Throwback-Flashback: USA

Since the World Cup kicks off this week, I’d like to share a few shots from the US national team.  Some from Candlestick, and others from Levi’s Stadium and even Columbus, Ohio.  I’ll just share them with a few words.

FootySF stint – USA vs Honduras

FootySF stint – USA vs Jamaica (Gold Cup Final)

All photos by Nap Badillo. All rights reserved.

While is it a major disappointment the US team will not be in this tournament after a run from 1990 to 2014, there are other nations and some players that will be of major interest such as Cris Ronaldo of Portugal, Lionel Messi of Argentina, Neymar of Brazil, the defending champions Germany, contenders France, and hyped England.  In the Hispanic markets Mexico has been promoted at the team to follow plus fellow regional qualifers Costa Rica, who hope to improve on their 2014 run, and newcomer Panama. Not to worry Americans, the Dutch and Italians are also not playing in the Final.  For this edition the tournament will have their share of stories of glory and heartbreak.  Most of all, it will be a celebration of the world’s game.  The next round begins soon, with the hope to getting back to the 2022 edition.

For now the photo article/blog is about the men’s team.  I’ll give the women’s team their own story later on this year.  They have a very good chance of qualifying for France 2019 and defending their title.  Until next time.

Previous Throwback-Flashback blurbs:

Everton FC




SF Glens v SF City

In the second match held at Boxer Stadium, Kamron Krow and Ryder Bell each scored in the first half for City, while keeper Remi Prieur saved an early penalty attempt by the Glens’ Tawwab Emiol to give the third year PDL team a 2-1 win over the debutants in the inaugural San Francisco derby.  Emiol later scored in the second half to give the Glens their only tally of the match.

Facebook series – SF Glens vs SF City

Flickr set – photos include the instagram posts.  All photos by Nap Badillo. All rights reserved.

The Glens will now hit the road for 2 games with matches against the Orange County U23s (LAFC U23s) June 8, San Diego Zest (LA Galaxy U23s) June 10, and Fresno FC U23s June 14 before returning home for Father’s Day June 17 hosting the Orange County U23s. As of June 3 the stadium venue will either be at Boxer Stadium or at another location to be announced. City will return home to Kezar after their “away” win to the other side of town at Boxer to host Ventura County Fusion.

Tommy Hodul of Midfield Press has his game summary.

El Farolito v Napa Valley

Update 6/4: Glens take on the game (

Update 6/5: City view of the match (


El Farolito v Napa Valley 1839 FC

In the first game of a “doubleheader” at Boxer Stadium, El Farolito continued their winning ways with a 6-0 win over Napa Valley 1839.  Edson Carona was the man of the match with his hat trick for Farolito. The victory put the first year NPSL team in the drivers seat for the Golden Gate Conference title with 4 games left to play in the season and on pace for an undefeated season with 7 wins and 3 draws.

The goal scorers for El Farolito:

Edson Cardona 17th minute
Manuel Garcia 54th
Marcelo Aguas 65th
Edson Cardona 68th
Gustavo Ruelas 71th
Edson Cardona 82th

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

El Farolito return to the road to play Sacramento Gold June 9 in a rematch of their home opener.  Napa Valley will host FC Davis on the same day.  Both matches start at 7pm.

SF Glens v SF City

Update 6/4: goal scorers for the match listed.

Throwback-Flashback: Everton FC

Earlier this week I started a new series called “Throwback-Flashback”. Here I’ll be posting a theme from past games, merely as a showcase.  Anything of interest will be posted with a selection of shots and a story behind them.

The first series will be on Everton FC, from Liverpool, England and one of the most storied clubs from there.  The shots are from July 2013 when they played a friendly against Juventus FC of Turin, Italy at AT&T Park.

The view was from the first base dugout at the baseball grounds, so I was literally behind the end zone.  Before Levi’s Stadium was built, AT&T hosted a few select games from the US National Team in 2006 to the San Jose Earthquakes in 2012.  Candlestick Park when it was still in existence also held soccer matches before closing in late 2014.

The result from this friendly was a 1-1 draw with Everton winning 6-5 on penalty kicks.  Some of the marquee names from the English side included Tim Howard and Marouane Fellaini, which was worth the price of the ticket.

Select shots from the Everton side. By Nap Badillo.

The team has the recent history of having US players from the aforementioned Howard, Brian McBride, and Landon Donovan during his short loan from MLS so I have to tip my hat off to this team.  I dedicate this series to Tommy and Brendan, who are the biggest Everton supporters on this side so it’s for them and the “Blue” crew.   Next time I’ll be posting another club from the vault.



Every Thursday and/or Friday (or during a break/off-season lull) I’ll be posting items from the vault or anything I never got around to sharing. This blurb is a catchup from January and February before the debut of the site this past March.

East Bay FC Stompers v Japan Select team (Kosmos FC – Kyoto) 1//23/2018.
EBFC 2 – 4 Japan Select (Kosmos FC)

NPSL pre-season friendly to kick off 2018.  My set can be found here:

instagram/twitter: ebfcstompers
Of note: The Stompers are celebrating their 40th Anniversary in 2018.  Their only NASL season was played in Oakland.  The Japan Select team consists of college players from Japan and here who were on tour earlier in January, and part of a scouting combine–players trying to make a professional club.
Black and Blue Scrimmage 1/27/2018
Debut for this site.  Just practice and a way to welcome the team back for the upcoming season.  Open to season ticket holders, the soccer version of “Fan Fest”.
I don’t stick around for the player appearances but the event is a way for fans to get pictures and autographs and to talk about the upcoming season.  Just a few fun highlights here:
Quakes v Reno 2/10/2018
Highlights and scenes from the friendly between the MLS team and their USL minor league affiliate.  The Quakes defeated Reno 1868 FC 4-0 in the team’s soft opener (preseason).

