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Live Blog: Oakland Roots host San Antonio (September 3, 2022)

Hello and welcome to the blog’s live coverage of Oakland Roots hosting San Antonio FC. The Baby Spurs walk into Oakland with first place and, as mentioned on RootsPod, don’t necessarily need a win given they are five points clear of second place. Roots, however, could certainly use points while four points back of Las Vegas Lights in the seventh-place playoff line.

Lights are losing against Tampa Bay Rowdies earlier today. Sixth-place El Paso Locomotive is now seven points clear of Roots after defeating New Mexico United 2-1 yesterday.

Oakland’s leading goal scorer Ottar Magnus Karlsson was back at practice, but evidently is still out of the lineup; the trainers must not feel he’s fit enough to play after returning from a multiple week absense. He would’ve been a welcome sight back given San Antonio has allowed just 22 goals so far this season. The two sides played to a 1-1 draw back in June after Joseph Nane scored an early goal in the 29th minute only for SAFC to answer in first-half stoppage time.

In the match preview, Bloom highlights San Antonio’s current run of form:

This is possibly the best time to be catching the Western Conference pace-setters. SAFC are 2-2-2 in their last six, a run that started with a 1-1 home draw to Galaxy II, a 3-0 loss in San Diego, and a 2-1 home win over Loudoun. Not the most inspiring stuff. They followed that up with a 2-0 win over Las Vegas, which is a decent result this season, even if it was in San Antonio… SAFC then hosted RGV Toros and eked out a 2-2 draw… This past weekend, San Antonio fell 1-0 on the road to Indy Eleven, a team that only has 28 points despite sharing a division with Loudoun, Charleston, Atlanta 2, and Red Bulls 2.

Bloom lists San Antonio’s players to watch as: Mitch Taintor (funny name), Mohamed Abu, Santiago Patiño, and defenders Fabien Garcia and Carter Manley–who may be out.

Postgame Interview

Key Events

Wins ball high off of Morad, Adeniran scores again.

Adeniran all alone on a ball over the top. Easy goal for him.

Ottar is not back, evidently. Formella gets his third straight start in the #9 and Lindo Mfeka gets the start in place of Charlie Dennis. Nane is in for Jose Hernandez, who is out due to card accumulation.

Timeline

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