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Match Preview: Sacramento Republic FC vs Portland Timbers 2

By Eddie Ralph, 08/11/17, 3:00PM PDT

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August 13, 2017; 2:00 p.m. PDT Kickoff

Sacramento Republic FC travel north to take on Portland Timbers 2 at Providence Park on Sunday, Aug. 13.  Kickoff is 2 p.m. The match will be broadcast on CW31.

The match is the second and final meeting between Republic FC and T2 this season.  T2 won the first matchup between the two, a 2-0 win on Apr. 22 at Papa Murphy’s Park.  With the win in April, T2 evened the all-time series between the teams at three wins apiece.  

Republic FC are currently unbeaten in their last six matches after their 1-0 win against Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 on Saturday, Aug. 5.  During their unbeaten streak Republic FC have been very strong offensively, scoring 15 goals, a 2.5 goals per match average.  They have also been stronger defensively, recording two shutouts and averaging only one goal against per match.

Midfielder Jeremy Hall scored Republic FC’s lone goal on Saturday, an 82nd minute penalty.  Hall has scored two USL goals this season and added an assist, his most goals in a season since turning professional in 2009 and his second-most assists in a single season.  Hall and defender James Kiffe have been Republic FC’s ironmen this season, with both playing every minute of available match time this season.

Kiffe and Republic FC’s defense that includes Elliott Hord, Emrah Klimenta, Chris Christian and keeper Evan Newton has been particularly strong during the current unbeaten streak, allowing only a single goal against per game.  The defensive unit has also not allowed more than two goals against in a single match this season and has recorded five shutouts. Republic FC currently have an active 239 minute shutout streak, their longest of the season. 

Midfielder Hayden Partain made his professional debut against WFC2 on Saturday, entering the match as a substitute in the 56th minute.  Partain made an immediate impact, springing an attack with his first touch of the match.  The midfielder joined Republic FC following a successful season with the Des Moines Menace (PDL).

T2 enter the match having earned four points in their last three matches, including their second win of the season.  This is their best such stretch of the season.  Despite their struggles this season, T2 does have a win over Republic FC, a 2-0 win on Apr. 22.

Forward Villyan Bijev has continued to be a threat for T2 this season, after a USL All-League First Team performance in 2016.  Bijev leads T2 with seven goals on the season and is tied for the club lead in chances created with 18.  Bijev scored eight goals and added ten assists last season to lead the club in both categories.

Forward Victor Arboleda has been strong this season, being named to the USL Twenty-under-Twenty list for the second consecutive year, this season coming in as number six on the list.  Arboleda has scored three goals, recorded an assist and added 16 chances created this season. The 20-year-old Colombian signed with the Portland Timbers in January and has made five first team appearances, but has played most of the season on loan with T2.

The match will be broadcast on CW31 and will be streamed live at SacRepublicFC.com/matchday-guide and in the USL Match Center. Updates of the match will be also be provided via Twitter @SacRepublicFC or using #PORvSAC.