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 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.
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:
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:
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.
The Roots have a quick turnaround with a match against Tacoma Defiance, this time at Las Positas College in Livermore on Wednesday September 15 7pm start time before another weekend match at their regular spot at Laney College against LA Galaxy II on Saturday September 18 at 7pm. San Diego will return home and face the very same opponent afterwards on Sunday September 19 3pm kick off. The Roots and Loyal will play once more on Wednesday September 22 7pm at Las Positas.
After several false starts from the opening game being postponed due to unsafe field conditions, playing a closed door game and a few more away from home at Livermore, and a Covid outbreak among the team the Roots finally was able to play at their home field in Oakland. Despite the return match and official USL Championship home debut finally being played the team had to offer goodwill gestures such as dollar craft beer, soda, and hot dogs.
While the match was competitive and offered the over 3000 people in attendance an entertaining game it was not enough as Phoenix Rising handed the Oakland Roots a 1-0 defeat. Aodhan Quinn’s 64th minute goal accounted for the only scoring of the match.
Our shots from the match including the Instagram posts are here:
The writeup from Doug and Mike at Soccer Bay Area (formerly the Beautiful Blog) is here.
The Roots head on the road to take on the Tacoma Defiance Sunday August 8 1:30 pm kickoff, Phoenix resume their road trip this time in a derby match at Las Vegas Lights this Saturday August 7 7:30 pm start.
Right now, we will defer to Doug at the Beautiful Blog for the highlights of the dramatic 4-3 Quakes win over Sacramento. It is always a pleasure to hang out with one of the socca family. Give him a follow at twitter.com/zimpix. We will admit that he takes the better shots. Plus, the Z man is one of the Red Bulls/Metros fans I will jam with.
Summary and set from the 3pointsport spot coming soon.
San Jose is on break until June 26 when they host Houston in league play while Sacramento resumes USL play against the Tulsa Roughnecks on June 22 7pm kickoff. The next Open Cup match for the Quakes will be on the road against LAFC on June 20 at Banc of California Stadium kickoff at 7:30pm.
It looks like Quakes defender Nick Lima will have his chance to earn his first cap either against Panama or Costa Rica. All of the players on Gregg Berhalter’s team are MLS based players and are hoping to earn a further look as the US team begins their Gold Cup run this year, and eventually their World Cup qualifying run in 2022.
The Quakes will begin their pre-season camp in Cancun, Mexico. One game is slated to be played there before returning to the US for a 3 game warmup at Reno on February 9, a closed door match against LAFC on February 16, and the traditional pre-season warmup on February 23 against the Seattle Sounders.
From the SF Glens Instagram. Their USL League Two (previously the PDL) schedule will be announced on Wednesday January 30, and that will include the home and home matches against cross town rival SF City–which we can best presume they will announce their season as well. (We await their schedule but 2019 memberships are available here.) A major note is that Fresno FC U23s is not on the list and that the Northern California group will include the San Francisco teams and the second year Santa Cruz Breakers. Stay tuned to 3pointsport for more USL League Two news.