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"Real" has a Dual Meaning

RSJ Owner/Manager Nick Arellano explains why San Jose's NSL team is called Real San Jose. (February 03, 2007) The question "Why Real San Jose" has been asked quite often since it was announced. Understandably the name Real "Anything" instantly brings to mind the great Real Madrid and other Spanish soccer clubs. And I can see why some would think we are creating some kind

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Match Report
Real San Jose vs Marin County Union
Final Score
Real San Jose 8-1 Marin County Union
Key Moments and Highlights
Hector Herrera's Hat Trick: The star of the match, Hector Herrera, dazzled the crowd with an impressive hat trick, scoring three crucial goals that set the tone for Real San Jose's dominating performance.
Victor Salguero's Double: Not to be outdone, Victor Salguero added two goals to the scoreboard, showcasing his lethal finishing skills.
Jacob Muniz's Contribution: Jacob Muniz found the back of the net once, further solidifying Real San Jose's commanding lead.
Marlon Marquez's Playmaking: Marlon Marquez was the unsung hero with a goal and an astonishing four assists, orchestrating much of the team's attacking play and ensuring a smooth flow of goals.
With this resounding victory, Real San Jose remains in 2nd place in the NSL Pacific table. They are just three points behind the top spot, currently held by YUSA, and maintain a three-point lead over third-placed San Leandro United.

Real San Jose's performance was nothing short of spectacular, leaving fans excited for what the rest of the season holds. Stay tuned for more thrilling matches!


Match Preview Real San Jose vs Marin County Union
Get ready for an exciting soccer showdown as Real San Jose takes on Marin County Union on June 22 at 7pm at Pal Stadium. This match promises to be a thrilling encounter with significant implications for both teams in the league.
Key Players to Watch
Real San Jose
Andy Canepa and Juan Tribin (Centerbacks): These defensive stalwarts will be crucial in keeping Marin’s attack at bay.
Yasid Alvarado and Juan Velazquez (Center-Midfielders): Their control in the midfield will be essential in dictating the pace of the game and creating scoring opportunities.
Marin County Union
Sebastian DeLa Cruz (Forward): All eyes will be on DeLa Cruz as Marin hopes he can find his scoring form and lead the team to their first victory of the season.
Historical Head-to-Head
In the opening match of the season, Real San Jose dominated Marin County Union with a resounding 6-1 victory. Marin will undoubtedly be looking for redemption, while Real San Jose aims to replicate their strong performance.
Match Significance
This match holds substantial importance for both teams:
Real San Jose is looking to keep pace with YUSA at the top of the table. A win here is crucial to maintain their championship ambitions.
Marin County Union is desperate to secure their first win of the season and turn their fortunes around.
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We look forward to seeing you at Pal Stadium on June 22 at 7pm for a night of exhilarating soccer!


Get ready for an epic showdown! πŸ† Join us at PAL Stadium on June 15th at 7 PM for the clash between Real San Jose and San Leandro United. This is a match you don’t want to miss!
🎟️ Tickets:
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Under 12s (U12): $5
Under 5s (U5): Free
Bring your friends and family and let's fill the stadium with energy and excitement! πŸ’₯⚽
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⚽️ Get ready for an epic showdown! ⚽️
Join us at PAL Stadium in San Jose on June 8th, 2024, for a match you won't want to miss. Real San Jose is hosting YUSA in a battle for first place in the NSL Pacific Conference. Both teams are undefeated this season with a 3-0 record. Who will come out on top?
πŸ“… Date: June 8th, 2024
πŸ•– Kickoff: 7:00 pm
πŸ“ Venue: PAL Stadium, San Jose
🎟️ Ticket Information
General Admission $10
Youth under 12 $5
Kids under 5 FREE
Tickets available at the gate
Be there to support your team and experience the thrill of live soccer! Let's pack the stadium and create an unforgettable atmosphere.


Real San Jose vs Racing Sacramento Match Report

On June 1st, at PAL Stadium in San Jose, Real San Jose faced off against Racing Sacramento. It was a thrilling match that saw plenty of action and memorable moments.

Early Lead for Racing

The match kicked off with a bang as Racing Sacramento scored in the opening minutes, putting the pressure on Real San Jose right from the start. However, Real San Jose quickly regrouped and responded with an impressive offensive display.

