This Week 10-25-21

Our coverage last week was at San Jose for the Quakes match against Austin FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps.

The win was capped by Chris Wondolowski’s 169th career goal.

Wondo scores 169th goal in San Jose Earthquakes 4-0 win over Austin

Soccer Bay Area has the Roots highlights with their road splits at Tacoma where the teams drew even, and at San Diego where they come back in dramatic fashion to win to keep their playoff hopes alive.  A win this Saturday against Sporting Kansas City 2 coupled with a LA Galaxy 2 loss to Orange County and the Roots clinch a spot.

Oakland Roots playoff hopes hang by a thread after draw

Down a man, dramatic Oakland Roots goal keeps playoff hopes alive

Jonathan at the Oakland Roots blog has their takes on the Tacoma Defiance (and the ratings from that match) and San Diego Loyal games.

And the college highlights, from Mike at Soccer Bay Area.

Bay Area Men’s College Soccer: Stanford Beats SDSU, Ties UCLA; Cal Over UCLA; Santa Clara Holds On To Beat San Diego

Our photos can be found on Instagram @3pointsport

Quakes v Whitecaps

The Quakes and Whitecaps played to a 1-1 draw at PayPal Park in the second meeting at San Jose and the last of a three game series this year.  The game hosted the 2001 MLS Cup Quakes championship team which was honored at halftime.

The only scoring in the match was in the second half, with Bruno Gaspar of the visitors tallying a goal in the 53rd minute while Benji Kikanovic drew the game even seven minutes later.

Our photos are forthcoming but follow us at @3pointsport for highlights.

The Quakes now head on the road in a must win situation with a midweek game at Portland on Wednesday October 27 at 7pm and then to Real Salt Lake on Saturday October 30 12:30pm kickoff.  The Whitecaps return home to play Minnesota on Wednesday with a 7pm start.

Quakes v Austin FC

The Earthquakes held on to their slim playoff hopes with a 4-0 win over first year expansion club Austin FC.  The first half was a scoreless draw but the home team. Chofis started the tally two minutes into the second half with his 47th minute strike.  Benji Kikanovic continued the scoring with his goal six minutes later, and in another six minute gap substitute Chris Wondolowski scored the third goal for the Quakes.  His 59th minute tally gives him 169 goals for his career with 4 games left in the 2021 regular season.  Carlos Fierro scored the dagger for the home team in the 85th minute to earn the victory.

The photo set is forthcoming. For now, follow us on Instagram for more.

Soccer Bay Area has their take:

Wondo scores 169th goal in San Jose Earthquakes 4-0 win over Austin

The Quakes now have until Saturday October 23 at 7pm for their next home match against Vancouver in which the winner may increase their chances to play for the MLS Cup.  Austin FC returns home to play against Texas rival Houston on Sunday October 14 2pm PT start.

This Week 10-18-21

Our coverage was at Oakland for the Roots vs Orange County.

Doug and Mike have their report from Soccer Bay Area.

Red Card costly to Oakland Roots playoff hopes

Jon at the Oakland Roots blog has his takes.

Game Summary

Post-Game Presser

Notes and Ratings

Also a few US Open Cup qualifying games at San Leandro, Redwood City, and San Francisco (home team listed first).

Oakland Stompers 0 – 7 El Farolito

JASA Redwood City 2 – 4 Metro (San Francisco)

Inter SF 4 – 2 Real San Jose

The next round is scheduled to take place the weekend of November 20-21.

Dan has his take from the Quakes loss against LAFC – this time with his in-game thoughts and it looks like the team is once again in chaos.

Live Blog of LAFC – First half

Live Blog of LAFC – Second Half

Plus, the college roundup from Mike at Soccer Bay Area:

Bay Area Men’s College Soccer: Cal Comes Back to Tie Santa Clara, SJSU Upsets Grand Canyon, Saint Mary’s Falls to OSU

Roots v Orange County

Our coverage is forthcoming.

Our photo album is coming soon.

