After two strong weeks to open the 2023/24 Season, Republic FC’s development academy squads set out for their first contests away from home. All five MLS NEXT squads face off with Breakers FC from the Central Coast on Saturday afternoon.
The Matchup: Republic FC v Breakers FC
Sunday, September 24
Sacramento’s youth sides will look to continue their momentum from a successful Week 2 of the season. Last week, each faced off against Ballistic United in MLS NEXT play, earning five victories. In USL Academy action, the U-20 squad faced off against Central Valley Fuego, falling by a narrow 2-1 score line.
The U-15 squad enters Saturday on a two-game winning streak, hoping to continue a perfect start to their season. They opened the campaign with a tight 2-1 victory over local rival Sacramento United before a dominating performance earned them a 12-1 victory last week. The U-16 and U17 sides will each be looking to make it two in a row after dominating clean sheet wins of their own. The U-13 and U-14 squads will each also be in action, after each kicked off their seasons last week with wins.
Combined Strong Start
Through two weeks of play, Republic FC’s youth sides have combined for six wins, one draw and one loss in MLS NEXT play. Each has been stellar on the offensive end, where Sacramento has outscored its opponents 39-9 – a combined average of nearly five goals per game.
The club’s USL Academy U20 squad – providing the club’s older players an additional competition opportunity – has performed well at the season’s start. Sacramento currently sits in second place in the NorCal Division at 18 points. But with two games in hand, and two head-to-head meetings remaining with current leader Central Valley Fuego FC, Republic FC will have plenty of opportunities to gain ground in the table when play resumes in October.