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Oakland Roots Fall to Phoenix Rising 1-0 on the Road

Phoenix Rising took a second-half Panos Armenakas strike and rode that to a one-nil victory over visiting Oakland Roots on Saturday, March 23, in Phoenix, bringing the Roots’ record on the season to 1-1-1 (1 win, 1 draw, 1 loss).

Alameda Post - An Oakland Roots player dribbles the ball in the game against Phoenix Rising
Photo Oakland Roots / Instagram.

The game was quiet early, with neither side creating a major chance until the final 15 minutes of the first half. Phoenix Rising created two dangerous chances that forced big saves out of Oakland Roots goalkeeper Paul Blaunchette in the final 15 minutes of the half, but the match remained scoreless into the halftime break.

Phoenix got on the board early in the second half through Panos Armenakas in the 48th minute following some quick one-touch passing to set him up and give the host the 1-0 lead. The home team held onto the one-goal lead until the end of the 90 minutes, securing all three points.

The Roots will be home to face Las Vegas Lights this Saturday, March 30 at 7 p.m., at Pioneer Stadium in Hayward. Tickets for that match are available online.


  • PHX: Panos Armenakas 48’
  • OAK: Paul Blanchette (yellow card) 38’
  • OAK: Gagi Margvelashvili (yellow card) 45’
  • PHX: Renzo Zambrano (yellow card) 51’
  • OAK: Camden Riley (yellow card) 54’
  • PHX: Mohamed Traore (yellow card) 61’
  • PHX: Jose Hernandez (yellow card) 67’
  • OAK: Memo Diaz (yellow card) 73’
  • OAK: Etsgar Cruz (yellow card) 90’+
Oakland Roots

Lineup: Paul Blanchette, Justin Rasmussen, Niall Logue, Gagi Margvelashvili, Memo Diaz, Camden Riley (Etsgar Cruz), Daniel Gomez, Baboucarr Njie (Ilya Alekseev), Miche-Naider Chery, Johnny Rodriguez (Napo Matsoso), Jeciel Cedeño

Unused subs: Tim Syrel, Thomas Camier, Kieran Bracken Serra, Javier Bedolla-Vera

Line: Shots: 7 | Shots On Goal: 0 | Corner Kicks: 1 | Fouls: 13 | Offside: 3

Phoenix Rising

Lineup: Rocco Rios Novo, Mohamed Traore, Pape Mar Boye, Laurence Wyke, Edgardo Rito, Jose Hernandez (JP Scearce), Renzo Zambrano, Juan Carlos Azocar (Gabriel Torres), Panos Armenakas (Emil Cuello), Erickson Gallardo (Federico Varela), Dariusz Fromella

Unused subs: Patrick Rakovsky, Giulio Doratiotto, Remi Cabral, Skylar Odle, Zach Smuck

Line: Shots: 10 | Shots On Goal: 6 | Corner Kicks: 6 | Fouls: 16 | Offside: 2

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