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Live Blog: Oakland Roots at San Antonio FC, Conference Semifinals (October 28, 2022)

Hello and welcome to the blog’s live coverage of Oakland Roots clash with San Antonio FC in the USL Championship Conference Semifinals, coming to you from a packed house at Line 51 Brewery. The No. 7 seeded Roots look to upset another team after defeating No. 2 San Diego Loyal last Sunday. A win tonight would mark the second time Oakland upsets a top seeded organization after knocking off El Paso last season in the opening round.

Oakland walks in to Toyota Field to face the championship favorites, San Antonio, which has conceded the fewest goals of all teams this season. Roots tied 1-1 with SAFC back on June 18 and lost 2-0 most recently on September 3. However, Oakland has a much different team than both occasions given they were without Edgardo Rito in June and Ottar Magnus Karlsson in September. Since they last faced each other, Oakland has been in top form at 5-1-1.

In Bloom’s preview, he highlights just how tough San Antonio shapes up. He names Sam Adeniran, Justin Dhillon, and Mitchell Taintor (funny name) as his players to watch.

San Antonio ended the season with 54 goals, compared to the Roots’ 51. That’s only good enough for seventh in the league. This is consistent with how the teams play, but San Antonio has only four games where they have scored three or more goals, but have only been shut out five times (they have never lost when scoring). The Roots have scored three or more goals on eight occasions, but have been shut out seven times (including two draws). The concerning part is that they only conceded twenty-six goals. The next best overall is Louisville with twenty-eight and Detroit with thirty, but those teams played in the Eastern Conference. In the West Sacramento conceded thirty-four, New Mexico and RGV each conceded forty, and the Roots were next best on forty-six, just under 0.6 more goals conceded per ninety.

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Although the Roots finish its season with a Conference Semifinals exit, The Function remained undefeated throughout the year. They showed up in the highs and the lows, screaming, making up songs and establishing a thriving culture. They showed up 400 deep to Monterey, by the hundreds to Sacramento on two occasions and packed San Diego with over 200 people.

The Function stays undefeated.

Key Events

Quick start for San Antonio with Adeniran retrieving the loose ball and unloading with his left foot.

We get the starting 11 correct in the match preview with Fuenmayor still out and Emrah moving into the right side center back role. Charlie Dennis gets his second consecutive start at right ring with Formella still out, while Joseph Nane provides stability in the midfield alongside Jose.

Timeline

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