Oakland Roots name former NWSL executive Lindsay Barenz as president

The Oakland Roots have named former NWSL executive Lindsay Barenz as their new president.

Barenz served as the NWSL's vice president of business development in 2020-21, leading the sale of the league’s broadcast rights and helping secure several league-wide partnership deals. In between her 13 months at the league office, she had legal and business development roles with the Utah Royals, Real Salt Lake and Real Monarchs and the role of president of business operations for the Washington Spirit.

“I’m incredibly excited to join Oakland Roots Sports Club and help them in their mission to build the leading, purpose-driven sports team in the United States,” said Barenz. “I believe strongly in the club’s vision of how a sports organization should be built and I’m excited about the opportunity to work in a wonderful city like Oakland. I can’t wait to get started.”

She will start on Monday, succeeding interim president Steven Aldrich, the Roots' chairman.

1 comment about "Oakland Roots name former NWSL executive Lindsay Barenz as president".
  1. Ric Fonseca, January 15, 2022 at 3:08 p.m.

    As a former East Oakland, California resident (1950 - '65) and Castlemont HS grad, and then a Merritt College and CSU-EB grad, it is very heartening to note just how the city has embraced the growth of soccer.  From remembering just how difficult it was to look high and wide for a soccer pitch, and when finding one, parks and rec managers wasted no time in kicking us off, and when middle and high school PE teachers and administrators found we "breached" the locked gates, all heck was raised and cops were called " 'cause us foreigners were wreacking havoc on their football and baseball fields..."  So progress has finally and at last has arrived in the East Bay city of Oakland!  Good luck, and PLAY ON!!!

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