Quakes v Galaxy

It what was the grand reopening to full crowds since March 7, 2020 the Quakes and Galaxy played to a sold out crowd.  While the game was originally scheduled for Stanford it was moved to PayPal Park and unfortunately it turned into the Chicharito show.  Javier Hernandez accounted for the goals in the 9th and 50th minute, with Quakes defender Florian Jungworth adding to the LA tally in the 70th minute.  Cade Cowell accounted for the only score for the Quakes in the 82th minute.

Photo set and select shots coming soon.

The Quakes head on the road to visit Minnesota United at St. Paul on Saturday July 3 5pm kickoff while the LA Galaxy will host Sporting Kansas City in a holiday night match Sunday July 4 at 7:30pm.

El Farolito v Contra Costa FC

From June 5.  The NPSL returned to play with a match between perennial contenders El Farolito and debutantes Contra Costa FC.  The established upstarts from San Francisco came away with a 3-1 win over the Walnut Creek club.

Our photo album is here, including those from our IG page @3pointsport:

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Quakes v Sporting Kansas City

In the last of a three game homestand the Quakes were hoping to salvage a win in this set and to extract some revenge from losing to Kansas City in last year’s playoff game.  Things looked good with an early strike from Chofis in the 5th minute but Kansas City got the better end with three unanswered goals, with the first from Jaylin Lindsey in the 15th minute. Alan Pulido and Daniel Salloi later added the insurance goals in the 60th and 75th minutes respectively as Sporting Kansas City ended up with 3-1 victory and continuing their dominance over the Quakes.

This was the last home until June 26 in which the Quakes will host the LA Galaxy at PayPal Park instead of Stanford.  This will mark the return of fans to full capacity since March 7, 2020.

The Game Notebook

The Quakes will travel to Los Angeles where they will play the Galaxy on Saturday May 29 4pm start, while Sporting Kansas City returns home to host Houston on the same day 5pm PT start.

El Farolito v Mezcala

Our match for the week was at Crocker Amazon Park for El Farolito (NPSL) v Mezcala (SFSFL) in a preseason warmup for both teams. There was no score at the half but Farolito responded with 2 goals in the second half to seal the win and held Mezcala to a shutout.

We cannot announce anything just yet except the NPSL will play soon starting the first weekend in June with Farolito playing at the eastern recreational fields with Beach Chalet to the west.

Our photo album is enclosed, with both the sets and instagram pics in this series. We will be back Monday for the “This Week” blurb.

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Quakes v Timbers

In the second game in one week the Quakes needed to have a quick turnaround from Wednesday’s loss to the Seattle Sounders to focus on another rival in the Portland Timbers. However, the home team had to play catchup from the start with an early 5th minute goal from Yimmi Chara. Chris Wondolowski had a chance to tie the game in the 61st minute only to have Timbers goalkeeper Logan Ketterer save the ball. Marvin Loria scored an insurance goal in the 74th minute giving the Quakes a 2-0 loss and their second in as many games.

Notebook

Next up for the Quakes will be another home match this time against Sporting Kansas City on Saturday May 22 7pm while on the same day the Timbers will host the LA Galaxy in an afternoon matinee 12:30 pm start.

Quakes v Sounders

In a match dominated by very chippy play between the current top two teams in the West, it was the MLS Cup finalists that ended up getting 3 points on the road with the Sounders winning 1-0 over the Quakes.

The only goal of the match came off Cristan Roldan in the 18th minute off a botched defensive clearance.

The notebook was from the stands. Our only match has been the home opener so awaiting word on a return so for now–back to being fans/supporters in the stands.

Both teams have a short turnaround with the Quakes hosting Portland this Saturday May 15 7pm start, while the Sounders return home to host LAFC on Sunday May 16 at 6:30pm.

NorCal Rush v Stompers

The Stompers defeat NorCal Rush 3-1 at Karl Nordvik Park in Fremont in a National Soccer League contest.

Our photo album from the game is on the host, which includes both the game shots and instagram images.

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As of now, there isn’t any information on any future matches that would otherwise be posted here but we will be back for another for both teams. Enjoy!

Quakes v DC United

We were in the stands for this match so the summary from the terraces.

In a game of total domination and the only appearance of a team from the Eastern Conference the Quakes got off to an early start and never looked back with a 4-1 win over DC United. Chofis got the game started with his first goal 51 seconds into the match.  The home team later went into overdrive with goals from Cade Cowell in the 26nd minute and Jackson Yueill in the in the 43rd minute.  In the second half with five minutes left to go plus stoppage time Yueill provided a free kick strike to put the game out of reach.  The only blemish in the match was the lone DC goal from Tony Alfaro in the 31st minute.

The one person who did not factor into the game was Chris Wondolowski who served a red card suspension for this match.  Due to current conditions the bedlam from 2019 against Philadelphia was absent but his spirit was there with the attendance of 3000 people who were entertained to an offensive blowout.

With his first half goal and his assist from Chofis to start the game Cowell was named the Player of the Week and the Best XI, along with Jackson Yueill for his two goal performance.

The notebook is here.  The match photos as a fan, or supporter:

San Jose will hit the road for a Friday Night Lights match at Real Salt Lake 6:30 pm start while DC continues their road swing at Columbus on Saturday May 8 10:30 am PDT.

AFC South Bay v Merced United

After being on hiatus for about a year, a game set is finally posted here at the site.  This set was covered as part of a double, the first one being the Quakes hosting FC Dallas in the 2021 home opener.

The UPSL upstarts AFC South Bay of San Jose defeat Merced United 4-3.

Our take:

In a battle of UPSL debutants AFC South Bay came out on top with a 4-3 victory over Merced United at the Morgan Hill Outdoor Sportcenter. Most of the scoring was from a hat trick from Raul Cortes Moreno.

The set is here:

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Also, anything from instagram will feed to this spot.  Enjoy!

AFC South Bay will host Dublin Celtic on Saturday May 1 at 5pm while Merced United will be home to host MCSC Jaguars on Sunday May 2 5pm.

Quakes v FC Dallas

Our report is coming soon.

Update 4/28 our take is up:

For the first time since March 7, 2020 fans were welcomed back into Earthquakes Stadium, which finally got a naming rights sponsor with PayPal.  At the newly christened PayPal Park the 3000 or so fans were treated to an entertaining match which did not disappoint.

The Quakes scored first with a penalty kick goal from Oswaldo Alanis before the end of the first half.  Cristian Espinoza increased the tally in the 49th minute with an assist from 17 year old Cade Cowell–who 10 minutes later provided a strike goal to put the game out of reach.  Ricard Pepi of FC Dallas put FC Dallas on the board in the 79th minute but the home team was able to hold on for a 3-1 win.  The only blemish on the match was Chris Wondolowski coming in as a sub in the 72nd minute for Carlos Fierro, only to be booked 17 minutes later.  Another highlight was Fierro making a first half defensive save that prevented a Dallas goal. After 13 months the attendance of a few thousand sounded like a sellout of 18,000.

For his effort in the match Cade Cowell was named to the MLS Team of the Week and is the youngest to be honored at the age of 17.

The Notebook is here on the 3pointsport Facebook page.

Also check out the 3pointsport instagram for more pictures from the game.

Next up for the Quakes is DC United on Saturday May 1 with an 8pm kickoff.  FC Dallas will return home to host Portland 5pm PDT start.