The NPSL and USL League Two schedule will be announced at a later date. The US Open Cup matches with the San Jose Earthquakes and various friendlies will be announced in the coming months. Follow 3pointsport.com for the latest San Francisco Bay Area soccer news.
In a battle between the Western Conference bottom dwellers, the 11th place Colorado Rapids and last place Quakes played in a game that was fit to be tied, and with a goalless draw. Chris Wondowlowski had several chances to draw the record but was stopped by Rapids goalkeeper Tim Howard, who had a very spectacular game with 4 saves. The game was marked by the debut of 16 year old Gilbert Fuentes who came in as a substitute at the 89th minute.
Facebook series – Quakes v Colorado Rapids. Photos by Nap Badillo. All Rights Reserved
The Quakes will finish out their 2018 season schedule with a road game at Seattle next Sunday October 28 at 1:30pm, while the Rapids will host playoff bound FC Dallas. All matches will be starting simultaneously to determine rank in the MLS postseason with all teams except Real Salt Lake playing that day.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
The Quakes played a very spirited game against top ranked Atlanta United FC, only to once again let the lead slip away with a 4-3 loss. Nick Lima and Danny Hoesen accounted for the first half scoring, while Vako added one more in the second half. Chris Wondolowski, as a second half sub for Hoesen, had his goal disallowed only to award the penalty kick to Atlanta for a previously called handball by way of video assisted replay. Hector Villalba opened the scoring for the visitors with his stoppage time goal in the first half. Josef Martinez later scored on the penalty kick in the 70th minute, followed by a strike from Miguel Almiron 3 minutes later. Martinez later sealed the win with his late stoppage time goal.
Facebook series – Quakes v Atlanta United FC. Photos by Nap Badillo. All Rights Reserved
The Quakes resume play this weekend with a road trip to Los Angeles to meet expansion club LAFC at Banc of California Stadium Saturday September 22 at 12:30pm. Atlanta United returns home from their west coast swing to Colorado and San Jose to play against Real Salt Lake on the same day at Mercedes Benz Stadium.
The Quakes continued their season of futility with a 5-1 loss to Sporting Kansas City. Danny Hoesen accounted for the only scoring with his goal in the 80th minute with the assist from Luis Felipe. Felipe Gutierrez opened up the scoring for KC in the 7th minute and they held on to the lead for the rest of the match. Gerso Fernandes added 2 goals, while former Quakes defender Ike Opara had one more late in the first half. Krisztian Nemeth also contributed to the KC tally in the second half. Chris Wondolowski was held scoreless in his quest to break the MLS all-time goal scoring record. The win by Sporting KC puts them in first place with 51 points, one ahead of FC Dallas with 50.
Facebook series – Quakes v Sporting Kansas City. Photos by Nap Badillo. All Rights Reserved
The Quakes have another short week when they host Atlanta United FC on Wednesday September 19 with a late 8pm kickoff at Avaya Stadium. Next Saturday September 22 at 12:30 pm they head on the road to play LAFC at Banc of California Stadium. Sporting KC has a full week off before playing on Sunday September 23 on the road at Philadelphia with a 1pm EDT kickoff time.
In the return leg FC Dallas and the San Jose Earthquakes met for the second time this season and in the month of August. Maximiliano Urruti opened up the scoring with his goal in the 8th minute to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. However Vako responded with 2 goals of his own in the 15th and 42nd minute to give the Quakes a 2-1 lead at the half. Dallas evened up the score 6 minutes into the second half with a tally from Santiago Mosquera in the 51st minute to tie at 2-2. The home team took the lead back a short time later with a goal from Magnus Eriksson in the 54th minute. The game was tied again 3-3 with a score from Dominique Badji in the 58th minute. The home team finally got something to cheer abut with a goal from Chris Wondolowski with an assist from Vako in the 62nd minute. The goal was the 142nd of his illustrious career and moved him 3 goals closer to the record of 145 set by Landon Donovan. The Quakes never looked back and won their second home game of the season with a 4-3 win over FC Dallas. The victory also marked a sweep of the home and home series for San Jose, having won 3-1 at Frisco, TX on August 4.
Facebook series – Quakes v FC Dallas. Photos by Nap Badillo. All Rights Reserved
The Quakes complete their home and home series against Vancouver at BC Place this Saturday September 1 at 7pm. FC Dallas returns home to host Houston on the same day.
The San Jose Earthquakes have added another game to the schedule–this time hosting Cruz Azul on Saturday October 13 at 5:15 pm. This is the third friendly the Quakes have hosted this season and the second against a Liga MX team having played Club Leon in March.
For season ticket holders this is Bonus Game C. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday August 29 at 10am through Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.
The remaining home Quakes schedule includes league matches against Sporting Kansas City September 15, Atlanta United September 19, New York Red Bulls on October 6, and the final for this year against the Colorado Rapids on October 21.