This Week 9-28-20

Some news from this past weekend.  First up the Beautiful Blog has the story on the Oakland Roots in their win over Michigan Stars to advance to the NISA Fall Tournament Semifinals.

Kim’s early goal sends Oakland Roots through to NISA Tourney semis

The other is a Sunday shocker from Los Angeles where the Quakes took on LAFC.  This match was originally scheduled to played on that day, but with the pandemic cancelling the slate of games–the teams were able to meet on the actual day at the exact location, albeit revised.  Quakesfan has the deets on the match.  He can tell you the score. Spoiler: the Quakes finally win against LAFC 2-1.

Not Done Yet: GBU Report on Quakes’ 2-1 Win at LAFC

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A bit late but timely.  First and foremost the highlights from Wednesday’s Quakes blowout loss, which has become a bit of a trend of late.

GBU Report: Quakes Lose 5-0 to Colorado

Next up, the deets from the Roots second game in the NISA Fall Tournament, which is also their swan song given their move to the USL Championship in 2021.  As of April we were looking forward to the Oakland Roots host Detroit City but it was not meant to be.  Instead, they duel as lame ducks in this match.

Late goal costs Oakland Roots chance to advance in NISA Tournament

And moving to the opinion section, first up, Quakesfan gives their take on their defense of the General Manager.  We’ll yield to them.

In Defense of Jesse Fioranelli

Plus their critique on Matias.

Almeyda’s Words Coming Back to Haunt Him

Finally, our friend Joel Soria gives his take on sfgate on the current state of affairs with the Quakes.  In order to compete, the team needs to spend to meet expectations of the newer teams such as Atlanta United.

Opinion: Spending is the Quakes’ only way out – and now John Fisher knows it

If you do, please give Joel a follow on Twitter.  He is part of the next generation of soccer scribes and anything he publishes is worth a read.

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Protagonist Soccer has a blurb on SF City.  There are topics that have been already covered but to the newcomer or anyone from outside of the Bay Area, this is a good read.  Check it out.

Under the Lights: San Francisco City FC (USL League 2) – (protagonistsoccer.com)

Anyone interested in movie night? The Quakes have had drive in viewings of their matches from their scoreboard and now will have Friday Night family fare starting October 2.  The details to reserve are on their website.  The film showings will be Abominable, Despicable Me, Trolls, Monster House, and Hotel Transylvania.

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Remaining 2020 Quakes Schedule announced

The season will continue until November 8.  TV times TBA.

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

One item of note is their road game against Vancouver will be in Portland due to travel restrictions between the US and Canada during the current Covid-19 pandemic.

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES REMAINING 2020 SCHEDULE

DATE

OPPONENT

TIME (PT)

TV

Radio

Saturday, Oct. 3

LA

7:30 p.m.

TBD

1050/1370

Wednesday, Oct. 7

VAN

7:30 p.m.

TBD

1050/1370

Sunday, Oct. 11

POR

7 p.m.

TBD

1050/1370

Wednesday, Oct. 14

LA

7:30 p.m.

TBD

1050/1370

Sunday, Oct. 18

SEA

7:30 p.m.

TBD

1050/1370

Saturday, Oct. 24

VAN*

7 p.m.

TBD

1050/1370

Wednesday, Oct. 28

RSL

7:30 p.m.

TBD

1050/1370

Sunday, Nov. 1

LAFC

7:30 p.m.

TBD

1050/1370

Sunday, Nov. 8

SEA

3:30 p.m.

TBD

1050/1370

Matches at Earthquakes Stadium shown in bold

*Match will be played in Portland

The Nov 8 match against Seattle will be played at the same time with all the other matches to determine the final standings and playoff seedings.  MLS Cup will be played on Saturday December 12.

This Week 9-21-20

There were two games on the docket.  This part Saturday the Quakes could not manage to get any more points as they were defeated by the Timbers 6-1 in another blowout. Quakesfan.com has their take on that match.

GBU Report: Quakes Lose 6-1 To Portland

The Roots played Monday night in the Detroit area against New Amsterdam FC of New York in the NISA Fall tournament.  The Beautiful Blog has the summary of their 3-0 win.

Oakland Roots cruise to victory in NISA Tourney opener vs. New Amsterdam

To close, it looks like another down season for the Quakes save for their performance in the MLS is Back tournament in July.  I will let Quakesfan.com talk on this–here  I did partake in the survey and the takes are interesting.  Just check it out–and also his photo highlights from the games.

2020 Season Fan Poll Results

And a postcard from another friend of the site drive_x_strike.  Alright you’re buying us the beer! We have been staying home and enjoying the games from NBC Sports Bay Area/California so we love to see who has been able to cover the games closed door.  We anticipate returning once safe and allowed by the health officials.

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The latest deets has a ton of news.   First up, Quakesfan has the highlights from last night’s 1-1 draw between the Quakes and Timbers in the first of two games in a 4 day span. As of now, only few outlets are allowed into the stadium so there is limited reporting.  Along with many of our contemporaries who are either staying away or on hiatus, we are currently opting out of field coverage depending on the Quakes opponent, and so far every opponent has made the past trip to San Jose.

