In a long awaited Northern California rivalry matchup at Laney College, the first year Roots finally hosted a match against USL originals Republic. The original game from June 19 was postponed and eventually moved to Las Positas College on August 11 but the second match seemed like a debut game and it did not disappoint.
Quincy Amarikwa kicked off the scoring with his goal in the 10th minute but Dariusz Formella drew the game even 21 minutes later to level the teams at a goal each.
The Roots scored the game winner thanks to a goal from Emrah Klimenta in the 63rd minute. With Oakland’s victory they have a series tiebreaker with one win and three draws.
Doug and Rob at Soccer Bay Area has their take on the game here:
And a welcome to Jonathan at the Oakland Roots blog–he has his own take and player ratings from this match. Thank you for letting us share what you have with the audience.
Our photo set is here:
The Roots will hit the road in a short turnaround at Phoenix on Saturday October 9 at 7:30 pm, while Sacramento continues their road schedule to San Diego on the same night/time.