Oakland Roots’ reserve team Project 51O will join USL League Two in the Spring of 2021. The team will compete in the Southwest Division of the League against NorCal rivals such as SF City FC, SF Glens SC, and the Santa Cruz County Breakers FC.
“League Two has proven to be the premier developmental stage for players wanting to make the jump to the professional level. It provides us with the perfect fit in our player development system.,” said Oakland Roots VP of Soccer Eric Yamamoto. “We are excited to compete locally with the teams in our area who have developed great support for their Clubs at the League Two level. This is a great opportunity for both the Roots and the young soccer players throughout the 51O.”
Founded in 2019, the concept of Project 51O is based on Project 40, a Nike-sponsored program from 1997-2005. Project 40 sought to develop the U.S. national team player pool and helped future stars Tim Howard, Demarcus Beasley, and Carlos Bocanegra grow during the early stages of their soccer careers. Project 51O will mirror parts of that development program, but with a community-based twist.
“Project 51O’s mission and goals align perfectly with the values of League Two,” said USL League Two Vice President Joel Nash. “Helping young players as they strive to become professionals while focusing on local culture and community is what our league is all about. We’re excited to see what this club will bring to the league as part of the Oakland Roots organization.”
Project 51O’s home venue will be announced at a later date. Roots Members will receive free admission to all Project 51O home matches. For more information about Roots Memberships, or to place a deposit, click the button below.