Oakland Roots adds two time NPSL Golden Boot winner Simon Rawnsley

Oakland Roots has added prolific NPSL goal scorer Simon Rawnsley to its Fall 2018 US Open Cup effort, joining with Oakland Roots reserve and development side, Oakland Leopards, to represent the city of Oakland in the US’s oldest running soccer tournament.  Rawnsley, a native of Bradford, England has called the US home since his days at Southern Indiana University, and has cemented himself in recent years as one of the most dangerous players competing at the NPSL/PDL level.  In joining former USL MVP Matt Fondy up front, the pair will represent one of the most potent attacks in the nation, outside of any professional clubs competing in the Cup.  “In Simon we have a player who should already be playing at the professional level. His record of scoring goals over the last several years speaks to that,” said Benno Nagel, Club President and Director of Soccer.  “He has the perfect combination of strength, power and speed and most importantly he has the ability to both create and finish chances, and to do so in a variety of ways which only further begs the question as to why this guy hasn’t been called into a professional side.”  

Rawnsley has been a constant top performer throughout his career in the NPSL, winning the leagues Golden Boot award, which is awarded to the league’s top goal scorer, in both the 2015 and 2016 seasons, and scoring a combined 42 goals in the last three season alone.  “He really provides a dynamic threat up top through his movement, and most importantly through the timing of his movement in behind opposing defenses. He obviously has the strength to hold off defenders if he’s playing with his back to goal, but it’s really when he can get moving in an open field that he is able to showcase his power, moving almost as fast with the ball at his feet as he does without it. Having worked in and been around professional soccer in a few different places, it’s really a shocker to me that an NASL or USL side has never given Simon a chance.  But in their loss, is our gain and Simon, along with Matt Fondy and Bryan Burke, is a player you can build a team around.  A player where if you can support him and provide him with the proper opportunities, can bring you double digit goals each season.”  

Rawnsley will join recent Oakland Roots signings, Matt Fondy and Bryan Burke in playing with Roots reserve side and developmental partner Oakland Leopards in the Fall qualifying rounds of the US Open Cup. “We have a few other exciting names we’re working to close out, but with the three we’ve begun with, we hope this only furthers the narrative about what we plan to deliver to Oakland.”

Please join us in welcoming Simon Rawnsley to the Oakland Roots family!

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.  

For the Fall of 2018, Oakland Roots has entered its reserve side, Oakland Leopards, into the Fall Qualifying Rounds of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.  Stay tuned about our brand and club launch and follow us online at www.oaklandrootssc.com as well as on Facebook and Twitter.