Live Blog: Oakland Roots host Sacramento Republic

Hello and welcome to tonight’s live coverage of Oakland Roots taking on Sacramento sensitive feet and fans Republic from Laney College. It’s a battle that will help both organizations put itself back in the playoff discussion with Roots holding a 2-6-4 overall record and 12 points in seventh, while Republic is 4-3-3 with 15 points in ninth.

Both teams walk in with some questions on the starting lineup after Oakland’s Alejandro Fuenmayor missed last week due to a lower back injury and goal keeper Benny Diaz receiving a red card against Los Angeles and subsequent suspension. Sacramento, meanwhile, had lead striker Douglas Martinez red carded in their last USL appearance and featured several starters in Wednesday’s 2-0 victory over San Jose Earthquakes in the U.S. Open Cup.

Provided is a useful excerpt from Bloom’s match preview, where he highlights Sacramento’s changes over the offseason, its run of form, and current roster situation:

Sac were supposed to be good this season, revamping the midfield entirely, particularly through Rodrigo Lopez, and bringing in Douglas Martinez for goal-threat… Martinez earned himself a straight red for violent conduct for elbowing Yuma in the face after Yuma dragged him down. Martinez leads Republic in goals (tied) and assists (alone), with two each, so we are not disappointed that he should be riding the pines for the Roots match. I guess we have to acknowledge that Sacramento beat San Jose 2-0 in the US Open Cup on Wednesday. It is great that Sacramento should be tired when they come to Laney. We’re still relatively early in the season, and they did not play last weekend, but essentially Republic’s entire preferred 11 are playing Wednesday-Sunday, which can’t hurt the Roots.

Postgame Presser

Key Events

  • ROOTS GOAL – 82′

Ottar lays pass to Lindo, keeper tackles him. Ottar burries the PK.

  • Oakland Roots Starting 11

Roots being nearly the same Starting 11 as last week but with Paul Blanchette in goal. Formella and Emrah look to do damage against their former team.

  • Sac Republic Starting 11


  • The live blog starts here. Game time!

  • Ottar shot in target – 10′

    nice cross by Johnsen

  • Sac two shots – 16′

    a pair of shots by Sac. Lots of pressure.

  • Formella off post – 26′

    Good work on the counter. Ottar feeds out wide to Formella, his shot on the left side hits the far post.

  • Sac set piece – 33′

    Cleared out, their 3rd set piece attempt

  • Sac set piece – 38′

    leads to nothing

  • Sac set piece in good area – 41′

    6 feet above area. Into wall and out for a corner.

    Ball falls to Luis Felipe 5 feet in front for the goal.

  • Roots set piece- 45+1′

    Ball in by Dennis targets Barbir. Ball falls to Azocar, can’t get a shot off.

  • First half notes:

    Sac looks the better side with 10 shots, 2 on target, 5 blocked. Roots have 55% possession, 4 shots with none on target and one off the woodwork.

  • Sac near chance – 49′

    Paul pushes a ball back into play. Sac shot blocked.

  • Sac set piece – 50′

    Ball in cleared to top of area, shot goes high.

  • Sac set piece – 51′

    About 15 yards on Roots side. Republic drawing continuous fouls.

    Play short cleared out.

  • Roots set – 55′

    Dennis shot on target saved. Diving to his left.

  • Johnsen no call – 57′

  • Roots corner – 62′

    Leads to nothing. Ball skips around, Rito tries a pass to Ottar–too high.

  • Sac set piece – 66′

  • Foul on Formella – 69′

    getting chippy.

    set piece ball in looks for Formella/Emrah. Falls to Johnsen, shot blocked.

  • Lindo subs on for Dennis.

  • Emrah attempt easily handled – 76′

  • Chuy on for Barbir-78′

  • Roots Pen – 79′

    Ottar lays pass to Lindo, keeper tackles him.


  • Johnsen shot high -90′

  • Formella shot saved – stoppage

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