Dominant First Half for Real San Jose

Real San Jose dominated the first half, scoring four goals before halftime. Hector Herrera was the standout performer, netting two goals to give his team a commanding lead. Christian Cruz and newcomer Daniel Aguilar also contributed with a goal each, showcasing the depth and talent in the squad.

Second Half Fightback

Racing Sacramento didn't go down without a fight. They scored one goal in the second half, but it wasn't enough to overcome the deficit. Real San Jose's defense held strong, ensuring the final score remained 4-2 in favor of the home team.

Final Score

Real San Jose 4 - Racing Sacramento 2

Player Highlights

Hector Herrera
Hector Herrera was the star of the match, scoring two crucial goals that set the tone for Real San Jose's victory. His ability to find the back of the was instrumental in securing the win.

Christian Cruz
Christian Cruz added to the scoreboard with a well-timed goal, contributing to the team's dominant first-half performance.

Daniel Aguilar
Newcomer Daniel Aguilar continued to impress, scoring his third goal in just two games with Real San Jose. His quick adaptation and scoring prowess have significantly boosted the team.

Upcoming Match

Real San Jose will return to PAL Stadium on June 8 to host YUSA. Both teams are currently undefeated with 3-0 records in the 2024 NSL Pacific season. This upcoming match will be a first-place battle; fans can expect an intense and exciting game.


Real San Jose's victory over Racing Sacramento was a testament to their offensive strength and defensive resilience. With standout performances from Hector Herrera and Daniel Aguilar, the team is poised for more success as it looks forward to its next challenge against YUSA.

Don't miss the action on June 8 as Real San Jose aims to secure the top spot in the league!


⚽️ RSJ returns home to host defending champs! ⚽️
Join us at PAL Stadium on June 1, 2024, to witness Real San Jose take on Racing Sacramento in the season's home opener! 🏟️ Kickoff is set for 7:00 PM, and you won't want to miss this clash of titans!
Real San Jose is off to a fantastic start with a 2-0 record, while Racing Sacramento enters as the defending NSL Pacific Champions. This match promises to be a thrilling encounter filled with top-notch amateur soccer action. πŸš€
πŸ‘‰ Share this post with your friends and plan your match day! Let's pack PAL Stadium and show our support for RSJ! πŸ™Œ


Get ready, Real San Jose faithful! Our road to glory brings us face-to-face with Marin County Union in the heart-stopping NSL Pacific Semi-Final ⚽️πŸ’₯ This is where our unbeaten season gets its ultimate test!
Date: March 2nd
Time: 7:15 PM
Location: Burrell Field, San Leandro
Stand with us under the dazzling lights as we battle for a spot in the finals against the winner of the Racing Sacramento vs Yemen United CA semi-final which will be played right before our match!
Last time we met the Union on the field, it ended with a riveting tie. This time, we aim to clinch the win. πŸ’ͺ
πŸ’³ Tickets:
General Admission: $10
Youth (Under 12): $5
Kids (Under 5): Free
Don your red and white, raise your voices, and let's turn Burrell Field into a fortress of support for Real San Jose! πŸŽ‰πŸ’™
Grab your tickets at the door and be part of the legendary night where we play for pride, passion, and the prestige of the finals.
⚠️ Call to Action:
Don't just witness history – be a part of it! Come out in droves, cheer with all your heart, and support YOUR team - Real San Jose!

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Soccer Magic July 1990 02/19/2024

I am in a mood today. Sometimes I get "stabbed" "insulted" by someone, particularly by someone some think is important in soccer or media, and I get pi**ed, then I find something like this scanned copy of my Soccer Magic magazine.... so now I ask the the "Nick haters".... what have you done?

Soccer Magic and Real San Jose is about the Soccer community... I ask again... what have you done?

Soccer Magic July 1990 Soccer Magic Magazine July 1990


In a display of resilience and tactical prowess, Real San Jose (RSJ) overcame the elements and opposition alike in an emphatic 2-0 victory over Yemen United this past weekend. Despite the relentless downpour at MLK Park in Richmond on February 17, 2024, RSJ showcased their tenacity and championship caliber.

As the final whistle echoed, it became clear that this was more than just a win; it was a statement piece that solidified RSJ's position as a dominant force in the league.

Last Match Highlights: Raining Goals at MLK Park

The pivotal moment came in the 62nd minute when Lluis Dolade received a pass from Victor Salgado then pierced through the weather and the defense to put RSJ ahead. His precision strike was not just a game-changer but potentially a season-definer for the San Jose squad.

