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FALL 2020





#5 Clement “Nana” Attakora


#06 Matt Fondy


#8 Angel Heredia


#9 Jack McInerney


#10 Nelson Blanco


#11 Tristan Bowen


#12 Peter Pearson


#16 Niall Irwin


#19 Josiah Romero


#22 Diego Casillas


#27 Julio Cervantes


#32 Manny Gonzalez


#33 Robert Hines II


#44 Ariel Mbumba


#47 Taylor Bailey


#49 Tarn Weir


#50 David Abidor


#61 Johnny Rodriguez


#88 Seo-In Kim


#90 Kevin Gonzalez


#91 Yohannes Harish


#98 Jonathan Orozco


Head Coach

Jordan Ferrell

Ferrell served as Roots’ top assistant coach in 2019. He has over nine years of coaching experience at both the professional and amateur levels. Ferrell is also the former head coach of MLS-bound Sacramento Republic’s U-17 and U-19 Academy teams, and was instrumental in building out their club’s scouting network in the Central Valley. 

First Team Assistant Coach

Dario Pot

Following the completion of his 10-year professional playing career, Pot served as an assistant coach in the USISL (now USL) for the Syracuse Salty Dogs, before returning to Europe to lead FC Modrica Maxima of the Bosnian first division to a domestic cup triumph that included qualification for the UEFA Cup. Following his success in Bosnia, Dario next joined the staff of Dutch club De Graafschap where he helped lead them to a championship finish in the Dutch second tier. The following season he helped the team remain in the Dutch first division battling against the likes of Ajax and PSV.

Dario most recently served as the first assistant coach for Australian A-league outfit Wellington Phoenix and has held past roles with Rayo OKC of the NASL, DC United youth academy, and Des Moines Menace of USL League 2.

Second Assistant

Kristopher Hall

Kris is a 15 plus year coach in the Northern California Area and Beyond. Specializing in Goalkeeper training.  Kris is the CEO and Founder of Maverick Goalkeeper Academy. Hall yields a vast amount of premier youth, collegiate, and professional soccer experience. Kris has served as a Director of Coaching, Technical Director, Director of player performance, and Head Coach for multiple youth clubs, developmental clubs, and collegiate institutions across the state and country. Domestically, Hall has worked with American soccer legends, Steve Sampson and Anson Dorrance. 

Kris owns a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology with advanced studies in education, English Premiers FA Master Class and numerous USSF and NSCAA licenses along with several other domestic certifications. As a collegiate coach Hall served at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, University of the Pacific and Cal State East Bay.

Strength and Conditioning Coach

Yuta Tanaka

Yuta, is a former UC Davis soccer player, who is back for his second season with the Club as Strength and Conditioning Coach.

VP of Soccer

Eric Yamamoto

The former NCAA Champion and All-American recently finished his 28th season as a coach for his alma mater, Santa Clara University. He has deep Bay Area ties at all levels of soccer, including experience developing youth players for the US Soccer Development Academy De Anza Force.Kris owns a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology with advanced studies in education, English Premiers FA Master Class and numerous USSF and NSCAA licenses along with several other domestic certifications. As a collegiate coach Hall served at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, University of the Pacific and Cal State East Bay.

Director of Team Operations

Valentin Saldaña Jr

Valentin, a native of Richmond, CA entering his second season as a part of the technical staff. In this role, he manages all the logistical and administrative aspects for the first team. Valentin is a graduate of nearby St. Mary’s College where he earned his BA in Business Administration and will be finishing his MA in Sport Management in May 2020.

Team Operations Manager

Berdi Merdanov

Berdi Merdanov is originally from Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Prior to his arrival in the United States, he was playing in the 1st Division as an academy graduate and was able to experience a professional environment early on. Berdi then moved to the US and began playing with the DeAnza Force Academy. Following his time in the academy, Berdi joined Holy Names University in Oakland where he played for four years. While playing for Holly Names, Berdi played for SF City F.C. of USL League 2 as well. Following his Graduation, Berdi served as an Assistant Coach at Holly Names and for SF City F.C.

Athletic Trainer

Quentin Higgins

A native of Tennessee, Quentin has been a long time Hockey Athletic Trainer who has worked for the San Jose Baracuda’s, Atlanta Gladiators and the Norfolk Admirals.

Head Team Physician

Kevin M. Roth MD

Dr. Roth grew up in Moraga, California. He attended UCLA for both undergraduate and medical school, where he graduated medical school with honors. He then completed his residency program in orthopedic surgery at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. After residency, he returned to Los Angeles to complete fellowship training in Sports Medicine at the prestigious Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic.  Dr. Roth brings extensive experience caring for athletes at all levels and is a former Assistant Team Physician for the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks.  Currently, in addition to serving as the Head Team Physician for the Oakland Roots, he is also the Head Team Physician for Contra Costa College in San Pablo where he cares for the football, basketball, soccer and baseball teams. Dr. Roth sees patients in Oakland and is considered an expert in the surgical and nonsurgical management of all sports related injuries with an emphasis on the shoulder, hip and knee.

Team Chiropractor

Dr. Rafael Zamora

Dr. Rafael Zamora is devoted to improving his communities health and quality of life through comprehensive chiropractic care. Dr. Zamora is honored to serve the East Bay since he is a Danville native. He graduated from Monte Vista High School and went on to get his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo. He received his Doctorate Degree from Life Chiropractic College West in Hayward, California.

Massage Therapist

Betsy Abel

Betsy graduated from the University of Tennessee with her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and a Master’s Degree in Human Performance and Sports Studies. She further enhanced her education by obtaining her Massage Therapy credential and Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification. Her business, The Abel Body serves many Bay Area athletes and is rooted in her core belief of “Recover. Restore. Perform.” 

Betsy currently works with several Bay Area sports teams and athletes ranging from Saint Mary’s Men’s Rugby team, Pro Rugby players, Olympic Rowers, NFL players, NBA coaches, cyclists, ultra runners and triathletes. Betsy is extremely excited to be a part of the Oakland Roots Soccer Club as the Team Sports Massage Therapist.