Stompers v Sacramento Gold

Steven Wright of Sacramento opened the tally with a goal in the 44th minute to give the visiting Sacramento Gold a 1-0 lead.  However, that was short lived as the Stompers came from behind thanks to a brace from Zanin Mahic.  His penalty kick goal in the 69th minute drew the game even at 1-1 but his winning strike in the 88th minute sealed the comeback, giving the home team a 2-1 victory.

Flickr set – photos include the instagram posts- Photos by Nap Badillo/Nap Ba.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/theprojectfc/albums/72157693086861502

The win was the second straight for the Stompers and placed them in third position (9 points) in the Golden Gate Conference behind newcomer El Farolito (14 points) and perennial contender Aguiluchos (14 points)–who contested against each other earlier that day.  The Hayward team is currently on a 3 game unbeaten streak. The loss was the second this season for the Gold, who are in last place with 4 points, all of them draws. They are yet to win a match this season.

Next up for the Stompers is a road trip to Turlock to face newcomer Academica SC on Saturday May 5 at 7pm, while the Gold returns home to host Sonoma County Sol on the same day, same start time.  The two teams will meet again on June 23, this time in Sacramento in which either or both teams could be battling for a playoff berth, or for pride.

Take from the NPSL (Sacramento Gold): https://www.npsl.com/news_article/show/913282?referrer_id=1510764

 

 

 

 

El Farolito v CD Aguiluchos USA

Something different for this blurb–we are keeping the storyline limited to the box score.

Thomas Hodul of Midfield Press has written a very detailed piece on the game and on that we’ll yield save for the photo used in the article.  On that note a thank you from us to you Tommy.  Enjoy folks.

Midfield Press article from Tommy Hodul

(Note: check out his archived articles – from SF City to the defunct SF Deltas a very good and informative read – a small plug for the photographer here but we digress since he does a much better job with the game reports and we are here as a soccer photo blog/travel guide to speak.)

To summarize the match, Aguiluchos opened up the scoring with a Simon Rawnsley penalty kick goal early in the 5th minute.  However, El Farolito tied the game thanks to a 16th minute goal from Edson Cardona. Jesus Maldonado of Aguiluchos gave the visitors the lead in the 56th minute but Cardona drew the game even in the 76th minute giving him the brace for the match.  A missed attempt by the visitors late in the game would have sealed the points but both teams were fit to be even in the match and in the current standings.The result leaves Farolito and Aguiluchos in a tie for first place with 14 points. Both teams were coming off wins and each are undefeated with identical records of 4 wins, 0 losses, and 2 draws.

Flickr set – photos include the instagram posts- Photos by Nap Badillo/Nap Ba.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/theprojectfc/albums/72157696208445575

Both teams return to play on Saturday May 5. Next up for Aguiluchos is a 7pm home match against Napa Valley 1839 FC at Raimondi Park in Oakland, while El Farolito will continue their homestand against fellow newcomer FC Davis in another noontime start at Boxer Stadium. The two teams will meet again in the return leg Saturday June 23 7pm at Raimondi Park in the next to last weekend in the season schedule.

 

This week 4-23-18 part 2

Last week, we at 3pointsport were at the Stanford University campus watching San Francisco City FC take on the defending NCAA champions with the home team defeating City 2-1.  This time, we checked out the PDL debutants in the San Francisco Glens SC.

The Stanford Cardinal were just a bit too much for the newest San Francisco PDL team thanks to an early goal followed by 3 more (one off a penalty kick) to give them a 4-0 lead.  However, the clean sheet was not to be thanks to a 2nd half goal from Rajaee Delane to put the Glens on the board.  The final result was a 4-1 victory for Stanford–sweeping the SF PDL clubs in their preseason schedule.

The Glens will kick off their PDL season at their home field Boxer Stadium against another league debutant the Santa Cruz Breakers on Saturday May 5 at 5pm .  Unfortunately, we will not be there for the inaugural event due to the Quakes playing the Timbers playing at Avaya Stadium.  We will be covering the Glens on an intermittent basis here at the website with the photo notebook on their matches being added on the 3pointsport Facebook page.  We will also be posting their games to flickr where the sets are from the lower division clubs, from the PDL to the NPSL.

Keep checking for more highlights on the San Francisco Bay Area soccer scene from the US National team to MLS to the PDL and NPSL.  If there is a USL club or if the NASL is able to return we will be covering them too.  Stay tuned for game highlights from the top tier to the bottom flight.

Link to series – photos by Nap Badillo:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/theprojectfc/albums/72157690415771440

This week 4-23-18

SF City travelled 30 miles south for a “Friday Night Lights” matchup at Stanford University.  Most of the play was dominated in the second half with a goal from Carlos Carranza to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.  However, the current NCAA Division 1 champions responded with two late goals for the victory.  The game served as the penultimate pre-season match for City, while the Stanford Cardinal was using this game as a spring off-season workout.

City returns to San Francisco for their traditional meeting at Negoesco against USF on April 28. That game will be the last pre-season friendly before they open on the road on May 5 against Fresno.  Stanford will host another Friday night matchup against another PDL club in the SF Glens on April 27.

Link to series – photos by Nap Badillo:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/theprojectfc/albums/72157665990610377

http://sfcityfc.com/news/event/stanford-pre-season-friendly/

Update 4/24: The match between SF City and USF has been canceled, and instead will proceed to the regular season schedule. City opens on the road against Fresno on May 5 at 7pm.