With the clock winding down, RSJ continued to assert their dominance. The 83rd-minute saw a masterclass in teamwork and ex*****on: Dolade turned provider, sliding a perfect ball to Victor Salguero. What followed was a moment of sheer brilliance as Salguero's assist found Cristian Cruz, who made no mistake from 8 yards out, powering the ball home to seal the deal.

Unbeaten Streak Marches On

The triumph at MLK Park stretches Real San Jose's awe-inspiring unbeaten streak to 23 league matchesβ€”a testament to their consistency and indomitable spirit. As the regular season curtain closes, this run of form has certainly laid the groundwork for playoff success.

Preparing for the NSL Pacific Playoffs

Having finished the season impressively in 2nd place, RSJ head into the NSL Pacific playoffs with a tactical advantageβ€”a first-round bye that gives them additional time to refine strategies and nurse any lingering injuries back to optimal playing condition.

The preparations are rooted not just in maintaining fitness and form but also in furthering the cohesion and tactical understanding that have been the cornerstone of RSJ's season. Dave Gold is undoubtedly analyzing potential opponents while also galvanizing the squad with the psychological fortitude needed for knockout football. An area of concern give past playoff and cup performances.

As RSJ sets their gaze on the coveted championship trophy, their dual strengthsβ€”strategic depth on the field and a unified team ethosβ€”will be pivotal in navigating the playoff battles ahead.

An Anticipated Return

The 2024 NSL Pacific season can't come soon enough for RSJ supporters eager to witness if RSJ can extend their remarkable streak. Coming off a standout performance and armed with playoff momentum, there is every reason to believe that Real San Jose will be a formidable contender when the new season kicks off this April.

Stay tuned...


Real San Jose extended their impressive unbeaten streak to 22 games in the NSL Pacific Conference, securing a commanding 2-0 victory over Richmond Sol.
The clash at MLK Park in Richmond was fast-paced as RSJ created several missed chances in the early exchanges.

The breakthrough came in the 34th minute when Victor Salguero, Real San Jose's dynamic forward, made his mark on the game. It was Juan Vazquez's visionary pass that cut through the Richmond Sol defense like a hot knife through butter, setting Salguero up to break the deadlock. As the second half unfolded, Real San Jose ramped up the pressure. Their persistence paid dividends when Lluis Dolade found himself at the right place at the right time, doubling the lead from close range, cementing RSJ's advantage, and effectively putting the game out of reach for the Sol.

The man between the sticks for Real San Jose, Mark Canepa, was a colossal presence in goal, making a critical save midway through the first half. His acrobatic leap to deny Richmond's 25-yard stinger kept Richmond from stealing the opening goal against the run of play. The defensive trio of Andy Canepa, Juan Tribin, and Teddy Rexing formed an impregnable fortress, thwarting the Richmond Sol attackers and nullifying their offensive threat throughout the match. Their poise under pressure was a testament to RSJ's tactical discipline.

In the heart of the field, the midfield workhorses Yasid Alvarado, Jacob Muniz, and Marlon Marquez covered every bit of turf, showcasing both grit and finesse. They orchestrated the tempo, winning critical challenges and seamlessly transitioning play from defense to attack.

Real San Jose's performance was a statement of intent, a declaration of their unwavering ambition to dominate the NSL Pacific Conference. As the final whistle blew, talk of a second straight unbeaten regular season added a layer of excitement to an already thrilling evening of soccer. Oddly enough, this is only the second victory of the season, as the other four matches ended in draws. RSJ needs a victory over Yemen United to secure 2nd in the NSL standing and a first-round bye in the playoffs. That is at MLK Park on February 17th.


"⚽️ Another nail-biting showdown in the NSL Pacific Conference! Real San Jose and San Leandro battled it out to a 0-0 tie, keeping us on the edge of our seats. πŸ™Œ The RSJ stars of the game? Yasid Alvarado, Juan Turbin, Marlon Marquez, and Alex Ollman stepped up their game for RSJ. πŸ‘‘ With a remarkable 21-game unbeaten streak in league play, RSJ is unstoppable! But let's keep pushing for that well-deserved victory. πŸ’ͺ Shoutout to Alex, a midfielder, who played goalkeeper the entire second half as Mark Canepa was forced out by a questionable foul from an opponent. 🧀 Next up, we're ready to clinch that playoff spot against Yemen United! πŸ† Can't wait for the battle in Richmond next week. Stay tuned! 😎 "


Today Real San Jose turned 17 years old.


