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It’s close to the weekend.  However, some musings that we needed to share immediately.

First and foremost, Quakesfan has their critique on the status of MLS and the increase of international players over the “domestics”, which consists of the American and Canadian players.  When the league was started in 1996 the focus was giving American players a chance to play.  Fast forward to 2019 and the shift is now towards the Central American and South American players. In that sense the analytics are starting to remind us of the old NASL 1.0.

 

MLS Is Not A Domestic League

Also, Quakes defender Nick Lima was called to the US January camp last year.  This time, he hopes to finally earn his first cap.   A read from mlssoccer.com

 

One more from the path2prosoccer.com podcast.  Their latest chat is with MLS/NASL alum Danny Cruz and another of the MLS originals Darren Sawatzky, now the head coach of FC Tuscon.  Note: click on Episode 11.

 

 

Matias Almeyda named Concacaf Coach of the Year

The newest coach of the Quakes has received an honor by Concacaf for his tenure with Chivas of Guadalajara.

 

NEWS: Earthquakes Head Coach Matias Almeyda Named Concacaf Coach of the Year (sjearthquakes.com)

Of note, Almeyda will be introduced to the local fanbase this Sunday January 20 at 1pm at Avaya Stadium.  The Quakes will begin their training camp in the coming days with a few friendlies being scheduled throughout the month of February leading up to the 2019 regular season opener on March 2 against Montreal.

Superdraft Summary

The 2019 SuperDraft concluded on Monday with one more pick from the Quakes.  The team selected defender Nathan Aune from Seattle University in the 3rd round and 50th overall.  He joins fellow college teammate Sergio Rivas, plus first round pick Siad Haji and second round selection Mamadi Camara as the latest additions to the Quakes.

Cautious Optimism – Grading Quakes Off-Season Moves (So Far)

Our friends at Quakesfan.com have their spin on the draft up to the first two rounds, plus their take on the off-season acquisitions.  Right now, Haji seems to have a bit of an upswing but the rest may see some time in Reno.

 


In the local take, two Glens/California (Berkeley) players were selected in the later rounds.  Forward Shinya Kadono was selected by DC United in the 3rd round (72nd overall) while Sam Ebstein went to Dallas in the 4th round (87th overall).  They join Glens teammates and fellow Cal teammate/Houston pick Sam Junqua and Roy Boateng of UC Davis in getting selected by MLS teams.  Quakes academy player Amir Bashti of Stanford rounded out the local college players drafted by MLS clubs.

SF Glens Soccer Spotlight: Sam Junqua, Roy Boateng become first in club history picked in SuperDraft

The Glen’s Ryan Maquiñana reports on the team’s first round picks in the SuperDraft.


Up next will be the Quakes players reporting to training camp to prepare for the upcoming season.  Defender Nick Lima has been called to the US National Team training camp in Southern California.  He hopes to seek playing time as the US takes on Panama on January 27, and Costa Rica on February 2 here at Avaya Stadium.  3pointsport plans to highlight all the off-season hot stove news and any updates related to the Quakes, and Bay Area soccer.

Our summary from Friday’s draft.

 

 

This Week 1-14-19

The SuperDraft was held this past Friday and continues Monday.  We’ll have an update this week on the full results.

In the meantime the Quakes report and the 3pointsport spin on the event.

JASA Redwood City had a match over the weekend against Cal United FC II from the San Diego area for the UPSL West title.  The result was not meant to be, with the San Mateo County club losing 1-0 to the second team of Cal United FC.

 

 

Cal United FC II moves on to the UPSL semi-finals, while JASA prepares for the upcoming off-season wondering what may have been.  If you have a need for a soccer fix, support the lower leagues.  Most of the games are free, and a chance to maybe catch the next future top-flight player. Congratulations to both teams, plus the local UPSL clubs Oakland Stompers, San Leandro United, San Ramon, and Real San Jose to name, on a well-played season.

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Here’s a great story from Elliott Almond of the San Jose Mercury on this year’s pick Siad Haji.

Update: How Earthquakes came out in the 2019 MLS draft

From the MLS website, a profile on 2nd round pick Sergio Rivas.

