This week 6-4-18

Some stuff from other places:

For the Badge has some great shots from the pitch – our view was from the stands.  Note: the remaining Glens games we’ll cover at Boxer will be from that vantage point.

The San Francisco Derby

From the CD Aguiluchos Facebook page – The Eagles lose to the Stompers 2-1 – we’ll be catching them again later this month.

⬛️™️Aguiluchos Amarga tarde para nuestro equipo ¡ caímos 2 a 1 vs Stompers FC Nos levantaremos con más fuerza 👉👊🏻

Posted by CD Aguiluchos USA on Sunday, June 3, 2018

Sacramento Gold nabs first win of the season. (

SF City event:

Update 6/4: Sacramento Gold article and SF City event added

Update 6/5: FC Davis report added (

Update 6/7: Stompers v Aguiluchos at Hayward ( – Note one more game to cover the Stompers on the docket.

Throwback-Flashback: Everton FC

Earlier this week I started a new series called “Throwback-Flashback”. Here I’ll be posting a theme from past games, merely as a showcase.  Anything of interest will be posted with a selection of shots and a story behind them.

The first series will be on Everton FC, from Liverpool, England and one of the most storied clubs from there.  The shots are from July 2013 when they played a friendly against Juventus FC of Turin, Italy at AT&T Park.

The view was from the first base dugout at the baseball grounds, so I was literally behind the end zone.  Before Levi’s Stadium was built, AT&T hosted a few select games from the US National Team in 2006 to the San Jose Earthquakes in 2012.  Candlestick Park when it was still in existence also held soccer matches before closing in late 2014.

The result from this friendly was a 1-1 draw with Everton winning 6-5 on penalty kicks.  Some of the marquee names from the English side included Tim Howard and Marouane Fellaini, which was worth the price of the ticket.

Select shots from the Everton side. By Nap Badillo.

The team has the recent history of having US players from the aforementioned Howard, Brian McBride, and Landon Donovan during his short loan from MLS so I have to tip my hat off to this team.  I dedicate this series to Tommy and Brendan, who are the biggest Everton supporters on this side so it’s for them and the “Blue” crew.   Next time I’ll be posting another club from the vault.



Every Thursday and/or Friday (or during a break/off-season lull) I’ll be posting items from the vault or anything I never got around to sharing. This blurb is a catchup from January and February before the debut of the site this past March.

East Bay FC Stompers v Japan Select team (Kosmos FC – Kyoto) 1//23/2018.
EBFC 2 – 4 Japan Select (Kosmos FC)

NPSL pre-season friendly to kick off 2018.  My set can be found here:

instagram/twitter: ebfcstompers
Of note: The Stompers are celebrating their 40th Anniversary in 2018.  Their only NASL season was played in Oakland.  The Japan Select team consists of college players from Japan and here who were on tour earlier in January, and part of a scouting combine–players trying to make a professional club.
Black and Blue Scrimmage 1/27/2018
Debut for this site.  Just practice and a way to welcome the team back for the upcoming season.  Open to season ticket holders, the soccer version of “Fan Fest”.
I don’t stick around for the player appearances but the event is a way for fans to get pictures and autographs and to talk about the upcoming season.  Just a few fun highlights here:
Quakes v Reno 2/10/2018
Highlights and scenes from the friendly between the MLS team and their USL minor league affiliate.  The Quakes defeated Reno 1868 FC 4-0 in the team’s soft opener (preseason).

Of note: My NPSL sets are on my flickr host, my PDL material are on flickr and Facebook, while my MLS notebook is only on Facebook.

All photos by Nap Badillo/Nap Ba (as the Stompers still mention, so going with both).  Enjoy and there will be more items forthcoming from the vault–be in the stands or on the pitch.

This week 5-28-18

Enjoy the holiday and honor/remember those who have given up their lives, and those who serve on this Memorial Day weekend. Some news of note from elsewhere.

SF Glens Down LA Galaxy SD Zest with Late Lightning Strike for First Win in PDL History (

Wondo returns to starting lineup, but SJ Quakes still lose ( – the Beautiful Blog, by Douglas Zimmerman)

And last but not least, SF City hosting their home opener against SD Zest.  Any updates from elsewhere will be added on the blurb here on the site.

