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Getting to know your Roots

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San Jose looking to string some wins together

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MLS Soccer

After playing 24 games in the 2022 MLS season the San Jose earthquakes have scored 24pts.

A point a game might sound good, but it puts the Quakes next to last and 9pts out of the last playoff spot in the west.

With 10 games left in 2022 San Jose are still alive. If they can win five or six of the last 10 then maybe.San Jose bounced back from a 0-1 loss at home to Miami with a 3-all draw at Austin FC.

The Quakes play 4 teams that they have a chance of catching in the standings. All are ahead of San Jose (Portland, Seattle, LA Galaxy and Vancouver) in their last 10.

San Jose play 4 of their next 6 away from PayPal Park with a game at Dallas up after the All Star break. The Earthquakes playoff hopes rest on how well they navigate these next few games.

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The Roots trying to get their heads above the playoff waterline

Photo by Eric Taylor
MLS Soccer

Oakland, fresh off a 3 all draw at Sacramento has their sights on a 3 game home stand starting July 16 looking to improve their lot in the Western Conference playoff chase.

The Roots are tied with Las Vegas (25pts) 4pts out of the last spot held by Sacramento. Getting a point was big up in the state capitol but Oakland was close to snatching 3.

Óttar Magnús Karlsson's USL Championship leading 13th goal in the 70' minute almost held up but Luis Felipe scored in the 96' minute to even things up.

Next up is an El Paso Locomotive squad that has moved up to 4th in the West riding a current 10 game unbeaten streak. El Paso has not lost since May 14th.

Las Vegas hits town July 23rd and a Wed night game against Phoenix July 27th closes out the 3 game stint in Oakland.

Of course Oakland would love to bag all nine points this next three games but if they can not lose more then one game it will be a good home stand.





Oakland sorting themselves out early the in 2022 USL Championships

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MLS Soccer

The Roots had their chances to jump on West leading Colorado at home Sat night but left two goals on the table in their 3-0 loss.

Oakland is 1-4-4 so far in 2022 good for 7pts 14pts behind Colorado.

The Roots have a two game road trip at Orange County and the Las Vegas Lights FC before returning to Oakland's Laney College to face the LA Galaxy 2 May 21st at 7pm.

That's the first of 3 in a row at Laney all Cali derby's with NorCal rivals Sacramento FC the Orange County pays a visit to Oakland June 1st.

The Roots have yet to win on the road and these next two away from Oakland will be important at the end of the season when points start adding up to a playoff spot.

Oakland sits a point behind Orange County FC and four behind Sacramento and the LA Galaxy 2 who are tied for the last playoff spot with 11pts.


The Roots take hold in the USL Championships

The Oakland Roots kick off their 2022 campaign in the Lone Star State when they face Rio Grande Valley FC in Edinburg Texas March 12th.

Photo by Eric Taylor
MLS Soccer

The Roots first home game is March 26th v. Monterey Bay FC, a new edition to the USL Championships in 2022.

Oakland has a few new pieces as well. Gone is one of their leading goal scorers, Jeremy Bolila who's six goals saves the Roots just about every time he scored.

In comes Iceland International  Striker Óttar Magnús Karlsson on loan from  Serie A (Italy) side Venezia FC. Kasrlsson joined Venezia in 2020 and helped them get promoted into Serie A where he scored once in six appearances.

The Roots did  re-signed Santa Clara born, East Palo Alto raised attacker Jesus Enriquez. He scored 4 goals last year, one each in the final two games of the regular season that were vital for the Roots making the USL Championship playoffs last season.

Oakland had a very strong defense last season which bodes well for them his year. The Roots did have trouble scoring in 2021 and they hope the team can find the back of the opponents nets more often in 2022.


The Roots move on in the USL Championship playoffs

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MLS Soccer

The Oakland Roots will now head down to So Cal and take on Western Conference foes Orange Co. SC in the Semi's of the USL Western Conference finals Friday, Nov 13th at 7pm.

The Roots must overcome a Orange Co squad that beat them four times this season by a combined count of 7 goals to just 1 for the Roots.

Oakland is not tripping and they are happy to still be playing after knocking off top seeded El Paso Locomotive FC 1-0 on a Jeremy Bolila goal just minutes after he subbed into the game in the 74' of their first round playoff match out in New Mexico.

The game is on local TV 20 up here in the bay area and on the world wide web.


Oakland Roots Win to Earn Playoff Berth in Inaugural USL Championship Season

Oakland Roots have punched their ticket to the 2021 Championship Playoffs on the final day of the regular season after a win over Sporting Kansas City II.

Photo by Eric Taylor
MLS Soccer

Oakland Roots returned home Saturday to host Sporting KC II in front of a sold out crowd for their final home game of the 2021 season. Roots needed a win as well as a loss or a tie from LA Galaxy II to secure their spot in the postseason.

Less than three minutes in, Chuy Enriquez found the back of the net off a poor save attempt from KC goalkeeper Kendall McIntosh. Already on the board, Roots looked to maintain possession and keep a strong defensive front. They carried the lead into halftime as KC had yet to register a single shot on target.

To start the second half Roots followed a similar formula of controlling possession and not allowing KC to penetrate the attacking third. An early second half injury to Roots captain Wal Fall brought Ariel Mbumba into the game to keep a strong midfield presence.

Late into the game, the match got a lot more physical with two Roots players earning yellow cards. Sporting KC tried their best to up the attack but it wasn’t enough as Roots cruised to victory.

With the Roots win and a loss from LA Galaxy II, Roots will travel to El Paso to face the Locomotive in the first round of the playoffs on Friday, November 5th.

