Former NFL star Marshawn Lynch has joined the possession group of the Oakland Roots of the USL Championship.
An Oakland native, Lynch, 34, was a distinguished advocate for the town throughout his 12-year NFL profession, primarily with the Seattle Seahawks.
“Rising up in The City, we at all times may rely on the professional groups on this space however with most of these ones that I grew up with gone, I knew the minute I heard in regards to the alternative to affix Oakland Roots, it wasn’t simply one thing I wished to do, it was one thing I needed to do,” Lynch mentioned in a press release.
Lynch initially retired from the NFL after the 2015 season, however he returned to play for the Oakland Raiders in 2017 and 2018, earlier than their transfer to Las Vegas.
“From the beginning, now we have tried to construct an possession group that was enthusiastic about extra than simply professional sports activities, but in addition about Oakland and our Goal,” Roots co-founder and CMO Edreece Arghandiwal mentioned in a press release. “We could not be extra proud to welcome somebody who has lengthy been an inspiration to Oaklanders and all of us at Roots.”
The Roots have been based in 2018 and performed their first two seasons within the Nationwide Unbiased Soccer Affiliation, the third-tier league of america skilled soccer system. In September, they introduced they’d be a part of the USL Championship within the second tier.
Oakland opens the season Might eight on the Phoenix Rising.