Live Blog: Oakland Roots Preseason Opener vs. Academica

Welcome back to the gameday live blog from the preseason opener from Academica Fields in Turlock. Today gives our first look at the Oakland Roots’ 2022 roster, albeit some players still missing in action. It’s also our first live session on the new site, so what better time than the preseason?

The blog attended the Roots’ media day practice and it’s worth mentioning that players like Darek Formella, Edgardo Rito and Kai Greene were not in attendance, while Juan Azocar is still waiting clearance.

Key Events

  • 86′ – Roots goal

Roots make it 4-nil via a trialist goal–3rd of the night. Wins ball high off defender, shot deflects off defender’s foot and into net.

  • 75′ – Roots goal

Chuy makes it 3-nil at 75 minutes. Receives a cutback from Memo for the assist.

  • 61′ – Roots goal

Memo Diaz draws a penalty kick. Roots’ trialist scores the spot kick.

  • 44′ – Roots goal

51O trialist scores for Roots on nice work on the counter. Assisted by Azocar on a slick back-heel flick

  • 42′ – Academica corner
  • 26′ – Paul save 1-on-1
  • 25′ – Johnny shot wide.

Ball played to him in area, not good contact.

  • 17′ – Big save Blanchette

Paul Blanchette big save in the 17th minute, leaping to his left.

  • 11′ – Roots corner at. Leads to nothing.
  • Correction, Azocar in the lineup.

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