Following the U-15’s and U-17’s stellar tournament showings, all four of Republic FC’s Youth Academy squads were on the pitch in a big weekend of league contests. Regional derbies stood before each squad against crosstown foe Sacramento United. An undefeated slate was the result, as the club’s youth sides all claimed a victory.
7-1 Win vs Sacramento United
6-0 Win vs Sacramento United
4-1 Win vs Sacramento United
5-0 Win vs Sacramento United
The U-17s continued their great form from the MLS NEXT Tournament, posting a convincing 5-0 win Saturday. Center back Angad Singh’s 27th minute score proved to be enough for the squad to claim all three points, but the club wasn’t done after that. Adrian Yepez, Ethan Kelly, Ermias Yohannes and Harper Thweatt each got their names on the score sheet in the second half.
Six scores for the U-15s pushed them to victory against their counterparts. The squad got off to the races early on into the game with midfielder Austin Thum’s fourth minute tally. Defender Felix Contreras earned a first-half brace, scoring twice in six minutes from the 13th to the 19th.
The U-14s made it 3-of-3 wins against Sac United for the season as a four-score performance propelled the squad to victory. Rylan Hashimoto, Warren Boyce, Da’vian Kimbrough and Cooper Stang all netted scores which cemented the squad’s second-place positioning in the Northwest League with one game remaining in the season. The U-13s closed out the day with a 7-1 win as six different players put their name on the score sheet before the final whistle sounded.
What Lies Ahead
The U-13 and U-14 squads will head to Oceanside as they are set to compete in the 2023 Manchester City Cup Thursday and Friday. In 2022, the two sides put in a dominant showing, combining for 11 wins – including victories for the U-13’s against Dallas Cup Champion Legends FC and the U-13 side of Premier League champion Manchester City FC – and just one loss. The U-17s will continue to prepare for the MLS NEXT Cup Playoffs in June in Dallas, Texas.