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.
On Wednesday Clint Dempsey announced his retirement from soccer effective immediately. He caps off an illustrious career that started with the New England Revolution, then to Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League, and back to MLS with the Seattle Sounders. He also has been a decorated player for the US National Team appearing in 3 World Cups, a Confederations Cup in 2009, the 2016 Copa America, and 5 Gold Cup tournaments.
As a tribute here are some photos from the vault – either from FootySF, QuakesFan, or in the stands courtesy of Nap.
Yes, he did play for Seattle in his later years and has been that thorn on the side of Quakes fans, but as one of the greats for the US National Team he has taken that club to greater heights. His achievements ought to be applauded so, thank you Clint and the best of luck in the next career path.
Raul Ruidiaz made his debut for the Sounders with a bang with a goal in the 62nd minute. That accounted for the only score of the game as Seattle defeated San Jose 1-0. The loss continued the string of futility for the Quakes with only one home game win from opening night against Minnesota (March 3) and no wins since their road win, again over Minnesota (May 12). The game also marked the MLS debuts for Guram Kashia and Luis Felipe.
Facebook series – Quakes v Sounders. Photos by Nap Badillo. All Rights Reserved
The Quakes will need to turn things around quickly with a Saturday match against Real Salt Lake at home on July 28 at 7:15pm. Seattle returns home to host New York City FC on Sunday July 29 at 2pm.