Live Blog: Oakland Roots at New Mexico United

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.

Click here to see Bloom’s match preview and our lineup guesses. For what it’s worth, the blog was intimated of some unexpected changes, and seeing the official Starting XI reflects that; my reaction below.

Key Events

Roots Goal – 90+1′

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.
Halftime 1-1
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.
Roots are live with a much more defensive lineup.

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