Real San Jose ended 2023 with a 1-1 draw against Racing Sacramento on November 11. Despite not securing a victory, RSJ has maintained an impressive record of not losing an NSL Pacific match in the last 20 games. RSJ goes into the Winter break with a record of 1 win, 3 draws, and 0 losses so far in the 2023-24 season. RSJ's next NSL Pacific match is scheduled for February 3 against Yemen United.

Both Real San Jose and Racing Sacramento have remained unbeaten this season, with Racing currently holding first place with a record of 5 wins, 1 draw, and 0 losses.

RSJ's Anuar Alfaro made his debut and scored a goal in the 15th minute. This goal made up for the Racing goal that came in the 5th minute. There were no more goals in the match despite both teams creating multiple chances.


This coming Saturday, October 28 at 7 pm, Real San Jose will face off against Marin County Union in a National Soccer League (NSL) Pacific Conference match at PAL Stadium. Despite a tough loss to UC Premier Stompers last weekend, the team is determined to bounce back and secure a victory on their home turf.
San Jose soccer fans can expect an exciting and competitive match as Real San Jose takes on Marin County Union. The last time these two teams met, RSJ narrowly lost with a score of 2-1 in favor of UC Premier Stompers. However, the game was filled with intense moments as RSJ dominated possession and even hit the post twice. Many spectators also believed that RSJ should have been awarded a penalty kick, but unfortunately, it was not given.

With only five minutes remaining in the game, UC Premier Stompers managed to secure the winning goal. However, this has only fueled Real San Jose's determination to come back stronger and prove themselves on the field. The team is focused and eager to give their fans an impressive performance this Saturday.

Make sure to mark your calendars and come support Real San Jose as they continue their NSL Pacific Conference action against Marin County Union. Let's cheer them on to victory!

As a quick reminder, Real San Jose is currently on an impressive eleven game unbeaten streak in the NSL Pacific Conference. This is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the team, as well as their strong chemistry on the field.

Join us at PAL Stadium this Saturday at 7 pm to witness another thrilling match between Real San Jose and Marin County Union. Let's fill the stands and show our love for San Jose soccer!


On October 21, Real San Jose will host the UC Premier Stompers in a NSL Pacific Conference Cup match at PAL Stadium with a 7PM kickoff. This knockout tournament is a highly anticipated event for both teams, as it will determine which one will advance to the next round.
This is not the first time these two teams have faced each other this season. In fact, their first encounter was on October 7 at PAL Stadium in a regular season match that ended in a 3-3 draw. However, this time around there can be no draw as only one team will be able to advance.

Real San Jose had the upper hand during the last match, with a 3-1 lead at halftime. However, UC Premier Stompers managed to make a comeback with a controversial penalty and a last minute goal, forcing the draw. This time, both teams will be determined to secure their victory and advance in the tournament.

Real San Jose has been performing well in the NSL Pacific Conference, currently coming off an impressive 4-0 win last week.

However, UC Premier Stompers cannot be underestimated as RSJ learned the last time these teams met. With both teams having something to prove, this match is expected to be intense and exciting for the fans.

Make sure to mark your calendars for October 21 and come support Real San Jose. Let's show our team spirit and cheer on as they take on in this NSL Pacific Conference Cup match. Let's bring home the win for !


Real San Jose has done it again, staying unbeaten in eleven straight NSL Pacific Conference league matches. On October 14, 2023, Real San Jose defeated Vallejo Rising by a convincing 4-0 score at PAL Stadium in San Jose. Patrik Sofalvi and Angel Silva Moreno led the charge with two goals each, while goalkeeper Homero Arano and his defensive support shut down Vallejo's attempts at scoring.

The first half of the match was nothing short of fantastic for Real San Jose. In the 37th minute, Andy Canepa played a perfectly timed over-the-top ball to Patrik Sofalvi, who beat the Vallejo goalkeeper one-on-one. Real San Jose continued to build up their momentum, and just two minutes later, Sofalvi secured his brace off an assist from Darnel Alvarado.

Real San Jose kicked off the second half with just as much energy, and Angel Silva Moreno scored twice late in the match. He converted a pass from Hector Herrera to make the score 3-0 and then finished a goal-mouth scramble to complete the scoring at 4-0. Vallejo Rising tried to answer back with a few chances, but Homero Arano and his fellow defenders were able to stave off the attacks.

