Oakland Roots Add Major League Soccer Experience With Addition of Ramon Estevez to the Front Office

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tommy Hodul - Tommy@rootssc.com

December 13, 2018

Oakland Roots is pleased to announce the hiring of seasoned sports professional J. Ramon Estevez as the club’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Estevez brings with him a lifetime of local and national soccer experience as both a player and front office member at multiple levels within of the U.S. Soccer landscape.    

A native of San Francisco, Estevez played collegiate soccer at UC Davis, earning a degree in Exercise Science / Sports Psychology, before turning pro in 1996 with the Sacramento Scorpions of the USISL (a precursor league to the present day USL). After hanging up his cleats professionally, and spending several years coaching at the collegiate level, his passion for the game took him beyond the playing field.  

In 2004, he was tasked with leading Major League Soccer’s national soccer tournament series, “MLS Futbolito”, before moving on to other MLS and Soccer United Marketing projects, among them, national tours featuring Barcelona, Chivas de Guadalajara, and the Mexican National Team.

Locally, Estevez has served as Sr. Director of Operations for the San Jose Earthquakes and led the successful launch of United Soccer League sides SF City FC and San Francisco Glens, where he served, for the latter, as President and General Manager.  

“I truly believe that Oakland is poised to become one of the next great soccer cities in this country and I’m excited to be joining a group that has the potential to inspire and unite this city and its surrounding communities under the Oakland Roots banner.”, said new Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer J. Ramon Estevez.

Oakland Roots lead investor Steven Aldrich stated, “We are thrilled to add Ramon to our staff. He brings a wealth of experience as a soccer executive. His energy, passion, and knowledge of the game - and the business of the game - accelerates our club’s journey to bring great soccer to Oakland.”

“I’m excited to be bringing Ramon over to Roots, he is someone I’ve known for a while.” said Oakland Roots President and Director of Soccer, Benno Nagel. “In Ramon, we have someone to play a significant leadership role for Oakland Roots as we continue to work towards bringing the highest level soccer possible to the city of Oakland.”

About Oakland Roots:

The Oakland Roots are a sports club 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 in the community, Oakland Roots will represent our wonderful city with passion, pride and a 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.