Of note: My NPSL sets are on my flickr host, my PDL material are on flickr and Facebook, while my MLS notebook is only on Facebook.

All photos by Nap Badillo/Nap Ba (as the Stompers still mention, so going with both).  Enjoy and there will be more items forthcoming from the vault–be in the stands or on the pitch.

SF City v San Diego Zest

After 7 games on the road (5 in league play and 2 with the US Open Cup) SF City finally hosted their 2018 home debut at an old familiar ground Kezar Stadium.  The return to the venerable field after one year up the hill at Negoesco Stadium was long awaited but it was not the result the home supporters wanted.  The San Diego Zest (aka the LA Galaxy U23s) was fresh off a 3-0 loss to the San Francisco Glens Thursday and a 3-3 draw at Santa Cruz Saturday, and the Southern California club was eager to get points on the road.  The result was the Galaxy affiliate spoiling the home opener with a 2-0 win thanks to a first half goal by Nico Tagaloa, with the assist by Andy Sartor.

SF City had their best chance with a Danny Kirkland free kick late in the game that sailed wide of the net.  The team’s fate was sealed thanks to a late goal from Shota Fukuda.


Facebook series – SF City vs San Diego Zest (LA Galaxy U23s).

Flickr set – photos include the instagram posts.  All photos by Nap Badillo. All rights reserved.

SF City will be seeking their first league win on June 2 at 5pm with a short road trip to Boxer Stadium against PDL debutants SF Glens to kick off the inter-city rivalry.  That game will be the nitecap to a two game set with NPSL clubs El Farolito hosting Napa Valley 1839 FC at noon.  San Diego Zest returns home to host Ventura County Fusion on June 6 at 7:30pm.

Midfield press article by Tommy Hodul. Once again thanks!

SF City summary (

SD Zest take (

Update 5/29/2018: Articles from Midfield Press, SF City, and SD Zest added.


Quakes v DC United

DC United scored 3 unanswered goals in the first half and held on to the lead in a 3-1 win over the Quakes.  Zoltán Stieber opened up the tally with a goal in the 15th minute, followed by goals by Darren Mattocks in the 20th, and Yamil Asad in the 37th.  Luciano Acosta had 2 assists in the game, as did Paul Arriola.  The only Quakes goal was off Danny Hoesen unassisted in the 43rd minute.

Facebook series – Quakes v DC United. Photos by Nap Badillo. All Rights Reserved

Four thoughts from Quakesfan

Both teams will be traveling to Los Angeles to meet their respective opponents next weekend.  The Quakes will meet their longtime rival LA Galaxy at the Stubhub Center in Carson, CA in a Friday night tilt on May 25 at 8pm.  DC United will continue their California swing/extended road trip with a match in the Los Angeles city limits playing LAFC at the new Banc of California Stadium on Saturday May 26 at 7pm.  (Of note: the Quakes series against LAFC will be their next home game on June 9 at 7:15pm, and at Southern California on September 22 at 12:30pm.)

El Farolito v Stompers

In a game that was marked by chippy play, yellow cards, and a red card to captain Zano Mahic of the visiting team East Bay FC Stompers, the new home team El Farolito broke the deadlock with a late goal from Gustavo Ruelas in the 84th minute to give them a 2-1 win.  Faro opened up the scoring with a 55th minute goal from Luis Hernandez (no relation to the Mexican legend), while the Stompers responded with the equalizer from Gerardo Moya in the 72nd minute.

This game marked the return of the former San Francisco team which played many of their games at the venerable stadium before moving to the East Bay for the 2016 season.  The return leg was a rematch of the opening night meeting on March 17 which saw Farolito come back to steal a point on the road over the host Stompers in a 1-1 draw.   As of Saturday night, El Farolito holds first place with 18 points over CD Aguiluchos with 17.

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

El Farolito stays home to host Sonoma County Sol in another noontime start Saturday May 19.  The Stompers return to Hayward to host newcomer FC Davis on the same day at 7pm.

Update 5/14: Tommy Hodul’s report on the game.


Aguiluchos v SF City (US Open Cup)

In a rematch of the 2016 US Open Cup match at the Beach Chalet in San Francisco, the visitors of the PDL scored 4 unanswered goals to defeat the perennial NPSL contenders 4-0, this time at Raimondi Park in Oakland. SF City advances to meet Sacramento Republic of the USL


Facebook series – CD Aguiluchos v SF City.

Flickr set – photos include the instagram posts.  All photos by Nap Badillo. All rights reserved.

In US Open Cup play, San Francisco City advances to meet Sacramento Republic FC of the USL.  In the PDL schedule they will continue their road trip to Southern California this weekend to meet the Southern California Seahorses Saturday May 12 and FC Golden State Force the following day. Aguiluchos also resumes NPSL league play with a road trip to newcomers FC Davis, also on Sunday May 13.

Update 5/10: Doug Zimmerman of The Beautiful Blog at has posted his writeup of the match. Plus someone here with a photo.  Enjoy.

For the Badge photo album. Covers the game from the North Bay. A ton of good pictures to check out.

SF City recap (

Photo set from the CD Aguiluchos Facebook page

Update 5/14: Tommy Hodul’s take at

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.

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):