Overall, the team played with tenacity and teamwork, and their performance showcased a promising start to their NSL Pacific Conference 2023-04 season.

The stellar performance of Real San Jose's back four is worth noting. Canepa, Teddy Rexing, Jacob Muniz, and Juan Tribin kept Vallejo's attackers at bay and ensured that goalkeeper Homero Arano didn't face many threatening shots. In the midfield, Nico Mendez and newcomer Victor Salguero controlled much of the game's tempo with their ball distribution and dribbling skills.

The win over Vallejo Rising sets Real San Jose up with a one-win and one-tie record in the NSL Pacific Conference 2023-04 season. Their victory also gives the team promising momentum heading into their next matchup against UC Premier on October 21. Real San Jose will host UC Premier at PAL Stadium in an NSL Pacific Cup first-round match, and the game is set to kick off at 7:00 PM.


Prepare to cheer on Real San Jose as they take on Vallejo Rising in an NSL Pacific Conference match. Scheduled for kickoff at 7:00 pm on October 14th at PAL Stadium in San Jose, this match promises to be an exciting one. After a season-opening draw versus UC Premier, Real San Jose is ready to make their mark on the new season. Stay tuned as we delve deeper into what's in store for this much-anticipated match.

Real San Jose is the defending regular season NSL Pacific Champions, and they have their eyes set on repeating that feat this year. With last season's core team players returning and the addition of some promising new players, this team will be a force to deal with. RSJ manager Nick Arellano is optimistic about the team's chances, stating that he expects "the boys to come out firing against a vastly improved Vallejo squad."

Real San Jose, last week, built a 3-1 halftime lead in their match against UC Premier but failed to hold on and allowed their opponents to tie the match in the final minutes. Despite that, the team's players were not disheartened, with Patrik Sofalvi and Hector Herrera each scoring and assisting on the other's goal. Newcomer Klinsman Mendoza also marked his debut with a goal, showing great promise for the season ahead. According to Arellano, "Every season starts fresh, and the letdown came from an unsettled lineup in midfield, but we will have this sorted out soon."

Vallejo Rising is a vastly improved squad, and they will prove to be a challenge for Real San Jose. Although they finished last season at the bottom of the table, they have been through some significant changes over the offseason, adding some talented players to their roster. They scored three times in their season-opening road loss to Racing Sacramento. It's worth noting that Real San Jose has, in the past, had some difficulties in their matches against Vallejo Rising. However, with their renewed focus and talent pool, they want to change this and make a statement on Saturday evening.

This match promises to be one of the most exciting in the NSL Pacific Conference this weekend, with both teams looking to prove their mettle. It should be a closely contested match with talented players on both sides. Home advantage might play heavily in favor of Real San Jose, as the team is known for turning up the heat in front of their home crowd. But ultimately, it will take a strong team effort to come out on top.

Tickets are General Admission $10, U12 $5, and U5 Free with a parent or guardian.


Real San Jose: Ready to Defend Their Championship Title against the UC Premier Stompers

Real San Jose, the reigning NSLPacific Regular Season Champions, are ready to defend their title against the newcomer, UC Premier Stompers. The game will kick off this Saturday, October 7, at 7 pm. Before heading out to support your team, here’s everything you need to know!
Real San Jose, who finished at the top of the table last season with 27 of 30 points possible, will be looking to start this season with a bang. With their key players returning, including Hector Herrera, Andy Canepa, Yasid Alvarado, and Juan Velazquez, along with promising new requits, they will be a formidable team to beat once again.
On the other hand, UC Premier Stompers will be making their debut in the NSL this season. Despite being the league’s newbies, they are expected to put up an impressive fight against the defending champions. They are coached by Martin Sierra, followed by a steady flow of players from his NPSL Oakland Stompers. This is a team to watch as the season progresses.
The match this Saturday promises to be exciting and action-packed. Both teams will be looking to set the tone for the rest of the season, and with two attacking sides facing off, the chances of seeing a flurry of goals are high. The weather is expected to be perfect, and the atmosphere at PAL Stadium is always fun.


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Real San Jose is proud to announce Yasid Alvarado as the recipient of this year's Alexander Arellano Memorial Award. Alvarado, a talented defensive midfielder, has been recognized for his outstanding commitment as a teammate and his integral role in the team's success over the past season.

