The Oakland Roots mounted a comeback with a late second half goal to draw even with Chattanooga FC 1-1. Ian McGrath opened up the scoring with his goal in the 33rd minute – his score was the first goal in the professional era of the club after 10 years in the NPSL. Jack McInerny of the Roots scored the game-tying goal in the closing minutes of the game to wrestle away a possible win from the visitors. The match was the start of the Spring season for both clubs. The other highlight from the match was Roots defender (and former SF City favorite) Robert Hines II getting the ejection before the end of the first half.
The attendance of 5,603 people has made the Roots a hit in the East Bay, which is comparable to the likes of Detroit City FC and their opponents Chattanooga.
Both teams will play next against the Michigan Stars, with the Roots playing against them on Saturday March 7 at 5:10pm while Chattanooga FC hosting the same team in their home opener on March 14 at noon.
In a warmup for the upcoming 2020 season, JASA Redwood City of the UPSL hosted NISA upstarts Oakland Roots at Red Morton Park. While the match was only a friendly and consisted mostly of reserves the home team scored a second half goal and that was the only highlight with the match, with the small outfit defeating the hyped club 1-0.
JASA Redwood City will host the Roots reserve unit in the NPSL Project 51O on Friday February 28 at 7:30pm. The Roots will kick off their 2020 campaign against Chattanooga FC at Laney College in Oakland, start time is 5:10pm.
The Quakes have announced their pre-season training schedule. Once again they will travel to Cancun, Mexico to prepare for the 2020 league slate. Their matches will be against one MLS team on February 3 and a local side on February 10 before returning home to play 2 closed door games against Reno on February 18 and Sacramento on February 21.
There has been no announcement on an Earthquakes (former Avaya) Stadium friendly as in years past, but most likely it could be scheduled for February 15. If there is announcement it will be posted here.
The Oakland Roots Spring games have been announced. They open up at home on February 29 5pm against Chattanooga, and will be on the road against Detroit on March 21 time TBA. The rest of the schedule will be given at a later date.
The Oakland Stompers and Oakland Leopards kicked off the 2019 qualifying rounds of the US Open Cup at Burrell Field in San Leandro before a crowd of approximately 300 people in attendance. Arnulfo “PJ” Garcia Jr. scored the lone goal in the 80th minute off a volley to give the Stompers a 1-0 win over the Leopards.
The Leopards, as the reserve team for the Oakland Roots, plan to play in the Bay Area Adult Soccer League (BAASL) soon as part of evaluating players. The Roots is scheduled to announce their debut roster and league in the future.
The Stompers, which is the reserve outfit for the East Bay NPSL club, advance to the next round of the US Open Cup qualifiers against an team to be determined with that game to be played in the third weekend of October. They have their UPSL league home opener next Saturday September 29 at Raimondi Park in Oakland against Real San Jose. Kickoff at 7pm.
thecup.us Round One review along with photo from the host.