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Roots Unable to Get a Result in Orange County

By Roots SC, 06/13/21, 9:00AM PDT

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Oakland was on the front foot for much of the game with over 60% of the possession. However despite the pressure Roots were unable to pick up any points in Irvine, California vs Orange County SC. Despite good play in attack from Bokila, Mfeka and Enriquez, Oakland was unable to find the back of the net. After Roots dominated most of the first half Orange County scored the lone goal of the game against the run of play when Damus found the back of the net just before the half time whistle. From there, the host sat back and were able to protect their lead to capture the three points. 

 

 

Head Coach Jordan Ferrell 

On the first half play and how difficult it was to not get a first half goal with all the good play. 

You want to be rewarded for those moments and we did really well to put ourselves in good positions and it came back to haunt us with the goal at the end of the first half, I think the good football is something to build on even if the result is not there. 

What are the positives you can take back to Oakland and the home opener next week?

We have been conceding way more than a goal a game. To only concede one tonight though they had other opportunities and also showed we are dangerous. But today we showed we can be more solid defensively than we have been in the past 3 games. We know we can score, it's not that we are afraid of not being able to score. The past two games and tonight we created more than enough chances to score. I think that's good progress from pre-season and where we were even at the start of the season. But now we need to put the two together and defend well and put the ball in the back of the net as well. 

Akeem Ward

A good performance that didn’t yield the result. What are the positives you can take away?

I think a big positive is that it wasn’t self-inflicted. The past games we have given teams goals, they haven’t earned them. This one was unfortunate, but we didn’t really shoot ourselves in the foot today. As a full performance I thought we dominated with the ball. Just couldn’t find the net. 
 
Any message to the fans ahead of the home opener next week?
 
We are beyond excited. Jordan was beyond excited saying everywhere we've been, we have been to four different stadiums now, he said there is no atmosphere like there is in Oakland. I’m super excited to come home and we are going to give you all a show for sure. 
 
Oakland Roots SC vs. Orange County SC
USL Championship | June 12, 2021
Venue: Championship Soccer Stadium, Irvine, CA
Kickoff: 7:00 p.m. PT
Weather: 82 degrees
 
SCORELINE:          1        2        FT
OC:                           1        0         1
OAK:                        0        0         0
                
SCORING SUMMARY:
OC: Damus 45’
 
DISCIPLINE SUMMARY:
OAK: Takahashi (Yellow 38’)
OC: Kuningas (Yellow 39’)
OAK: Klimenta (Yellow 46’)
OAK: Ornstil (Yellow 90’)
 
OAKLAND ROOTS LINEUP: Luis Barraza, Soya Takahashi (Ariel Mbumba 45’), Tarek Morad, Emrah Klimenta, Akeem O’Connor-Ward, Matias Fissore, Danny Flores, Jesus Enriquez, Lindo Mfeka (Max Ornstil 61’), Memo Diaz (Tarn Weir, 86’), Jeremy Bokila (Kai Greene 73’)
 
Unused Substitutes: Taylor Bailey, Saalih Muhammed, Yohannes Harish
 
Shots: 14  | Shots On Goal: 7  | Corner Kicks: 1 | Fouls: 11 | Offside: 1 | 
 
ORANGE COUNTY LINEUP: Romero, Richards, Alston, Breen (Markkanen 45’), Kiernan, Kuningas, Orozco, Flanagan (McCabe 52’), Wehan (Smith 87’), Damus, Iloski
 
Unused Substitutes: Rakovsky, Henry, Imperato, Jacobs, 
 
Shots: 7 | Shots On Goal: 4 | Corner Kicks: 5 | Fouls: 15 | Offside: 0 |
 
OFFICIALS:
Referee: Matthew Corrigan
Assistant Referee 1: Eduardo Jeff 
Assistant Referee 2: Jose Vega
4th Official: William Hoffman