GBU Report: Quakes Draw Versus Timbers

For now, one of our friends of the site drive_x_strike was able to obtain access to the match.  He does not have a press site except for a photo host but check out and follow his instagram feed.  We enjoy his material as well and is worth the follow.

To no one’s surprise with the Roots going from NISA to the USL Championship their reserve team Project 51O will be making the switch from the NPSL to USL League Two.  Already we are looking forward to the rivalry games between them and SF City, the Glens, and the Santa Cruz Breakers the way footy is supposed to be.  Their schedule along with the other local teams will be contingent on whether people will be able to return and attend the matches.

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NEWS – Roots to USL Championship

What has been on the soccer webs is now official.  The Roots will have their NISA swan song with the Fall Tournament in the Detroit area, and then switch to the USL Championship for next year.  With the departure of the Warriors back to San Francisco and the Raiders once again leaving town for Las Vegas, the Roots along with the baseball Athletics are the only major teams in Oakland.

We will let Doug Zimmerman of the Beautiful Blog’s article do the talking.  In addition with the advent of the Roots move, the Concord/Walnut Creek USL team is all but dead. Our take is that while we would have loved the Roots to remain in NISA, for the sake of their long term future a move to the USL Championship may be to their benefit.  While we hope some other team can take over the Bay Area NISA spot, we hope the Roots will thrive and succeed in the East Bay.  Instead of Detroit City, Chattanooga, and the Cosmos to name the new rivalries will include Sacramento until they join MLS (or if they choose to field a reserve USL team to continue their tenure), Reno, and the Portland, LA Galaxy, and Seattle (Tacoma) B-teams.  2021 tickets and schedule information will be announced at a future date.

This Week 9-14-20

The latest has the Quakes playing a pair of matches, plus an update in the schedule.  On Thursday they suffered their most humiliating defeat losing to the Seattle Sounders 7-1.  The lone tally was a penalty kick goal from Chris Wondolowski in the 71st minute.  His tally extended his career scoring record to 163 goals.

The second game was a more respectable result when the Quakes and the LA Galaxy played to a scoreless draw.  The match was the first league match played between the two teams at Earthquakes Stadium since 2017.

Last week the extended schedule was announced with 3 more games added.  The Quakes will play the Portland Timbers at home twice, with their makeup match this Wednesday at 6:30 pm and another Saturday at 7:30 pm.

The extended schedule is as follows:

DATE

OPPONENT

TIME (PT)

TV

Radio

Wednesday, Sept. 16

POR

6:30 pm

FS1

1050/1370

Saturday, Sept. 19

POR

7:30 pm

FS1

1050/1370

Wednesday, Sept. 23

COL

6 pm

TBD

TBD

Sunday, Sept. 27

LAFC

7:30 pm

TBD

TBD

Also the Roots play to a 1-1 draw against Cal United Strikers at Irvine in Southern California. The Beautiful Blog has the highlights.

Late McInerney PK gives Oakland Roots tie against Cal Utd

Our good friend Quakesfan has another post–please check him out. Right now the Quakes have only managed one point which was against Colorado at home. The regular season is a marathon and not a sprint and because Matias is a very good tournament coach his style may not fit well for a 6 to 7 month season schedule.  In any case, the deets are better explained there, along with the gang at The Beautiful Blog.

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This Week 9-7-20

The Quakes played two matches in the past week.  First up they were once again defeated by LAFC 5-1.  Danny Hoesen scored the only goal in the final seconds of the match.  This past weekend’s match was marked by the first home game in almost 6 months hosting Colorado before an empty stadium and limited staff. (Note: as of now we are opting out of reporting, though we reserve the option to cover select matches).

The match was highlighted by career goal 162 from Chris Wondolowski from the penalty spot in the 59th minute.  However, the lead was erased thanks to a goal from former Quake Kei Kamara in the 81st minute to draw the teams even.  His goal was the 129th of his stellar career.  Next up for the Quakes will be a road trip to Seattle on Thursday Sept 10 at 7pm while Colorado will host Houston on Wednesday Sept 9 at 5pm PDT.

The Roots also played this weekend in their first match in 6 months with a road trip against LA Force.  Thanks to two goals from Matt Fondy the Roots were able to secure the win.  Next up is another Southern California match against Cal United next Sunday at 4pm.

The Beautiful Blog has two stories regarding the Oakland Roots–first up is their summary of the game in greater detail and their protest against social injustice.

Fondy’s brace carries Oakland Roots to first ever away victory

The second from TBB has been speculation that the Roots will switch from NISA to the USL Championship in 2021.  The story cannot be confirmed nor denied but their move has already sparked controversy as to where teams can fit best in accordance to the soccer model, especially in regards to promotion/relegation.  The possible move will also mean taking over the territorial rights in the Bay Area which is currently held by investors in Walnut Creek/Concord and will establish a short rivalry with Sacramento Republic until they become an expansion MLS side in 2023.  It may continue if the future MLS side chooses to field a reserve side to compete once more in the Championship.  If any further developments occur they will be posted here.

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