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Live Blog: Oakland Roots at Phoenix Rising (September 10, 2022)

Hello and welcome again to the blog’s live coverage of Oakland Roots visiting Phoenix Rising at Wild Horse Pass. Aside from the obligatory mention of Juan Guerra spurning Oakland for Phoenix, tonight is a must-win match for both sides as they fight for their playoff lives. Roots enter the night down in 11th with 33 points and a 7-12-9 overall record compared while Phoenix sits in 12th with 32 points at 9-5-13 and a game in hand on Oakland.

There’s already serious scoreboard watching going on. RGV is leading 3-1 over New Mexico, which catapults the Toros to eighth with 36 points. Meanwhile, Monterey faces Las Vegas and Los Dos squares off with Orange County a half hour before Oakland-Phoenix kicks off.

Update: Monterey and Vegas are postponed. OCSC leads 1-0 on LA, who has two red cards.

In tonight’s match preview, Bloom takes a look at Rising’s run of form. Phoenix is 1-0-2 since Guerra took the reigns including a 3-1 loss to El Paso, a 2-1 win over RGV, and a 1-0 loss to Colorado. His players to watch on Rising includes Aodhan Quinn, Luis Seijas, Baboucarr Njie, and Santi Moar.

Phoenix’s best result recently was their 4-0 win over Colorado Springs, and I’m sure that they rolled into this one [September 3] hoping for the same. Lol. Colorado Springs, resplendent in their gender reveal confetti kits, scored the game’s only goal in the 55th minute on (stop me if you’ve heard this) a weird defensive lapse resulting in a totally uncovered forward in for an easy goal. Phoenix put together an inspiring five yellow cards on the evening, including two for Darnell King, who will miss the match against Oakland.

RootsBlog Man of the Match

We name Lindo Mfeka for RootsBlog’s Man of the Match after bagging a brace. He had a beautiful left footed goal in the sixth, followed by a gorgeous flick after receiving a pass back from Ottar. He got a FotMob rating of 8.8, what a night for him.

Key Events


LINDO MFEKA. Launches a rocket into the net.

A few changes from the last match, Foremella gets the start at left wing and Mfeka in at right wing. Charlie Dennis in for Jose Hernandez in the midfield–who isn’t listed in the subs, he’s out a second game for card accumulation. I like this move for Charlie and have been hoping to see him get more action as a midfielder. Let’s see how it works.

Barbir, meanwhile, gets the start as the left sided centerback without Tarek Morad listed in the subs. Max Ornstil is on the bench, which also likely points to an injury for Morad.

All of Bloom’s players to watch are included in the starting 11 aside from Seijas on the bench.


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