So it all comes down to this. One game and RSJ needs to win by two. If not, the season ends in disappointment. Luckily for San Jose, the team they need to pass will be Mt. Pleasant high school Saturday four 5:45 PM kickoff. AFC Hearts San Francisco currently is three points ahead in the standings with a +3 goal differential over Real San Jose. Saturday is essentially a playoff match!
If San Jose wins by two goals, the finish is the 6th, and a final playoff spot in the UPSL Wild West Conference and a trip to 3rd seeded Napa Sporting on July 7.
"Well, what can you say? Somehow we are still in it, and if we get the result on Saturday, we get a fresh start in the playoffs just like we did last year when we reached the national semifinal. On paper, we have a strong roster of players, and hopefully, it will all be available to us on Saturday," said RSJ manager Nick Arellano. "There is everything to play for versus San Francisco, and I think we can do this."
The match is being played in Mount Pleasant high school because PAL Stadium is currently under renovation. MPHS was once home to RSJ a few years ago.
Tickets are General Admission $10 and Youth 6 to 12 $5. Children under 5 are free.
To say RSJ is having a rough period in the season is an understatement. After a good start, San Jose has lost three of four and is looking to find a way to salvage the season. BUT! The Wild West Conference playoff race is still wide open and, RSJ still controls their destiny.
RSJ has two games remaining, this Saturday at Napa and home on the 23rd, and two wins would be great, but one win might be enough. Either way, the playoffs will not be decided until RSJ hosts AFC Hearts at Mt. Pleasant High School.
"This has been a strange season given our recent travel difficulties. Injuries have played a part, but some guys just left the team playing short-handed, and that has to change," said RSJ Manager Nick Arellano. "
One player has been stellar this season. Luis Avalos has played every game and has emerged as a star player. The 21-year-old midfielder starred at Mt. Pleasant High helping the team win a CCS title.
"Luis has made a big step forward for us, no doubt. He has always been a terrific player, and it is great to see him take a leadership role in RSJ," said Arellano.