Real San Jose Soccer Club

If you love to compete in soccer then this information is for you. Real San Jose is looking for players to fill these shirts as we look to rebuild the roster after a difficult 2016 National Premier Soccer League season. But be warned, this opportunity is not suited for the irresponsible or wimps. We will begin building for the 2017 season starting now and here is what we are looking for:
  • Players not playing in college this fall

  • Players that love to train hard

  • Players that love to play in a competitive environment

  • Players that train in the early evening (6:30pm-8:30pm)

  • Players that have an amateur status, or willing to be reinstated as an amateur

  • Players that live San Jose or in an adjacent city

  • Players that are happy to travel to games on weekends

  • Players that are community minded

  • Players that understand the concept of time and know how to organize their lives to keep commitments

  • Players that have a desire to compete at the highest level they can

The bottom line is this. Real San Jose is looking for players that want to make a name for themselves by competing in the National Premier Soccer League. So, if you are looking for more than just playing games on weekends then maybe RSJ is the place for you.

Contact us at for more information and practice times and location.


Another loss for Real San Jose on June 11, this time to East Bay Stompers by the score of 0-2. RSJ was in the match all the way until the end when the Stompers were awarded a penalty and subsequently scored.

“I am seeing improvement in the team, compared to the game against Aguiluchos. We made a step forward. Overall I see improvement and a better understanding of the system I would like to play,” said RSJ head coach Markus Kothner.

Everything was equal until the 69th minute when the RSJ defense was caught flat at midfield and Isaiah Dairo took full advantage by scoring unopposed except for goalkeeper Matt Rielly who was making his debut in the San Jose goal.

“We need to be more focused and concentrated defensively,” said Kothner.

RSJ created a number scoring chances to seemed ready to score at any moment only to be stopped by Stompers Man of the Match goalkeeper Jose Majano.

Real San Jose travels to Sonoma this weekend and returns home to host Sacramento Gold on June 25.


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.

Real San Jose Soccer Club

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 Soccer Club

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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