Real San Jose Soccer Club

Real San Jose announced today that it is joined the westward expansion of the National Soccer League (NSL) as an inaugural member of the Pacific conference. RSJ will compete in the CA North division. The league's "club's first" philosophy is the reason for the move. The NSL provides top-class amateur clubs with a low-cost platform packed with features and benefits. The step promises to make RSJ a more energetic club for members and fans.

"Everything about the NSL helps clubs maintain stability, and a key factor is a comparatively low cost to participate in a National League," said RSJ manager Nick Arellano. The lower annual fees are a great benefit to clubs. Many clubs get frustrated with the high costs of membership and player registration. As a result, the NSL has lowered these costs to approximately 30% of other national leagues; therefore, clubs will have more money to invest in local needs. Not only is the price more reasonable, but it comes packed with features.

A significant portion of the Pacific Conference's annual membership fee comes directly back to clubs. This "club first" approach is excellent. Each club receives game balls, stadium banner, league patches, a website, and 22 player registrations. The move to the new league has real benefits.

While the features of Pacific conference membership are many, it is the overall benefits that led RSJ to make a move. This approach is an essential "club first" philosophy. Perhaps the most crucial advantage is that the members of the league have agreed to work together to generate and share division-wide sponsorship. For example, the clubs will share revenue generated from stadium banners, website advertising, game streaming, and whatever else comes up. There is finally a national league that puts "clubs first," and RSJ is excited to participate.

By joining the Pacific Conference of the NSL, RSJ has partnered with the top clubs in the Bay Area to bring soccer fans a great amateur soccer experience. The league's "club's first" philosophy is the reason. RSJ will benefit significantly from the comprehensive approach of lower cost, increased features, and revenue-generating opportunities.

"I know, having experienced amateur soccer at the national level since 2007, that the "club first" philosophy is the only way to go forward. I hope other top clubs explore the possibility of joining us," said Arellano.

All Real San Jose games are postponed thru March because of corona-virus concerns. Stay tuned for updates.

Real San Jose Soccer Club

Real San Jose fell behind twice in the first half and came-back twice and then made an early second half goal stand to open the 2020 Spring Season with a 3-2 victory over Pajaro Valley United on March 7 at PAL Stadium in San Jose.

With RSJ trailing midway through the first Memo Plancarte sent in a cross from the right and after a pair of defensive headers, the last of which fell to Miguel Leon who vollied the ball into the PVU net. The tied match did not stay that way long as PVU struck again. Then Sergio Cermeno scored for RSJ from the penalty spot just before halftime.

RSJ came out strong to start the second half and once again it was Leon who this time crossed to Plancarte to volley home. RSJ made that goal stand to earn a exciting 3-2 victory.

Real San Jose Alexander Memorial Award

(Updated: 129 days ago) SAN JOSE – Olasunkanmi A. “Anthony” Abass Jr. has been named this year’s winner of the Alexander Arellano Memorial Award, a distinction that goes to the club’s Best Teammate.

The award is named after the late son of club owner and manager Nick Arellano and his wife, Norma. Alexander, affectionately known as the “Mo Man”, died in 2012 at the age of 25.

The award will be presented to Abass Saturday night at 7 pm at the stadium when RSJ opens its 2020 season against Pajaro Valley United of Watsonville.

Abass, 36, is with his second stint with the club.

Born in California, and raised in Nigeria, Abass played at De Anza College before joining RSJ around 2009. He said he has the warmest memories of young Alexander being around RSJ.

“You knew the Mo Man was going to be in the locker room for the game, laughing and cracking jokes,” Abass said. He said simply having the younger around was special.

“I was quite honored to get this award,” he said.

Abass said he originally joined RSJ in 2009 after playing at DeAnza. He wanted to stay in shape for the summer.

Abass said he originally wanted to play forward for RSJ, the same position he played at De Anza. That experiment, he noted, did not last long. Nick Arellano, then and now the team’s manager, called Abass over to assess things not long after seeing him play up front.

“You’re playing as a forward is not working,” Abass recalled being told.

So, Abass moved to the RSJ midfield and defense. He played for the team for six years before moving home to Fresno.

“Yeah, it’s been a minute,” he joked when asked about his longevity at RSJ. He said he keeps in touch with some of his teammates, such as Jesse Kehoe. Others, he said, he has lost touch with.

The young defender and midfielder of yesterday is now the team’s oldest player. Many of his teammates are a decade younger than him.

Abass said he can read the game better. He can tell players what to expect. He can help to encourage substitutes to be ready because they may be called upon to play. Pay attention. Make an impact. Learn from mistakes.

“Don’t make the same mistake twice,” he added.

The Mo Man would be pleased with those words.

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