Real San Jose plays host to the Oakland stompers this Saturday in a big match with playoff implications. Kickoff is set for 7 PM at PAL Stadium in San Jose. The two teams met twice already this year with RSJ winning a league match and Oakland winning an open cup qualifying match. Both were intense affair's, and this match will be the third.

Last weekend Real San Jose played two league matches on the road and gaining a split. On Friday RSJ defeated San Ramon Dynamos FC by the score of 4-1. Then on Sunday, RSJ fell to JASA by a 3-1 count.

Akash Kothari has emerged as RSJ's top scoring threat as the striker scored three against San Ramon and another against JASA over the weekend.

The Wild West South Division is a tight race with RSJ, JASA, and the Stompers all in playoff contention. Tickets will be sold at the gate with general admission being $10 and youth 6 to 12 being $5.

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Real San Jose Soccer Club

Real San Jose was on the verge of making it a second fall season victory and third straight shutout on October 7 at PAL Stadium. Then came the 93rd minute. A short corner by San Leandro United was perfectly placed as was the resulting header that hit the back of the RSJ net. It was a frustrating end to a match that was clearly a tale of two halves.

The first half was dominated by RSJ who were unlucky to only net one, a 41st-minute goal by Akash Kothari. Kothari's goal demonstrated the talent the player has. He received the ball along the left wing rounded a defender by the end line, cut back toward the middle and slid the ball between the goalkeeper and the post.

Second-half action was dominated by San Leandro United as RSJ's midfield and front line seem to have lost all energy. Still, the defense held down by Nick Vargas, Danny Corral, and goalkeeper Jonathan Arellano kept a clean sheet. Despite the SLU pressure, it was RSJ that nearly sealed the win when substitute Jensen Escobar who shot over the top from close range.

Real San Jose's next home game is scheduled for November 3 against the Oakland Stompers. It is entirely possible that a makeup game versus San Ramon Dynamos will be scheduled before then. In addition, RSJ will travel to Oakland to face the Stompers in an Open Cup qualifying match on October 20.

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Real San Jose Soccer Club

Real San Jose earned a dramatic 1-0 victory over the Oakland Stompers on April 29 at Oakland's Raimondi Park. The match was an intense affair from start to finish and with everything on the line in the last minute of extra time it was goalkeeper Jonathan Arellano saving a penalty kick to secure San Jose's first victory of the 2018 UPS L Fall Season.

"To get a shutout on the road against the Stompers was huge for us. We did what we had to do to get three points in that situation. We knew it was going to be a tough game and we stepped up to the challenge," said Arellano.

Real San Jose's earlier big moment came in the 68th minute when Bader AlMustafa scored the game's only goal. Just three minutes earlier AlMustafa and Mike Tomsic came on as substitutes. Tomsic started the play by dispossessing a Stompers player in midfield. He then pushed forward and played the ball to the right to Akash Kothari. Kothari continued forward and then deftly put the ball over the Stomper's goalkeeper into the path of the hard-charging AlMustafa to head into an empty net.

"I saw AK had the ball on the wing, I took the defender on the inside. When he came close to me I sprinted in the box and screamed for the ball. AK played the ball that was rather hard to miss then hard to score," explained AlMustafa. "Very happy to score my first goal for the club. We got three crucial away points which is the most important thing right now."

This result is the second shutout for Real San Jose in two games this season, and in both of those, they finish the game with only ten men on the field. As the Stompers pushed forward, midfielder Naveed Ettefagh was whistled for his second yellow card in the 85th minute. Oakland pressed hard forcing Arellano to make to big-time saves before getting the penalty kick opportunity. The penalty call came when the ball crashed against the arm of Tomsic and some called for a penalty while others claimed the arm was against the body. The referee pointed to the spot.

RSJ is 1W-1T-0L after two games and returns to PAL Stadium on October 7 for 4 PM kickoff against San Leandro United.

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