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Live Blog: Oakland Roots at Sacramento Republic (August 27, 2022)

Hello and welcome again to the blog’s coverage of Oakland Roots visiting Sacramento Republic. We’re coming to you live from section 120 with around 300 Roots supporters in attendance, you’ll likely here The Function chanting on the telecast.

Coming off of a mighty 3-1 win over San Diego Loyal, Roots enter another critical game for their playoff livelihood against Sacramento. Oakland is still undefeated against Republic at 1-5-0, continuing the unbeaten streak with a win could create a flip-flop with El Paso Locomotive for seventh place. Locomotive, meanwhile, faces Juan Guerra’s Phoenix Rising. A tie between Phoenix and El Paso (which we know is very possible) provides a huge assist to Roots. Monterey Bay is also facing off with Los Angeles.

Roots will have to do it with nearly the same lineup against San Diego with Ottar Magnus Karlsson just a few days removed from the birth of his child, so we’re not expecting him back in the starting 11 just yet.

In Bloom’s preview, he highlights that Sacramento’s up-and-down run of form in recent weeks. They are 1-1-2 over the last four matches, which includes a big 3-0 win over Colorado Springs on August 17, but sandwiched by a 1-0 loss to Monterey Bay on August 13 and a 2-1 loss to Las Vegas in its most recent match.

Sac’s form is mixed. Their US Open Cup (and gradual rise up the Western Conference) have colored opinions of them, but I think they may just be a team that is extremely well built for cup competition. Even as they have fought their way up the table, Sac are still twelve points behind San Deigo and seventeen behind San Antonio, which is to say, the good teams.

Postgame Interview

RootsBlog Man of the Match

Paul Blanchette gets the second consecutive RootsBlog Man of the Match award after his contributions in Oakland’s 1-nil loss. Without him, it could’ve easily been 4-0. He had four saves with two by dives and three stops on shots in the box.

Key Events

Shot pushed wide on a set piece leads to a corner. Sac cross leads to a header goal.

It’s the third consecutive starting 11 for Roots, as I predicted in Bloom’s preview. After their 3-1 win over Loyal, I feel this is the right call. Oakland has played well over the last three and it seems wise to have continuity while in good form without your star striker.


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