This week 3-19-18

Monday announcements of note.

San Francisco City FC will be hosting player tryouts Sunday March 25 11 am at the Crocker Amazon fields.  Details in the post below or

Also on Thursday March 22 6:30 pm at Standard Deviant Brewing located at 280 14th Street off Mission Street in San Francisco there will be a Town Hill meeting.  If you want to know more about the team, and the future of soccer from a grass-roots viewpoint this meeting is worth checking out.


The details is as follows:

Join us on March 22 at 6:30 pm for a discussion of the club’s future, including planning for professional soccer. Despite a chaotic US soccer scene, SF City has emerged as one of the leaders in the supporter-owned soccer movement. Club chairperson Joachim Steinberg will be speaking about the challenges in the US and SF markets, the club’s professional aspirations, and its current model, at the friendly confines of Standard Deviant Brewery.

Disclosure: I will be at the meeting as a member of San Francisco City FC.

San Francisco City opens up their season Saturday May 5 on the road 7pm at Fresno FC U23s.  Their home opener will be at Kezar Stadium Sunday May 27 2pm against San Diego Zest.  Preseason and regular league schedule is available on the SF City FC website.


Stompers v El Farolito

At Pioneer Stadium in Hayward, Gustavo Tavera-Rico scored on the 28th minute with the assist from Ali Radmand to give the Stompers the 1-0 lead in the home opener for the club. However, despite chippy play consumed by 8 yellow cards (3 from the home team, 5 from the visitors), plus a red card issued to Manuel Garcia of El Farolito in the 71st minute–the NPSL debuatants converted off a late penalty kick from Jansen Salton in the second half of stoppage time to draw the game at 1-1 and to steal a point on the road.


No Facebook series. Instead the set is on flickr. – photos include the instagram posts- Photos by Nap Badillo/Nap Ba.


Both teams will rebound on the road on March 24. The Stompers next play at another NPSL newcomer FC Davis while El Farolito head up the North Bay at Sonoma County Sol.  Both teams will play again May 12 at Boxer Stadium in San Francisco.  The Stompers will be the visiting team at one of their old home grounds this time, with El Farolito choosing the Balboa Park venue as their home pitch in their NPSL debut season.

Update 3/19/2018: Caution stats added along with the goal scorer from El Farolito.

East Bay FC Stompers report with photos from the match.


Quakes v Minnesota

Danny Hoesen scored a brace while Vako added a goal as the Quakes took a 3-0 lead. Minnesota came back with 2 goals from Kevin Molino but the home team held on for a 3-2 victory to kick off the 2018 season.  The score was similar to the last game of the 2017 season in which the Quakes scored the game winner at the end of stoppage time.


Photo album from 3pointsport:


Facebook series – Quakes v Minnesota. Photos by Nap Badillo. All Rights Reserved.



The Quakes next game is on the road against Sporting Kansas City on Saturday March 17 at 5:30pm. NBC Sports Bay Area will cover the game live.


Welcome to my website.  Here I will be reporting on the soccer (or football to you international supporters) in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Topics will range from the San Jose Earthquakes in the top flight to the lower divisions of the PDL and NPSL.  San Francisco City FC is one of my faves going back to the old San Francisco Bay Seals, but I’ve had a grown respect for the NPSL teams such as the Stompers (which is based on the one-off NASL team in 1978) and CD Aguiluchos USA.