Mexico to face Paraguay March 26 at Coliseum

Mexico to face Paraguay March 26 at Coliseum

Jan. 13, 2011
SAN JOSE TheSan Jose Earthquakes, Soccer United Marketing (SUM) and the FederacinMexicana de Ftbol (FMF) announced today that the Mexican National Teamwill face Paraguay on Saturday, March 26 at 2 p.m. PT at theOakland-Alameda County Coliseum. This Bay Area stopis part of Mexicos 2011 U.S. Tour.Anexclusive pre-sale for San Jose Earthquakes season ticket holders andother special groups will begin this Friday, January 14 at 10 a.m. PTby calling the Earthquakes at 408-556-7700. For group tickets orsuites, please contact the Earthquakes Front Office.Tickets for the general public will go on sale on Friday, Jan. 21 at 10 a.m. PT by visiting www.Tickets.com,by calling 800-225-2277 or visiting the usual tienda locations. Aspecial two-pack that includes a ticket to the Mexico-Paraguay game anda voucher for a ticket to an Earthquakes game can be purchased for aslow as 30. To purchase the two-pack, fans should call 408-556-7700.Scheduledon a FIFA fixture date, this match will mark Mexicos return to Oaklandafter almost two years, when they defeated Nicaragua 2-0 at theColiseum during the group phase of the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Mexicoand Paraguay last face off at Copa America 2007, where El Tri securedthe quarterfinal win.Forthe first time in its history, Paraguay reached the quarterfinals stageof the FIFA World Cup in South Africa this past summer. Led by theircaptain and goalkeeper Justo Villar (Real ValladolidSpain) and theirhead coach Gerardo Martino, Paraguay is preparing for this summersCopa America in Argentina, where they will face Brazil, Ecuador andVenezuela. Paraguayan national team standouts include defender DarioVeron (Pumas UNAMMexico), Paulo da Silva and Cristian Riveros, both ofthe English club Sunderland.The Mexican National Team, under the direction of new head coach Jose Manuel Chepo de la Torre will kick off its 2011 U.S. Tour in Atlantas Georgia Dome on February 9 against Bosnia-Herzegovina.ElTri has made a number of appearances in the Bay Area over the pastfive years, playing in both Oakland and San Francisco. Mexico lastplayed in the Bay Area on Feb. 24, 2010 at Candlestick Park in SanFrancisco, routing Bolivia 5-0. Prior to that match, Mexican NationalTeams made four appearances in Oakland from 2007-09. Mexico facedSweden in front of 46,550 fans on Jan. 28, 2009 before taking onNicaragua in the CONCACAF Gold Cup on July 5, 2009. The two previoustrips by Mexico to the Coliseum resulted in sellout crowds of 47,416.Mexico defeated Ecuador 4-2 on March 28, 2007 and on March 2, 2008, theUnder-23 teams of Mexico and Australia tied 1-1.The 2011 Mexican National Team U.S. Tour sponsors are adidas, Allstate, AT&T, Bud Light, Cacique, Coca-Cola, Castrol, Degree Men, Makita, NAPA Auto Parts and The Home Depot. Together, they will hostFtbol Fiesta, a huge celebration taking place beforeevery game, including an interactive zone of 120,000 square feet withlive music, games, celebrities and promotional memorabilia.About Soccer United Marketing
Foundedin 2002, Soccer United Marketing (SUM) is the preeminent marketingsoccer company in North America. SUM has the exclusive commercialrights to everything related to Major League Soccer (MLS) and U.S.Soccer Federation. SUM is also the official and exclusive marketingpromoter of the Mexican National Team when on tour in the U.S., plusthe marketing and promotion of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Since 2008, SUMhas a long-term agreement with historic and giant soccer club FCBarcelona, consisting on U.S. tours of the Spanish team. SUM also hasthe marketing rights in the U.S. to the most popular Mexican team, ClubDeportivo Guadalajara (Chivas).Additionally,SUM created SuperLiga and the Pan-Pacific Championship, twointernational level soccer tournaments including teams from the MLS,Mexico and Asia. Beginning 2009, SUM established MLS DigitalProperties, previously known as SUM Digital Network, the onlyadvertising network of its kind. It covers every single aspect of thesport in the United States, allowing sponsors to reach million ofsoccer fans through many advertising and sponsorship campaigns. All ofthese properties are represented by SUMs motto: One Sport. OneCompany. For more info, visit:www.SUMworld.comCourtesy San Jose Earthquakes media services

Warriors' minority owner announces new pro SF soccer team, stadium intentions

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Lyndsay Radnedge

Warriors' minority owner announces new pro SF soccer team, stadium intentions

New details are emerging about SFFC 2019 as the professional soccer boom in the Bay Area continues. 

San Francisco FC, a prospective new Division II soccer team fronted by the co-founder of Zappos.com Nick Swinmurn, announced their intention to build a new 6,000 seat stadium just south of San Francisco International Airport. The report, out of the San Francisco Chronicle, says SFFC has applied to the United Soccer League and plans to start playing in the spring of 2019, if approved. 

Swinmurn already owns Burlingame Dragons FC -- a Division IV team that plays in the Premier Development League that recently completed its third season. 

SFFC annoucement comes at the heels of the San Francisco Deltas' first season. The Deltas, who finished second during the NASL's latest season, played their inaugural season at Kezar Stadium -- with a capacity for 10,000, the Deltas finished eighth (out of eight) in attendance with an average of 4,502 fans per game and a total of 288,132 attendees, this according to numbers accumulated by SoccerStadiumdigest.com

SFFC will face stiff competition in a crowded Bay Area soccer landscape. Along with the Deltas and Dragons, San Francisco FC will have to compete against San Francisco City FC, another PDL team, and or course, the San Jose Earthquakes, who are in the middle of their most successful season since building Avaya Stadium. 

According to the Chronicle, the new stadium would cost SFFC $3 million. The site is located in Burlingame, near its Bayside Park. Swinmurn, and team president Jordan Gardner, are also looking at other sites in San Francisco. 

“Our ambitions are big. But big doesn’t always mean going to the biggest league you can find," Swinmurn told the Chronicle. "It means creating the best soccer experience that appeals to all kinds of fans. You have to assume that bigger is not always better.”

Swinmurn is also a part of the Golden State Warriors minority ownership group and owns several businesses through his entrepreneurial hub, Lucha Ventures. 

The USL has 30 teams now with plans to expands to as many as 42 in the very near future. 

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Quakes' lopsided loss to Red Bulls

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Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Quakes' lopsided loss to Red Bulls

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The San Jose Earthquakes had one big thing going for them when they took on the New York Red Bulls Wednesday evening — they were on 10 days rest having last played a truly competitive match on July 10 in U.S. Open Cup action.

Unfortunately for the Quakes, they failed to take advantage of that in losing to the Red Bulls 5-1 — definitely not the return to the pitch they were hoping for.  

Here are five takeaways from a Wednesday evening, lopsided loss to NYR. 

— The Quakes had no answer for Sacha Kljestan. The Red Bulls midfielder, who frequented the U.S. Men’s National Team roster at one point, was not called to international duty for the ongoing FIFA Gold Cup and San Jose paid the price for that — the man finessed the Quakes to death on Wednesday evening, factoring in three New York goals with his use of spacing in the Red Bulls midfield. 

— There were a couple of big debuts for San Jose. First, newly signed designated player Valeri Qazaishvili — who the MLS world is calling Vako — made his league debut when in he came as a substitute for Danny Hoesen at halftime. The Georgian native showed flashes with his early touch, but never really factored in the game until the 88th minute when he scored the Quakes’ lone goal on a volley tap courtesy of a nifty Jahmir Hyka cross. It’s a nice debut on the scoresheet, but San Jose is expecting DP-esque things from the Georgian. 

— And second, welcome back, Quincy Amarikwa. The forward has been sidelined since September of 2016 when he suffered ACL and LCL damage that required surgery. Amarikwa has been documenting his recovery on social media and surprised Quakes fans when he make his on-pitch return last week in a friendly against Germany’s Eintracht Frankfurt. On Wednesday, he made his official return in the 76th minute. Amarikwa has nine goals and seven assists in 41 career appearances with the Quakes. 

— It definitely wasn’t the homecoming head coach Chris Leitch was hoping for. Leitch played for five seasons over with the New York club. He made 101 appearances for the Metrostars/Red Bulls, assisting on five goals during his career. 

He’s now 0-1-0 as an opposing head coach. 

— It’s unfair to nitpick on a single defensive effort, given that soccer is a team sport, but the Red Bulls attacked center back Andres Imperiale often Wednesday afternoon — and more often than not, they were rewarded with a scoring opportunity. It’s the second straight poor showing on the road for the Quakes defense as a whole after surrendering a four-spot to Atlanta United FC on Independence Day.