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.
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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.
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.
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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.
At Pioneer Stadium in Hayward, Gustavo Tavera-Rico scored on the 28th minute with the assist from Ali Radmand to give the Stompers the 1-0 lead in the home opener for the club. However, despite chippy play consumed by 8 yellow cards (3 from the home team, 5 from the visitors), plus a red card issued to Manuel Garcia of El Farolito in the 71st minute–the NPSL debuatants converted off a late penalty kick from Jansen Salton in the second half of stoppage time to draw the game at 1-1 and to steal a point on the road.
Both teams will rebound on the road on March 24. The Stompers next play at another NPSL newcomer FC Davis while El Farolito head up the North Bay at Sonoma County Sol. Both teams will play again May 12 at Boxer Stadium in San Francisco. The Stompers will be the visiting team at one of their old home grounds this time, with El Farolito choosing the Balboa Park venue as their home pitch in their NPSL debut season.
Update 3/19/2018: Caution stats added along with the goal scorer from El Farolito.
Danny Hoesen scored a brace while Vako added a goal as the Quakes took a 3-0 lead. Minnesota came back with 2 goals from Kevin Molino but the home team held on for a 3-2 victory to kick off the 2018 season. The score was similar to the last game of the 2017 season in which the Quakes scored the game winner at the end of stoppage time.
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