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.
The Quakes were once again robbed by video replay as Minnesota United was rewarded a penalty kick in the second half. That was enough for them to take the lead as Darwin Quintero scored from the spot in the 49th minute. Miguel Ibarra added a goal 3 minutes later with an assist from Quintero, and an own goal by Quakes defender Harold Cummings in the 75th minute was the insurance the Loons needed to finally get a result. Their 3-0 win was the first franchise win against the Quakes, who had won the first four meetings dating back to 2017. Chris Wondolowski remains at 144 all-time career goals, just one short of the record of 145 goals set by Landon Donovan.
Notebook – Quakes v Minnesota United – all rights reserved.
The Quakes now play on the road for the first time this season with a trip to New Jersey against the Red Bulls on March 16 at 12:30pm. Minnesota continues with their west coast road swing down in Los Angeles to take on the Galaxy on the same day at 7:30pm. The Loons have victories against the Whitecaps and Earthquakes, and their trip will continue from LA to New England and New Jersey before finally opening their home schedule against New York City FC on April 13. The return leg will be on Wednesday July 3 at 5pm at Minnesota’s new home Allianz Field in St. Paul.
In the fifth home opener at Avaya Stadium, the San Jose Earthquakes began their 2019 campaign with hope and a new head coach willing to turn things around for the long-suffering fans. While the team had a bit of fight it was back to the same results from 2018 as they lost to the Montreal Impact 2 to 1 in their only meeting this year. Magnus Eriksson scored the first goal of the game at the 11th minute but that lead was short thanks to two unanswered goals from Ignacio Piatti in the 29th minute and the game winner from Saphir Taider in the 44th minute.
The Quakes hope to turn things around with another home slate against Minnesota United FC next Saturday with an early 4:45 pm start time. Montreal continues their road swing at Houston on the same day before opening April 13 hosting Columbus. This was the first of a six-game road trip with additional stops at Orlando, Kansas City, New York (NYCFC), and DC.
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.
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.
It looks like Quakes defender Nick Lima will have his chance to earn his first cap either against Panama or Costa Rica. All of the players on Gregg Berhalter’s team are MLS based players and are hoping to earn a further look as the US team begins their Gold Cup run this year, and eventually their World Cup qualifying run in 2022.
The Quakes will begin their pre-season camp in Cancun, Mexico. One game is slated to be played there before returning to the US for a 3 game warmup at Reno on February 9, a closed door match against LAFC on February 16, and the traditional pre-season warmup on February 23 against the Seattle Sounders.
From the SF Glens Instagram. Their USL League Two (previously the PDL) schedule will be announced on Wednesday January 30, and that will include the home and home matches against cross town rival SF City–which we can best presume they will announce their season as well. (We await their schedule but 2019 memberships are available here.) A major note is that Fresno FC U23s is not on the list and that the Northern California group will include the San Francisco teams and the second year Santa Cruz Breakers. Stay tuned to 3pointsport for more USL League Two news.
The Monday news includes the introduction of new Quakes coach Matias Almeyda to the local fanbase. A crowd braved the rain and clouds to meet the Argentine native, who was introduced as the head coach last October.
The San Jose Ultras introduce the coach in style!
Joel Soria of Quakes Epicenter is reporting that the Quakes will be training in Cancun. What remains to be announced is if a pre-season game will be played at Avaya. One match has been announced for February 9 as the team will be on the road playing against Reno 1868 FC. but most likely the two Saturdays afterward could have that traditional warmup leading up to the home opener on March 2 against Montreal. February 2 will be the USA-Costa Rica friendly at Avaya Stadium.
As this postcard from Avaya shows, we are happy to be back at the Epicenter.
Stay posted at 3pointsport.com for the latest news, announcements, and information related to Bay Area soccer. The Quakes open up their season on March 3 against Montreal. The USL League Two and NPSL schedules will be announced in the coming weeks.
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.