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.
The Oakland Roots mounted a comeback with a late second half goal to draw even with Chattanooga FC 1-1. Ian McGrath opened up the scoring with his goal in the 33rd minute – his score was the first goal in the professional era of the club after 10 years in the NPSL. Jack McInerny of the Roots scored the game-tying goal in the closing minutes of the game to wrestle away a possible win from the visitors. The match was the start of the Spring season for both clubs. The other highlight from the match was Roots defender (and former SF City favorite) Robert Hines II getting the ejection before the end of the first half.
The attendance of 5,603 people has made the Roots a hit in the East Bay, which is comparable to the likes of Detroit City FC and their opponents Chattanooga.
Both teams will play next against the Michigan Stars, with the Roots playing against them on Saturday March 7 at 5:10pm while Chattanooga FC hosting the same team in their home opener on March 14 at noon.
The Quakes have announced their pre-season training schedule. Once again they will travel to Cancun, Mexico to prepare for the 2020 league slate. Their matches will be against one MLS team on February 3 and a local side on February 10 before returning home to play 2 closed door games against Reno on February 18 and Sacramento on February 21.
There has been no announcement on an Earthquakes (former Avaya) Stadium friendly as in years past, but most likely it could be scheduled for February 15. If there is announcement it will be posted here.
The Oakland Roots Spring games have been announced. They open up at home on February 29 5pm against Chattanooga, and will be on the road against Detroit on March 21 time TBA. The rest of the schedule will be given at a later date.