Sacramento v Loudoun United

Sacramento Republic defeat Loudoun United 3-1 in a battle between the top team in the Western Conference and one of the lower ranked teams in the East.  Russell Cicerone opened up the scoring with his strike 10 minutes into the game.  However the lead was not for long as Wesley Leggett drew the game even with his goal 18 minutes later.  The match was netted even for the rest of the half with Cicerone hitting the post before the end of the first half along with another early shot denied with the woodwork before the game tying goal.

The second half was marked by very physical play with a total of ten cautions issued in the game, six for Sacramento and four to Loudoun–seven alone in the second half.  However it was Huddersfield Town loanee Kieran Phillips providing the heroics with his brace coming off the bench.  His goals in the 87th minute and 92nd minute gave Republic the victory and remain unbeaten in the West with 5 wins and 3 draws.  Loudoun with the loss are in ninth place in the East with 2 wins 1 draw and 4 losses.  The win was the 100th for Republic coach Mark Briggs.

Our photo album is here along with our select shots from the match.


Next up for Sacramento is a playoff rematch on the road at Phoenix Saturday May 4 at 7:30pm.  They return home Tuesday May 7 at 7:30pm to play regional rival Monterey Bay Union in the US Open Cup with the winner most likely meeting the winner of the Quakes/Roots match.  Loudoun will return home to host Detroit on May 4  at 4pm before returning to California to meet Orange County SC in the US Open Cup May 7 at 7pm.

Sacramento v Detroit

Sacramento defeat Detroit 1-0 with a goal by Luis Felipe in the 9th minute with the assist from Russell Cicerone.  The home team dominated play with 11 shots in the game with three attempts missing the target.

Each team came in heading in opposite directions with Sacramento off to a hot start in first place with a 4W-2D-0L record while Detroit in 10th place with a 1W-1D-4L record.   After their first ever match in 2022 with the result being a 1-1 draw at Detroit the return leg swayed in favor of the Republic.

The photo album is here.  Our select highlights from Heart Health Park:


Sacramento will next play against NorCal rival Oakland in a US Open Cup match at home on Wednesday April 26 at 7pm and resume USL league play with a road match at FC Tulsa on Saturday April 29 at 3pm.  Detroit City return home to host Minnesota United (MLS) on Wednesday at 4:30pm before returning to league play against Tampa Bay next Saturday at 1pm

Roots v Loyal

The Roots come from behind to draw against San Diego 2-2 with the equalizer from Ottar Magnus Karlsson four minutes into stoppage time in the closing minutes of the match.

Our photo album is here–including the original posts and Instagram shots.


Both teams have both a quick turnaround time for another match Saturday April 16 with the Roots continuing their homestand against Loudoun United (Virginia) while the Loyal return home to host Louisville City.  Both games kick off 7pm.

Bay Cities FC v Monterey Bay FC (US Open Cup)

In what is deemed a major upset, and one since the 1997 run of the San Francisco Seals when they defeated what is now Sporting Kansas City (Wizards) and the second incarnation of the San Jose Earthquakes (Clash) – the upstart Bay Cities FC from Redwood City (NISA) led by founder and coach Anders Perez defeated Monterey Bay Cities FC 2-1.  It was of note that the coach of the losing team was Frank Yallop who was at the home of his former team and will once again return in two weeks on April 23 to have his name etched in the Quakes Wall of Fame.

The select shots from this match is here, and can also be found at the spot below and on the 3pointsport IG.

Our photo cloud is on this link:


While our highlight photo is here on Soccer Bay Area.  Doug Zimmerman has a better take on the game and yes, the significance is still hard to take it but still–an impressive victory by Bay Cities–who will play their home opener this Saturday against Valley United from Arizona at Tranmere Field 7pm start.

Monterey Bay continues their road trip against El Paso on the same day at El Paso 6:30 start until their home opener against Las Vegas on May 7.

Roots v Rowdies

The Roots hosted the Tampa Bay Rowdies at Laney College in their second home game of the season and their second game of the week after earning a draw at New Mexico.  The team almost had a second stoppage time goal only to be denied by the referee for an offside call.  The result was a scoreless day and earning another point early in the USL Championship season.

Our photo set is here.


The Roots now hit the road in a US Open Cup single elimination match against USL League One club Greenville Triumph at South Carolina on Thursday April 7 before returning to league play hosting San Diego on Wednesday April 13 at 7pm.  The Rowdies will return home to host fellow Florida team The Villages SC  of USL League Two on Tuesday April 5 at 4:30pm in Open Cup play before resuming league play against Miami FC on Saturday April 9 4:30pm start.

Roots v Sporting Kansas City 2

Before a sellout crowd of over 5000 and the final game of the USL Championship season the Oakland Roots needed a win coupled with a LA Galaxy 2 draw or loss to qualify for the playoffs in their debut season at the second tier after their stint in NISA.

The result came true thanks to a 3rd minute goal by Chuy Enriquez the Roots held on to a 1-0 victory.  However, the team and fans had to wait an extra 30 minutes until Orange County scored a late minute goal to defeat Los Dos 1-0 and assuring the Roots of a playoff berth.

The single elimination playoff will have the Roots open up at El Paso to play the Locomotive on Friday November 5 at 6:30pm.

Soccer Bay Area has their take on the game:

Oakland Roots clinch stunning playoff berth in first USL season

And the Oakland Roots blog with their takes game notes and ratings. Also the post game presser from the match.


Our photo set is here, including the Instagram posts.



Roots v Orange County

Our coverage is forthcoming.

Our photo album is coming soon.

The Roots have a midweek match at Tacoma on Wednesday October 20 at 7pm, plus a weekend matchup at San Diego on Sunday October 24 at 3pm–they will need to win their remaining games and hope for help if they are to play in the USL postseason.  Orange County has the same amount of games to play this week, hosting San Diego on Wednesday followed by another home match against Las Vegas on Saturday October 23–both 7pm starts.

Roots v Republic

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:

Oakland Roots best Sac Republic to claim valuable points in NorCal Derby

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.

Roots v Lights

The Roots end up drawing at the last minute 2 to 2 thanks to a late Lights goal from CC Uche at the 89th minute.  The Lights got off to an early lead with a Danny Trejo goal in the 5th minute.   The Roots later drew even thanks to a 24th minute goal from Quincy Amarikwa.  The second tally was added thanks to the Lights Tony Leone directing a own goal four minutes later giving the home town the lead.  Unfortunately it was not meant to be with the last place Lights tying the game and stealing a point on the road.

Our photo album is here:


Doug from Soccer Bay Area has his take on the game:

Oakland Roots lose ground with tie vs Vegas

The Roots host Sacramento in an important midweek game with both teams vying for the postseason Wednesday October 6 7pm kickoff, while the Lights host LA Galaxy II Friday October 8 7pm start.

Roots v Galaxy 2

The Roots lose in a heartbreaker to LA Galaxy 2 (aka Los Dos) thanks to a penalty kick from Taylor Davila in the 73rd minute.

Doug at Soccer Bay Area has his write-up and photos from the game.

PK trips up Oakland Roots playoff push

Our photo set is coming soon.  Right now, the set including the Instagram photos are here:


The Roots have another quick turnaround, this time against San Diego Loyal in their second meet this month.  That match will take place at Livermore (Las Positas College) on  Wednesday September 22 at 7pm. Los Dos will continue their road trip, this time at Sacramento on Sunday September 26 2pm kick off.