Quakes v Monterrey

In a game that was billed as a friendly, the Quakes fielded a mix of regulars and bench players despite having several key starters missing due to international duty against a team that is in the middle of their Mexican league season.

The game marked the debut of 15 year old Cade Cowell.  He immediately made an impact with his goal in the 61st minute with an assist from fellow homegrown player Tommy Thompson.  Although the match was a friendly, head coach Matias Almeyda fielded a lineup of younger players that included teenagers Cowell and Gilberto Fuentes, Reno loanee Duke LaCroix, and draft pick Siad Haji.  The result was the same loss by a score of 2-1 although the match was merely to test out players who would otherwise be sitting on the bench or on loan to affiliate Reno 1868 FC.  Monterrey accounted for their scoring in the first half with goals by Rogelio Funes Mori in the 6th minute and Maximiliano Meza in the 25th.

Facebook series – Quakes v CF Monterrey. All rights reserved.

The Quakes resume MLS play next weekend hosting LAFC next Saturday March 30 at 12:30pm. Monterrey also returns to Liga MX play at home against Cruz Azul on the same day at 8pm.

Quakes v Cruz Azul

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.

Photo album from 3pointsport:

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.



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:

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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.

Quakes v Timbers

Diego Valeri scored in the 88th minute off a free kick to give the Timbers a road win over the Quakes 1-0, and to steal the points on the road. The match was filled with pomp and ceremony as the San Jose Ultras unveiled a commemorative choreo while announcer and former player Chris Dangerfield was inducted in the Earthquakes Hall of Fame with his plaque unveiled on top of the Avaya Stadium press box.

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

Quakesfan has his game post here.

The Quakes will travel on the road to play Minnesota United Saturday May 12 at 11am PDT in a rematch of
their opening night tilt. That match was the first and remains the only win to date this season for the
Quakes. The Timbers will be back at home to host their Cascadia rival Seattle Sounders on Sunday May 13 at

Quakes v Dynamo

Magnus Eriksson scored his second consecutive goal in as many weeks in the 26th minute, and the first at home to give the Quakes a first half lead.  However, the visitors scored two goals in the second half from Tomas Martinez in the 48th minute and Mauro Manotas in the 63rd minute that appeared to give them 3 away points.  Jahmir Hyka in his debut came off from the bench to snatch a late goal with 5 minutes left plus stoppage time to secure a needed point for the Quakes.

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

Quakesfan – detailed report

The Quakes hit the road next weekend on April 21 at Orlando City, which will be their debut in the new venue after playing at Camping World Stadium 2 years ago.  The Dynamo will host Toronto FC on the same day.

Update 4/18: Quakesfan report added – thanks Dan – give them a follow at http://www.quakesfan.com for reports, analysis, and photos.

Quakes v NYCFC

Yeferson Quintana made a splash with an early goal in the 3rd minute off a corner kick from Magnus Eriksson.  However, the lead was short lived as New York City FC responded with two second half goals from Anton Tinnerholm in the 49th minute and Maximiliano Moralez in the  60th minute to give the visitors a 2-1 victory before a sellout crowd of 18,000.  The Quakes had a goal called off late in the second half, losing out on a point in the standings.  The home team mounted a fierce comeback only to fall short in the end.

Photo album from 3pointsport:

Facebook series – Quakes v New York City FC. Photos by Nap Badillo. All Rights Reserved.

Dan from Quakesfan has his take and so forth on the game.

The Quakes go back on the road against the Philadelphia Union in their only meeting next weekend on April 7 before returning home to face the Houston Dynamo on April 14.  New York City FC is on a break before resuming April 11 hosting Real Salt Lake at Yankee Stadium.

Quakes v Leon

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.

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.