Landon Donovan was greeted with a mix of boos and cheers in his Avaya Stadium debut, but he had the last word in the exhibition with his goal in the 19th minute. That was the only scoring as Club Leon defeated the Quakes 1-0 before a crowd of 14,532.
Photo album from 3pointsport:
Facebook series – Quakes v Club Leon. Photos by Nap Badillo. All Rights Reserved.
The Quakes international record is now 11-10-8. The futility for them continues with a 1-7-3 record against the teams from south of the border. Next up for the Quakes will be New York City FC on March 31 in their bi-annual appearance at Avaya Stadium. There is an early 4:45pm start to accomodate the ESPN networks, who will cover this match live. Leon will continue their road tour against Tigres UNAL on the same day.
San Franciso City FC’s pre-season friendlies begin on March 31st with a match against Notre Dame Du Namur University! The pre-season will wrap up with the long standing Negoesco derby match against USF on April 28th. The full slate of friendlies is listed below:
Notre Dame Du Namur – March 31st 11am NDN campus Belmont
SF State – April 7th 3pm Cox Stadium SFSU
Academy of Art University – April 14th 2pm Paul Goode Field, Rodriguez Street at the Presidio
Stanford University – April 20th (Friday) 7pm Cagan Stadium Stanford
University of San Francisco – April 28th 7pm Negoesco Stadium USF
Further match day information for these matches coming soon!
Note: 3pointsport will be at select pre-season games to cover the matches. March 31 and April 14 are dates where SF City and the Quakes home games fall on the same day. Stay tuned for announcements on the dates we will be shooting photos.
All games Saturday unless listed.
Photos by Nap Badillo
Update 3/28/2018 – game times have been updated.
Update 4/10/2018 – Academy of Art game venue changed from CCSF to Paul Goode Field.
Update 4/19/2018: Stanford game moved from Steuber Stadium to Cagan Stadium.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.