This is it, the final game of the regular season. Just one game before the USL Championship Playoffs start. To many people’s surprise, the Oakland Roots are still alive in the playoff hunt. After a surprising Roots win in San Diego and an LA Galaxy defeat, Oakland can sneak themselves into playoffs in their debut season.
As things currently stand hours before kickoff, LA Galaxy II sits in the last Western Conference playoffs spot with 39 points. Just right behind them with 38 points are two teams: the Oakland Roots and the Tacoma Defiance. This ultimately leaves 3 teams fighting for one spot.
What Do The Roots Need To Make Playoffs
After dividing points against Tacoma Defiance, everyone thought that it was over for both Oakland and Tacoma. Both of them were at 34 points, hoping to win and get as close to LA Galaxy II’s 39 points. To their surprise, Los Angeles slipped up against Charleston Battery 3-1. This left both the Roots and the Defiance on 35 points and the Galaxy on 38 points, leaving some hope for both team.
Last matchday, both underdog teams pulled results to leave it all to the final week. Tacoma Defiance managed a 3-2 win over direct rivals LA Galaxy, closing the gap to 1 point. On the other hand, the Roots went to San Diego beat the Loyal away 3-4. Oakland were a man down in the game, but a last minute penalty took them over the line.
Oakland Roots now need to win their final game and hope that the Galaxy fails to win. Tacoma Defiance, on the other hand, must win and need both teams to drop points to make the playoffs. Nevertheless, Oakland should not worry about the Defiance’s performance as they have the tie-breaker over them.
In what has been a turbulent season, the Oakland Roots have a chance to make the playoffs in their debut season. Despite having to depend on another result, it’s fair to say that Oakland has impressed many people. They will now receive Sporting Kansas City II at home, and there’s nothing better than finishing the season with a full-crowd in the stands backing you up.
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