Their return match was marked by the debut of homegrown product 16 year old Cade Cowell and draft pick Tanner Beason from Stanford and SF City. The Quakes got off to a lead with a goal from Vako 11 minutes into the game, only to have the game tied with a Galaxy goal from Daniel Steres 22 minutes later.
The game was even at the half but Cowell finally found the back of the net in the 59th minute. However the chances of getting points on the road became naught with goals from Cristian Pavon from a questionable call from the penalty spot in 72nd minute with Bay Area product Sebastian Lletget getting the game winner 10 minutes later.
The Quakes will remain in the LA area to play LAFC up the road by downtown on Wednesday September 2, while the LA Galaxy will travel to Portland to take on the Timbers. The return leg of the first phase of the resumption of the MLS season will be on Sunday September 13 at 8pm with the California Clasico returning to Earthquakes Stadium.
Note: Our takes on the past few days and this weekend will be posted as part of our Monday “This Week” article.
The most recent post from The Beautiful Blog at sfgate.com – it looks like South San Francisco will have a new NSL team. Also their article was posted before the events that unfurled. For now, the Quakes will have their return on the road against LA Galaxy as part of their 6 game return. They will remain in the LA area until next week where they will meet LAFC up the road in their downtown stadium. Their home debut will finally start next weekend against Colorado. The postponed game against Portland is now scheduled for Wednesday September 16.
Some bad news and the one bit of good news for this week.
First up, Magnus Eriksson has played his last game for the Quakes. The midfielder has transferred back home to Sweden to play for Djurgardens IF. His team career stats from 2018 when he joined was 69 appearances in 73 regular season games, starting in 66 of them with 13 goals and 14 assists. The team now has an international spot open and it looks like they will be looking into the Mexican and possibly South American leagues for a replacement.
It is with regret that we will not be able to cover the return of the Quakes from the stadium when play resumes this week. We would like to be there for at least a match but the current situation will prevent us from doing so. However, we will be posting a summary of the home matches every Monday, along with their away games. We look forward to returning to the stadium with all the supporters, fans, and staff in attendance but we will be there in spirit and hopefully enjoying a game with small fellow Quakes fans. This door is closed, but another one will open. For this week, even though the philosophy is “Football without fans in nothing” the closed door games will give every supporter a morale boost, lift spirits win lose or draw, and have some sense of normalcy. We graciously look forward to the return of top flight games, and eventually those in the lower flight.
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Only one item to report, which is unfortunate. The 2020 US Open Cup has been cancelled. However, lower tier teams that were slated to participate in the tournament such as the Olympic Club will have their spots retained for 2021.
The Roots have not announced their home schedule as of yet, but if the NISA site is correct they will open on the road for the first two games. They will play September 5 at LA Force and the following weekend on September 13 at Cal United Strikers. The rest of their schedule will be announced in the future. Details at the NISA site, select Oakland Roots.
The revised 2020 Quakes schedule has been announced. Right now six games are to be played beginning August 26 through September 13. The remaining schedule to November 8 will be announced at a later date in early September. MLS Cup will be played December 12.
With the Oakland Roots already announcing their intent to play games closed door starting next month the Quakes matches will be played under those same conditions with just the teams and essential personnel in place.
The Quakes run in the MLS is Back tournament came to an end last Saturday with a 4-1 loss to Minnesota United. The team was once again handed a loss to the Loons similar to their match on March 7 in which they lost 5-0. That meeting was the last regular season game before the entire schedule was suspended and eventually cancelled due to the Covid-19 global pandemic.
The Quakes were unable to dominate the game thanks to 2 goals in the 20th minute from Robin Lod and Jacori Hayes. While Magnus Eriksson was able to capitalize his penalty kick goal in the 50th minute, Luis Amarilla put the game out of reach in the 56th minute with Marlon Hairston scoring the final goal in the 86th minute. Twice this year Adrian Heath has dominated the coaching against Matias Almeyda.
The highlights and summary are from the team. The next games are to be determined with the possibility of the Quakes playing home games sometime later this month through November 8, with the playoffs commencing a week later with MLS Cup to be tentatively held on December 12.
Looks like the Roots will be returning to play with a benefit event. Both the team and The Beatiful Blog has the deets. Of note: the report is from Thursday July 30 before the Quakes match.
The Quakes continued their run in the MLS is Back Tournament in Florida with a 5-2 win over Real Salt Lake in Orlando Monday night. Cristian Espinoza kicked off the scoring in the 21st minute only to be drawn even with a Douglas Martinez goal a minute later. Magnus Eriksson gave the Quakes the lead again with a penalty kick goal in the 49th minute with Vako scoring another 12 minutes later. Damil Kreilach allowed his Real Salt Lake club back into the game with a goal in the 75th minute but Wondo and Magnus gave the team insurance goals to secure the win–with the latter scoring again off the penalty spot in stoppage time. Daniel Vega commanded the nets with 3 saves.
The Quakes now takes on the winner of Columbus Crew/Minnesota United on Saturday August 1 at 5pm.
Also, from last week there are reports of MLS returning to league play with the first game to start on August 22 and running through November 10. MLS Cup will be contested on December 12.
There is a blurb from our friends at sfgate on the late San Francisco Deltas. The players have moved on to other locales, while coach Marc dos Santos has taken the head coach position with the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Once again, the Bay Area has launched a bid to host a major sporting event. This is nothing new given the 1994 World Cup, 1999 Women’s World Cup, 2016 Copa America, and other various matches.
The Quakes have put out a story on this possibility, which we think will happen once again. Levi’s Stadium will likely serve as a main venue, though Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto and Memorial Stadium in Berkeley would possibly be good alternative sites. Earthquakes Stadium, Santa Clara University, Boxer and Kezar Stadiums in San Francisco, plus San Francisco State would probably serve as practice facilities for the tournament. Most or all would require some kind of refurbishing to accommodate the teams, media, and crowds.
The Bay Area bid has launched a website, and it would be a major shock if the Bay Area was passed in favor of another city. We’ll bet that in six years the world will converge here for world class soccer.
The Quakes played two games this past week. First off, this past Wednesday the Quakes came from behind to beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 4-3 in classic comeback fashion reminiscent of the 2012 Goonies. Also on Sunday the team completed Group B play with a 2-0 win over the Chicago Fire. Right now the next game for the Quakes will be on Monday July 27 at 5:30pm against the 3rd place team from either Group A, C, or D.
We will be back post-game next week against the Quakes match with the summary from their knockout round match against New York City FC from Group A, Toronto/DC United/New England/Montreal from Group C, or Real Salt Lake/Minnesota/Sporting Kansas City/Colorado from Group D.