Today, the USL Championship announced that Republic FC’s Danny Vitiello’s first-half save against Orange County SC on September 18 has been voted the Save of the Week for Week 28.
After Sacramento went up 2-0, USL Golden Boot leader Milan Iloski found the ball at his feet inside Sacramento’s penalty area in the 21st minute. He sent a curling shot to the target – but it was met quickly by Vitiello moving over from his left and kept out to deny the visitors a chance to cut their deficit to two.
Vitiello’s win of the weekly vote marks the third time in four weeks Sacramento has made the league’s top stop. Carlos Saldaña won the weekly vote in Week 26, and Vitiello won the honor week prior in Week 25. Sacramento goalkeepers have combined for three Save of the Week wins on six nominations this season, the New York native was also nominated in Week 7, Week 11, and Week 18. The club was included in nearly every weekly honor awarded by the USL Championship this season for Week 28; four players earned selection to Team of the Week, and Maalique Foster won the vote for Goal of the Week.
Republic FC is back in action this Saturday, when the squad travels to face league-leader San Antonio FC. The match kicks off at 5:30 p.m. PT and will be broadcast in English and Spanish on Antenna TV 40.2, FOX40.com and the FOX40 News mobile app, as well as streaming on ESPN+. The Indomitable Club returns home to Heart Health Park on September 28 for Noche Latina Powered by SMUD against Phoenix Rising FC. Tickets are available at SacRepublicFC.com/Tickets.