CF Pachuca opened the scoring for the international friendly in the 21st minute with a perfectly executed set piece. Forward Antonio Figueroa set up a free kick from the left wing as Los Tuzos manned the box. Figueroa sent a long, looping left-footed cross to the far post where midfielder Victor Guzmán was unmarked. Guzmán capitalized on his chance with a powerful right-footed volley that sailed past Republic FC keeper Evan Newton and into the net for the early 1-0 lead.
Newton was tested again in the 30th minute by a shot from Germán Cano. The midfielder received a pass inside the box and was able to shield his defender and turn towards goal. Cano sent a hard left-footed strike on goal but Newton was in perfect position to parry the shot away.
Los Tuzos would double up their lead just before halftime as Cano and Ángelo Sagal linked up for a goal in the 40th minute. Sagal carried the ball up the right wing before sliding a through ball in between three Republic FC defenders. Cano streaked through the defense and controlled the through ball before poking a shot past Newton and beating him far post for the 2-0 lead.
Republic FC had their best chance of the first half come just before the halftime whistle. Midfielder Daniel Trickett-Smith attacked down the left side of the field before cutting it back near the top left corner of the box. Trickett-Smith was taken down a yard outside the box setting up a free kick opportunity. The midfielder stepped up and took a strong shot, but his attempt went just over the bar as the halftime whistle blew.
Republic FC came out with a fire in the second half as they looked to retake the match. Second half substitute Christian Chaney had a shot go wide in the 55th minute after a strong build up play from the back allowed him time and space just outside the box. Forward Harry Williams also looked to have broken through the defense in the 79th minute, but Los Tuzos keeper Óscar Pérez was in great position and made the save.
CF Pachuca added their third goal and final goal of the match in spectacular fashion in the 59th minute. Midfielder Erick Aguirre lofted a ball over the heads of the Republic FC defense for Sagal who beat the defenders and the offside trap. The midfielder trapped the ball with his chest as Republic FC keeper Dominik Jakubek charged off of his line. Sagal then hit a cheeky no-look, back heel shot that slipped past Jakubek and into the back of the net for the commanding 3-0 lead.
The match marked the professional debut of Republic FC midfielder Roberto Hategan, the club’s first academy signing, who became the youngest player to don Old Glory Red. Hategan was 16 years, 81 days old, breaking the previous record of 17 years, 149 days old set by Gabe Gissie who made his debut against Arizona United SC (now Phoenix Rising FC) on Apr. 19, 2014. Hategan started and played 45 minutes in the match, committing three fouls.
“I think Pachuca was excellent and our boys gave it a real go,” said Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle. “You can’t give a team like Pachuca a foothold in the game and we did that, but two goals against first half and one in the second, I can’t be too disappointed. We could have done better around the 18-yard box and we could have been more clinical, but I don’t want to be too critical because of who we were up against.”
Scoring Summary: PAC – Victor Guzmán (Antonio Figueroa) 21, Germán Cano (Ángelo Sagal) 40, Ángelo Sagal (Erick Aguirre) 59
Misconduct Summary: SRFC – Gabe Gissie (caution) 55; PAC – Emmanuel García (caution) 75
CF Pachuca – Óscar Pérez, Robert Herrera, Óscar Murillo, Joaquin Martínez, Emmanuel García, Erick Aguirre, Victor Guzmán, Pablo López, Germán Cano, Antonio Figueroa (Erick Sánchez 84), Ángelo Sagal (Luis González 84).
Subs Not Used: Alfonso Blanco, Abraham Romero, Joaquin Esquivel, Alexis Peña, José Padilla, Juan José Calero,
Stats: Shots: 19, Shots on Goal: 8, Saves: 3, Fouls: 12, Corner Kicks: 4, Offside: 1.
Sacramento Republic FC – Evan Newton (Dominik Jakubek 46), Elliott Hord, Chris Christian, Emrah Klimenta, James Kiffe (Enrique Montano 68), Jeremy Hall, Harrison Heath (Peter McGlynn 68), Roberto Hategan (Harry Williams 46), Daniel Trickett-Smith (Gabe Gissie 46), Tyler Blackwood (Christian Chaney 46), Wilson Kneeshaw (Sammy Ochoa 46).
Subs Not Used: None.
Stats: Shots: 7, Shots on Goal: 3, Saves: 5, Fouls: 12, Corner Kicks: 1, Offside: 3.