Quakes’ underdog draft pick Sergio Rivas savors “once in a lifetime” moment (mlssoccer.com)

 

Any roster moves pertaining to the Quakes or any other Bay Area soccer highlights will be updated at 3pointsport.com.  We’re highlighting the latest news on the front page.  For all the archives head over to the News.  We plan for bigger and bigger things in 2019 and we will be reporting on the Bay Area soccer scene.

 

Superdraft

On Friday the Quakes picked three players from the SuperDraft consisting of college players.  With the 2nd pick (1st round) the team selected midfielder Siad Haji on Virginia Commonwealth University.  Haji is a member of the 2019 Generation adidas class, which is comprised of players signed to MLS contracts before the SuperDraft and do not count against MLS teams’ salary budget.

The Quakes also picked two more players in the 2nd round from Friday’s draft.  Midfielder Sergio Rivas of Seattle University was picked 26th while forward Mamadi Camara from Simon Fraser University (British Columbia, Canada) was selected 46th with that pick acquired from the Red Bulls.

Rounds 3 and 4 will be conducted on Monday January 14  at 10 AM Pacific Time via conference call.


In local news three players from Northern California universities were selected by other teams.  San Francisco Glens defenders Sam Junqua (California) was picked 8th (1st round) by Houston and Roy Boateng (UC Davis) 16th (1st round) by the New York Red Bulls. Quakes Academy alum and midfielder Amir Bashti (Stanford) was selected by MLS Cup Champions Atlanta United 48th (2nd round).

Any Bay Area connections to the draft will be posted in the coming days.

NEWS: Earthquakes Select Three Players in 2019 MLS SuperDraft (sjearthquakes.com)

2019 SuperDraft (mlssoccer.com)

 

Update 1/13: the report added Amir Bashti to the list of local draftees.

 

 

UPSL Western Conference Final

From the Cal United FC Instagram:

 

Good luck to both teams but since we are in JASA Redwood City territory we like to see them win.  In any case, we’re hoping for a competitive match.

Stay tuned to 3pointsport.com for the latest in San Francisco Bay Area soccer news.

Latest News – Oracle Stadium

Normally a baseball story does not get posted but it is somewhat relevant because  soccer has been played there since the park opened in 2000. Per Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle AT&T Park will be renamed Oracle Park, effective immediately.

San Francisco Giants’ home now called Oracle Park after AT&T split (sfgate.com)

There has been a soccer history with the park, with the US National Team playing Japan in 2006, Manchester City against Club America in 2011, the Quakes playing a home game against the Houston Dynamo in 2012, and the most recent being Everton and Juventus playing a friendly in 2013.

While Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara and Avaya Stadium has since taken over as the main venues to book soccer, plus the holiday game at Stanford Stadium there remains the possibility that Oracle Park (nee AT&T, SBC, and Pacific Bell Park) will host another game.

The most recent non-baseball event was the Rugby Sevens World Cup last July.

Some greatest hits from what was called The Phone Company Park.

Manchester City v America 2011:

Quakes v Houston 2012:

Everton v Juventus 2013:

Rugby World Cup 7s:

2019 Quakes Schedule

NEWS: Earthquakes Announce 2019 Regular Season Schedule (sjearthquakes.com)

The home opener against Montreal and the match against the Red Bulls have been announced.  Here is the rest of the 2019 San Jose Earthquakes schedule as follows:

