San Jose City FC win over Pajaro Valley 9-0.

(Marte Formico)

(Marte Formico)

It’s hard enough to face San Jose City FC with a full squad, which makes it even harder to face the squad undermanned. 

Pajaro City United learned the hard way arriving at Evergreen College with just 10 men and losing 9-0 to the undefeated home side.

“Over time we’ve gotten to know each other and things have gotten better and better,” said Louis Bellido.

The winger Bellido got the party started in the 8th minute when he received a cross on the ground from the left side, took a touch, turned , and fired it past the goalie who just managed to get his finger tips on it.

(Dylan Carruba)

(Dylan Carruba)

In the 22nd minute, defenseman Dylan Carruba scored the second of the game for San Jose City FC on a well-placed header on a ball that was sent back into the box after an unsuccessful setpiece on the left side of the penalty box.

Carruba’s goal opened the floodgates.

Salifu Jatta added two more to his season total while Miguel Bermudez and Alijandro Alcaraz also added on to San Jose City FC’s lead, making it 6-0 before the halftime whistle. 

“Coming off from a weekend we didn’t play, I was looking forward to this one,” Bermudez said.

As the second half began, Pajaro Valley United, had a late player come on to make it 11v11.

It didn’t do much good.

Nate Shue and Ben Reveno scored in the second frame to make it 8-0, but it was Jamison Loveless’ number 9 which was the highlight reel goal.

35 yards out from the opponents net, Loveless received the ball and immediately looked up. He saw the goalie off his far off of his line and chipped it over the opposing keeper.

The goaltender didn’t even make an effort on the perfectly placed shot.

Pajaro City United did what they could to contend with the league-leading San Jose City FC, but throughout played a chippy, aggressive game.

The game was called several minutes early after a Pajaro player made a late tackle on San Jose City’s goalkeeper Ian Valdivia resulting in an automatic red card. Minutes earlier the same player was given a warning, then a yellow card.

(Ian Valdivia gk)

(Ian Valdivia gk)

In all, Pajaro Valley FC received two red cards and two yellow cards in the contest compared to a clean slate from San Jose.

“They came out to aggressive for having 10 players,” Bermudez said. “We just waited for them to get tired and then we outplayed them.”

 

Team is coming together.

Salifu Jatta

If it hadn’t already, San Jose City FC proved it why it’s the top team in the 2017 LIGA NorCal South Division, shutting out second placed JASA out of Redwood City 4-0.  The win marked the third straight for San Jose and second in a row at home. 

It’s the team’s first clean sheet of the season after letting in a late goal in the home opener two weeks prior.

“They [the defense] played fantastic, said starting goalkeeper Charlie Furrer. We worked really hard to communicate, to get with the guys before and tried to figure out a game plan and I think they played pretty well.”

Andres

The opening 20 minutes was a feeling out stage for between the top two sides in the league, however San Jose looked more dangerous and it was just a matter of time before San Jose’s big center forward would strike. 

 With good ball movement, the ball found its way to an open Salifu Jatta inside the opponent’s 18 yard box. He took a touch a drove it to the bottom left corner of the net past the diving goalkeeper scoring the opening goal at the 28 minute mark.

Less than a minute later, San Jose got its second when JASA’s goalie ventured out of his net with the ball only to turn it over to a wide open Jatta inside the penalty box. He made no mistake, passing it into the wide open net tallying his fifth in four games and putting his team up by two. 

Edgardo

San Jose City’s third goal was a well-deserved bit of redemption by midfielder Andres Jimenez. 

He missed barely missed a shot earlier on in the first frame, but got a second opportunity and capitalized right before the halftime whistle. 

“The one I missed I was kind of cheating a bit, Jimenez said. The second one, I had a left footed shot and I knew he [the goalkeeper] was going to block it so I cut it across and hit the back post and went in”

The second half played out much like the first. 

JASA wasn’t able to get much going offensively, while San Jose stayed organized and maintained the majority of the possession which led to the team’s fourth and final goal of the game. 

Midfielder Alenjando Alcaraz found an opening in between several JASA defenders in the box, received the ball, turned and fired a rocket into the bottom left corner of the net giving the goalie no chance.

Jimenez realized the significance of the win as San Jose City FC is now positioned firmly atop the league after the win.

“I’m looking forward to the playoffs and playing other teams,” Jimenez said. “It’s good to be in first place.”

A special thank to the PAC U8 girls helping out in the player introductions as they walked on the field with the starting eleven. 

San Jose City FC next home game is Saturday July 8th at 7:00 pm at Evergreen Valley College vs Parjaro Valley United out of Salinas. It should be an exciting game. Catch all the latest news, player interview, and more pictures through our social media. @sjcityfc Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.  

