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Bay Area Soccer: SJ Earthquakes help open Austin stadium, El Farolito and Contra Costa win in NPSL, NSL roundup

There is also another slate of games that was just announced, and this marks the eventual return of NISA to this area.  The latest Bay Area club, Bay Cities FC from Redwood City, will be playing in the 2021 Independent Cup consisting of NISA, select UPSL teams, and other amateur/semi-professional clubs. In this tournament they have been placed in the Pacific Region against Cal Victory FC, PDX FC, and Space United FC. These games will continue to serve as a test run before their NISA debut next year.

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.

Oakland Roots v Chattanooga FC

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.

Photo Set (enjoying the match in the stands)

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.

Quakes Preseason/Roots Opener

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.

More details on the Quakes preseason schedule from their website.

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.