home on September 29.

The Quakes will host Portland in their only home meeting on May 15 before playing them on the road in two Wednesday night matches on August 4 and October 27.

LA and San Jose will renew their hostilities with a trip down south on Memorial Day weekend May 29.  Stanford Stadium will host once more after the 2020 edition was cancelled due to Covid-19 with the match scheduled on June 26.  There is one more road trip to Carson on Friday August 20.

Finally the second LA team known as LAFC will play the Quakes late in the season with the first match here on August 8 and the second on September 25.  The third LA trip and only one to the city limits will be played on October 16.

As of now, there are attendance restrictions in San Jose so seating will be very limited. A select group of season ticket holders will get priority for games in April, with another group that missed or opted out of the first round will have their opportunity for the May schedule of matches.  If conditions improve there may be an eventual return to  near or close to full capacity.  The Stanford game as of now will be available to all season ticket holders.  We will keep everyone posted on any further updates.

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The Roots will kick off their USL Championship debut hosting Sacramento Republic FC on June 19.  The rest of the lower leagues (NPSL, UPSL, the new NSL, and USL League Two) are yet to announce some sort of schedule with only the SFSFL stating they will return to play in June.

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Latest News: Glens/Roots/Quakes

Earlier we posted a rumor on the Glens regarding them “lifting the fog”.  It looks like that for 2022 they will be constructing a new stadium/complex in the middle of the Bay at Treasure Island.  Details of their ambitious project can be found on their site, and from the press standpoint it looks like a potential sell especially in an area in need of revitalization after serving as a military base for many years.  The only negative is the lone access to the area in which there is only one roadway from the Bay Bridge.  Stay tuned on this news.

The second news is from the Oakland Roots in which they finally return to play, this time with the USL Championship.  Their inaugural league game will be on June 19 at 5:10 pm when they host Sacramento Republic FC in what we bill as the I-80 derby or 510v916.  Members already have priority on tickets.   As for Sacramento, they will open up their home slate against Las Vegas in a midweek tilt on Wednesday May 12.

As for the Quakes their preseason slate will be two closed door matches hosting Sacramento on Friday April 2 and Oakland on April 9 before heading on the road to play Houston to kick off their 2021 campaign on April 16.

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This Week 3-22-21

A few items of note.  First up Doug and Mike at the Beautiful Blog have the college roundup.

Bay Area College Soccer: Cal Women beat Stanford for first victory since 2013; Stanford Men in 3-way tie for Pac-12 lead

 

Also in US Olympic Qualifying for Tokyo 2020 Quakes player Jackson Yueill’s goal in the 61st minute got the team on board, with two goals from Hassani Dotson of Minnesota in the 73th and 78th minutes and Djordje Mihailovic of Montreal in the final minutes to give the US U-23s a 4-0 win over the Dominican Republic. Quakes goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski got the start in goal after sitting out the first game.  Along with their 1-0 win over Costa Rica last Thursday the USA is 2-0 in qualifying with a game against Mexico on Wednesday night to decide who advances to the semi-final. 

 

We’re also sharing this profile on Crystal Cuadra from sjearthquakes.com – check it out.  We’re rooting for her.

OK one more from the Glens. We’ll wait.  As of now, nothing from the other teams, City and 51O, regarding returning to play.

 

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This Week 3-15-21

No latest news right now.  The Quakes full schedule is to be announced between now and next week.  Their three games on the 2021 season have been announced where they open on the road April 16 at Houston and June 19 to open up Austin FC’s inaugural home stadium.  They open up at home on April 24 against FC Dallas with limited attendance.

The Oakland Roots has announced they will be allowing people in the stands for their USL Championship debut after spending 2019 and 2020 in NISA.  The Beautiful Blog has their updates on that, and the ongoing business dispute within the team.

Oakland Roots board dispute goes to arbitration; fans allowed for home games

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Quakes 2021 Home Opener Announced

The Quakes home opener has been announced where they will host FC Dallas on Saturday April 24 12:30pm.  Details on the number of attendees allowed will be determined in accordance with the state of California and the Santa Clara County health department.  Season ticket holders who have been with the team in previous years will get first priority followed by those who just joined,  After that, any remaining tickets will be available to the general public within the state, subject to health orders.

Also the team will start their 2021 league fixture at Houston on Friday April 16 at 5pm to kick off the overall season, which was cancelled after two games  last March and rescheduled last July due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.  A third game has been confirmed with the Quakes on the road at Austin FC June 19 at 6pm.  This match will be the inaugural home debut of the latest expansion club and will see Nick Lima and Danny Hoesen face off against their former team.

The rest of the home schedule will be announced within two weeks.

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