Real San Jose Soccer Club

Real San Jose opened the 2018 UPSL Fall season with a goalless draw against JASA on April 16 at PAL Stadium.

"Difficult home opener against last years conference finalist. A game where we stood defensively very well. The whole team stood strong and acted as one block. Danny Corral set the tone very early in the game with a tackle that showed that the team came to fight. I am very pleased with the result seeing where we are in the process. We had some breaks that we need to finish better. We had chances and JASA had chances, overall I believe that a draw was the natural outcome. This game was a great start in the season and I hope we can pick up where we left next game," said RSJ Coach Markus Kothner.

To say that Corral had an impact in his RSJ debut is an understatement because when he went off injured with ten minutes remaining JASA found their best chances to score. Then another injury, this time an Eddie Guerro hamstring, caused RSJ to play a man short for the final few minutes. But in the end, the RSJ defense led by Corral's center back partner Nick Vargas and goalkeeper Jonathan Arellano held on to earn a difficult point.


Luis Avalos captained RSJ and turned in an expressive performance in midfield.

Jonathan Arellano had a successful return to the RSJ lineup since being injured midway through the spring season by recording the shutout.

Defender Justin Fathali and defensive midfielder Daveed Ettefagh both played a Leigh High School and made their RSJ debuts against JASA. Both turned in strong defensive performances in the shutout.

RSJ gets a week off before returning to UPSL action on September 29th when they travel to play the Oakland Stompers.

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Real San Jose Soccer Club

Real San Jose will bring a completely new roster to start the 2018 UPSL Fall season that starts this Sunday at 5:00 pm at PAL Stadium.

"When we had the season like last season it is obvious that changes needed to be made," said RSJ General Manager Nick Arellano. "We signed new players, retained a few, and welcomed back others from season-ending injuries. Now we just need to meld the team together. Coach Markus (Kothner) has been working hard on that."

Real San Jose Soccer Club
Danny Corral will lead the new RSJ backline. Corral was star player at Mt. Pleasant High School and then CSU Bakersfield.

One area of expected improved is in the RSJ defense where newcomers Danny Corral, Justin Fathaili, Cameron Hart, and Naveed Ettefagh. Goalkeeper Jonathan Arellano is returning from the season-ending injury sustained when an unbeaten Real San Jose faced eventual Wild West winners Nevada Coyotes in a mid-season in the Spring 2018 competition. Matt Rielly has also returned to RSJ to further man the goalkeeper spot.

On the other end of the field, players expected to make their Real San Jose debuts are strikers Bader M AlMustafa and Jerrell De Leon. Eddie Guerro may also see action in his return to RSJ after playing in the East Bay last year. Mike Tomsic is expected to make his return to the RSJ lineup as he returns from a season-ending injury also sustained in the same match as Jonathan Arellano last season.

"There are a number of others players looking to earn a spot on the game-day roster and we shall see what happens as the competition for places heats up in the coming weeks," said Nick Arellano.


RSJ has entered the 2019 US Open Cup qualification round and has received a bye in the first round. Qualification starts September 22 but RSJ's first match will be October 20th. US Soccer has not announced who the opponent will, obviously depending on the results of the opening rough next week.

This is Real San Jose's 12th year competing at the national level which is longer than any other soccer team in the San Francisco Bay Area history. This includes the various versions of the San Jose Earthquakes.

Following the disappointment of not qualifying for the UPS L playoffs, Real San Jose is now looking to bolster the roster, both on and off the field, for the 2018 fall season.

"Every season is a time to start fresh and we need to use this offseason to better prepare for the challenges ahead. This means that we would like to add people to the roster and front office," said RSJ manager Nick Arellano.

Perhaps the largest area of concern is the team roster. RSJ was caught short especially when traveling to away games.

"It is not easy playing on a team like Real San Jose. A player has to be hungry to play the game that he loves. That means improving his craft by going to training and traveling on weekends. We are looking for the type of players that the general public would love to support," said Arellano.

Real San Jose is looking for players who are not currently playing on an official college team. This includes universities and community colleges. The UPSL runs concurrently with college soccer. This is not to mean that players attending college cannot play on Real San Jose. It just means you just can't be on the school team.

"There are so many really good players that are not playing for college teams and the UPSL is the perfect place for these players to keep their game alive," said Arellano.

Real San Jose as front office positions that need to be filled. This is a perfect place for people to build resumes and stay participating in the soccer community.

"We started LIVE streaming our games last season. It is fun and I'm looking for a cameraman, game announcer, and producer. This is the perfect opportunity for people looking to learn how to broadcast live events over the Internet," said Arellano.

there are also a number of other opportunities to get involved. Most positions are for volunteers and some are paid. All are fun and full of soccer. Specific areas of need are game day operations, community involvement, and sales. Contact Real San Jose at 408.766.4775 or

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