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.