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We’ll have to call out our friends at the Beautiful Blog for not writing something about the Quakes.  Yes, the spot was started because of the lack of soccer coverage in the Bay Area especially with the top flight outlet and to give the lower tier leagues a chance at getting recognized but as family we’ll forgive.  Moreover, here is their latest post and it is a good one.  The Roots as a USL Championship outlet sign Saalih Muhammad from New Mexico.

Oakland Roots add first USL player, ex-SF Deltas Saalih Muhammad

We will be posting some off the trail items just in time for the holidays. Stay tuned for one article that is a throwback to several years ago.

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This Week 11-23-20

We’re getting off to an early start due to the holiday week.  On Monday the Quakes playoff game will be summarized but for now, two items from our friends at The Beautiful Blog.

Nana Attakora, star with Oakland Roots, SF Deltas, SJ Quakes, retires


This is an interesting read on Simon Mrsic.  Check it out.  He did spend time with the Stompers several years earlier and has been a fixture on the lower flight soccer scene.  We wish him well where he plays,

COVID-19 couldn’t stop one Bay Area soccer player’s pro dream


Update 11/23/20 7:30pm – our take on the Sporting KC/Quakes game.  It was a thriller that could have gone towards the Quakes favor with an upset in the making but it was not meant to be.  However, a bit of personal vindication six years in the making did take place. 

The 8th ranked Quakes had to play catchup from the start with Roger Espinoza opening up the scoring in the 4th minute.  However, the visiting side was able to draw even 18 minutes later with a strike from Carlos Fierro.  Another tally from Shea Salinas in the 34th minute gave San Jose the lead that they maintained at the half.

However, the top team in the west once again opened up the second half with a goal from Ilie Sanchez once again tying the game 2-2.  Sporting took the lead towards the end of regulation with another tally from Gianluca Busio one minute into the second half of stoppage time.  However, the miracle in Kansas took place with a Chris Wondolowski strike seven minutes into added time.  His strike in the box to draw even 3-3 sent the team into extra time, and was probably the one goal that made up for the one that got away when he played for the US World CupTeam in 2014 against Belgium.  Back then, his strike that went right and missed could have sealed a one-nil win for the Americans but instead lost in extra time two goals to one.

The game went into penalty kicks with Sporting’s Roger Espinoza converting his chance. However, the Quakes ran into a brick wall with Tim Melia saving Oswaldo Alanis’ attempt. Ilie Sanchez and Khiry Shelton were able to get their kicks through JT Marcinkowski but Melia was probably the most clutch player in the shootout blocking Jackson Yueill  and Cristian Espinoza’s kicks from the spot.  

With Sporting KC converting 3 shots and the Quakes making none, the top ranked team advanced to penalties where they will host Minnesota United next.  The Quakes have nothing left except to wonder what would have been but they did not go down without a fight.  Their appearance for the first time since 2017 is a vast improvement over missing out last season and serves as a building block to get further next season but there will be decisions to make.  With Wondolowski now returning for one more year there is the motivation for him to play on the field with the fans in attendance and riding off with the MLS Cup. There will also be other tough choices to make as to who will be retained for next season and who will be left unprotected for the Austin FC expansion draft.  Also, the Quakes will try to retain Shea Salinas, who has been a stalwart with the team since the second return in 2008 save for going to Philadelphia and Vancouver before coming back in 2012.  Plus there is the possibility that both Wondolowski and Salinas could walk and sign with another club.

Another issue looming into next year is if the Quakes will once again field a reserve team since that league is rumored to be returning rather than have a USL affiliate now that Reno 1868 FC decided to cease operations.

While only two matches were played with fans in attendance early on before the season was put on pause for 4 months, the remaining games were played in Orlando, Florida before returning to San Jose with no fans in the stands.  While the matches from August to November were devoid of any spirit and fandom it did provide a welcome respite for everyone going through a very adverse time that is the pandemic.

There is no official word as to when the 2021 season will begin but it will be contingent on fans being able to once again converge safely.  In the meantime between now and the start of the next slate of games we’ll be posting the latest “hot stove” news.


The final parting shot (twitter: sjearthquakes) and despite what is going on worldwide right now–Happy Thanksgiving.

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This Week 11-16-20

No new news for this week.

The Beautiful Blog has a new post from November 10.  Check it out.

Bay Area Soccer: SJ Earthquakes make playoffs, Reno 1868 fold, Oakland Roots membership on sale

Since the 2020 season has been a very unusual one, here is a postcard from Earthquakes Stadium via Instagram.  Right now, our bet is the season may begin later than the usual March start so stay tuned.

For now, we hope for better times.

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This Week 11-9-20

The Quakes complete their 2020 campaign with a home win at LAFC and a road loss at Seattle.

