SAN JOSE – Markus Kothner, a native of Germany who played professionally in Europe and El Salvador, will be Real San Jose’s new head coach Saturday night when the team hosts East Bay FC Stompers. Current assistant coach Frank Quintero will stay on in the same capacity.

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Real San Jose, in the midst of a struggling season, hosts the Stompers at 7 p.m. at the PAL Stadium.

RSJ has been looking for a head coach since December and it is a complicated process, and I believe we found the perfect man for the job in Markus,” said Manager Nick Arellano. “We now have two coaches in place and will add a goalkeeper coach when we can.”

Kothner said he is looking forward to the challenge of turning around the team’s fortunes. The team has lost recently, but Kothner said there are talented players on the team, and he is looking forward to working with them.

“I want to be on a team that is competitive and on a team that takes it seriously,” Kothner said, adding he has helped to run recent team practices.

Kothner has played for the youth clubs of Roda Kerkrade of the Netherlands, Borussia Moenchengladbach of Germany. He later played for CD Municipal Limeno of El Salvador, Alemannia Aachen, and various other lower-tier teams.

Kothner, who now lives in Fremont, realizes he assumes the team’s helm with only four games left in the season. He said he believes in “heavy metal soccer,” which he describes as a possession game, in which his team pressures the opposition when it doesn’t have the ball.

“I don’t like to react,” Kothner said. “I like to be the team that has the ball.”

Kothner added he hopes he can help the team win soon, something he thinks might help build confidence in his system.

“Once you have a success, you can say it really works,” he said. “It’s not just someone who talks.”

Eventually, Kothner said he hopes to coach a team that has a winner’s mentality and doesn’t care who the opposition is – like the famous German club, Bayern Munich.

On a practical level, Kothner said he would like to help RSJ players achieve their soccer goals such as playing in college or beyond. He said the success of the RSJ alumni would help develop pride throughout the club.

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Key injuries and late scratches from the lineup clearly contributed to a second half collapse as Real Jose gave five second-half goals en route to an embarrassing 7-1 defeat at Oakland on June 4th.

Key injuries to goalkeeper Jonathan Arellano(vs Seattle) and captain David Sifuentes (mid-week) played a major role in RSJ surrendering seven goals. Late scratches from three other RSJ players meant that RSJ would be unable to withstand the speed and pressure brought by CDA. Team fitness was the key to this match as an exciting first half ended with CD Aguiluchoes USA leading 2-1. Fernando Lares continued his scoring streak to four matches just before halftime off a nice assist from Luis Avalos.

RSJ hopes to end the season on a positive note with four games remaining in the so far disastrous 10th season. The first is at home against East Bay Stompers this Saturday at PAL Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:00pm.

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Real San Jose was never in the match against OSA FC from Seattle. Seattle scored within two minutes and added three more before halftime. The score would get to five before Fernando Lares scored a fantastic goal to make the final 5-1. It was Lares’ fourth goal in three matches since the eighteen-year-old joined RSJ.

To say RSJ is struggling this season is an understatement. The team has not won a game since the opening weekend that seems like it was years ago. The team has a bye next week, and there are already hints that changes are already here.

“Something needs to change around here, and it starts at the top and rolls on down. That’s all I can say right now,” said RSJ Manager Nick Arellano.

RSJ has next week off and then plays Oakland before returning home in three weeks.

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Real San Jose wasted an excellent start by letting the Sonoma Sol off the hook near halftime as another penalty call goes to the opponent. Gio Troini was called for a handball as a penalty box scramble off a corner kick ended with a shot smacking his outstretched left arm. Just last week in against the Stompers in Hayward, it was Troini getting penalized, only this time, the call was hard to argue. To make matters worse for RSJ’s big defender he went off injured with a bad foot injury sustained on the play.

Fernando Lares opened the scoring in the 3rd minute by curling the ball over the keeper and just under the bar. It was the 18 year-old striker’s third goal in just two games with RSJ. The match was wide open but it was the Sol that created the most dangerous scoring opportunities. Twice Sol players found themselves one-v-one with Jonathan Arellano and were stopped. Just when it looked like RSJ would go into halftime with the lead, Troini luck turned bad. Omar Nuno scored the penalty kick.

The second was saw plenty of end-to-end action. Then in the 75th minute, Sonoma’s Marco Barragan pounced on a softly cleared ball from a corner kick and place a perfect shot into the upper right corner of the San Jose goal. RSJ pushed everything forward but nothing came of it.

RSJ returns to PAL Stadium this Sunday to host Seattle. Kickoff is at 1:00 pm at PAL Stadium.

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