In a match in which both teams needed a win in order to bolster their MLS Cup playoff fortunes, it was Chris Wondolowski who came in the clutch through his goals in the 16th minute off a missed post shot from Cristian Espinoza and again in the 74th minute off a feed from Shea Salinas, which was his 47th career assist for the Quakes tying him with Ronald Cerritos for the all time lead in that category. The result was a 2-0 victory for the Quakes over Real Salt Lake, and as of now they are in the driver’s seat to make the playoffs for the first time since 2017. For Wondolowski the brace increases his career tally to 165 goals and that performance earned him Player of the Week honors.
The Quakes will play one more home game against LAFC on Sunday November 1 before heading back to Seattle the following weekend on November 8 in what could be a playoff deciding match for both teams. Real Salt Lake is in a must win situation with their away swing continuing to LA to play the Galaxy at Carson on November 1 before heading home against Sporting Kansas City on November 8.
The Quakes lose to the Loons 5-2. The wet weather and the recent health news on coronavirus (COVID-19) were enough to reduce the attendance despite the recent concerns but it was a former teammate that did the team in.
The Quakes had to play catchup from the start due to a goal in the 13th minute by former player Ike Opara but thanks to Video Assisted Replay (VAR) San Jose was awarded a penalty kick in which Magnus Eriksson was able to convert 6 minutes later. However, the Loons were able to pull away with the lead and the win thanks to goals from Jan Luis Robin, and another from Opara. Vako’s tally in the 53rd was the only consolation goal.
Minnesota will next host NYCFC in their home opener on Sunday March 15 at 4pm, while the Quakes will hit the road for the first time when Philadelphia kicks off their home schedule on Saturday March 14 at 4:30pm.
The Oakland Roots mounted a comeback with a late second half goal to draw even with Chattanooga FC 1-1. Ian McGrath opened up the scoring with his goal in the 33rd minute – his score was the first goal in the professional era of the club after 10 years in the NPSL. Jack McInerny of the Roots scored the game-tying goal in the closing minutes of the game to wrestle away a possible win from the visitors. The match was the start of the Spring season for both clubs. The other highlight from the match was Roots defender (and former SF City favorite) Robert Hines II getting the ejection before the end of the first half.
The attendance of 5,603 people has made the Roots a hit in the East Bay, which is comparable to the likes of Detroit City FC and their opponents Chattanooga.
Both teams will play next against the Michigan Stars, with the Roots playing against them on Saturday March 7 at 5:10pm while Chattanooga FC hosting the same team in their home opener on March 14 at noon.
San Jose kicked off their 2020 season against the defending Eastern Conference champions Toronto FC. The Canadian club got off to a lead thanks to a penalty kick goal from Alejandro Pozuelo in the 40th minute from the penalty spot, and another goal early in the second half from Richie Laryea. The Quakes mounted a second half comeback thanks to a goal from Andy Rios in the 53rd minute.
The home team was destined for another loss when Oswaldo Alanis scored off a free kick in the closing minutes of stoppage time to steal a point from Toronto FC.
In a warmup for the upcoming 2020 season, JASA Redwood City of the UPSL hosted NISA upstarts Oakland Roots at Red Morton Park. While the match was only a friendly and consisted mostly of reserves the home team scored a second half goal and that was the only highlight with the match, with the small outfit defeating the hyped club 1-0.
JASA Redwood City will host the Roots reserve unit in the NPSL Project 51O on Friday February 28 at 7:30pm. The Roots will kick off their 2020 campaign against Chattanooga FC at Laney College in Oakland, start time is 5:10pm.
The Quakes have announced their pre-season training schedule. Once again they will travel to Cancun, Mexico to prepare for the 2020 league slate. Their matches will be against one MLS team on February 3 and a local side on February 10 before returning home to play 2 closed door games against Reno on February 18 and Sacramento on February 21.
There has been no announcement on an Earthquakes (former Avaya) Stadium friendly as in years past, but most likely it could be scheduled for February 15. If there is announcement it will be posted here.
The Oakland Roots Spring games have been announced. They open up at home on February 29 5pm against Chattanooga, and will be on the road against Detroit on March 21 time TBA. The rest of the schedule will be given at a later date.
In the last game of the calendar year, San Leandro United hosted JASA Redwood City in the playoff final to determine the Fall Season Wild West Division champion. The road team ended up scoring a goal in the first half to take a 1-0 lead into the half, only to have the East Bay club draw even in the second half. Thanks to a last minute goal the West Side outfit the team won the game in regulation and secured another trophy for the books.
In the semi-final of the UPSL Wild West Playoffs, JASA Redwood City hosted Contra Costa FC in a win or go home match. There was no scoring in the first half until JASA opened up the goal scoring tally seven minutes into the second half. However, the theatrics were save towards the last 10 minutes plus stoppage time of the match when Contra Costa tied the game by way of a banana kick that veered into the upper left net. JASA came back and regained the league off a short kick into the goal until in the final minutes the Walnut Creek area club tied the game again with a free kick play.
The game went to penalty kicks after 90 minutes, with each team scoring a kick. The one kick by Contra Costa sailed over the post that was reminscent of Roberto Baggio back in the 1994 World Cup final and JASA advances to the final on penalty kicks.
In a match that was dominated by conservative play and several chances, it was JASA Redwood City that came out on top thanks to a second half goal of a set play. The end result was a 1-0 victory over Real San Jose in the 101 derby.
Real San Jose finishes in last place in the Wild West Red with 7 points (1 W, 4 D, 5 L). JASA remains in 2nd place in the Wild West Red with 15 points (3 W, 6 D, 0 L)–4 behind division winner Pajaro Valley, and still has a makeup game at Contra Costa to be announced. That match will be played for postseason ranking.
In an game that summarized the current season for USF, the team lost to LMU by score of 2-0 thanks to early first half goals by the visiting team.
There was a penalty kick attempt but that sailed high over the bar.
USF finishes with a 2-14-1 overall record, and 2-4-1 in WCC play and now face an off-season to prepare for a 2020 season that hopes to recapture their winning performance. LMU finishes with a 11-5-3 overall record, 6-1-0 in conference play second place to St. Mary’s of Moraga.