Wednesday’s home game against LAFC was delayed a few days due to three players that tested positive.  The match had playoff implications with the Quakes needing a win to secure their spot in the MLS Cup playoffs.  The visitors took the early lead from a goal by Latif Blessing at the 23rd minute but the home team evened the score 5 minutes later thanks to an own goal from Eduard Atuesa.  Once again Chris Wondolowski game the team the lead at the 37th minute and in the second half Cristian Espinoza scored an insurance goal at the 72nd minute.  Diego Rossi’s goal for LAFC at the end of the game five minutes into stoppage time was an attempt at a comeback but it fell short, giving the Quakes a 3-2 victory and their first playoff spot since 2017.  Wondolowski’s tally was the 166th for his MLS career.

The Quakes finished off their altered season with another road trip to Seattle.  However, the losing continues with a 4-1 loss to the defending MLS Cup champions.   All of the scoring commenced during the second half with Nicolas Lodeiro opening up the scoring with his goal in the 52nd minute.  Two minutes later Raul Ruidiaz continued the tally giving the Sounders a 2-0 lead.  Marcos Lopez drew the Quakes closer with his strike in the 57th minute but that was the only score for the team.  Jordan Morris later increased Seattle’s lead with a goal in the 74th minute, and six minutes later Lopez scored another goal but unfortunately for the other team.  The Sounders ended up beating the Quakes twice on their home field–the other victory coming September 10 with a 7-1 result.

The other news is from Friday with Reno 1868 FC ceasing operations.  The team has been the Quakes USL affiliate since 2017 and has served as a worthy rival to Sacramento Republic.  With the pandemic currently happening and with many of the lower tier teams relying on gate revenue this trend will continue well into 2021 especially with the start of next season at an uncertainty with all levels.  With the Oakland Roots entering the USL from NISA next year despite their unique brand the club is a very viable candidate to become the Quakes new affiliate.

The Quakes next game will be a first round playoff match at Sporting Kansas City on Sunday November 22 at 1pm.  The match will be live on FS1.

This Week 11-2-20

There is nothing to report for this week’s edition.  While two matches were to be played on the docket, only one went on as scheduled with the Quakes winning 2-0 over Real Salt Lake.  Sunday’s match against LAFC to close out the altered 2020 season was postponed due to three positive Covid-19 cases from the LA camp.  As of press time Monday night there has been no word on either a rescheduled date, which most likely be on Wednesday or Thursday, or an outright cancellation which would mean the team’s playoff fortunes will be decided Sunday at Seattle.

As for now, here is our photo gallery from the Real Salt Lake match – more pictures will be added on this page between now and the end of the year.

Some news from SF City FC (disclaimer: lifetime member of the team here):

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BREAKING NEWS – Quakes/LAFC Postponed

NEWS: Earthquakes vs. LAFC Match Postponed (

Sunday’s match between the Quakes and LAFC has been postponed due to three Covid-19 positive tests from the LAFC camp.  As a precaution the game will not be played to allow for further evaluation and testing.  As of now Major League Soccer is evaluating whether or not this match can be rescheduled.

With only one possible date to be played either on Wednesday or Thursday before Decision Day on November 8, there is the possibility that the game could be cancelled.  Stay tuned for further updates.

Quakes v Real Salt Lake

In a match in which both teams needed a win in order to bolster their MLS Cup playoff fortunes, it was Chris Wondolowski who came in the clutch through his goals in the 16th minute off a missed post shot from Cristian Espinoza and again in the 74th minute off a feed from Shea Salinas, which was his 47th career assist for the Quakes tying him with Ronald Cerritos for the all time lead in that category.  The result was a 2-0 victory for the Quakes over Real Salt Lake, and as of now they are in the driver’s seat to make the playoffs for the first time since 2017. For Wondolowski the brace increases his career tally to 165 goals and that performance earned him Player of the Week honors.

The Quakes will play one more home game against LAFC on Sunday November 1 before heading back to Seattle the following weekend on November 8 in what could be a playoff deciding match for both teams.  Real Salt Lake is in a must win situation with their away swing continuing to LA to play the Galaxy at Carson on November 1 before heading home against Sporting Kansas City on November 8.

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This Week 10-26-20

The only matchup from last week was Saturday’s Quakes 2-1 loss to Vancouver.  Due to current travel restrictions from the Covid-19 pandemic the match was played at the Timbers home stadium in Portland.  Carlos Fierro opened up the scoring for the Quakes in the 24th minute but that lead could not be kept thanks to a pair of Whitecaps goals in the second half from Ali Adnan in the 51st minute, and Tosaint Ricketts grabbing the go ahead goal 6 minutes later.

The Quakes currently hold the last playoff spot in eighth place and only one point behind fifth place.  Their final regular season games against Real Salt Lake Wednesday and LAFC Sunday at home, and Seattle on November 8 on the road may hold the key to the team’s playoff fortunes.

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