The Alexander Arellano Award is presented annually to the Real San Jose player who most exemplifies the ideals of being the ultimate teammate, making the most positive impact throughout the year. The award honors the memory of Alex Arellano, the beloved second son of Real San Jose founder and manager Nick Arellano.

Yasid Alvarado expressed his gratitude upon receiving the accolade, saying:

"Thank you, first of all! The award means a lot to me because you practically recognize someone with the characteristics of that great person who was Alexander, a great person and an important person to Real San Jose. And it's nice to keep remembering and honoring him. Thanks a lot.

For me, it is an honor to receive the award, and it fills me with joy because one does not realize many people around you see the little good things that you have and not the bad. This award motivates me to continue growing as a good person since I have to give a good example."
Real San Jose owner Nick Arellano praised Alvarado's contributions, stating:

"Yasid is a great teammate to everyone in the club and represents us very well both when he is with the team and in public. Alex would have loved being around Yasid."

Teammates have also spoken highly of Alvarado's impact on the team. Striker and NSL Pacific 2023 Golden Boot winner Lluis Dolade shared his thoughts:

"From the very first day, Yasid welcomed me into the team with open arms. His selflessness and commitment to the team's success have never wavered, and I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to share the pitch with him."

Midfielder Hayago Galdino echoed these sentiments, adding:

"Yasid was a consistent attendee at training this season, stepped in a crucial role as a double 6, which led to our success on the pitch, and finally, always maintained a positive attitude with the guys on and off the field."

This year's award ceremony was held at the Real San Jose end-of-season party, where Alvarado's achievements were commemorated in front of proud teammates. The Alexander Arellano Memorial Award continues to remind the Real San Jose community of the importance of camaraderie, collaboration, and the relentless pursuit of excellence in honoring the memory of Alex Arellano.

Real San Jose Looks to Bounce Back in NSL Pacific 3rd Place Match Against Marin County Union | Real San Jose 07/10/2023

Real San Jose Looks to Bounce Back in NSL Pacific 3rd Place Match Against Marin County Union | Real San Jose Real San Jose Looks to Bounce Back in NSL Pacific 3rd Place Match Against Marin County Union Real San Jose suffered a disappointing 4-1 loss against San Leandro United in their NSL Pacific Semi-Final match, despite playing a strong first half and leading 1-0 at halftime. However, San Leandro United....


(June 10, 2023 - PAL Stadium, San Jose) - In an exciting showdown at the PAL Stadium in San Jose, Real San Jose cruised to victory with a crushing 4-0 win against Yemen United CA. The energetic duo of Hector Herrera and Yasid Alvardo put on a dazzling display as they each scored a goal and assisted each other in the first half.

Goals Galore

The match began with Real San Jose's Hector Herrera striking first, finding the back of the net in the 21st minute. When the 38th minute rolled around, it was Yasid Alvardo's turn to score, doubling the lead for Real San Jose. The first half ended with a bang as league-leading scorer Lluis Dolade added another goal in the 45+1 minute to take the scoreline to 3-0 at halftime.

The second half was more controlled but still heavily in Real San Jose's favor. The final nail in the coffin came in the 90+3 minute when Daniel De La Cruz scored a decisive goal, making the final score an emphatic 4-0.

Playoff Implications

With this victory, Real San Jose clinched the regular season of the NSL Pacific Conference and secured the top seed in the playoffs. They will enjoy home-field advantage throughout the postseason, beginning on July 1.

Yemen United CA still has two games left in the regular season, with a crucial matchup on July 25th against San Leandro United. This match could determine the second seed in the playoffs, adding extra significance to the encounter.

Match Standouts

Real San Jose was in control from the start, consistently penetrating the Yemen United defense. In contrast, Yemen United could only muster sporadic long-range efforts against the well-organized Real San Jose defense, expertly marshaled by Andy Canepa and Teddy Rexing.

Looking Ahead

As the NSL Pacific Conference playoffs draw near, Real San Jose's performance has sent a strong message to the other contenders. With their potent attacking force and resolute defense, they are undoubtedly the team to beat going into the postseason.

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"Real" has a Dual Meaning

RSJ Owner/Manager Nick Arellano explains why San Jose's UPSL team is called Real San Jose.

