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.
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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.
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.
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.
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 npsl.com – search: Golden Gate Conference.
Note: UPSL Stompers will play against Nevada on March 16 at 7:30pm.
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).
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.
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.