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Live Blog: Oakland Roots host Orange County (May 13, 2023)

Hello and welcome, once again, to the blog’s live coverage of Oakland Roots hosting Orange County at CSUEB’s Pioneer Stadium, marking the second game of a historic double-header for the organization. It’s a great opportunity for Oakland to stay on track against the 11th place Western Conference team, Orange County.

It’s hard to say what to pull from Roots’ 4-1 victory over Birmingham Legion after the Alabama team crumbled while down a man in the second half. OCSC, meanwhile, has gone through a bit of turmoil since winning the USL Championship title in 2021–which you may remember Ronaldo Damus beating Oakland in penalty kicks on their way to the semifinals. Orange County finished dead-last in 2022, continued struggling this season, fired former coach Richard Chaplow on May 1, and Kevin Partida was suspended for using a homophobic slur against San Diego last week.

Bloom highlights OCSC’s poor run of form in today’s match preview. He names the 2022 Golden Boot winner Milan Iloski as his player to watch.

Orange County have five points in nine matches, and have conceded fifteen goals–second worst in USL (the worst is Hartford, so uh, whatever). They have only been shut out in one game, which is something to hang their hat on. Orange County beat Indy Eleven 1-0 in Irvine on April 15, and do not have a win since then.

Man of the Match – Edgardo Rito

We named Edgardo Rito our RootsBlog Man of the Match with his goal to kill the game. He created three scoring chances and dribbled past two defenders.

Initial Takeaways

Postgame presser

Key Events

Johnny holds off a defender and feeds Rito in a 1-o-1 situation. Slots it home, its 3-0

They do it from a corner, first one of the season. Played short to Lindo, who sends a perfect cross to Morad at the near post for the leaping header. Beautifully worked goal.

Formella with some great cleanup work. Ball falls to him in the box, sends a right footed rocket.

The big question walking into tonight’s game would be the starting 11 after Darek Formella starred at striker and Edgardo Rito at right wing in the previous two matches. Low and behold, we see a similar lineup to the previous two matches. Diaz is one change.


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