IRVINE, Calif. (July 27, 2019) — Sacramento Republic FC kept themselves firmly in the playoff race after picking up a point in a 0-0 draw on the road to Orange County SC on Saturday night.
Simon Elliott’s men outshot the home side 13 to 6 across 90 minutes where Republic FC had the better of the chances to walk away with the win.
Cameron Iwasa nearly opened the score on the counter in the 24th minute after Jaime Villarreal sent a long, lofted ball to put the Sacramento native through on goal, but with only the keeper to beat, Iwasa’s shot went just wide of the post.
Villarreal continued to conduct Republic FC’s play in the center of the pitch and was involved in another goal-scoring opportunity off a well-constructed team play five minutes into the second half. Iwasa picked up Villarreal’s run into the box and the former LA Galaxy player laid the ball off with a clever backheel to play Keven Aleman through on goal, but the Costa Rican’s strike sailed wide.
Republic FC had another golden chance to return home with all three points with just over ten minutes remaining, as a loose ball in the box fell to an unmarked Tyler Blackwood at the far post, but Orange County keeper Aaron Cervantes did well to come off his line to block Blackwood’s attempt on goal.
The draw leaves Republic FC tenth in the Western Conference standings—the final playoff spot—with 27 points from 20 games played. Sacramento is back on the road next week, as the club travels to face San Antonio FC on Saturday, August 3.
Scoring Summary: None.
Misconduct Summary: SAC - Dekel Keinan (caution) 88.
Sacramento Republic FC - Rafael Diaz, Shannon Gomez, Dekel Keinan, Mitchell Taintor, Juan Barahona, Jaime Villarreal, Drew Skundrich (Hayden Partain 86), Keven Aleman (Villyan Bijev 66), Sam Werner (Tyler Blackwood 76), Cameron Iwasa, Stefano Bonomo.
Subs Not Used: Diego Ramos, Charalampos Chantzopoulos, Matthew Mahoney, Jordan McCrary.
Stats - Shots: 13, Shots on Goal: 3, Saves: 1, Fouls: 17, Corner Kicks: 2, Offsides: 3.
Orange County SC - Aaron Cervantes, Walker Hume, Michael Orozco, Joseph Amico, Kevin Alston, Aodhan Quinn, Christian Duke (Daniel Crisotomo 70), Edson Alvarado (Harry Forrester 59), Jerry van Ewijk (Kevin Coleman 77), Darwin Jones, Michael Seaton.
Subs Not Used: Leonardo, Giovanni Ramos Godoy, Carlos López, Owusu-Ansah Konto.
Stats - Shots: 6, Shots on Goal: 1, Saves: 3, Fouls: 13, Corner Kicks: 3, Offsides: 2.
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