DATE TIME (PT) OPPONENT LOCATION TV BROADCAST
Sat., March 2 6:45 p.m. Montreal Impact Avaya Stadium TBD
Sat., March 9 4:45 p.m. Minnesota United FC Avaya Stadium TBD
Sat., March 16 12:30 p.m. New York Red Bulls Red Bull Arena Univision
Sat., March 30 12:30 p.m. Los Angeles FC Avaya Stadium Univision
Sat., April 6 4:45 p.m. Portland Timbers Avaya Stadium TBD
Sat., April 13 12 p.m. Houston Dynamo BBVA Compass Stadium Univision
Sat., April 20 6:45 p.m. Sporting Kansas City Avaya Stadium TBD
Wed., April 24 7:30 p.m. Seattle Sounders FC CenturyLink Field TBD
Sat., April 27 12:30 p.m. FC Dallas Toyota Stadium Univision
Sat., May 4 6:45 p.m. FC Cincinnati Avaya Stadium TBD
Sat., May 11 4:30 p.m. New England Revolution Gillette Stadium TBD
Sat., May 18 12:15 p.m. Chicago Fire Avaya Stadium Univision
Sun., May 26 4:30 p.m. Toronto FC BMO Field TBD
Sat., June 1 5 p.m. D.C. United Audi Field TBD
Sat., June 8 12:15 p.m. FC Dallas Avaya Stadium Univision
Wed., June 26 7:15 p.m. Houston Dynamo Avaya Stadium TBD
Sat., June 29 6:30 p.m. LA Galaxy Stanford Stadium TBD
Wed., July 3 5 p.m. Minnesota United FC Allianz Field TBD
Sat., July 6 7:15 p.m. Real Salt Lake Avaya Stadium TBD
Fri., July 12 8 p.m. LA Galaxy Dignity Health Park UniMás
Sat., July 20 7 p.m. Vancouver Whitecaps FC BC Place TBD
Sat., July 27 6:45 p.m. Colorado Rapids Avaya Stadium TBD
Sat., Aug. 3 7:15 p.m. Columbus Crew SC Avaya Stadium TBD
Sat., Aug. 10 6 p.m. Colorado Rapids DSG Park TBD
Sat., Aug. 17 5:30 p.m. Sporting Kansas City Children’s Mercy Park TBD
Wed., Aug. 21 7:30 p.m. Los Angeles FC Banc of California Stadium UniMás
Sat., Aug. 24 6:45 p.m. Vancouver Whitecaps FC Avaya Stadium TBD
Sat., Aug. 31 7:15 p.m. Orlando City SC Avaya Stadium TBD
Wed., Sept. 11 6:30 p.m. Real Salt Lake Rio Tinto Stadium TBD
Sat., Sept. 14 4 p.m. New York City FC Yankee Stadium TBD
Sat., Sept. 21 12:30 p.m. Atlanta United FC Mercedes-Benz Stadium Univision
Wed., Sept. 25 7:45 p.m. Philadelphia Union Avaya Stadium TBD
Sun., Sept. 29 4:15 p.m. Seattle Sounders FC Avaya Stadium TBD
Sun., Oct. 6 1 p.m. Portland Timbers Providence Park TBD

The television broadcast will be announced at a later date.

Some key dates on the home slate:

Three afternoon matches: vs LAFC March 30, Chicago May 18, and FC Dallas June 8.

Only two home midweek games: Houston June 26 and Philadelphia September 25.

FC Cincinnati comes to town May 4.  The return leg at Ohio will be next season.

Rivalry games:

March 30 hosting LAFC, August 21 on the road.

April 6 hosting Portland (who will be playing on the road until June 1), the return leg to finish the season October 6.

Seattle on the road in a mid-week match April 24 and to close out the home slate on Sunday September 29.

And of course the LA Galaxy in the traditional Stanford match on June 29 with the return leg to Carson on Friday July 12.

WATCH: 2019 Earthquakes Home Schedule Revealed (sjearthquakes.com)


The NPSL and USL League Two schedule will be announced at a later date.  The US Open Cup matches with the San Jose Earthquakes and various friendlies will be announced in the coming months.  Follow 3pointsport.com for the latest San Francisco Bay Area soccer news.

This Week 1-7-19

Welcome to 2019.  There was one game over the weekend but that was a makeup game from November 2018 when it was originally scheduled but was delayed mainly due to the Camp Fire.

In a game that was marked by the cold and pockets of rain, Academica SC advances over the Oakland Stompers 1-0 with a late goal in the 80th minute.  The Turlock club now awaits their opponent in April.

 

Thecup.us has an extensive report on the Stompers/Academica match.

2019 US Open Cup Qualifying: Academica SC edges Oakland Stompers in wildfire-postponed match

 

Also, Quakes fans can meet the new head coach at Avaya Stadium. Matias Almeyda will be making the rounds on Sunday January 20 from 1 to 4 pm. There will be a Q/A session moderated by Gabriel Sotelo of Telemundo 48 followed by an autograph session.  San Jose-based Mexican “Popteño” band SuenaTron will be performing plus the Epicenter will be open with food trucks and the bar.  If you are a season pass holder select players will be making appearances.

Tickets are free but you must go to this link to obtain–they will be required to enter the event.

 

The Quakes will open up their season March 2 against Montreal and will be on the road on March 16 at New Jersey to play the New York Red Bulls.  The remainder of the season schedule will be announced soon.