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MATCH RECAP: Sacramento Republic FC 1, Los Angeles Galaxy II 1

By Eddie Ralph, 03/29/14, 11:45AM PDT

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Sacramento Republic FC takes a point with draw in inaugural USL PRO match.

Republic FC forward Justin Braun scored the first goal in Republic FC history with a header in the 33rd minute. The ball was dealt with poorly by the Galaxy II defenders allowing Braun to push through and head the ball into the net.

LA Galaxy II came out strong pressuring Republic FC’s defense. A pair of big saves by Republic FC goalkeeper Jake Gleeson helped kick start the offense who responded by pushing against the Galaxy defense. Justin Braun led the attack along with newly acquired forward Mike Fucito.

Republic FC went into halftime with the lead 1-0. Republic FC came out strong in the second half led again by Braun and Fucito. Republic FC’s biggest chance for another goal came in the 77th minute on a free kick by Max Alvarez. Alvarez took the kick from just outside the right corner of the box and curved the ball just over the crossbar.

Galaxy II’s equalizer came in the 82nd minute when forward Chandler Hoffman hit a shot coming off the left side.

“I thought it was a good showing,” said Republic FC forward Mike Fucito. “I think we can play a lot better and I think that is good.”

Republic FC head coach Preki echoed Fucito’s sentiment, “I thought on a better day we walk away with the three points. There is still a lot of room for improvement and I know that as the season goes we will get better and better.”

Republic FC supporter group, The Tower Bridge Battalion had a good showing at the match constantly matching and exceeding the intensity of home supporter groups. “It reminded me of MLS,” said Fucito of the support. “They seem to be very passionate fans and we really appreciated it and we enjoyed having them there.”

Republic FC head back home for training before coming back to the StubHub Center to take on the Chivas USA Reserves on April 7.

LA Galaxy II 1:1 Sacramento Republic FC
StubHub Center Track Stadium – Carson, Calif.
March 29, 2014 – Attendance: n/a


Scoring Summary: SRFC – Justin Braun – 33; LA Chandler Hoffman – 81

Misconduct Summary: SRFC – Rodrigo Lopez (caution) – 12, Max Alvarez (caution) 52, Mickey Daly (caution) – 83; LA – Logan Emory (caution) – 40;

LA Galaxy II – Brian Rowe, Oscar Sorto, Daniel Steres (Kofi Opare 73), Tommy Meyer, Logan Emory (Eder Arreola 88), Aleksandar Doković (Alejandro Covarrubias 60), Rafael Garcia (Bradford Jamieson IV 79), Kenney Walker, Raul Mendiola, Charlie Rugg (Chandler Hoffman 55), Jack McBean.

Sacramento Republic FC – Jake Gleeson, Nemanja Vuković, Mickey Daly, Harrison Delbridge, Emrah Klimenta, Ivan Mirković (Chad Bond 77), Octavio Guzman (Aaron Long 82), Max Alvarez, Mike Fucito (Jack Avesyan 73), Rodrigo Lopez (Thomas Stewart 84), Justin Braun.