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Oakland Roots Finish up Regular Season, with "Win and In" Scenario to Make the Playoffs

October 13, 2023 - United Soccer League Championship (USL)
Oakland Roots News Release

Quick Look:

Date: October 14, 2023

Time: 7:00 PM PT

Location: Cal State University, East Bay, Hayward, California

How to Watch: ESPN + (Streaming)

Match Preview:

Oakland Roots SC will look to clinch a playoff spot on Saturday evening when they host El Paso Locomotive FC in the biggest game of the year.

The situation is simple for Oakland. Win and they're in. A draw would not be sufficient unless New Mexico FC lose and both Monterey Bay and Rio Grande Valley fail to win their respective matches. Roots simply must win this weekend's game, but that is much easier said than done. Head Coach Noah Delgado and his team have suffered from subpar home form this season, having won only 4 of their 16 home games to date. Their last home victory came back in July against Western Conference bottom dwellers Las Vegas Lights FC.

Roots SC's opponents in this decisive match are El Paso Locomotive FC, who currently sit 7th in the West on 44 points, but with Roots on 42 points, a loss at Pioneer Stadium would see the Oaklanders jump them in the standings. Should New Mexico United also win, El Paso's season would be over, so the stakes are just as high for them as they are for Roots. Similarly to Oakland, El Paso have struggled mightily at home this season, with both clubs only picking up 19 points in home matches, but have played very well on the road. The Texan club have earned 25 points on their travels this season, which is joint-6th in the entire league. Both teams enter Saturday's game on the back of disappointing losses on the road. Despite taking an early lead, Oakland Roots fell to a 4-2 defeat in San Diego, while El Paso were subject to a 4-0 battering at the hands of Memphis 901 FC. In the one prior meeting between these two teams this season, Oakland collected a 3-1 win in Texas, which will give Roots fans some confidence heading into this make-or-break contest.

With simply everything on the line, Saturday's game will be full of intensity, passion, and competitiveness. The whole year has built up to this, and the expected sell-out crowd in Hayward will be treated to a spectacle to remember. Oakland Roots SC will also be celebrating their final regular season game with "Fam Appreciation Night", presented by UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. Limited tickets remain, so grab them while you can! This will be a night you won't want to miss.


Parking and Transportation:

Free parking will be available in Lot A and Lot B. Overflow Parking will also be available in Lots K, H, and G on CSU, East Bay campus. If your planned arrival time is closer to 6:45 PM PT, you will most likely have to park at OVERFLOW PARKING.

Please contact us at [email protected] or call (510) 488-1144 for more information about ADA Parking.

To provide the community with the ability to travel more frequently between BART and CSU, East Bay, AC Transit provides service on the #60 bus from South Hayward BART to CSU, East Bay. Find out more information on the AC Transit #60 Schedule.

Stadium Seating:

Please review the Stadium Map to see where your seats are. Please note that GA, Mosaic, and I FLY OAK Mosaic+ seats are not reserved. All seats are first come first serve within each section.

Stadium Entrance:

The entrance into Pioneer Stadium will be on the North side of the parking lot.

Clear Bag Policy:

One large clear bag - either a one-gallon Ziploc style bag or 14″ x 6″ x 14″ clear bag is acceptable. Small clutches 4.6" x 6.5" x 2" or smaller are also allowed.

Water Bottle Policy:

One manufacturer-sealed plastic water bottle is allowed in the stadium. No personal water bottles, glass bottles, or outside beverages are allowed in the stadium.

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