We’ll be back with some interesting stuff from the vault. Plus we’ll be catching up with a few things we didn’t get to earlier this year.  Thanks for checking things out here at and like/follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

SF City v San Diego Zest

After 7 games on the road (5 in league play and 2 with the US Open Cup) SF City finally hosted their 2018 home debut at an old familiar ground Kezar Stadium.  The return to the venerable field after one year up the hill at Negoesco Stadium was long awaited but it was not the result the home supporters wanted.  The San Diego Zest (aka the LA Galaxy U23s) was fresh off a 3-0 loss to the San Francisco Glens Thursday and a 3-3 draw at Santa Cruz Saturday, and the Southern California club was eager to get points on the road.  The result was the Galaxy affiliate spoiling the home opener with a 2-0 win thanks to a first half goal by Nico Tagaloa, with the assist by Andy Sartor.

SF City had their best chance with a Danny Kirkland free kick late in the game that sailed wide of the net.  The team’s fate was sealed thanks to a late goal from Shota Fukuda.


Facebook series – SF City vs San Diego Zest (LA Galaxy U23s).

Flickr set – photos include the instagram posts.  All photos by Nap Badillo. All rights reserved.

SF City will be seeking their first league win on June 2 at 5pm with a short road trip to Boxer Stadium against PDL debutants SF Glens to kick off the inter-city rivalry.  That game will be the nitecap to a two game set with NPSL clubs El Farolito hosting Napa Valley 1839 FC at noon.  San Diego Zest returns home to host Ventura County Fusion on June 6 at 7:30pm.

Midfield press article by Tommy Hodul. Once again thanks!

SF City summary (

SD Zest take (

Update 5/29/2018: Articles from Midfield Press, SF City, and SD Zest added.


This week 5-21-18

News from other matches around the Bay Area:

Midfield Press: Stompers v FC Davis by Tommy Hodul

SF City recap: A 3-1 loss in the Open Cup vs Sacramento, a draw in league play Friday vs the Orange County U23s, and a 3-2 loss Sunday vs San Diego Zest (LA Galaxy U23s) (

The Glens had a bye week but they resume play at home Thursday at 5:30 vs San Diego Zest (LA Galaxy U23s) (

A profile on Oakland Pro Soccer by Douglas Zimmerman – very good read (


Quakes v DC United

DC United scored 3 unanswered goals in the first half and held on to the lead in a 3-1 win over the Quakes.  Zoltán Stieber opened up the tally with a goal in the 15th minute, followed by goals by Darren Mattocks in the 20th, and Yamil Asad in the 37th.  Luciano Acosta had 2 assists in the game, as did Paul Arriola.  The only Quakes goal was off Danny Hoesen unassisted in the 43rd minute.

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

Four thoughts from Quakesfan

Both teams will be traveling to Los Angeles to meet their respective opponents next weekend.  The Quakes will meet their longtime rival LA Galaxy at the Stubhub Center in Carson, CA in a Friday night tilt on May 25 at 8pm.  DC United will continue their California swing/extended road trip with a match in the Los Angeles city limits playing LAFC at the new Banc of California Stadium on Saturday May 26 at 7pm.  (Of note: the Quakes series against LAFC will be their next home game on June 9 at 7:15pm, and at Southern California on September 22 at 12:30pm.)

El Farolito v Stompers

In a game that was marked by chippy play, yellow cards, and a red card to captain Zano Mahic of the visiting team East Bay FC Stompers, the new home team El Farolito broke the deadlock with a late goal from Gustavo Ruelas in the 84th minute to give them a 2-1 win.  Faro opened up the scoring with a 55th minute goal from Luis Hernandez (no relation to the Mexican legend), while the Stompers responded with the equalizer from Gerardo Moya in the 72nd minute.

This game marked the return of the former San Francisco team which played many of their games at the venerable stadium before moving to the East Bay for the 2016 season.  The return leg was a rematch of the opening night meeting on March 17 which saw Farolito come back to steal a point on the road over the host Stompers in a 1-1 draw.   As of Saturday night, El Farolito holds first place with 18 points over CD Aguiluchos with 17.

Flickr set – photos include the instagram posts- Photos by Nap Badillo/Nap Ba.

El Farolito stays home to host Sonoma County Sol in another noontime start Saturday May 19.  The Stompers return to Hayward to host newcomer FC Davis on the same day at 7pm.

Update 5/14: Tommy Hodul’s report on the game.