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Live Blog: Oakland Roots at Pittsburgh Riverhounds (October 15, 2022)

Hello and welcome to the blog’s live coverage of Roots’ regular season finale at Pittsburgh Riverhounds, coming to you from the Athletic Club, where well over 100 Oakland supporters are cheering on their club. Three points mean everything for Roots today with a high of fifth still up for grabs, while a loss or tie could potentially lock Oakland out of the postseason. No pressure, right?

RGV Toros face Monterey Bay at 5:30 p.m. and New Mexico plays Colorado Springs at 6:00. Meanwhile, Las Vegas is at Los Angeles for the late listing at 7:30 p.m.

Here are the scenarios that can play out:

Oakland walks into the Willie Stargell Derby having taken 13 of the last 15 points at 4-1-0 through their last five games. Riverhounds, meanwhile, are not the current model of consistency. They are winless in its last five at 0-3-2 and haven’t scored more than two goals since beating Loudon 2-1 on September 4. In fact, Riverhounds have only had more than two shots on target in two matches during this stretch.

Peter highlights Pittsburgh’s run of form in today’s match preview:

The division in the Eastern Conference is so stark that we have known basically who would make the playoffs for weeks. Of teams that will actually make the playoffs (so that is, not based on their position at the time), Pittsburgh has not beaten a playoff team since July 9. In fact, they only have four wins at all over teams that will (potentially) make the playoffs.

Bloom’s Player to Watch on Pittsburgh include: Russell Cicerone, Albert Dikwa, and Kenardo Forbes.

Key Events

Azocar with the golazoooooo, off of a corner.

As expected, no Formella in the starting 11. Memo Diaz starts at left back with Juan Carlos Azocar in front of him. Other than that, no changes. Excited to see how the playmakers of Memo, Rito, and JCA do for a full game.


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