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."
|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.