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United Soccer League Standings
- updated every Monday -

Eastern Conference
01.Pittsburgh Riverhounds
02. Tampa Bay Rowdies
03. Charleston Battery
04. Memphis 901
05. Louisville City FC
06. Indy Eleven
07. Birmingham Legion FC
08. Detroit City FC
09. Miami FC
10. FC Tulsa
11. Loudoun United
12. Hartford Athletic
Western Conference
01. Sacramento Republic
02. Orange County SC
03. San Diego Loyal
04. San Antonio FC
05. CS Switchbacks
06. Phoenix Rising
07. EP Locomotive FC
08. New Mexico United
09. RCVFC Toros
10. Oakland Roots
11. Monterey Bay FC
12. Las Vegas Lights FC

Schedule & Scores
Home Games Highlighted

Time / Score
- July 2023 -
@ Tampa Bay
L 0-3
@ Monterey Bay
W 3-1
@ El Paso
W 3-1
vs Las Vegas
W 1-0
vs Detroit City
D 1-1
- August 2023 -
@ Charleston
W 1-0
vs Colorado Spring
L 2-3
@ New Mexico
W 2-1
@ Louisville City
L 1-2
- September 2023 -
vs Sac Republic
L 0-1
@ Las Vegas
L 1-3
vs Tulsa
L 0-1
vs Monterey Bay
D 2-2
vs San Antonio
D 2-2
- October 2023 -
@ Orange County
L 1-3
@ San Diego
L 2-4
vs El Paso
L 1-2

Time / Score
- March 2023 -
@ San Antonio
L 1-3
@ RGV Toros
D 1-1
vs Memphis
- April 2023 -
vs New Mexico
W 1-0
@ Indy Eleven
W 3-0
vs Hartford
L 1-2
@ Loudoun
L 0-2
vs Miami
D 0-0
- May 2023 -
@ Birmingham
W 4-1
vs Orange County
W 3-0
@ Sac Republic
L 1-3
vs San Diego
W 2-0
- June 2023 -
@ Colorado Spring
W 1-0
@ Phoenix
D 1-1
vs Pittsburgh
D 0-0
vs Phoenix
D 1-1
vs RGV Toros
L 0-2


Roots Headling News Briefs
NBA Legend Jason Kidd Becomes Part Owner of Oakland Roots Soccer Club
OCT 26 // Photo Felix Huerta GBT // Oakland, CA
NBA legend Jason Kidd, one of the NBA's 75 Greatest Players, started his athletic journey as a soccer star before achieving basketball fame. Despite his later reputation as a playmaker, Kidd was a goal-scoring force on the soccer field during his youth. Now, he has become a part-owner of the Oakland Roots and Soul Sports Club, Oakland's primary professional soccer franchise. Kidd joins a notable group of investors, including Marshawn Lynch and G-Eazy, in supporting the team, which has seen remarkable community engagement and fundraising, collecting nearly $2.7 million, setting a record in American sports. As traditional sports teams relocate, the Oakland Roots have become a focal point for the community, with plans to build a new stadium in the Coliseum area, generating excitement and support for soccer in the Bay Area.

Oakland Roots Soccer Club Engages Fans in Designing New Stadium for 2025
OCT 17 // Photo Oakland Roots // Oakland, CA
The Oakland Roots and Soul Soccer Club is actively involving its fanbase in the design process for its upcoming stadium, emphasizing community engagement and collaboration. Seeking input from fans through a survey, the club aims to ensure that the new facility, slated for the 2025 USL Championship and USL Super League seasons, aligns with community preferences and needs. Having secured authorization for a 10-year lease for the stadium at the Malibu Lot adjacent to the Oakland Coliseum, the club emphasizes its commitment to hosting both men's and women’s teams while also serving as a venue for various community events. This initiative is part of the club's overarching mission to be a purpose-driven sports organization deeply connected to and enhanced by the community, a sentiment echoed in their earlier campaign inviting community investment and ownership. Despite the season's conclusion, with a 1-2 loss to El Paso Locomotive FC, the Roots and Soul remain focused on their community-centric vision and the development of a dedicated pro soccer stadium.

Oakland Roots Soccer Team Extends Stay at Cal State East Bay for Next Season
SEP 6 // Photo Mauricio Segura GBT // Hayward, CA
The Oakland Roots soccer team has confirmed that California State University East Bay's Pioneer Stadium will continue to serve as their home venue for the upcoming season, allowing the club to concentrate efforts on building their own stadium in Oakland. The decision comes after the Roots were compelled to move to Cal State East Bay when their previous venue, Laney College, installed turf that did not meet United States Soccer Federation standards. The club is currently awaiting discussion at the Oakland City Council Community and Economic Development meeting regarding their bid to construct a soccer stadium at the Malibu Lot adjacent to the Oakland Coliseum. Seeking an Exclusive Negotiation Arrangement, the Roots aim to have the stadium ready for the 2025 USL Championship season. The decision to remain in Hayward for the next season was made after evaluating alternatives, including returning to Laney or constructing a temporary venue at the Coliseum's C Lot, with the priority being the timely development of a permanent home. The Roots currently have seven matches remaining in the current season.

