This Week 3-25-19

The game we covered was Saturday’s match between the Quakes and Monterrey.  The writeup is here.

In UPSL action Contra Costa FC continued their winning ways with a 5-1 win over San Leandro.


In NPSL action San Ramon FC kicked off their inaugural match hosting the East Bay FC Stompers at home and the debutant club came out on top with a 1-0 win.



Napa Valley 1839 FC had another friendly against a Mexican reserve side.  Last November their club played Club America’s reserves, and this time on Sunday they played against the Chivas reserves.  The visitors scored on a late goal to beat Napa Valley 1-0.

Some articles of note:

Protagonist Soccer has an article on the East Bay (NPSL)/Oakland Stompers (UPSL) and their thoughts behind the name that was around for only one season in the NASL in 1978 but managed to stick around from then until now.  For that one year the top flight had a major Bay Area rivalry with the established San Jose Earthquakes and one would wonder what would have been had it been allowed to flourish.  The Stompers left for Edmonton to be renamed the Drillers the following year.  Still, check it out.

Oakland Stompers: NASL Era Kits for a Modern Age (

And another article on JASA Redwood City player Salifu Jaffa

Player Profile: Salifu Jatta (

Anything that comes up on Monday, we’ll update it on this page.  

Quakes v Monterrey

In a game that was billed as a friendly, the Quakes fielded a mix of regulars and bench players despite having several key starters missing due to international duty against a team that is in the middle of their Mexican league season.

The game marked the debut of 15 year old Cade Cowell.  He immediately made an impact with his goal in the 61st minute with an assist from fellow homegrown player Tommy Thompson.  Although the match was a friendly, head coach Matias Almeyda fielded a lineup of younger players that included teenagers Cowell and Gilberto Fuentes, Reno loanee Duke LaCroix, and draft pick Siad Haji.  The result was the same loss by a score of 2-1 although the match was merely to test out players who would otherwise be sitting on the bench or on loan to affiliate Reno 1868 FC.  Monterrey accounted for their scoring in the first half with goals by Rogelio Funes Mori in the 6th minute and Maximiliano Meza in the 25th.

Facebook series – Quakes v CF Monterrey. All rights reserved.

The Quakes resume MLS play next weekend hosting LAFC next Saturday March 30 at 12:30pm. Monterrey also returns to Liga MX play at home against Cruz Azul on the same day at 8pm.

Latest News

As per the Beautiful Blog, the Oakland Roots announce two more signings. With today’s signings the Roots now have 3 players on their roster. The first player, Devante Dubose, was signed a few weeks ago.

Oakland Roots Sign Mexican-Born, Oakland-Raised Attacker, Julio Cervantes (

Oakland Roots Sign Eritrean-Born, Oakland-Raised Midfielder, Yohannes Harish (

And the first one…

Oakland Roots Sign First-Ever Player: Oakland Native Devante Dubose

Head over to for more. The Roots begin play against Cal FC on August 31. Location and time will be announced at a later date.

This Week 3-18-19

The next live game will be this weekend at Avaya Stadium.  The Quakes are yet to win after blowing a 1-0 lead in New Jersey.  The Red Bulls came back with 4 second half goals to win 4-1.

In UPSL action the Stompers lose their home opener against Nevada Valley 3-2.  Also in another home debut Contra Costa FC gets a 5-0 win over visiting Chico City (via instagram).

In the NPSL Sacramento Gold comes out on top over El Farolito 1-0.  A few made the trip to the Capital.

And yes, some other items of note.

SF City will have their 2019 kickoff party on April 6 at noon – Standard Deviant Brewery.

Also they have just announced 2 preseason games: April 13 against the Academy of Art and April 20 versus Menlo College.

And 2019 SF City tickets are now on sale at

The Glens have an offer–buy a season ticket before March 31 or while supplies last  and get a free Jimmy Conrad bobblehead.

And yes – San Ramon FC has tickets on sale as well if you are in the Tri-valley area (Danville/Alamo/Dublin/Pleasanton region).

Update 3/18: The Beautiful Blog article added.  Check it out.  We enjoy what they are doing especially if they are up to date.  Thank you Doug for carrying on that spot.

