Oakland Roots add former USL MVP Matt Fondy and USL Defender of the Year and NASL Champion Bryan Burke to US Open Cup Roster
Oakland Roots is pleased to announce the addition of 2015 USL MVP and Golden Boot winner Matt Fondy along with 2017 NASL Champion and 2015 USL Defender of the Year Bryan Burke to their Lamar Hunt US Open Cup rosters. Both players, pending amateur reinstatement, will join the Oakland Leopards who will represent the Oakland Roots in the Fall qualifying rounds of the Cup. Club president and Director of Soccer, Benno Nagel, had this to say on these player additions, “Obviously we’re still a ways away from the Spring period and our team roster which will form after having properly launched Oakland Roots, our club crest and colors and league affiliation, but these are the type of additions that speak to the nature of what we’re assembling here in Oakland. Matt Fondy is a proven goal scorer with experience in both Major League Soccer and the USL. His ability to put the ball in the back of the net will bring a high level of potency to our attack. On the other side of the ball, we have Bryan Burke who has won championships in the PDL, USL and NASL with the SF Deltas. Beyond his stellar defensive acumen, he was also the 2015 USL assists leader and is someone who will play in a much more offensive role for us.”
Matt Fondy, a Foster City native, attended UC Santa Cruz where he logged an impressive college career leading him to his first professional contract with the Pittsburg Riverhounds in 2011. He moved on to play with Chivas USA and the Chicago Fire of MLS before leading the USL in scoring in 2015 as a member of Louisville City. Following his retirement from professional soccer, Fondy is now pursuing graduate studies at UC Berkeley.
Bryan Burke was a standout player at University of San Francisco before moving on to win the 2011 PDL Championship with the Kitsap Pumas. He made his first mark in the professional game with the LA Blues, followed by two seasons with Orlando City before a breakthrough season in 2015 in which he captured both the Assists leader and Defender of the Year awards with Louisville City. He returned to the Bay Area in 2017 to help the SF Deltas of the NASL capture the league championship. Bryan still resides in San Francisco where he is involved in youth soccer as the CEO and Founder of SF Pro Soccer Clinics.
Please join us in welcoming both Matt and Bryan to Oakland Roots!
About Oakland Roots:
The Oakland Roots are a recently launched sports club in Oakland committed to bringing professional soccer to the Town. More than just a club, more than just soccer. Oakland Roots Sports Club, referred to as "Oakland Roots" seeks to harness the magic of Oakland and the beautiful game of soccer as a force for social good. Whether on the field, in the stands or within the community, Oakland Roots will represent our wonderful city with passion, pride and commitment to all things Oakland. Player by player, fan by fan, resident by resident. One day at a time, one game at a time; this is about Oakland first, always.
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