International Champions Cup 2018

Tuesday the International Champions Cup game at Levi’s Stadium was announced.  On Saturday August 4 at 5pm AC Milan and Barcelona will meet at the home of the NFL San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara.

The teams are no strangers to the field, as the Italian club has played against English club Liverpool in 2016, while the Spanish/Catalonian team played in 2015 against Manchester United, who will return as well to play against the San Jose Earthquakes days earlier on July 22.

Right now fans can sign up at http://www.internationalchampionscup.com/ before the general public ticket sales begin on May 1.  This match is expected to attract a capacity crowd at the Bay Area’s premier venue.

Some highlights of AC Milan and Barcelona when they last played at Levi’s Stadium…

 

Levi’s Stadium 2016 ICC – this will be the 4th year the home of the NFL San Francisco 49ers have hosted a match.
AC Milan played against Liverpool in the 2016 ICC
Barcelona has visited the Bay Area twice – here at the 2015 ICC against Manchester United at Levi’s Stadium and in 2009 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco against Chivas of Guadalajara, Mexico

Taken by Nap Badillo for FootySF.  3pointsport will provide coverage of that game, continuing the tradition of the local soccer scene in the San Francisco Bay Area.

This week 4-16-18

Another preseason friendly between SF City FC and the Academy of Art.  The venue was moved from City College to Paul Goode Park at the Presidio.

In a very chippy game City came from a goal deficit from Bryce Kaminski, with an assist from Aaron Lombardi to draw the Urban Knights even at one goal at the 53rd minute.  Jeremy Romero nailed the winner at the 70th minute to defeat the Urban Knights in their third of five friendlies between college teams.  Next up for City is a road game at Stanford at Cagan Stadium Friday April 20 at 7pm.

 

Link to series – photos by Nap Badillo:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/theprojectfc/albums/72157693875610191

http://sfcityfc.com/news/event/academy-of-art-pre-season-friendly/

Update 4/19: SF City at Stanford has been moved from Steuber Rugby Stadium to Cagan Stadium. Time is unchanged.

El Farolito v Sacramento Gold

In their inaugural NPSL home opener, El Farolito scored 2 goals from Edson Cardona and Arnhold Rivas in the first half and added another at the end of the game from a Alexandre Gonzalez free kick to hand the Gold their first loss of the season.

Flickr set – photos include the instagram posts- Photos by Nap Badillo/Nap Ba.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/theprojectfc/albums/72157693875538941

The San Francisco upstarts have kicked off their NPSL debut with a draw and three straight wins while the Gold had been starting off with three draws. Next up for Farolito is a road game at Academica SC in Turlock on April 21st before returning to host Aguiluchos on April 28th at noon.  Sacramento returns home on the same date to host another NPSL newcomer FC Davis in what is billed as the I-80 derby.

https://www.sacramentogoldfc.net/single-post/2018/04/14/Farolito-hands-Gold-first-loss

This week 4-9-18

There is only one highlight to show.  San Francisco City FC continued their pre-season schedule with a 1-0 win over San Francisco State at Cox Stadium thanks to a Dylan Murphy goal at the 30th minute.

The next game will be on Saturday April 14 at 2pm against the Academy of Art University at Paul Goode Field on Rodriguez Street (at the Presidio) in San Francisco.

No Facebook series right now. Just the flickr set, including instagram pictures. Photos by Nap Badillo/Nap Ba

https://www.flickr.com/photos/theprojectfc/albums/72157695404007505

http://sfcityfc.com/news/event/sf-state-pre-season-friendly/

Update 4/9/2018: Goal scorer added as well as link to sfcityfc.com.

Update 4/10/2018: location changed from City College of San Francisco to Paul Goode Field.

This week 4-2-18

The San Jose Earthquakes announced today they will host Manchester United Sunday July 22 at Levi’s Stadium up the road in Santa Clara.  Kickoff is scheduled for 2pm that afternoon.  Once again the English club will tour North America as part of their warmup to the 2018-2019 Premiership team.

This will be the second time that the Quakes will play the Red Devils–the last meeting was at Avaya Stadium on July 21, 2015 with the visitors defeating the locals 3-1 before a sellout crowd.  The perennial English contenders are no stranger to Santa Clara having played last year on July 23 against Real Madrid of Spain before a packed house and winning on penalty kicks 2-1.  They also clashed against Spanish/Catalan power Barcelona three years ago on July 25 and winning 3-1.

Quakes Season Pass holders will get this match as Bonus Game B.

Photos by Nap Badillo for FootySF unless otherwise noted. All Rights Reserved.

FootySF album – vs Real Madrid

FootySF album – vs Barcelona

 


We were unable to cover this match but the team has a short summary on their 5-1 win over Norte Dame du Namur.  This match kicked off their 2018 year and their pre-season warmup to their opening match on May 5 on the road at Fresno FC and their U-23 PDL club.

Quakes v Leon

Landon Donovan was greeted with a mix of boos and cheers in his Avaya Stadium debut, but he had the last word in the exhibition with his goal in the 19th minute. That was the only scoring as Club Leon defeated the Quakes 1-0 before a crowd of 14,532.

Photo album from 3pointsport:

Facebook series – Quakes v Club Leon. Photos by Nap Badillo. All Rights Reserved.

 

The Quakes international record is now 11-10-8. The futility for them continues with a 1-7-3 record against the teams from south of the border. Next up for the Quakes will be New York City FC on March 31 in their bi-annual appearance at Avaya Stadium. There is an early 4:45pm start to accomodate the ESPN networks, who will cover this match live. Leon will continue their road tour against Tigres UNAL on the same day.