Roots Offering Ownership Options To Fans
JUL 2 // Photo ERSE 21 GBT // Oakland, CA
The Oakland Roots soccer team and Oakland Soul women's team are offering fans the chance to become owners through a community round of equity crowdfunding. The initiative aims to give regular people the opportunity to invest in the teams, preventing wealthier individuals from dominating ownership. The funds raised will support the growth of the teams and initiatives like Project 510, with no plans for a new stadium. By gathering community feedback and working with an approved company, the Roots aim to foster community ownership and inclusivity. The unique opportunity aligns with the team's purpose-driven approach and brings professional soccer ownership to a wider audience.

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USL Headline News Briefs
Phoenix Rising FC Secures First USL Championship in Dramatic Shootout
NOV 13 // Photo @Phoenix Rising FC // Charleston, SC
In a remarkable and improbable journey, Phoenix Rising FC secured their first-ever USL Championship title, triumphing in a penalty shootout against Charleston Battery at Patriot Point Soccer Stadium in Charleston, S.C. Despite the match officially ending as a 1-1 draw, Phoenix Rising claimed the trophy with a 3-2 penalty-shootout victory. The victory marked an unprecedented accomplishment as Phoenix Rising became the first team in the history of the USL Championship to win every playoff match on the road en route to the league title. Manager Juan Guerra expressed the emotional significance of the victory, highlighting the team's resilience and refusal to give up, especially after trailing in three of the four playoff matches. Goalkeeper Rocco Rios Novo earned MVP honors, making critical saves, and the decisive moment came in the penalty shootout when Charleston Battery's Derek Dodson hit the post, securing Phoenix Rising's historic triumph. Guerra emphasized the team's resiliency and character, referring to them as a "group of savages." The victory concluded a season that started and ended with a 1-1 draw against Charleston Battery, and Guerra now dreams of winning a title at home in Phoenix in the future.

USL Secures Four-Year Media Rights Deal with CBS Sports for Men's Soccer
NOV 7 // Photo @Pittsbugh Riverhounds // Tampa, FL
The United Soccer League (USL) has inked a four-year media rights deal with CBS Sports, covering 100 men's soccer matches annually from the USL Championship and USL League One for the 2024-2027 seasons. This agreement marks the first of two media rights deals for the upcoming season, with a potential ESPN renewal being the second. The CBS Sports deal is set to generate mid-to-high seven figures annually, a significant increase from the current ESPN deal. CBS Sports will broadcast select matches on its flagship channel, including the USL Championship final, and over 20 matches on its CBS Sports Network cable channel. The remaining 75 matches will be available exclusively on CBS' free, ad-supported Golazo Network. Additionally, local broadcast deals for USL teams are permitted. The second to-be-announced broadcast partner will cover the remaining 500 matches across linear and streaming platforms, with around 5% airing on national linear TV. USL Chief Commercial Officer Court Jeske emphasized the strategic focus on increasing distribution and market reach, and the league will also explore media rights for its new women's league, the USL Super League, set to debut next summer.
Jermaine Jones Appointed Head Coach of Central Valley Fuego FC
OCT 27 // Photo ERSE 021 GBT // Fresno, CA
Former USMNT midfielder Jermaine Jones has reportedly been appointed as the head coach of USL League One club Central Valley Fuego FC, according to sources familiar with the discussions. The players were notified of the new head coach's arrival on November 1 through official communication from the club. Jones, 41, who earned 69 caps for the USMNT and played in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, has been vocal about his coaching aspirations since retiring as a player. Currently serving as the assistant manager of the U.S. U-19 youth national team, Jones holds a UEFA Pro coaching license and has previously worked with youth teams and served as an assistant manager for NISA club New Amsterdam FC. Despite expressing challenges in securing coaching opportunities, Jones has made a positive impression on players in his coaching roles. Central Valley Fuego FC recently completed its second season in USL League One, finishing at the bottom of the table, and Jones is set to take charge after the team's struggle under interim management in the latter part of the 2023 season.

USL Going to Portland
SEP 08 // Photo ERSE 021 GBT // Portland, ME
After five years of effort, a dream has come true for Gabe Hoffman-Johnson, a former soccer player from Maine, with the announcement of a new professional soccer team in Portland. The United Soccer League revealed that Portland will host a franchise in USL League One, marking the 15th expansion city for the division. Hoffman-Johnson, who captained the Dartmouth College men's soccer team and played professionally, returned to Maine with the dream of bringing a franchise to Portland. The announcement is expected to generate over $10 million in tax revenue and create around 50 jobs in the region. The team will play at Fitzpatrick Stadium, with modern upgrades funded by private backers, including property developer Jonathan Culley and NESN Red Sox broadcaster Tom Caron. The proposal awaits approval from the Portland City Council, and if approved, the team aims to kick off its first season in spring 2025.

Rowdies Coach Heads Across the Pond
JUL 08 // Photo James Ritter GBT // Tampa, FL
Neill Collins, former head coach of the Tampa Bay Rowdies, is leaving the team to manage Barnsley FC in the English Football League One. Collins, who previously played for Sheffield United FC, has signed a two-year deal with Barnsley. During his tenure with the Rowdies, the team experienced remarkable success, improving their rankings and reaching the USL Championship Final. Collins received numerous accolades, including Coach of the Year. While the Rowdies search for a permanent replacement, assistant coach Stuart Dobson will lead the team. Despite Collins' departure, the Rowdies remain a formidable force, currently holding a strong position in the Eastern Conference and maintaining an undefeated streak. The future looks bright for this dedicated and determined team.


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