After a tough 2-1 injury-time loss on Saturday, Real San Jose takes the field this Wednesday night, May 16 for a 7:45 pm kick off vs JASA from Redwood City.

RSJ is scrambling to put a roster together because of injuries inflicted on them by Western Nevada.

Mike Tomsic, and Hoang Pham could not finish the match after suffering brutal hits that were common from the visitors. There is a chance both of them will be ready for Wednesday night. Goalkeeper Jonathan Arellano took a kick to his right shoulder that left him on the ground for a number of minutes. He was able to continue but the injury appears to be significant as he could not raise his arm after it cooled down after the match. The club will learn more after a doctor's consultation.

"We are scrambling to find another keeper for Wednesday and possibly longer," said RSJ General Manager Nick Arellano. "It is very difficult to find a qualified backup keeper in San Jose but, now thanks to the early season, rain outs we have to find one in two days."

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Real San Jose twice came back from being a goal down to earn a 2-2 draw at Chico Rangers on May 5, 2018. The result keeps RSJ unbeaten through five games to start the 2018 UPSL season.

Chico came out strong and scored through a corner kick just two minutes into the match. It seemed as if the RSJ defenders stopped play as a header spun off the top of the bar and Chico player crossed the ball in for a wide-open shooter.

"The ball went out to play and we all stopped. Their guy still played it and they scored. We complained but the referee said we should play through the whistle, I don't understand how the AR missed it," said RSJ goalkeeper Jonathan Arellano.

Chico continue to apply pressure as San Jose were still trying to find their form. After about 20 minutes, they did.

RSJ started creating some nice chances for themselves and narrowly missing. Finally, Capt. Angel Heredia went coast-to-coast combining passes with goalkeeper Arellano, Facundo Benitez and Luis Avalos. At the end of the play it was some nifty combination passing between Heredia and Avalos that led to the tying goal. Avalos provided Borja Moya with the defense splitting pass and Borja beat the keeper for his third goal of the season. The referee blew for halftime just after the following kickoff.

Chico began the second half as they did the first and kept RSJ pinned back looking for counterattacks. Chico seem to get the break they were looking for when defender Hoang Pham was called for tripping in the penalty box. However, the Chico penalty taker shot the ball over the goal.

The home team did get the break they were looking for in the 69th minute as they took the lead once again. This time they took full advantage of attacking the RSJ right side crossed to a wide-open striker who had no problem finding the net.

RSJ once again were behind and pushing forward. Finally, in 82nd minute, another series of touches found in attacking player wide-open. Omar Sanchez played the ball from the midfield line toward Pham who "dummied" the ball for Mike Tomsic. Tomsic combined with Moya and found himself which is the goalkeeper to beat. And he did sliding the ball just inside the back post.

Both sides pushed hard for the game-winner but in the end the match finished in a well played draw.

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Real San Jose returns home next week, May 12, to host the Western Nevada Coyotes who also enter the game unbeaten in 2018 league play. Kick off is set for 6:45 PM at PAL Stadium.

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SAN JOSE - In college, Casey Steuer once thought his job as a forward was to score goals and run at defenders.

But last season, 10 years after he graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Steuer accepted a new position. He played as a defender for Real San Jose. His unselfish attitude and commitment to teamwork did not go unnoticed as the team enjoyed a successful season.

Steuer has been named the most recent recipient of the Alex Arellano Memorial Trophy, which is given to the Real San Jose player who demonstrates the most commitment to the team, his fellow teammates and an obvious passion for the game.

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Richard Johnson, a close friend of Alex, presented the award to Casey on April 28.
Alex Arellano is the late son of Real San Jose owner Nick Arellano and his wife, Norma. Arellano's son was a beloved fixture at team games and meetings. He passed away in 2012 at the age of 25.

Goalkeeper Jonathan Arellano said Steuer was a leader from the first time he stepped on the field with the club.

"He led the team by example in our training sessions and his professionalism off the field," Jonathan Arellano said. "He was out undisputed captain and deserves this award."

Steuer, 33, is a native of Madison, Wisc. and demonstrates a very Midwestern modesty as he discusses Real San Jose. He points out early on that he is the team's oldest player. He said his maturity has been enhanced since the days when he was an all-conference forward for both his high school and the Coast Guard Academy, which is in New London, Conn.

Steuer said that today he prizes traits like keeping possession and not losing the ball, not simply running at defenders and trying to score.

"I've definitely matured in the last five to 10 years on the soccer field," Steuer said.

Steuer graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 2007. Steuer since then has also played for both the Ann Arbor (Mich.) Football Club and the All-Navy team which competes in the Armed Forces Championships. He moved to the South Bay in 2016.

It was at Real San Jose the once offensive-minded forward was asked to play defense.

Steuer was willing to do so. He put the team first, noting that Real San Jose provides him with another avenue to play a sport he has been passionate about for years.

"To be a successful team, you need balance," he said. "I had never played on the defensive line before Real San Jose but this is what the team needed."

That, everyone, is precisely why he won the Alex Arellano Trophy.

He said he is also willing to discuss how to improve with players who ask. He said it is one thing to react to something on the field. But he said he tries to find the right time to do so when the team is not playing a game.

The former Coast Guard Academy's life has changed too since he was a cadet. He now works in the aerospace engineering industry.

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