Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The San Jose Earthquakes of Salinas?

The progress on the new stadium has been exciting to see.

Looking out at the construction site of the Earthquakes new stadium in San Jose I wondered, “if that stadium were built in Salinas what would the attendance be like?”. My initial thought was that Salinas was too small a city to handle a professional sports team.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Like Mr. Kotter we are back in town to teach some lessons

Sometimes there a moments in life when you wish that there are 30 hours in a day. I got busy at work and when I finally catch up with everything 3 weeks have gone by since I posted anything. A lot has happened so lets try to catch up in one post…

CCS Shocker
A warm sunny day at Rabobank Stadium turned cold quickly when Alvarez and Alisal were both knocked out of the CCS tournament. Alisal, the #1 seed, and Alvarez, the #3 seed, were both favored in their games, but both came up short in very tense and close games.

Alisal came into their first game of the CCS tournament as one of the strongest teams in the state and just finished another great year in one of the toughest leagues in state. A lot of people had already penciled them into the final before the tournament even started, but every game must be played. The tension was thick in the stadium all game, but Alisal was controlling the pace and it seemed like a matter of time before one of their shots found the back of the net. But Carlmont didn’t luck into the tournament and they were in Salinas to prove that they could play with anyone in the section. 22 minutes in Carlmont stunned the Alisal heavy crowd by finding a way to get the ball passed Andy Camacho and forcing Alisal to come from behind. The Trojans tried the best the could to even the score, barely missing on several occasions, but this day belonged to Carlmont. Final Carlmont 1-0 Alisal

Alvarez played about an hour later and all of a sudden had their biggest rival, and the team that knocked them out of last years tournament, out of the tournament. A perfect chance to get into the title game and come home with their first ever section title. Things got off to a positive start for the Eagles as Jose “Bofo” Alamo put his team up 13 minutes into the game. What seemed like one of the most exciting goals in recent Alvarez history actually seemed to work against the Eagles as they settled into a defensive minded game plan. Instead of attacking and looking for that insurance goal they seemed content with using their extraordinary defense to maintain the one goal lead and move them on to the next round. The plan was working for most of the game, but Homestead refused to go down without getting one goal at Rabobank. With ten minutes left in the game they finally found that opening and again stunned the Alvarez heavy crowd. Five minutes later they stabbed a dagger in the hearts of the Eagle faithful as the once again found a crease in the defense and attacked it for their second goal of the match. Now it was their turn to defend a lead, but with only five minutes left in the game there was little Alvarez and its crowd could do other than wait for the last whistle and watch as another team celebrated their victory in the middle of the pitch. Final Homestead 2-1 Alvarez. Truly a shocking day for Salinas soccer.

MLS Season Begins
As quickly as the high school season ended the pros got under way. The San Jose Earthquakes got the strange week 1 bye followed by 3 games in one week and they looked impressive in those 3 games. The first game was a CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinal game against Toluca from Liga MX, which most people expected them to lose easily. Toluca, a ten time Mexican champion, is once again one of the top teams in their league so a lot of the discussions online predicted a rather simple Toluca victory. The magic of Buck Shaw looks like it is going to be around for another year and the Goonies are back on the pitch with a never-say-die attitude that keeps them in every game they play. Even though the Quakes had a 11 to 3 shot on goal advantage it looked like Toluca was going to go into the second leg, after 95 minutes they had a 1-0 advantage after Raul Nava’s goal in the 67 minute. As long as the final whistle hasn’t blown the Quakes were in it and with 20 seconds left they delivered. Alan Gordon did not start the game but he ended it in the most dramatic fashion possible. That gave the Quakes hope of moving on in the tournament when they played the second leg on March 20 at Nemesio Diez Stadium in Toluca.
Before they got a chance to make history they took on another tough test as Real Salt Lake visited Buck Shaw. RSL started the season a week earlier by beating Galaxy in Los Angeles and were looking to make it 2-0 in California. This time the deficit that had to be overcome was 2 goals, the score was 3-1 RSL 74 minutes into the game. Once again that Goonie magic came through at the exact same time, the 95th minute. This time the magician was Victor Bernardez who scored in the 75th minute to give everyone in the stadium hope, bringing the score to 3-2. 20 minutes later he used another allusion to score again and give the Quakes a critical point against one of the best teams in the MLS.
Wednesday night the Quakes played one of the most important games in their history playing the second leg of their quarterfinal matchup at nearly 9000 feet in elevation. The Quakes took on the already monumental challenge with 7 of their usual starters either on the bench or out because of injury. Surely this was going to be a monumental drubbing, Galaxy had just lost 4-2 to an injury riddled Tijuana, how could the Quakes have a chance.

Well there you have it, the first post in a month and there is plenty here to read. I have finally corralled my problems at work so I will be updating this site more frequently plus debuting a couple of things we have been working in the background for a while.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Soccer Sundays at the Public House

We have teamed up with the XL Public House in downtown Salinas to bring you something we all can appreciate, MORE SOCCER. Sundays starting at 3 PM

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Another historic game for the Alvarez girls in the 1st round of the CCS tournament

It was a cold and rainy start to the CCS Division I tournament for the Alvarez girls soccer team, but there was nothing that was going to take away such a special moment