Bay Area Soccer: Oakland Roots announce players, Quakes lose, UPSL, NPSL results

NPSL schedule – updated

With Stockton FC pulling out of the conference the schedule has been revised.  The season already got underway last weekend with Napa Valley defeating Academica SC 2-0, and some further changes to the slate have been made.

The Stompers/Napa Valley game that was scheduled for March 16 will now be played June 8 (in which Stockton was to play at Oakland)–the UPSL Stompers will play instead.  Napa instead will have 2 more weeks to resume league play with their opener against El Farolito on March 30.  All teams that were scheduled to play Stockton on the given night will now have a bye.

The schedule can be found at – search: Golden Gate Conference.

Note: UPSL Stompers will play against Nevada on March 16 at 7:30pm.




Latest News

SF City has announced two pre-season games via their Instagram page. Saturday April 13 at noon vs the Academy of Art at Paul Goode Field in the Presidio and vs Menlo College at 3pm at Canada College. Stay tuned for any other matches to be announced from the USL League Two clubs (formerly PDL).

This Week 3-11-19

We were at the Quakes match last weekend.  Our report on the 3-0 loss is here.  Also we caught the second half of the friendly between JASA Redwood City of the UPSL and El Farolito of the NPSL and the blurb is here.

The NPSL season kicked off with Napa Valley 1839 FC on the road against Academica SC and the North Bay club gets a win 2-0 over the San Joaquin outfit.

In UPSL action Contra Costa FC defeated AFC Hearts of San Francisco 4-0 at the CCSF campus.

The Oakland Stompers home opener against Pajaro Valley was delayed.  Stay tuned for a rescheduled date.  The UPSL Stompers play next week against Nevada Coyotes at home March 16 at 4:30 pm.

We could not make it to Thursday’s event in Oakland introducing the Roots but Doug Zimmerman at the Beautiful Blog has his writeup on the event.

Bay Area Soccer: Oakland Roots schedule released, Napa Valley joins NPSL Founders Cup

Updates 3/11: We have the highlights from our buddies The Beautiful Blog and Quakesfan

Bay Area Soccer: Quakes lose again; UPSL, NPSL roundup

What’s Going On?

JASA Redwood City v El Farolito

In a friendly match between the Peninsula UPSL outfit and the elte of the NPSL in Northern California,  JASA and El Farolito played even with both teams tied at 1-1 into the second half.  However, the home team pulled away with 2 more goals and never looked back.  JASA gets the win over El Farolito 3-1.

The photo album (note: only for the second half/including Instagram):

The match served as a warmup for both teams’ upcoming seasons.  JASA was on a break from the league schedule having lost to San Leandro in league play on March 2.  El Farolito begins their second year NPSL campaign on the road at Sacramento Gold on March 16 at 7pm.  JASA Redwood City returns to UPSL league play on March 30 at 7pm with a home against the Oakland Stompers.

Quakes v Minnesota

The Quakes were once again robbed by video replay as Minnesota United was rewarded a penalty kick in the second half.  That was enough for them to take the lead as Darwin Quintero scored from the spot in the 49th minute.  Miguel Ibarra added a goal 3 minutes later with an assist from Quintero, and an own goal by Quakes defender Harold Cummings in the 75th minute was the insurance the Loons needed to finally get a result.   Their 3-0 win was the first franchise win against the Quakes, who had won the first four meetings dating back to 2017.   Chris Wondolowski remains at 144 all-time career goals, just one short of the record of 145 goals set by Landon Donovan.

Notebook – Quakes v Minnesota United – all rights reserved.

The Quakes now play on the road for the first time this season with a trip to New Jersey against the Red Bulls on March 16 at 12:30pm. Minnesota continues with their west coast road swing down in Los Angeles to take on the Galaxy on the same day at 7:30pm.  The Loons have victories against the Whitecaps and Earthquakes, and their  trip will continue from LA to New England and New Jersey before finally opening their home schedule against New York City FC on April 13.  The return leg will be on Wednesday July 3 at 5pm at Minnesota’s new home Allianz Field in St. Paul.