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 Minnesota

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.

Quakes v Impact

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.

Notebook – Quakes v Impact – all rights reserved.

RECAP: Quakes fall to Montreal Impact on Opening Night (sjearthquakes.com)

The San Jose Earthquakes opened the 2019 MLS season at home with a 2-1 defeat to the Montreal Impact. Beat writer Elliot Almond’s take (San Jose Mercury News)

update 3/3 – Quakesfan.com view of the match and set:

Too Soon? (Impact Recap & Pictures)

update 3/3 – Quakes Epicenter take by Joel Soria:

Despite opening loss, the Quakes are living through a methodological reconstruction

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.

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

Podcast: Gary Singh: The Man Who Literally Wrote The Book On The Quakes

On this episode of ’74 Til Infinity Steve and Monti get to chat with journalist and Quakes historian Gary Singh. We go over his book, The San Jose Earthquakes: A Seismic Soccer Legacy, a full history of the Quakes. Gary talks to us about the NASL days and being a kid at Spartan Stadium to covering the team as an adult and writing about the highs and lows of the MLS days.

Check out the ’74 Til Infinity Podcast interview with Gary Singh. Also a good friend, his book is available at Amazon in book or Kindle form. Support the artist and hear his interview.

Latest News

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.

NEWS: Earthquakes Defender Nick Lima Named to Final USMNT Roster (sjearthquakes.com)

And the take from QuakesFan.com

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.

Some news from Sacramento regarding their MLS bid. The team currently plays in the USL Championship.

Sacramento Republic acquire new lead investor for MLS expansion push (nbcsports.com)

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.

Latest News

On Sunday Joel Soria of Quakes Epicenter reported that the Quakes will be training in Cancun. Today, that was confirmed by the team.

NEWS: Earthquakes Announce 2019 Preseason Schedule (sjearthquakes.com)

The team will train in Mexico before heading back for 3 games leading up to their home opener on March 2 against Montreal.

Full 2019 preseason schedule:

Feb. 9Reno 1868 FCGreater Nevada Field12:15 p.m.Available now
Feb. 16LAFCBanc of California Stadium12 p.m.Closed
Feb. 23Seattle Sounders FCAvaya Stadium12:45 p.m.TBD

Tickets for the February 23 friendly will go on sale this week. For Season Pass Holders it will be January 22 before the public will get their chance on January 25.

Head over to https://www.sjearthquakes.com/schedule for the 2019 slate.

The USL League Two and NPSL schedules will be announced in the coming days/weeks. Stay tuned to 3pointsport.com for the latest news and information.

This Week 1-21-19

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!

San Jose Ultras introduce new coach Matias Almeyda. Photo by Nap Badillo/3pointsport

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.

Charles Boehm of mlssoccer.com has his take on the entire festivities. Matias Almeyda gets rock-star reception at rainy Earthquakes fan event (mlssoccer.com)

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.

Matias Almeyda named Concacaf Coach of the Year

The newest coach of the Quakes has received an honor by Concacaf for his tenure with Chivas of Guadalajara.


NEWS: Earthquakes Head Coach Matias Almeyda Named Concacaf Coach of the Year (sjearthquakes.com)

Of note, Almeyda will be introduced to the local fanbase this Sunday January 20 at 1pm at Avaya Stadium.  The Quakes will begin their training camp in the coming days with a few friendlies being scheduled throughout the month of February leading up to the 2019 regular season opener on March 2 against Montreal.

2019 Quakes Schedule

NEWS: Earthquakes Announce 2019 Regular Season Schedule (sjearthquakes.com)

The home opener against Montreal and the match against the Red Bulls have been announced.  Here is the rest of the 2019 San Jose Earthquakes schedule as follows:

Sat., March 2 6:45 p.m. Montreal Impact Avaya Stadium TBD
Sat., March 9 4:45 p.m. Minnesota United FC Avaya Stadium TBD
Sat., March 16 12:30 p.m. New York Red Bulls Red Bull Arena Univision
Sat., March 30 12:30 p.m. Los Angeles FC Avaya Stadium Univision
Sat., April 6 4:45 p.m. Portland Timbers Avaya Stadium TBD
Sat., April 13 12 p.m. Houston Dynamo BBVA Compass Stadium Univision
Sat., April 20 6:45 p.m. Sporting Kansas City Avaya Stadium TBD
Wed., April 24 7:30 p.m. Seattle Sounders FC CenturyLink Field TBD
Sat., April 27 12:30 p.m. FC Dallas Toyota Stadium Univision
Sat., May 4 6:45 p.m. FC Cincinnati Avaya Stadium TBD
Sat., May 11 4:30 p.m. New England Revolution Gillette Stadium TBD
Sat., May 18 12:15 p.m. Chicago Fire Avaya Stadium Univision
Sun., May 26 4:30 p.m. Toronto FC BMO Field TBD
Sat., June 1 5 p.m. D.C. United Audi Field TBD
Sat., June 8 12:15 p.m. FC Dallas Avaya Stadium Univision
Wed., June 26 7:15 p.m. Houston Dynamo Avaya Stadium TBD
Sat., June 29 6:30 p.m. LA Galaxy Stanford Stadium TBD
Wed., July 3 5 p.m. Minnesota United FC Allianz Field TBD
Sat., July 6 7:15 p.m. Real Salt Lake Avaya Stadium TBD
Fri., July 12 8 p.m. LA Galaxy Dignity Health Park UniMás
Sat., July 20 7 p.m. Vancouver Whitecaps FC BC Place TBD
Sat., July 27 6:45 p.m. Colorado Rapids Avaya Stadium TBD
Sat., Aug. 3 7:15 p.m. Columbus Crew SC Avaya Stadium TBD
Sat., Aug. 10 6 p.m. Colorado Rapids DSG Park TBD
Sat., Aug. 17 5:30 p.m. Sporting Kansas City Children’s Mercy Park TBD
Wed., Aug. 21 7:30 p.m. Los Angeles FC Banc of California Stadium UniMás
Sat., Aug. 24 6:45 p.m. Vancouver Whitecaps FC Avaya Stadium TBD
Sat., Aug. 31 7:15 p.m. Orlando City SC Avaya Stadium TBD
Wed., Sept. 11 6:30 p.m. Real Salt Lake Rio Tinto Stadium TBD
Sat., Sept. 14 4 p.m. New York City FC Yankee Stadium TBD
Sat., Sept. 21 12:30 p.m. Atlanta United FC Mercedes-Benz Stadium Univision
Wed., Sept. 25 7:45 p.m. Philadelphia Union Avaya Stadium TBD
Sun., Sept. 29 4:15 p.m. Seattle Sounders FC Avaya Stadium TBD
Sun., Oct. 6 1 p.m. Portland Timbers Providence Park TBD

The television broadcast will be announced at a later date.

Some key dates on the home slate:

Three afternoon matches: vs LAFC March 30, Chicago May 18, and FC Dallas June 8.

Only two home midweek games: Houston June 26 and Philadelphia September 25.

FC Cincinnati comes to town May 4.  The return leg at Ohio will be next season.

Rivalry games:

March 30 hosting LAFC, August 21 on the road.

April 6 hosting Portland (who will be playing on the road until June 1), the return leg to finish the season October 6.

Seattle on the road in a mid-week match April 24 and to close out the home slate on Sunday September 29.

And of course the LA Galaxy in the traditional Stanford match on June 29 with the return leg to Carson on Friday July 12.

WATCH: 2019 Earthquakes Home Schedule Revealed (sjearthquakes.com)

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.