Bay Area Soccer: Oakland Roots return in August, SJ Quakes aim for MLS Tourney semis, NSL adds teams - SFGate

Bay Area Soccer: Oakland Roots return in August, SJ Quakes aim for MLS Tourney semis, NSL adds teams - SFGate

Bay Area Soccer: Oakland Roots return in August, SJ Quakes aim for MLS Tourney semis, NSL adds teams - SFGate

Posted: 31 Jul 2020 11:00 AM PDT

Oakland Roots Matt Fondy walks onto the field against Chattanooga FC in February. (Courtesy Oakland Roots SC)

The Oakland Roots will return to the field for a friendly match in late August and in NISA league play starting September 5.

On August 29 the Roots will play a friendly game dubbed "Justice Match" will feature a split-squad of Roots teaming up with local women soccer players and retired professionals.

Some of the notable names include ex-US Women's National Soccer team player Aly Wagner, Miranda Nild who started for Thailand's World Cup team in 2019, and former Afghanistan captain Hailai Arghandiwal.

"Like everyone in the Roots family we are excited to get back safely on the soccer field, but it was important to us that we do so whilst being mindful of the current social situation," said Roots Chief Purpose Officer Mike Geddes about the game. "We are constantly seeking opportunities to use our platform to elevate conversation and action around social justice, and we saw this as an opportunity to also highlight the importance of considering intersectionality in dismantling structural inequality."

The game will start at 5:10 pm at a location to be announced. There will be no fans allowed to the game but it will be broadcast on the team's website.

More info about the friendly can be found on the Roots website.

The Roots will start an abbreviated NISA fall season playing two games in Southern California. Once against division rivals LA Force on Sept. 5 and Cal United on Sept. 13.

Eight NISA teams will then play in a league tournament at a yet-to-be-named location from Sept. 21 – Oct. 2.

Oakland will be hosting two socially distanced viewing parties at Ale Industries for the games in SoCal for fans, and the games will also be broadcast on

Vako (left) and Andy Rios celebrate after connecting for the game-winning goal. (USA Today Sports Images)

After winning their group in the MLS is Back Tournament, San Jose defeated Real Salt Lake 5-2 in a round of sixteen elimination game on Monday. They continue their impressive run facing off against Minnesota United in a Quarterfinal game on Saturday, Aug 1 at 5 pm PDT.

Quakes head coach Matias Almeyda credits his team's play to them becoming comfortable with the style of play the Argentinian coach started instituting last year.

"I think that we were able to interpret Matias' ideology and knew it was not going to be an easy tournament," explained San Jose midfielder Cristian Espinoza. "To be able to be where we are today brings great happiness to all of us, and we want to go for more."

"We're on the path to keep growing and improving," Almeyda added.

The Quakes lost a regular-season match against Minnesota earlier this year before it was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If San Jose wins they will advance to a semifinal match against the winner of Orlando and Los Angeles FC.

NSL Pacific announced San Pablo FC, Richmond Sol FC, and NorCal Rush Soccer will join the newly formed open division league. San Pablo and the Sol will play its home matches in Richmond, while Rush plays out of Daly City.

San Pablo, owned by Juan Alejandre Sr. has played in several Bay Area leagues since the 1970's.

Richmond Sol has a youth development academy that plays in the NorCal league.

The Pacific division now has ten teams. The three new teams join Real San Jose, Oakland Stompers, Contra Costa FC, AFC San Francisco Hearts, San Leandro United, Pajaro Valley United, and Stockton TLJ FC. Those teams announced joining the league on July 1.


Douglas Zimmerman curates the Beautiful Blog, which covers the 'beautiful game' of soccer in the Bay Area and around the world. He recently released a photo book documenting the fans of the World Cup that he started in 2002.

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Owners of auction website Allegro aim for Warsaw listing in September: sources - Reuters

Posted: 17 Jul 2020 12:00 AM PDT

WARSAW/LONDON/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Private equity funds Cinven, Permira and Mid Europa Partners are pressing ahead with efforts to list Polish auction website Allegro on the Warsaw Stock Exchange in September, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

The online marketplace, which competes with eBay (EBAY.O) and Amazon (AMZN.O), has shelved its initial plans for a dual-listing in Warsaw and Amsterdam, they said.

"The decision has been made to list the company only in Warsaw," one of the sources said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Allegro's owners are looking to raise $2.3 billion to $3 billion from the share sale, which would value the entire business at around $11 billion, the sources added.

This would be the biggest IPO in Warsaw since 2007, when Immoeast, company already listed in Vienna, sold shares worth over 2.8 billion euros ($3.20 billion), around 20% of which to investors in Poland.

Allegro was not immediately available to comment. Mid Europa Partners, Cinven and Permira declined to comment.

Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Citi, Bank of America, JPMorgan are expected to work on the deal along with two Polish banks, one of the sources said.

Cinven, Permira and Mid Europa bought Allegro and online portal Ceneo from South Africa's Naspers for $3.25 billion in 2016.

European IPOs raised just $5.6 billion in the first half of 2020, the worst since 2012, Refinitiv data shows, amid mounting concern over the scale of the economic fallout from the coronavirus crisis.

But consumer demand for online goods has skyrocketed during the pandemic, as stores shut during lengthy lockdowns around the world.

Allegro, which allows both wholesalers and members of the public to sell on its platform, ranks as the most popular e-commerce site in Poland, with 79% of consumers using it, according to a 2019 Kantar study.

Reporting by Anna Koper, Clara Denina and Arno Schuetze; Additional reporting by Abhinav Ramnarayan; editing by Louise Heavens

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MindHandHeart announces a record 24 Community Innovation Fund projects - MIT News

Posted: 31 Jul 2020 11:58 AM PDT

The MindHandHeart Innovation Fund has awarded a record 24 projects and has a new name. The newly titled MindHandHeart Community Innovation Fund seeks to leverage the creativity and problem-solving skills of MIT students, staff, and faculty to increase awareness about mental health, build communities of support, promote life skills, foster resiliency, and advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and racial justice at MIT.

Sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor, the fund has supported 162 projects to date. "The MindHandHeart Community Innovation Fund is helping to fuel grassroots projects that are bringing our community together during this challenging time," says Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart. "It is heartening to see our community's creativity, compassion, and hard work on full display in all of our Community Innovation Fund projects."

The MindHandHeart Community Innovation Fund also launched a special summer edition. MIT staff, faculty, students, and students' spouses are welcome to apply by Aug. 5 with ideas to build community and resilience in light of the Covid-19 pandemic; advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and racial justice at MIT; support mental and physical health; encourage healthy sleep, eating, and exercise; spread humor and joy; and welcome new members of the MIT community virtually. Grants of up to $10,000 are available.

This spring, nine of the newly funded 24 projects aim to build community and promote mental health. Sponsored by the Department of Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation (DAPER), the 12-session "Fitness and Resiliency: The Power to Thrive" course is teaching the science and application of fitness and resiliency skills so students have the tools to manage life's stressors and achieve their personal goals.

"Now, more than ever, the importance of maintaining and developing personal resiliency is paramount," says Sarah Johnson, primary wellness instructor at DAPER and project lead for the course design. "This course is designed to teach resiliency concepts, such as the power of gratitude, growth mindset, identifying and leveraging one's personal character strengths, and more. It will be an honor to teach and connect with students around these concepts, in addition to learning from and supporting each other, during this time of physical distancing."

Organized by the Muslim Students' Association and the Office of Religious, Spiritual, and Ethical Life, "Muslim Mental Health Dialogues" is an event series sparking discussion about Muslim youth and mental health. PhD student and project lead Rabab Haider describes the event series, saying: "The goal of the Muslim Mental Health Dialogues Project is to facilitate honest conversations on mental health, wellness, and spirituality amongst the Muslims at MIT. We hope to create safe spaces within the community and promote meaningful and healthy dialog. Together, we're working to debunk myths and misconceptions that contribute to the perceived taboo of addressing mental health in our communities, answer questions and concerns, and provide resources to students seeking support or learning how to be better allies."

Senior Fiona Chen's "Loneliness and its Effect on Academic Performance" project consists of a research study designed to understand the effects of loneliness on academic outcomes. "The innovation fund has played an invaluable role in advancing my project," says Chen. "Social science research projects often require substantial amounts of funding, but most funds only have grants available to PhD students or professors. I will be using the funding to recruit and compensate study participants — so without the innovation fund, the project would not be possible."

This fall, the Department of Chemistry is launching their "Peer Mentoring Program" where current graduate students are matched with new graduate students in order to facilitate peer support and resource sharing. The Department of Biological Engineering (BE) is building out their "" website project with the aim of connecting the BE department during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond. This summer, the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) is bringing a conflict management training to their department as part of their "Conflict Management Training for the MIT-WHOI Joint Program and EAPS Community" project.

Sponsored by the Black Graduate Student Association, the "Self-Care in Community" initiative is sending a variety of care package kits to 50 of its members to support multiple dimensions of self-care, while supporting small Black-owned businesses during this time of economic crisis. "America's Path Forward, Better Understanding Through Shared Experiences at MIT" is an inclusive civic technology that invites the entire MIT community to share questions and experiences they feel our nation must address, and participate in facilitated group discussions."Voiceplace" is a student-driven interactive virtual environment where users can work, hold meetings, and connect.

Eight newly funded projects use art and storytelling to build community during the Covid-19 pandemic.

In partnership with the Alumni Association, juniors Emily Han and Amber Shen launched their "Sticker+Together" project to mail positive and affirming stickers to members of the MIT community. Organized by Active Minds, "Virtual Paint Bar" invites undergraduate students to paint images of campus together during a virtual paint night. The "Draw with Me" project consists of an informal weekly hangout for the MIT community to pause and refresh through drawing together online.

The "Calm Down with Coloring" project is bringing coloring books and pencils to the children and adults living in the Eastgate and Westgate residences. The "Happy Working from Home" project is engaging students in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science with virtual coloring events. The "Lumos" project consists of a series of workshops on making digital crafts.

Launching this summer, the "Staying Human Podcast" is a platform where MIT community members and prominent guests explore how to hold on to our collective humanity in this time of physical distancing. The "Stand-Up Comedy Class with Last Comic Standing's Dan Crohn" is offering two classes in standup comedy to bring humor and joy to MIT.

Other projects include: "Asian Pacific Heritage Month," a project to raise awareness of Asian American events and milestones through t-shirts and a digital campaign; "The Future is Latina," a virtual event where a prominent Latina writer will speak to MIT's Latina community; "Covid-19 Impact on Academic Well-being of Lab-based STEM Doctoral Students at their Research Midpoint," an interview study that explores the disruption of the Covid-19 pandemic on the academic well-being of 30 lab-based STEM doctoral students; "Diaspora Recipe," a website with recipes for healthy affordable meals that encourages students to stay connected to their heritages; "CovEd Continuing Education," a virtual community connecting college students with low-income K-12 students in need of academic support during school shutdowns; "MIT Press Live! Virtual Author Talk Series," a weekly virtual author talk series aimed at building vibrant online communities; and "Summer Yoga," a weekly yoga classs for members of the Westgate and Eastgate residences.

Topics: MindHandHeart, Chancellor, Athletics, Chemistry, Biological engineering, EAPS, Community, Pandemic, Alumni/ae, Mental health, Student life, Diversity and inclusion, Funding, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (eecs)


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