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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.
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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 returned with an impressive second-half performance that left RSJ struggling to keep up. RSJ, Champions of the NSL Pacific regular season, can only look ahead to their upcoming 3rd place match against Marin County Union on April 15th at Burrell Field Stadium in San Leandro.
Tough Loss Against San Leandro United
RSJ started the game confidently, leading at the end of the first half with a well-coordinated play. However, the second half saw a significant shift in momentum as San Leandro United started dominating the game. RSJ's defense struggled to cope with the pressure and their opponents' tactical changes, eventually giving away four goals.
Upcoming Match Against Marin County Union
In their upcoming match against Marin County Union, RSJ will be looking to replicate their earlier 3-0 regular season victory.
Marin County Union has a few standout players to watch out for, and RSJ's defense needs to be well-prepared to counter their offensive threats. It will be crucial for RSJ's midfield to maintain possession and control the game, limiting Marin County Union's chances at their end.
Time to Bounce back!
The NSL Pacific 3rd Place match against Marin County Union presents an opportunity for Real San Jose to bounce back from their previous loss against San Leandro United and end a great season on a high note. Remember that the NSL Final between San Leandro United and Yemen United CA takes place at 7:30 PM, right after the 3rd place match. Do not miss out on these exciting games at Burrell Field Stadium!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 relentless defense, they are undoubtedly the team to beat going into the postseason.
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