Sunday Game results.

San Jose City finish with a good result over Simple FC out of Palo Alto with a 7-1 win. San Jose dominated the game for the opening whistle. "The players are starting to understand their roles and jobs with in the formation that they are playing. It is always a process of taking players from different team that are playing different ways to get everyone on the same page. It just take some time. We have see a big improvement over the first 3 games." said Coach Hatfield. In the game wide players Miguel Bermudez on the left and Evan Sanchez on the right got down the flanks and wiped crosses in for players to attack. Fifteen minutes in Darren Sinclair dribbles down the line and sends a hard cross into a crowded box. The Simple FC defender lunged at it to block the on coming San Jose players but the ball deflected and goes in his own goal. Twenty six minutes in Evan Sanchez dribbles through several defenders and scores the second. At the forty one minute mark Joe Bastian scores from an assist from Luke Andrews. Second half starts out with a come back raillery from Simple FC as they counter with a quick player to score to make it 3-1. This goal only makes San Jose more focus again and they go ahead in put in another four goals. Goals come from Salifu Jatta, Joe Bastian off a corner from Darren Sinclair, Ahmed Mohammed, and Miguel Bermudez. 

 

With this result and the other league results it puts San Jose City FC in fist in their division. The top team each of the three divisions go to playoffs plus the best 2nd place finisher over the all three divisions. San Jose City FC have a big match on Friday  June 23rd at 7:30 pm at Evergreen Valley College to take on 2nd place JASA which is out of Redwood City.

Home Opener

The home opener couldn’t have gone much better. After a 2-2 draw on the road to begin the summer campaign, San Jose City FC earned its first win of the season beating Monterey County FC 2-1 at Evergreen College.

Both teams were clearly feeling each other in the opening minutes, yet San Jose City FC looked the more dangerous team.  In the 30th minute, the home team’s effort payed off as forward Salifu Jatta broke the deadlock for the second straight game.

“They can start attacking us instead of just sitting back the whole game, Jatta said. “It makes the game more open.” Jatta capitalized on a miscommunication between Monterey defender and goalie, giving him a one on one opportunity that he shot past the keeper.

Darren Sinclair, who came on as a substitute notched the second goal for San Jose, one that would turn out to be very important. Sinclair had two opportunities which he failed to take advantage of, but in the first half stoppage time proved third time's a charm.

Midfielder Juan Torres hit a nice through ball switching the field to Sinclair on opposite side, who took one touch and the rest was history. Sinclair rocketed a side-foot volley from outside the penalty box which nestled in the bottom left corner, out of the opposing goalie’s extended reach. The whistle was blown shortly after and San Jose was up 2-0 at the break.

“We really wanted to come out and get on them early and I think we did that with the two goals in the first half. From then on, it was a little easier to manage the game,” said defenseman Kyle Schumann.

Monterey struggled getting much going in the second half and showed visual (and verbal) frustration.With the lead, San Jose played more tactical and possession oriented second 45, maintaining possession and focusing on a steady build up.

Things got a little interesting towards the end of the match when San Jose’s goalkeeper Edgar Benitez had trouble with a back pass that was picked up by an Joseph Cairel of Monterey. Benitez slid to redeem himself, clipping the player and the referee pointed to the spot. Joseph Cariel stepped up to the spot, and scored cutting his side’s deficit in half, but it was too little too late. Sinclair’s goal would end up being the game-winner.

“Being here at Evergreen in front of the home crowd is great,” Schumann said.

San Jose resumes play this Sunday against Simple FC. The game is set to start at 7:00 p.m. at Mayfield North Field 1.

 

First Game of the season with a point.

Well the first game of the season in the books. 2-2 vs JASA. Salifu Jatta scores first with a header off a corner. San Jose then give a PK up. JASA convert to make it 1-1. Play was back and forth. San Jose had spurts of good play and movements with the ball. Jasa was well organized and you could tell that they had played together for a long time. JASA score again to take the lead. San Jose push hard to even things up. Miguel Bermudez makes a run up from the back to receive a ball laid off for him an he slams it home. San Jose has several free kicks but is unable to cover any. 
San Jose City play their next game at home on Saturday June 10th at 7:00 pm at Evergreen Valley College against Monterey County FC. Hope to see you there.

League Play

San Jose City FC kickoff its inaugural season in Liga NorCal with an away game on Saturday June 3rd vs Juventus Sport at 7:00 pm at Red Morton Community Center, Bechert Field, 1120 Roosevelt Ave, Redwood City. Juventus Sport has a history of being one of the top men's team around. It will be a tough test right out of the gate. The following weekend is our home opener on Saturday June 10th at 7:00 pm vs Monterey County FC. Game is at Evergreen Valley College.

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