Comcast SportsNet spared Quakes fans from witnessing a Frisco "Shoot Self In Foot" by bumping the match replay until 11PM. Thank goodness for Golden State Brewery.
The midweek match against NYRB at Avaya sparked grungy Quakes magic, Wondo goal #114, & a 2-0 win.
WEEK 5: #DALvSJE
Comcast Sport Network Bay Area's decision to bump FC Dallas v San Jose to a 5-hour late replay resulted in much frustration for cable subscribers:
The soccer gods, however, had a small measure of revenge on CSN:
Always know that if the local broadcaster decides to air a game on tape delay, it's going to be a mistake. Quakes up 1-0, Quintero, 5'— Jay Hipps (@jayhipps) April 10, 2016
Apparently quite a few people signed up for MLS Direct Kick just to watch that one Quakes match. Others went down to viewing parties at Golden State Brewery or Rookies (featuring celebrity guest barkeep Marc Pelosi). Many listen to Ted Ramey & Joe Cannon on old-timey on 1590 KLIV:
We're on at 6. No worries. https://t.co/gw8RQ8H33N— Ted Ramey (@TedRameyMedia) April 10, 2016
More & more base-line excitement at each successive lineup. Instead of people groaning about the 1/2 of the lineup that act as cement boots, Quakes fans are half-wincing at a decent left back instead of Super Geez. We're even back to a constant, quality attacking pair up top:
As evidenced by this lovely weighted pass into Wondo for goal #114:
Equitible commentary (non-inronic?)
Let's just revel in that Wondo goal again:
Wondolowski gives SJ the lead in Dallas. That's his fourth of the year. https://t.co/Z5uGr5oW52— Total MLS (@TotalMLS) April 10, 2016
Sports Illustrated national soccer sportswriter Grant Wahl served up the cold hard truth:
No matter what happens in MLS, Wondo will always score. Fact.— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) April 10, 2016
Think Wondo has done his penance on the Belgium miss, and then some. Time to let the man free.— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) April 10, 2016
According to the bathroom-stall writing that constitutes an online commentary, apparently a lot of World Cup-only watching are not ready to set Wondo "free".
No matter that both Dempsey & Jones also missed perfectly-served goal opportunities--served by whom?
[Photo: Jonathan Ferrey]
Hopefully Wondo's mad scoring skillz & loyalty to club & supporters throughout a quality career will triumph over online trolls as well.
Speaking of, the soccer gods can troll just as well:
Bernardez had a perfect header to score that one. Just at the wrong goal... #Quakes74— John Marshall (@johnprostsoccer) April 10, 2016
Quakes so good we can work both ends of the pitch.
Somehow it's still 2-2.— Quakes Epicenter (@QuakesEpicenter) April 10, 2016
Swear if Adam Jahn scores the game winner here im shaving my head bald man— Josue Hernandez (@09Bladimir09) April 10, 2016
FULL TIME 2-2
There's nothing else the guys could have done. The poor result is 50% on Francis and 50% on Muma. Bad luck for Muma. Francis full brain fart— Quakes⚡️ (@QuakesForever) April 10, 2016
But you know Quakes are getting better when fans post:
San Jose 2 - San Jose Defense 2.— Sterling McGarvey (@sterling_m) April 10, 2016
Just remember that when you tweet Quakes players, they 1) read it & 2) get muthafrackin heartbroken:
@ari_carrillo I tried...— Marvell Wynne II (@marvwynne22) April 10, 2016
And there's always a Mr. Poopy Q Poopypants:
here we go again; dropping points. Dallas is a tough team so I'll settle for the result on the road but we need to get it together.— Chris (@1CAvsfann) April 10, 2016
On the post-game plus side:
Just to put things in perspective, and see how far Quakes have come in 4 years, in terms of team, stadium, inspirational effect, & growing fan base:
And looking to the future:
Quakes will get a huge chance mid week to build momentum against a NY team that has been struggling a lot. #Quakes74— Quakes Epicenter (@QuakesEpicenter) April 10, 2016
Flush Forward a Few Days:
WEEK 5.5: #SJEvNYRB
After a month of developing quality, possession-based build up play, Quakes decided to brush up on the nuance of Route 1 rock 'n jock peppered with caveman crosses & Goonie-time game-winning headers.
Or something in between.
Quakes definitely played more direct against a depleted Red Bull side, but still showed flashes of the fancy footwork & forward thinking. And a win is a win.
On a mid-week match night that competed against the Golden State Warriors beating the best league record in NBA history, as well as Kobe Bryant's final night as a Laker, many thought Avaya would show more silent seats than fans. But not only was a chilly Wednesday night an official sellout, but most seats were filled, & with very vocal fans as well (especially after Grella touched our Tommy! )
The Ultras have moved their tailgate from the Silver Lot to the Iron Horse Lot:
From Avaya, just walk towards the train tracks in the direction of our former home at Buck Shaw. When you hit the fence (or smell of port-a-potties), you're there!
Plus: More open space to bbq / knock a soccer ball around before a match.
Minus: Kicking a ball over the fence is a federal off-fence for interfering with railroad operations.
Let Them Eat Gate
Apparently, some rich dudes complained they missed seeing Eric Wynalda score in loafers at #SJEvDCU, probably because they showed up 5 minutes before & expected to breeze through the West Gate (sponsored by "ATS": Above The Salt).
So, for the first time in Avaya history, this sign greeted supporters at West Gate:
Many supporters of all classes have used this gate since the first match. And given the constipated logjam that security creates at the main gate, all hope this gate remains open to all supporters, no matter their tax bracket.
Or is Avaya going to build a tunnel from the VIP ATS Gate all the way over to the "Special Seating" now being sectioned off in front of LOBINA? Don't want the rich dudes to have to walk among the fans to get to their terrace bunkers!
No matter what, with the new "security" measures starting #SJEvSKC, everyone should show up a little earlier to cover your (cl)ass.
Supporters Section Services Quakes Fans Of All Ages:
Cheers to one of our youngest Ultras!
"I'm so excited by that cross to Alashe's goal I just MPG'ed my pants!!"
One day, little Q, if you keep cheering on the Quakes each & every match, one day--if you're lucky!--you'll grow up to one of these fine fans:
Oz & the Salinas Crew in the house!
First Avaya matches for friends on left & right of the magnificent mustachioed Oz.
(& very conscientious of them to pick up so many used beer cups, too!)
While LOBINA serves people of every age, color, class, gender, background (even supporters of other teams! Nobel Prize alert!), we're always happiest when serving Black & Blue locals:
LOBINA serves the Kool Aid that leads to scenes like this: