This Week 7-5-20

BREAKING NEWS:

As a result, the Quakes will only play two games.  Friday against Seattle and on Wednesday July 15 against Vancouver.  Both games will kick off at 7:30pm.

Update 7/7/20 10:30am – the Quakes/Sounders game time has been moved up to 6pm.  As of now, the Quakes/Whitecaps game will be scheduled as is.

Last week it was announced at several UPSL teams have broken away to join the NSL.  The Beautiful Blog has more details here (note that this article from last week was posted before today’s announcement of FC Dallas withdrawing from Orlando):

Bay Area Soccer: 7 UPSL teams jump to NSL, SJ Quakes start play July 10, Oakland Roots in Sept.

This Week 6-29-20

Nothing to report except two items to share (from the  respective NWSL and San Jose Earthquakes Instagram accounts):

and a personal classic:

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2017 #groundhopping

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(from 2016 – Levi’s Stadium vs AC Milan – International Champions Cup – for FootySF)

MLS is Back – Update

The Quakes finally have their preliminary Group B schedule set

They kick off their schedule on Friday July 10 against Seattle at 7:30pm PT on ESPN.  Their other game against Vancouver will be played on Wednesday July 15 at 7:30pm PT on TUDN before concluding group play on Monday July 20 against FC Dallas at 5pm. 

MLS has changed the  tournament knockout round criteria where the top three teams from Group A, the six-team group, will advance to the Knockout Stage presented by Audi. Those three teams will be joined by the top two teams from the remaining five groups, as well as the next three highest ranked teams from the Group Stage presented by Heineken (the fourth-placed team in Group A is eligible to advance) based on points, goal difference, goals for, fair play points.

Though the coverage is San Francisco Bay Area based, on the Monday reports (“This Week”) we will post information and highlights from the matches.

This Week 6-22-20

Right now, awaiting the schedule for the Quakes in Orlando and the Roots fall schedule.  In all likelihood the matches will be closed door with limited press access.  In the event that we cannot cover the matches there will be a report and information on the matches.  There is also the concern over the current situation but the priority first and foremost will be player safety and if anyone tests positive for Covid-19 they will most likely be isolated until they are well enough to play again.

Some great news from the Quakes. Ben Galindo has been discharged from the hospital and is resting.

Also, some more ways to help out during the pandemic. This time for Oakland via America Scores.  Any amount is appreciated.

We will be back next Monday, or if any news is announced regarding Bay Area soccer.

This Week 6-15-20

There is nothing to report right now, except the Quakes are back on July 8, while the Roots will return to play in September.  The NPSL, UPSL, and USL League 2 seasons have been cancelled as is the SFSFL 2020 campaign.

Since soccer should do good in the community, SF City is hosting a virtual walk for Best Buddies, their page can be found here.

The Quakes released their documentary about their 1974 NASL team.  Just in case you haven’t seen it yet, it is a nice 60 minute retrospective although there are enough stories to make this into a 2 hour movie.  Check it out on youtube.

Oakland Roots – Update

Roots 2020 Fall Season Update (oaklandrootssc.com)

As reported yesterday, the Quakes are back with a World Cup style made-for-TV event to be held July 8 to August 11 at the Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando.

Now, the Roots will be back at Laney College with their Fall season to start September 5 with NISA to host a tournament in October at a neutral site to be announced to determine a champion.  The Roots matches will be behind closed doors but if health guidelines will allow for fans to return it may happen at the later stage of the season.  The good news is that season ticket holders will be allowed a credit towards the 2021 schedule or when the matches will allow crowds.

Also, the  Roots will allow people to buy cutouts with the proceeds to benefit social causes in Oakland.  Those cutouts will be placed in the stands and eventually be displayed as part of a mural.  Details to come.

 

MLS is Back – Update

The compiled information is here, from June 10.

Now the Quakes adjusted 2020 schedule has been announced.  All clubs are meeting in Orlando with a tournament format, with play to begin July 8 with the Final to be held August 11.  What remains to be played is a possible completion of the season in the usual league format of  a home and home with fans in attendance.  As of now, all matches are closed door.

The Quakes have been placed in Group B against Seattle, Dallas, and Vancouver.

The full draw from MLS is as follows:

GROUP A

Eastern Conference

  1. Orlando City SC
  2. Inter Miami CF
  3. New York City FC
  4. Philadelphia Union
  5. Chicago Fire FC
  6. Nashville SC

GROUP B

Western Conference

  1. Seattle Sounders FC
  2. FC Dallas
  3. Vancouver Whitecaps FC
  4. San Jose Earthquakes

GROUP C

Eastern Conference

  1. Toronto FC
  2. New England Revolution
  3. Montreal Impact
  4. D.C. United

GROUP D

Western Conference

  1. Real Salt Lake
  2. Sporting Kansas City
  3. Colorado Rapids
  4. Minnesota United FC

GROUP E

Eastern Conference

  1. Atlanta United FC
  2. FC Cincinnati
  3. New York Red Bulls
  4. Columbus Crew SC

GROUP F

Western Conference

  1. LAFC
  2. LA Galaxy
  3. Houston Dynamo
  4. Portland Timbers FC

The dates times, and schedules will be announced soon.  Right now, there will be one morning match and two night matches.

Due to Nashville moving to the Eastern Conference for 2020 and Group A containing 6 teams, the format schedule is as follows:

Orlando City: vs. Miami, NYC, Nashville
Inter Miami: vs. Orlando, Philly, Chicago
NYCFC: vs. Orlando, Philly, Chicago
Philly: vs. Miami, NYC, Nashville
Chicago: vs. Miami, NYC, Nashville
Nashville: vs. Orlando, Philly, Chicago


To be announced will the Oakland Roots Fall schedule to begin September 5.  Right now, what remains to be seen is the status of the US Open Cup but for now, MLS and NISA are set to resume play.