Before a sellout crowd of 18,000 the Quakes and Cruz Azul played to a scoreless draw. The match was eventful in the sense that the game was played at a mini-Azteca and was the second Liga MX team that the Quakes hosted this season, having played Leon in March.
The game also marked the return of Rafa Baca, who spent 3 seasons with the Quakes from 2011 to 2013. His return to the Quakes as a second half sub was met with respectable cheers.
Photo album from 3pointsport:
Facebook series – Quakes v Cruz Azul. Photos by Nap Badillo. All Rights Reserved.
The Quakes international record is now 11-10-10 having drawn both Manchester United and Cruz Azul this year. The team has not been successful playing Liga MX/Primera Division teams in their history, but the draw was their fourth, and now have improved to 1-7-4. Next up for the Quakes will be their final home game at Avaya Stadium on October 21 against the Colorado Rapids at 1:45pm. Cruz Azul will play on the road against Querétaro on Saturday October 20 at 3pm.
And yes, in addition to Saturday’s game at Avaya we were at Boxer Stadium to cover the SFSFL championship game. The next match we will be covering is this Saturday at 5:15 pm between the Quakes and Cruz Azul. We will be at the remaining Quakes 2018 games plus a few more from the San Francisco Bay Area. Keep checking out the site for any updates or breaking news.
We have been busy this weekend with both the Quakes v Red Bulls game Saturday and the SFSFL Championship Game between Mezcala and Olympic Club at Boxer Stadum. Olympic Club ended up being the dominant team with a 5-2 victory over Mezcala to win the trophy. Despite the Sunday being dominated by other headlines, a respectable crowd of 300 were in attendance for this title match.
The San Francisco Soccer Football League (SFSFL) is one of the oldest soccer leagues in the USA, having their start in 1902. To put this in perspective, the US Open Cup didn’t start until 1914, the National Football League (American football) until 1920, and the baseball championship which was later to called the “World” Series didn’t get contested until the following year in 1903, with a boycott happening that year after by a team called the New York Giants, and not resuming until 1905 with that team winning it all.
Our plan is to cover select games around the UPSL and other lower leagues for the rest of the calendar year. We’ve covered the Oakland Roots, Oakland Stompers, the SFSFL title match, and we like to venture down to Redwood City to check out JASA so stay tuned for more matches between now and November. The next matches for 3pointsport will be the remaining Quakes matches at Avaya, both a friendly against Cruz Azul and the final league match against Colorado. We love to know what you think so we can take things to the next level next season.
The Quakes season of futility continued with a loss against Eastern Conference contender New York Red Bulls 3-1 in their bi-annual match at Avaya Stadium. Alex Myul (29th minute), Bradley Wright-Phillips (32nd minute), and Aaron Long (50th minute) accounted for the Red Bulls scoring and they held on to the lead for the remainder of the match. The one Quakes consolation was a late goal from Chris Wondolowski (83rd minute). His tally put him at 144 goals which puts him closer to tying the record set by Landon Donovan at 145.
Facebook series – Quakes v New York Red Bulls. Photos by Nap Badillo. All Rights Reserved
The Quakes will finish out their home league schedule on Sunday October 21 against the Colorado Rapids 2pm kick off. However, during the international window they will host a match against Liga MX club Cruz Azul on Saturday October 13 at 5:15 pm. The Red Bulls are off next weekend for the international matches, but will hit the road with a trip along Interstate 95 to play against the Philadelphia Union on October 21.
Our buddies at the Beautiful Blog were in the house. The report from Doug Z is at the site – yes, he is there when the (team formerly known as the) Metros visits the Bay Area. If the schedule only allowed for a home and home series instead a bi-annual visit–for 2019 the teams will play at Red Bull Arena.
The SFSFL semis saw Olympic Club win over Club Marin 5-4 while Mezcala defeating SF Vikings 3-2. The SFSFL Premier championship kickoff is 10:30am Sunday October 7 at Boxer Stadium with Olympic Club meeting Mezcala for the title. There is a preliminary match super early with Azteca FC (2nd place Major Div) playing Metropolitan (1st Div champs) at 8:30am.
In UPSL action Real Salt Lake wins over the Oakland Stompers 1-0. JASA Redwood City defeated San Ramon Dynamos FC 6-1.
Also last Thursday Jimmy Conrad was introduced as the Technical Director/Associate Head Coach for the Glens. The Examiner has their take on the presser.
Trying something different for this week. 3pointsport was at the recent Rugby World Cup Sevens in July for one day and we like to share some of the best shots.
For this week here are a pair from the Mexico vs New Zealand women’s match.
During the month of October every week we will be sharing double of pictures. If you like this sport or want to see more, let us know and we could cover a future event on the rugby calendar. We want to expand not only with soccer but also with other sports that get little attention.
Not much to report except the Quakes will be on the road playing out the schedule against the Houston Dynamo. Kickoff at 5:30pm on NBCSCA Plus.
Also the Oakland Stompers are fresh off their win last weekend over the Oakland Leopards (Oakland Roots reserves) in the first round of the US Open Cup. They open up UPSL league play against Real San Jose at Raimondi Park Saturday 7:30 pm.
Also, Jimmy Conrad was introduced as the SF Glens Technical Director/Associate Head Coach. It looks like that he will be coaching not only the PDL (USL: League Two) outfit as an assistant but also will be overseeing the various teams under the team’s umbrella ranging from futsal to the youth groups. Conrad’s playing resume includes stints with the San Jose Earthquakes/Clash, Kansas City Wizards (Sporting Kansas City), and in college with UCLA. He also played in the 2006 World Cup for the USA.
The latest interview is with Jimmy Conrad at path2prosoccer.com and also there are other chats with Reno 1868 coach Ian Russell, former SF Deltas coach and current LAFC assistant Marc Dos Santos (who has been linked to the Quakes and Whitecaps head coaching jobs), Todd Dunivant, Paul Holocher, and Nick Lima to name.