Sacramento, Calif. (June 18, 2022) – Republic FC took all three points from LA Galaxy II on Saturday night, extending their home unbeaten streak and logging their third clean sheet in as many contests.
After a quiet first half, Sacramento turned on the jets after the break to extend their home unbeaten streak to 11 – the second longest in club history. A penalty score from Luther Archimede, and Rafa Jauregui’s first career goal as a professional put the match away following a flurry of changes after the hour mark.
Republic FC found just two opportunities in the first half – both off the foot of Maalique Foster making his first start of the season. A pair of lucky breaks kept the score tied early on – just after the 10 minute mark, Los Dos forward Remy Cabral put a great look on frame that had Carlos Saldana beat, but went off the crossbar and narrowly avoid going over the line. Cabral put another look of the post in the 17th minute that was cleared out by Lee Desmond.
Making his first appearance since May 8, Carlos Saldana was excellent between the sticks, logging his second clean sheet of the year and tallying one save – a crucial stop to deny Axel Picazo looking to punch in service from the left.
Sacramento found their footing following Saldana’s save, upping the intensity to put Los Dos on their heels throughout the final half-hour. Luther Archimede’s opening score came from the penalty spot – his second score of the season – after being taken down by goalkeeper Richard Sanchez while pursuing an excellent ball through from Zeiko Lewis. Not ten minutes later, Rafa Jauregui netted the first score of just pro career just moments later – making him the youngest goalscorer in Republic FC history – before being lifted for Keko.
Republic FC now turns their attention to Tuesday night’s U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinal match, pitting the club against LA Galaxy in Carson. Kickoff from Dignity Health Sports Park is set for 7:30 p.m., and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN+.
Sacramento Republic FC 2 – 0 LA Galaxy II
Heart Health Park, Sacramento, California
June 18, 2022
Scoring Summary: SAC– Luther Archimede (penalty) 63’, Rafa Jauregui 69’ LA – None
Misconduct Summary: SAC– Conor Donovan (caution) 73’, Nick Ross (caution) 83’ LA – Richard Sanchez (caution) 62’, Preston Judd (caution) 73’
Sacramento Republic FC: Carlos Saldana, Conor Donovan, Dan Casey, Lee Desmond (C), Ferrety Sousa, Duke Lacroix (Damia Viader 70’), Matt LaGrassa (Luis Felipe 59’), Nick Ross, Maalique Foster (Zeiko Lewis 59’), Luther Archimede (Douglas Martinez 76’), Rafael Jauregui (Keko Gontan 70’)
Unused substitutes: Danny Vitiello, Santiago Suarez
Stats – Shots: 14, Shots on Goal: 4, Saves: 1, Fouls: 10, Corner Kicks: 4, Offsides: 8
LA Galaxy II: Richard Sanchez, Josh Drack (Adan Saldana 78’), Liam Doyle (C), Dante Campbell, Owen Lambe, Adrian Gonzalez (Felipe Cobian 78’), Taylor Davila (Callum Johnson 68’), Hamza Barry, Axel Picazo (Duhaney Williams 64’), Remy Cabral (Mike Salazar 64’), Preston Judd
Unused substitutes: Eric Lopez, Axel Essengue
Stats – Shots: 8, Shots on Goal: 1, Saves: 2, Fouls: 11, Corner Kicks: 3, Offsides: 2