Oakland Roots pull out of NPSL Founders Cup, headed to NISA

Less than four month before their scheduled launch, the Oakland Roots announced  they will apply to join National Independent Soccer Association (NISA), a third-division professional league sanctioned by U.S. Soccer, and pull out of the NPSL Founders Cup.

Oakland plans to join NISA for its spring season in 2020. In the meantime, Roots will host a minimum of four matches this summer and fall at Laney College.

“We’re excited about Oakland Roots' intentions to join NISA and will work closely with them through the application process,” said NISA commissioner John Prutch in a statement. “They’re a club rooted in passion, pride, and commitment to the game; foundations that align with NISA’s principles.”

The NISA is slated to begin in the late summer, but details about the teams remain very sketchy.

The Roots' departure leaves only four teams in the Founders Cup's West Region: Napa Valley 1839, ASC San Diego, FC Arizona and Cal FC though the status of the latter is uncertain. The Napa club replaced the California United Strikers FC and Cal FC withdrew earlier.
2 comments about "Oakland Roots pull out of NPSL Founders Cup, headed to NISA".
  1. R2 Dad, June 28, 2019 at 6:52 p.m.

    Pathetic. This is just as bad as youth soccer. Good thing USSF still allows all this gun-slinging, wild west environment which is so key to destabilizing the sport and ruining player development. USSF will never really be legitimate until the leagues in this country stabilize for the benefit of players and teams, not just owners.

  2. Wallace Wade, June 29, 2019 at 9:42 a.m.

    A Club rooted in passion, pride and commitment to the game? They’ve never played a match??? More “pretend” from US “soccer people”!

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