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Live Blog: Oakland Roots vs. FC Tulsa (September 16, 2023)

Hello and welcome to the blog’s live coverage of Oakland Roots hosting FC Tulsa at CSUEB’s Pioneer Stadium, the team’s official home through 2024. Roots enter the night in a dire situation for a win; they are currently in seventh place, one point ahead of eighth-place El Paso, and three points on top of ninth-place Monterey Bay. Hosting the Eastern Conference’s ninth-place squad in Tulsa, the time is now for Oakland to end the three-match losing streak and solidify its playoff livelihood.

Having Neveal Hackshaw and Bryan Tamacas back in the lineup is a welcome-sight for Roots supporters. As Bloom pointed out in today’s preview, Oakland averages 0.9 more goals per game when he’s in the lineup.

Tulsa walks in at 8-9-12 and goal differential of -13. They come in after tying Phoenix 0-0 and beat San Antonio 2-1 on September 3. Bloom highlighted their run of form in today’s match preview, naming Phillip Goodrum and Marcus Epps as his two players to watch.

Tulsa had five wins in a row in late June and most of July, although all against relatively bad teams. Immediately before that run they had three straight losses, and since that run they are 1-2-5. Two weeks ago they beat San Antonio 2-1. God damn, how’d they pull that off?

Man of the Match – Bloom

I’m naming Bloom our RootsBlog Man of the Match for creating Roots trading cards. Unlike the match, the cards were a hit. Perhaps the best part of the day was exchanging cards with supporters group members and watching people haggle for new cards.

Find the “Rootsblog” jersey in the stands.

Postgame Presser

Initial Takeaways

Starting Lineups

I get my lineup prediction 100 percent correct. The question going into this match was who would line up in the midfield. With Tarek Morad still out, Neveal Hackshaw returns to the center back role while Napo and Koze line up in the midfield. Other than that, no surprises with Johnny up top next to Lindo and Cedeño, while Bryan Tamacas is back at RWB and Memo on the opposite side.


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