El Farolito v Academica SC

In their 2019 Boxer debut (and second home game of the NPSL season) El Farolito continued their dominance with a 3-1 win over Academica SC of Turlock.

Scoring summary:

Ronaldo Herrera (Faro) 19th minute

Cody Golbad (Academica) 50th minute

Franco Calero (Faro) 52nd minute

Carlos Montes (Faro) 90th minute

Flickr set – including Instagram posts

https://www.flickr.com/photos/theprojectfc/albums/72157706520642301

Both teams have a break for the Easter holiday and will resume the following weekend.  Faro hits the road to play FC Davis on April 27 7pm start time, while Academica returns home to host San Ramon FC on April 28 with a 4pm kickoff.  Both teams will return to meet in the US Open Cup at Turlock on Tuesday May 7 at 7:30pm.  The return leg will be again at Academica Fields – Turlock on Saturday June 8 at 6pm.

NPSL schedule – updated

With Stockton FC pulling out of the conference the schedule has been revised.  The season already got underway last weekend with Napa Valley defeating Academica SC 2-0, and some further changes to the slate have been made.

The Stompers/Napa Valley game that was scheduled for March 16 will now be played June 8 (in which Stockton was to play at Oakland)–the UPSL Stompers will play instead.  Napa instead will have 2 more weeks to resume league play with their opener against El Farolito on March 30.  All teams that were scheduled to play Stockton on the given night will now have a bye.

The schedule can be found at npsl.com – search: Golden Gate Conference.

Note: UPSL Stompers will play against Nevada on March 16 at 7:30pm.

 

 

 

JASA Redwood City v El Farolito

In a friendly match between the Peninsula UPSL outfit and the elte of the NPSL in Northern California,  JASA and El Farolito played even with both teams tied at 1-1 into the second half.  However, the home team pulled away with 2 more goals and never looked back.  JASA gets the win over El Farolito 3-1.

The photo album (note: only for the second half/including Instagram):

The match served as a warmup for both teams’ upcoming seasons.  JASA was on a break from the league schedule having lost to San Leandro in league play on March 2.  El Farolito begins their second year NPSL campaign on the road at Sacramento Gold on March 16 at 7pm.  JASA Redwood City returns to UPSL league play on March 30 at 7pm with a home against the Oakland Stompers.

This Week 2-25-19

We were at the Quakes friendly against the Sounders. The result was a 2-2 draw with Seattle taking the 2-0 lead into halftime, only to give it away thanks to two penalty kick goals by Chris Wondolowski in the 57th and 61 minutes. The next game for both teams will be their league openers on March 2 with the Quakes hosting Montreal and the Sounders at home playing against expansion team FC Cincinnati.

Notebook – Quakes v Sounders (friendly) – all rights reserved.

Yes, the Quakes are promoting opening night with an array of events that will be held throughout the week leading up to the game against Montreal on Saturday March 2.

NEWS: Earthquakes Kick Off 2019 Season with MLS is Back Week (sjearthquakes.com)

In other action, the Stompers and Sol played a preseason friendly game at the North Bay. The venue was switched from Raimondi Park in Oakland to Casa Grande High School in Petaluma. The Stompers and Sol drew even with a goal each in their warmup to the NPSL season which starts March 16 for both clubs.

JASA’s game was cancelled.

In Copa Norcal action at the Beach Chalet…

After a long day – needed refreshment in San Francisco – coming May 3

NPSL schedule announced.

The 2019 NPSL Golden Gate Conference has been announced. The major omission is the absence of CD Aguiluchos USA, which was a perennial contender in the region. Stockton and San Ramon have been added to the conference, while the Stompers will now return to Raimondi Park in Oakland.

The season kicks off March 9 with Academica SC hosting Napa Valley on the road at the Central Valley. They hit the road again to Oakland to play the Stompers a week later before their home opener March 30 against El Farolito. The second year outfit will host newcomer Stockton FC at Kezar with a noontime start on March 23.

Farolito will split their schedule between Kezar with 2 games and Boxer for the rest. Their Boxer opener will be on April 13 against Academica.

San Ramon will make their debut with a home match against the Stompers on March 23 at 7pm.

The teams will be on break on May 25 before resuming on June 1.

The schedule can be found at npsl.com – search: Golden Gate Conference.

Update 3/10: Stockton FC has pulled out of the 2019 season. Revised schedule coming.

Update 3/11: revised schedule

NPSL Golden Gate Conference schedule (npsl.com)

El Farolito v FCM Portland

El Farolito’s debut season came to an end with a 2-0 loss to FCM Portland in the NPSL playoffs. Reed McKenna and Luis Galeano accounted for the tally from the visitors and the home team was unable to come up with a single goal, but not without a valiant effort.

Flickr set – photos include the instagram posts- Photos by Nap Badillo/Nap Ba.

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Farolito finished first in their debut season with no losses, running the table with 9 wins and 5 draws and a playoff victory against the Sonoma County Sol.  Expect El Farolito to be a contender next season.

El Farolito v Napa Valley 1839 FC

In the first game of a “doubleheader” at Boxer Stadium, El Farolito continued their winning ways with a 6-0 win over Napa Valley 1839.  Edson Carona was the man of the match with his hat trick for Farolito. The victory put the first year NPSL team in the drivers seat for the Golden Gate Conference title with 4 games left to play in the season and on pace for an undefeated season with 7 wins and 3 draws.

The goal scorers for El Farolito:

Edson Cardona 17th minute
Manuel Garcia 54th
Marcelo Aguas 65th
Edson Cardona 68th
Gustavo Ruelas 71th
Edson Cardona 82th

Flickr set – photos include the instagram posts- Photos by Nap Badillo/Nap Ba.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/theprojectfc/sets/72157696987570544

El Farolito return to the road to play Sacramento Gold June 9 in a rematch of their home opener.  Napa Valley will host FC Davis on the same day.  Both matches start at 7pm.

SF Glens v SF City

Update 6/4: goal scorers for the match listed.

Throwback-Flashback

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:

instagram/twitter: ebfcstompers
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.

El Farolito v Stompers

In a game that was marked by chippy play, yellow cards, and a red card to captain Zano Mahic of the visiting team East Bay FC Stompers, the new home team El Farolito broke the deadlock with a late goal from Gustavo Ruelas in the 84th minute to give them a 2-1 win.  Faro opened up the scoring with a 55th minute goal from Luis Hernandez (no relation to the Mexican legend), while the Stompers responded with the equalizer from Gerardo Moya in the 72nd minute.

This game marked the return of the former San Francisco team which played many of their games at the venerable stadium before moving to the East Bay for the 2016 season.  The return leg was a rematch of the opening night meeting on March 17 which saw Farolito come back to steal a point on the road over the host Stompers in a 1-1 draw.   As of Saturday night, El Farolito holds first place with 18 points over CD Aguiluchos with 17.

Flickr set – photos include the instagram posts- Photos by Nap Badillo/Nap Ba.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/theprojectfc/albums/72157696104902154

El Farolito stays home to host Sonoma County Sol in another noontime start Saturday May 19.  The Stompers return to Hayward to host newcomer FC Davis on the same day at 7pm.

Update 5/14: Tommy Hodul’s report on the game.