Fresh off a major coaching change for the Quakes and a last minute win for Bay Cities FC in the last round of the tournament both clubs were looking for a momentum shift. What was “won on paper” turned out to be a reality as the top flight club made the upstart visitors who became familiar with the stadium come crashing down to earth and ending their run after two games with a resounding 5 to 0 win for the Quakes.
The game was no contest thanks to goals from Jack Skahan, Paul Marie, Cade Cowell from the penalty spot, Niko Tsakiris, and Ousseni Bouda.
While the Quakes await their next opponent in the Open Cup they return to MLS play with another home match against Seattle on Saturday April 23 at 7pm. Bay Cities return to NISA play on the same day and time with another road match to Southern California to face Cal United Strikers.
Update 4/21/22: adding Doug’s summary at Soccer Bay Area.
In what is deemed a major upset, and one since the 1997 run of the San Francisco Seals when they defeated what is now Sporting Kansas City (Wizards) and the second incarnation of the San Jose Earthquakes (Clash) – the upstart Bay Cities FC from Redwood City (NISA) led by founder and coach Anders Perez defeated Monterey Bay Cities FC 2-1. It was of note that the coach of the losing team was Frank Yallop who was at the home of his former team and will once again return in two weeks on April 23 to have his name etched in the Quakes Wall of Fame.
The select shots from this match is here, and can also be found at the spot below and on the 3pointsport IG.
Our photo cloud is on this link:
While our highlight photo is here on Soccer Bay Area. Doug Zimmerman has a better take on the game and yes, the significance is still hard to take it but still–an impressive victory by Bay Cities–who will play their home opener this Saturday against Valley United from Arizona at Tranmere Field 7pm start.
Bay Cities come back from a 2-0 deficit to draw even with Xolos Tijuana U23s. The game served as the final pre-season warmup before the Redwood City club make their NISA debut.
Our set including the Instagram shots are here:
Bay Cities will finally make their NISA debut next Saturday March 26 on the road against Los Angeles Force. They continue their away swing on April 2 at Cal United Strikers (San Diego area) before finally making their home debut on April 9 against Valley United (Arizona) at Sequoia High School 7pm start. Before their opener the team will play against USL Championship club and fellow debutant Monterey Bay FC at PayPal Park in San Jose in a US Open Cup match Wednesday April 6 7:30pm kickoff. Tickets are available online and Quakes STH can contact their representative.
The schedule for Bay Cities FC is they will open up against Cal Victory FC on Saturday July 10 6pm at Sequoia (High School) Union Stadium. Their second match of the tournament will be on the road to Portland, Oregon against PDX FC at Hilken Community Stadium on Saturday July 17 at 6pm. The latest Bay Area club will return home to Sequoia to host Space United FC of Seattle on Saturday July 24 at 5pm to close out the first round.
More details will be announced at a later date if Bay Cities FC advance past this stage, but we can anticipate them playing against the likes of Chattanooga and Detroit. If this happens, the plan is to provide coverage on that end.
We will continue to provide soccer coverage in the Bay Area as the region and entire state returns to the fold. Stay tuned for more summer updates.