With his dominating recent performances, Sam Werner has carved out a place for himself in the starting XI. His goal against Reno 1868 FC secured Republic FC's ticket to the Third Round of the U.S. Open Cup. Werner continued his Open Cup success, turning provider for Stefano Bonomo's match-winning goal against Fresno FC. In league play Werner caused more damage to Fresno, scoring the winner in the May 8 match at Chukchansi Park and handing the Foxes their first league defeat of the season.
A beautiful goal from distance easily stands out as one of the early candidates for Goal of the Season. In the 12th minute of the May 11 match against Reno 1868 FC, Taintor pounced on a cleared ball from Reno and after a heavy first touch, stepped forward and fired a rocket from over 30 yards out that struck the upper lefthand corner. The goal claimed a spot on SportsCenter Top 10 and was voted the USL Championship Goal of the Week.
Jaime Villarreal has been a steady presence in the midfield ever since his return from an injury that sidelined him from August 2018 through March of this year. Villarreal kicked off the play that led to Drew Skundrich's goal against El Paso Locomotive FC, lofting the ball into Cameron Iwasa's path who then headed the ball for Skundrich to tuck it away.
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