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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