Oakland Roots Sign Midfielder Octavio Guzman


Oakland, Calif. (July 5, 2019) – Oakland Roots have signed midfielder Octavio “Tavo” Guzman.

“We are excited to bring Octavio to the Oakland Roots family,” said Roots Technical Consultant Eric Yamamoto. “Adding another experienced professional with local ties continues to enhance the fabric of the club, community and our vision for Oakland Roots. Tavo brings leadership, versatility and pedigree to push us forward on and off the field.”

Guzman, 28, made 69 appearances for Sacramento Republic from 2014-16, before joining Saint Louis FC in 2017. Guzman scored the game-winning goal for Republic in the 2014 USL Championship, a match that Sacramento won 2-0 against Harrisburg City Islanders. He tallied nine goals during his USL career. Guzman joined Oakland-based NPSL side CD Aguiluchos USA in 2018, and also represented that club from 2013-14. 

Guzman was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, but spent much of his life in the East Bay. He lettered in soccer at Concord’s Mount Diablo High School, and went on to play two years for Los Medanos Community College in Pittsburg. Guzman also played for Chico State, where he shined as a NCAA First-Team All-American.

About Oakland Roots

More than just a club, more than just a game. Oakland Roots Sports Club seeks to harness the magic of Oakland and the beautiful game of soccer as a force for social good. Whether on the pitch, in the stands or within the community, Oakland Roots will represent our one-of-a-kind city with passion, pride, and commitment to all things Oakland. Player by player. Supporter by supporter. Resident by resident. One day at a time. One game at a time. This is about Oakland first, always.