Hello and welcome to the first Wednesday edition of the live blog, where everyone is fresh getting home from their day jobs. The Roots are 0-0-3 and looking for consistency heading into a difficult month of April, facing off with fourth-place New Mexico United, which is currently unbeaten at 2-1-0.
ROOTS GOAL!!!!! Chuy with a perfect cross to Tarek Morad for the goal! Morad’s first goal in an Oakland uniform.
New Mexico Goal – 70′
New Mexico Goal – 45+1
Roots Goal – 7′
CHARLIE DENNIS GOAL! Great buildup by Roots, Nane with a great assist, Dennis with the left-footed goal. His first for Oakland in the 7th minute. Dennis great in the buildup, dribbled himself free to find Edgardo Rito out wide. Rito sent in a pass that fell to Nane, setting up the assist.
Oakland Roots Starting XI reaction:
I guess the CDM pairing correctly. Fuenmayor at RB, theoretically allowing Juan Carlos Azocar to run on the left side. Edgardo Rito at RW, where I think he’ll be a big factor without having to worry about defense.
Roots corner, goal – 90+1′
ROOTS GOAL!!!!! Chuy a perfect cross to Morad for the goal!
Johnny header saved – 89′
Chuy a perfect pass to Johnny, his header saved. Beautiful touch by Johnny
Rito cross in grabbed 85′
Best buildup for Roots in the 2nd half. Chuy works it to Rito, sends a ball to the far post across the face–Roots can’t put a head on it.
New Mexico 1-on-1 – 84′
Preston dribbles by Morad, shot goes into Barbir. Leads to a corner.
New Mexico corner x2 – 82′
Another corner for New Mexico. Cleared out. Brett eventually takes a shot that sails high.
Diaz save – 81′
Benny Diaz with a diving save. Long shot for NMU, leads to a corner.
Dennis shot wide – 79′
Charlie Dennis with a shot wide, would’ve liked him to take the attempt two touches earlier.
New Mexico scores – 70′
Roots robbed. Sergio Rivas ruled onside, not sure how the refs miss this one.
Tarek gives up loose ball – 63′
Tarek gives up a loose ball near Roots’ penalty area, Benny Diaz pushes it out. Sloppy play in the 63rd.
Roots sub – 60′
Chuy on, Formella off.
Roots sub – 55th
Rodriguez on for Ottar in the 55th. Wonder if he’s hurt.
Benny Diaz save – 54′
New Mexico nearly scores on the counter. Header goes straight to Diaz near the post.
Ball in to Karlsson – 52′
Dennis a lofted pass into Karlsson, takes a touch but defense clears it away.
New Mexico set – 47′
Ball in the edge of the box on the right side, ball in gets cleared out.
1-1 at half on a sick touch by Wehan leading to Neco Brett’s goal. Prior, it may have been the best Roots’ first half all season. Dangerous going forward with 6 shots, 1 on target, 1 off the woodwork, 2 blocked. Dennis w/ a good half.
New Mexico Goal – 45+1
Diaz save – 37′
Diaz saves with his feet, fjrst save of the season. Shot by New Mexico’s Sergio Rivas.
Charlie Dennis hits post – 34′
DENNIS HITS THE POST. Volleys to himself, whips the left foot. Beautiful individual work. In the buildup, Juan Azocar gets himself free in a 1-on-1 situation, turning defender inside out. JCA’s cross gets headed to Dennis, takes a touch with his left, volleys shot with his left.
Roots corner – 23′
Roots corner in the 23rd min from Charlie Dennis targets Nane for a diving header. Fall to Mati, looks for the shot, sails high.
Roots corner – 22′
Charlie Dennis send a ball in, batted away. Nice pass with air under it,
NM shot tipped high – 19′
New Mexico’s Neco Brett should’ve made it 1-1 in the, dribbled around 3 Roots defenders. Ball tipped by Mati for the corner in the 19th minute.
Roots Goal – 7′
CHARLIE DENNIS GOAL! Great buildup by Roots, Nane with a great assist, Dennis with the left-footed goal. His first for Oakland in the 7th minute.
New Mexico shot wide – 5′
NMU gets possession high, Neco Brett. First action.