Continuing to fill out the roster before their four-game pre-season schedule, the Oakland Roots announced a trio of signings in the past week: midfielder Octavio Guzman, and wingers Dembakwi Yomba and Satoshi “Yoshi” Chaffin.
Guzman and Yomba both have played professionally in the USL Championship, the second division of pro soccer in America.
A native of Mexico, Guzman grew up in the East Bay playing high school soccer in Concord. He played for former NPSL club CD Aguiluchos USA before joining his first pro club, the Sacramento Republic, in 2014. He played in sixty-nine games for the Republic, scoring seven goals including their game-winning goal in the 2014 USL Championship.
He played the 2017 season for Saint Louis FC, before returning to the East Bay and appearing for Aguiluchos in 2018. “Tavo brings leadership, versatility, and pedigree to push us forward on and off the field,” said Roots Technical Consultant Eric Yamamoto.
Yomba, a former US International Youth player, trained in Spain for Athletico Madrid before joining the Orlando City’s B squad in the USL in 2016. He then joined Reno 1868 for the 2017-18 season. He is a dual citizen of the USA and Sierra Leone.
“Dembakwi brings great pedigree as a former U.S. youth international and spending time at Atletico Madrid as a young player,” Roots Technical Consultant Eric Yamamoto said. “He will also give the group some punch as an attacker, and has some great experience as a professional player here domestically.”
Satoshi Chaffin played for Santa Clara University from 2014-17 and was named an All-West Coast Conference player his senior season. He played for the USL League 2 Seattle Sounders U23 team in 2018.
“Yoshi is versatile and can play as a forward, winger or defender,” explained Roots Technical Consultant Eric Yamamoto. “He has outstanding pace and athleticism. He will give the group some options with his versatility and work ethic.”
It is expected that the Roots will play their first home game at Laney Stadium at the end of next month, possibly on the same date they were supposed to play their NPSL Founder Cup game on the 31st of August. The club announced a few weeks ago they would join NISA and play four friendlies in the Summer and Fall.
It has been a disappointing season for both San Francisco USL League 2 sides San Francisco City and the San Francisco Glens. But both teams are looking to end their campaigns on a high note at home this weekend.
SF City, fresh off two victories in a row, including the SF Derby, will host Orange County SC U23 at Kezar Stadium in their finale, tonight, July 12th, at 7 pm.
After a six-game losing streak, the San Francisco Glens finally pulled out a victory over the Ventura County Fusion on the road Thursday night 4-3. They will look to end their season at home with a second victory, also against Orange County SC U23, at Boxer Stadium on Saturday, July 13th. Kickoff is at 6 pm.
The San Jose Earthquakes will look to continue their good run of play on the road against the Los Angeles Galaxy at on Friday night at 8 pm. The team will welcome back Nick Lima and Harold Cummings from Gold Cup international duty.
Los Angeles will be looking for revenge after losing in the California Classico two weeks ago. We’ll go over as the visiting team and we’ll try to play a good game by respecting the opponent,” said Quakes coach Matias Almeyda. “They have an excellent group of players, so it will be another difficult match for us.”
Douglas Zimmerman currates the Beautiful Blog which covers the ‘beautiful game’ of soccer in the Bay Area and around the world. He recently released a photo book documenting the fans of the World Cup that he started in 2002.
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