Oakland Roots battled hard against their NorCal Rivals, but once again nothing was able to separate the two sides after 90 minutes. Roots Keeper Taylor Bailey started his first-ever USL game and was able to keep Sacramento from scoring with a couple of key saves. Roots now prepare to host 3 games in 8 days at home, starting with Las Vegas Lights on Saturday.
Head Coach Jordan Ferrell on another clean sheet what it says about the defensive growth:
Leaps and bounds. Not just the clean sheet tonight, but also the way in which they went about it. Taylor getting his first start, big credit to him, but we have a really strong group who has found that identity and the way they go about their business week to week and game to game. They expect a clean sheet now, which at the beginning of the season was a different story.
On the play of Taylor Bailey and his overall work ethic:
Honestly he was incredible, not just the performance as a goalkeeper but psychologically. What he has been through in the last year, with the injury and COVID-19, then coming into the preseason and earning a spot. He really has earned everything and it proved tonight.
Taylor Bailey on his first USL start and first USL clean sheet:
It was amazing, it was good to get it away too against a good team. They were on the attack a lot but we all held it down. I could not be happier.
On the collective team effort defensively:
That’s always. We go through a lot together and we stay together and we are all here to eat.
Oakland Roots SC vs Sacramento Republic FC
USL Championship | July 7, 2021
Venue: Heart Health Park, Sacramento, California
Kickoff: 8:00 PM
Weather: 81 degrees, sunny
SCORELINE: 1 2 FT
SAC 0 0 0
OAK 0 0 0
OAK: Wal Fall (Yellow 76’)
SAC: Julian Chavez (Yellow 88’)
SAC: Formella (Yellow 90’)
OAKLAND ROOTS LINEUP: Ariel Mbumba (Max Ornstil 45’), Soya Takahashi, Matias Fissore (Wal Fall 54’), Lindo Mfeka (Tarn Weir 69’), Jesus Enriquez, Akeem O’Connor-Ward, Emrah Klimenta, Danny Flores, Memo Diaz (Saalih Muhammed 69’), Kai Greene, Taylor Bailey
Unused Substitutes: Tarek Morad, Paul Blanchette
Shots: 3 | Shots On Goal: 1 | Corner Kicks: 4 | Fouls: 10 | Offside: 4 |
SACRAMENTO REPUBLIC LINEUP: Gómez, Gomez, Duke Lacroix, Casey, Taintor, Fernandes (Alashe 73’) , Pennanen, Penagos, Iwasa (Chavez 73’), Bone (Belmar 55’), Formella
Unused Substitutes: Sanchez, Kibunguchy, McCrary, Wheeler-Omiunu,
Shots: 19 | Shots On Goal: 1 | Corner Kicks: 9 | Fouls: 14 | Offside: 2 |