Head Coach Jordan Ferrell:

Congratulations on the crazy season. The highest of highs and the lowest of lows. How do you feel right now?

I wanna start right now by thanking everybody that wears a Roots shirt, the staff, the people on game day, anyone that’s helped make this possible.


A point earned is a point gained

Another game on the road for the Oakland Roots and another result. It was not the ending the Roots were looking for, but a 0-0 draw at Sacramento FC did net them a point.

Photo by Camden Heisner
MLS Soccer

Those add up and at 1-3-3 Oakland needs all they can get.

The top 4 make it out of the Pacific Division but Oakland (8th) has several games in hand to try and make up the difference.

The Roots have only played 7-games while everybody else has played at least 10.

Some teams have 12-games under their belt. Getting a point a game mixed in with a win or two and the Roots jump right into the playoff picture.

Taylor Bailey got the start in goal for the Roots and he made a few nice saves to keep Oakland in the game against Sacramento.

"It was amazing, it was good to get it away too against a good team. They were on the attack a lot but we all held it down. I could not be happier" said Bailey after making his first USL start.

The season heats up for Oakland with 3-games in 8 days, all at their temp site at Las Positas College in Livermore, Ca July 10th, 14th and 17th.

The Oakland Roots might look back on the 2021 USL season and wonder how they made sense of it all. The first year in a new league always has it's interesting moments.

You go places you've never been before and meet new people. Nobody expected to not play at the Roots home stadium of Laney College in Oakland thru the first 12 or so games.



The Roots finally get to enjoy some home cooking in the USL Championship

It can be tough to move up and play in a higher division of soccer. Add the fact that the Oakland Roots SC are still a relatively new squad and throw in four away games to start the season in that new league, it could make for rough start.

Oakland has navigated the opening month in the USL Championship just fine. A 3-0 opening season loss to defending champs Arizona was followed up with a 3-2 win at LA.

The Roots played at Sacramento FC coming away with an entertaining 3-3 draw before losing down in SoCal 1-0 to Orange County SC.

Now at 1-2-1 the Roots come home to what could be one of the best fan bases in the league to take on the same Sacramento squad they just played June 19th at Laney College in Oakland.

"We are beyond excited. Coach Jordan was beyond excited saying everywhere we've been, we have been to four different stadiums now, he said there is no atmosphere like there is in Oakland. I’m super excited to come home and we are going to give you all a show for sure." said Roots SC defender Akeem Ward.


Oakland Roots SC gets the W down in LA

Photo by Eric Taylor
MLS Soccer

It did not take long for the Oakland Roots SC to get in the win column in this their first season in the USL Championship.

The Roots did the trick, 3-2 over the LA Galaxy ll in the second game of the season.

For a young team in a new league getting that first win can take some pressure off a team.

The Roots came back twice to win this one. After falling down 1-0 in the 31' Oakland would score the first of their 3 second half goals when 19-year-old Danny Flores finished off a perfect cross from Yohannes Harish on the 47'.

The Roots went back down a goal in the 61' but Memo Diaz (76’)
and Jeremy Bokila (90') helped bring the win home with goals.

“The thing is, from the beginning, I knew everyone of my teammates has the fight, the hunger, the belief in themselves that we can go far in the USL. We are here to prove everyone wrong and compete with the best teams in the league." said Flores after the game.

Oakland (1-1-0) will stay on the road and face Sacramento June 2nd. The Roots first home game is June 19th against the same Sacramento team.

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The Pacific Northwest takes care of San Jose

On the heels of a loss to West leading Seattle the Earthquakes fell 2-0 to Portland to round out a tough 3 games in 8-day stretch. San Jose went 1-2 last week.

San Jose was down early when Timbers forward Yimmi Chara chipped in a little floater in the 5th minute.

The Quakes had a chance to get back on terms in the 61' but Chris Wondolowski could not convert a penalty kick. Marvin Loria  put the game away when he headed in a cross in the 74'.

The loss dropped San Jose into 4th place out west with a home game against Sporting KC May 22nd. Game time is 7pm.

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Earthquakes come up short against Seattle losing 1-0 at home

San Jose was riding high heading into their Western Conference showdown with Seattle. The Quakes never really posed a threat going goalless for the first time in 2021..

After losing the opening game of the year San Jose reeled off three straight wins by a combined score of 9-3. This was a game controlled by defense.

Seattle scored their goal on the only shot they took that was on target.The Quakes would have settles for that.

The Sounders Cristian Roldan collected a poorly cleared ball just outside the Quakes area and hit a left footed rocket that San Jose goalie J.T Marcinkowski had zero chance of stopping.

The loss left the Quakes alone in 2nd place (9pts) while Seattle extended their lead at the top of the Western Conference (13pts).

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Oakland native Marshawn Lynch invest in his Roots

Photo by Eric Taylor
MLS Soccer

The Oakland Roots soccer club got a big boost when NFL legend "Beast Mode" came on board as part owner the team announced recently.

The Oakland Roots have become a part of the Oakland community in a short amount of time. In their second year of existence the Roots played for the championship of the NISL, a 3rd division league.

Now in 2021 the Roots have moved up to the USL, a second division league one step removed from the MLS and major league soccer.

Marshawn Lynch is always looking for ways to improve the city that raised him. Lynch has seen most of the pro teams he grew up watching leave the city.

The Warrior's and Raiders have both bolted for new stadiums and city's and the Oakland A's acted like they wanted to until they got approved to build a new stadium.

Right now the Roots are just about selling out the 5,000 seat stadium on the campus of Laney JC. At some point the Roots would love to have a stadium in Oakland that seats at least 25-30,000 fans.












International Champions Cup Photo by Eric Taylor

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