(February 03, 2007) The question "Why Real San Jose" has been asked quite often since it was announced. Understandably the name Real "Anything" instantly brings to mind the great Real Madrid and other Spanish soccer clubs. And I can see why some would think we are creating some kind of European wanna-be team like Real Salt Lake of Major League Soccer. They even went so far as to wear uniforms very similar to the Spanish National Team. This probable misunderstanding crossed my mind but the name still stuck.

First off I wanted the team to carry the name of our home everywhere we go. Real San Jose does that. So does San Jose United, FC San Jose, and San Jose SC. Now each of those sound like a European knockoff as does Real San Jose, but there is a huge difference.

It is important to have a name that represents the community we hope will support the team. For example, the name Earthquakes is perfect for the Bay Area for obvious reasons. Choosing "that name" or some clever derivative would get attention but it would make the team sound silly. I have spent most of my life in East Hills/Evergreen San Jose and those damn foothills have some strange hold over me. I kept looking for them during a painful couple years in the flat Central Valley. I know our soccer community and the name needed to represent the mix of cultures that dominates our population. This population mostly consists of cultures using the English and Spanish languages. The word "Real" fits this population perfectly.

"Real" has a dual meaning. It means "Royal" in Spanish and "Real" in English. The term is like a mini-mission statement. I want our club to be the "Royalty" of top class amateur soccer both at home and away. That said, I want the team to play with class; "class" being defined as playing hard and fair without cheap shots, and other actions resulting in unnecessary "yellow" and "red" cards. The English version holds just as much importance.

The English part of our one word mission statement is that I want the club to represent the "real" San Jose soccer community. The community that I know really enjoys the sport and will support a team that truly represents them more for "love" than "money." The priorities of this team, I believe, are the exact opposite of those big businessmen that left town because they couldn't get our great soccer community to dig deep enough to make these modern day "carpet baggers" nonsoccer business ventures successful. This explanation of why the team is named Real San Jose sounds a bit "corny" and "sappy" but don't most love songs?

Now I am not so naive to think that Real San Jose will instantly become the team that masses gravitate to. It is quite possible that most of our fan base will consists of friends, relatives, well wishers, and the curious. I have worked and studied in the San Jose soccer community and did so from a vantage point that few have seen. In publishing Soccer Magic I've been promoting the game well before MLS was around. MLS has shown its true colors and I am tired of watching our great soccer community treated like dirt.

All I am asking for is a chance to see if the theories developed by watching and studying others will prove to be valid. Please give Real San Jose a chance both in name, in the stands, and on the field.

Lastly, about the team logo, it actually has European roots in that it is my family crest traced back to Spain from the US via Mexico. My father insisted it be used since his suggestions for team names were summarily dismissed. He has a champion bulldog named Pinto. First he wanted the name "Bulldogs" and then "Pintos" when that was rejected. Think about it. Instead of Real San Jose the team could be called the Pintos, then pinto-beans, or worse. After all there is a little business mixed in and I needed to negotiate a few additional start-up bucks.

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1919 Monterey Road #50
San Jose, 95112

Home of your Gods and Goddesses

Old No. 7's Hockey Club Old No. 7's Hockey Club
San Jose

Old No. 7's Hockey Club is dedicated to playing hockey and drinking Jack Daniels not so responsibly.

IROC Racing  (International Race of Champions) IROC Racing (International Race of Champions)
San Jose

IROC Racing page is for all the fans who loved IROC. I hope someday they decide to bring it back. One race one track who is the best. Vegas maybe

14938 Camden Avenue Suite 218
San Jose, 95124

The Cali*Lax ALL-STARS are America's first youth Box Lacrosse Development and Travel program and the

Celsius Volleyball Club Celsius Volleyball Club
6835 Trinidad Avenue
San Jose, 95120

Our mission is to develop the skills of volleyball, but to grow the character of student-athlete.

Floating Lotus Yoga Floating Lotus Yoga
San Jose, 95125

Using stand-up paddleboards to become one with the water #supyoga #floatinglotusyoga #

SJSU Dancesport Team SJSU Dancesport Team
290 S 7th Street, CA 95112
San Jose, 95133

Join our Dancesport Team! Spring 2024 Schedule (Updated 2/29) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 6-8 PM

San Jose Clash San Jose Clash
San Jose, 95139


SJ Earthquakes Academy SJ Earthquakes Academy
1123 Coleman Avenue
San Jose, 95110

The official page of the San Jose Earthquakes Academy system. #VamosSJ