Roots travelled to Las Vegas for the second time in less than a month for a Wednesday night matchup with Lights FC for the final stop of their two game road trip before a four game homestand over the next two weeks. With a temperature of 107 degrees at kickoff, the team took their time getting settled into the game. Johnny Rodriguez got his first start of the season at forward and Roots had the edge in overall possession going into the half despite both teams having five shots on goal.
With the heat being such a factor, the second half started with more of the same until Johnny Rodriguez netted his first USL Championship goal in the 63rd minute. From there the game was a different story. Roots continued to dominate possession and found themselves in the attacking third more regularly. Head Coach Jordan Ferrell made four substitutions in the last 15 minutes to keep the squad fresh on the field, with Tarn Weir making his way back onto the field since suffering an ankle injury in early August. Even in the four minutes of stoppage time, Roots found themselves looking for a second goal rather than playing to maintain the lead. With the win, Roots have gone undefeated in Las Vegas and remain in contention for a spot in the playoffs.
The team returns home this Saturday (9/11) to Laney College for Pride Night against San Diego Loyal.
Oakland Roots SC vs Las Vegas Lights FC
USL Championship | September 8, 2021
Venue: Cashman Field, Las Vegas, Nevada
Kickoff: 7:00 PM PST
Weather: 107, sunny
SCORELINE: 1 2 FT
LVL: 0 0 0
OAK: 0 1 1
OAK: Johnny Rodriguez 63’
OAK: Wal Fall (Yellow 41’)
OAK: Jose Hernandez (Yellow 90’)
OAKLAND ROOTS LINEUP:
Ariel Mbumba (Tarn Weir 77’), Soya Takahashi (Akeem O’Connor-Ward 85’), Max Ornstil (Jose Hernandez 77’), Wal Fall, Lindo Mfeka (Matias Fissore 69’), Jesus Enriquez, Emrah Klimenta, Memo Diaz, Kai Greene, Taylor Bailey, Johnny Rodriguez (Joseph Restani 85’)
Unused subs: Zeus De La Paz, Brandon Allen
Shots: 13 | Shots On Goal: 3 | Corner Kicks: 3 | Fouls: 6 | Offside: 1 |
LAS VEGAS LIGHTS LINEUP:
Alex Rando, Marco Farfan (Weber 62’), Armando Avila, Dylan Presto, Mohamed Traore, Daniel Crisostomo (Yeboah 63’), Frank Daroma, Christopher Jaime (Sepulveda 45’), Bruce El-Mesmari, Roberto Molina, Cal Jennings (Vazquez 63’)
Unused subs: Ramirez, Romero
Shots: 10 | Shots On Goal: 2 | Corner Kicks: 9 | Fouls: 8 | Offside: 0 |