The Roots have a midweek match at Tacoma on Wednesday October 20 at 7pm, plus a weekend matchup at San Diego on Sunday October 24 at 3pm–they will need to win their remaining games and hope for help if they are to play in the USL postseason.  Orange County has the same amount of games to play this week, hosting San Diego on Wednesday followed by another home match against Las Vegas on Saturday October 23–both 7pm starts.

This Week 10-11-21

Our coverage were at Oakland and San Jose on consecutive days.  The latter was with controversy. On a related note, the Saturday friendly match between Liga MX clubs Chivas and Leon was closed door.

San Jose Police Arrest 8 After Shooting, Fights at PayPal Park

Soccer Bay Area has the highlights from the Roots away game at Phoenix.

Oakland Roots unable to convert late chances, fall to Phoenix 1-0

Plus the college roundup, courtesy of Michael Koenig:

Bay Area Men’s College Soccer: Stanford Earns Draw with #15 Oregon State, USF Ties Saint Mary’s

Plus more Oakland Roots highlights from Jonathan at his blog.

There are three more matches to announce in US Open Cup play, with two of those games to be played on Saturday October 16.  The Oakland Stompers will host El Farolito at Burrell Field in San Leandro 6pm kickoff, while JASA Redwood City will be the home team against Metro FC at Red Morton Community Park at Bechet Field 7:15 pm start.

The weekend qualifying Bay Area Open Cup slate will be concluded with Inter San Francisco hosting Real San Jose in another 101 derby on Sunday October 17 at 5:15 p.m. at the Beach Chalet Fields.

Quakes v Cruz Azul

Thanks to 2 second half goals from Paul Marie in the 57th minute and Cristian Espinoza in the 72nd, the Quakes defeated Cruz Azul in their second meeting since October 2018 when they played to a scoreless draw.

Our game set is here–both including the original posts and the Instagram photos.  The shots were all taken from the upper rows of PayPal Park.

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Both teams resume league play on Saturday October 16 with the Quakes on the road to play LAFC 12:30pm kick off, while Cruz Azul will resume Liga MX play hosting Tigres 7pm start.

Roots v Republic

In a long awaited Northern California rivalry matchup at Laney College, the first year Roots finally hosted a match against USL originals Republic.  The original game from June 19 was postponed and eventually moved to Las Positas College on August 11 but the second match seemed like a debut game and it did not disappoint.

Quincy Amarikwa kicked off the scoring with his goal in the 10th minute but Dariusz Formella drew the game even 21 minutes later to level the teams at a goal each.

The Roots scored the game winner thanks to a goal from Emrah Klimenta in the 63rd minute.  With Oakland’s victory they have a series tiebreaker with one win and three draws.

Doug and Rob at Soccer Bay Area has their take on the game here:

Oakland Roots best Sac Republic to claim valuable points in NorCal Derby

And a welcome to Jonathan at the Oakland Roots blog–he has his own take and player ratings from this match.  Thank you for letting us share what you have with the audience.

Our photo set is here:

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The Roots will hit the road in a short turnaround at Phoenix on Saturday October 9 at 7:30 pm, while Sacramento continues their road schedule to San Diego on the same night/time.

Roots v Lights

The Roots end up drawing at the last minute 2 to 2 thanks to a late Lights goal from CC Uche at the 89th minute.  The Lights got off to an early lead with a Danny Trejo goal in the 5th minute.   The Roots later drew even thanks to a 24th minute goal from Quincy Amarikwa.  The second tally was added thanks to the Lights Tony Leone directing a own goal four minutes later giving the home town the lead.  Unfortunately it was not meant to be with the last place Lights tying the game and stealing a point on the road.

Our photo album is here:

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Doug from Soccer Bay Area has his take on the game:

Oakland Roots lose ground with tie vs Vegas

The Roots host Sacramento in an important midweek game with both teams vying for the postseason Wednesday October 6 7pm kickoff, while the Lights host LA Galaxy II Friday October 8 7pm start.