This Week 3-9-20

Our coverage was just in San Jose, where the Quakes lost to Minnesota in the wet weather.

Our friends at the Beautiful Blog has the highlights from the Roots win over Michigan Stars. 3pointsport will be back in the stands for their next home match April 4 against Detroit City FC.

Oakland Roots win first NISA league match

There was also UPSL and NPSL action this weekend.  In the UPSL, JASA Redwood City lose on the road to MCSC Jaguars 4-0 in the Salinas Valley.  Real San Jose was the winner over Pajaro Valley 3-2, while San Leandro came out on top over Livingston 5-2. The Stompers won over Vacaville 5 to 1 in another Oakland match while Contra Costa FC lost to NorCal United 2-1.

In the NPSL Project 51O made their debut with a match at Napa Valley, and they get a 2-1 road win.  Their home schedule begins Sunday March 15 with a match against Sacramento Gold kickoff at 3 pm.

Quakes v Minnesota

The Quakes lose to the Loons 5-2.  The wet weather and the recent health news on coronavirus (COVID-19) were enough to reduce the attendance despite the recent concerns but it was a former teammate that did the team in.

The Quakes had to play catchup from the start due to a goal in the 13th minute by former player Ike Opara but thanks to Video Assisted Replay (VAR) San Jose was awarded a penalty kick in which Magnus Eriksson was able to convert 6 minutes later.  However, the Loons were able to pull away with the lead and the win thanks to goals from Jan Luis Robin, and another from Opara.  Vako’s tally in the 53rd was the only consolation goal.

Photo album

Minnesota will next host NYCFC in their home opener on Sunday March 15 at 4pm, while the Quakes will hit the road for the first time when Philadelphia kicks off their home schedule on Saturday March 14 at 4:30pm.

Latest News

Update 3/6 – the game will be going on as scheduled, with an advisory:

This Week 3-2-20

Our coverage last weekend was the official start of the MLS league season and the NISA spring schedule respectively, with the first match on the pitch from San Jose where the home team in the final play of the game drew even with Toronto 2-2, and the second match in the stands where the Oakland Roots had their own dramatics with a come from behind goal to draw with Chattanooga FC 1-1.

Also The Beautiful Blog has their own highlights on both matches–Doug, Mike, and Mike do a much better job explaining their takes:

Stunning late free kick earns SJ Earthquakes draw in opener

Late strike earns Oakland Roots point in season opener

Doug again has a good read on Oakland Roots coach Jordan Ferrell

New Oakland Roots coach breaks pro soccer color barrier (sfgate.com)

Update: Dan from kairostic.com (Quakesfan) has his extensive take on the game–again he explains things better with his own spin.

Thoughts on Quakes 2-2 Draw vs. Toronto FC

In other news, El Farolito loses to Napa Valley  1-0 in their home opener at Kezar Stadium.  The next coverage will be back to San Jose this weekend against Minnesota.  The Roots will be hosting Michigan Stars.

Oakland Roots v Chattanooga FC

The Oakland Roots mounted a comeback with a late second half goal to draw even with Chattanooga FC 1-1.  Ian McGrath opened up the scoring with his goal in the 33rd minute – his score was the first goal in the professional era of the club after 10 years in the NPSL.  Jack McInerny of the Roots scored the game-tying goal in the closing minutes of the game to wrestle away a possible win from the visitors.  The match was the start of the Spring season for both clubs.  The other highlight from the match was Roots defender (and former SF City favorite) Robert Hines II getting the ejection before the end of the first half.

The attendance of 5,603 people has made the Roots a hit in the East Bay, which is comparable to the likes of Detroit City FC and their opponents Chattanooga.

Photo Set (enjoying the match in the stands)

Both teams will play next against the Michigan Stars, with the Roots playing against them on Saturday March 7 at 5:10pm while Chattanooga FC hosting the same team in their home opener on March 14 at noon.

Quakes v Toronto FC

San Jose kicked off their 2020 season against the defending Eastern Conference champions Toronto FC.  The Canadian club got off to a lead thanks to a penalty kick goal from Alejandro Pozuelo in the 40th minute from the penalty spot, and another goal early in the second half from Richie Laryea.  The Quakes mounted a second half comeback thanks to a goal from Andy Rios in the 53rd minute.

The home team was destined for another loss when Oswaldo Alanis scored off a free kick in the closing minutes of stoppage time to steal a point from Toronto FC.

Photo set (notebook)

The Quakes will next play against Minnesota on Saturday March 7 4:45 kickoff, while Toronto FC will open up their home schedule against NYCFC on the same day 2:00 start.

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Once again, Doug Zimmerman at sfgate.com has a writeup on the 2020 Oakland Roots.  Instead of the friendlies that were scheduled to fill up the schedule last year there is the focus on league play.  The Roots kick off against Chattanooga FC tomorrow at 5:10pm at Laney College in Oakland.

Meet the 2020 Oakland Roots (sfgate.com)