Republic FC (8-9-3, 27 pts) enter Saturday’s match after picking up a point last weekend in their visit to Orange County SC. Simon Elliott’s men outshot the home side 13 to 6 in the 0-0 draw, but were unable to capitalize on various opportunities to come away with all three points. There were some positives to take away, however. Rafael Diaz, who has stepped into the role left vacant with Josh Cohen’s recent departure, recorded his second clean sheet of the season—first in league play—and keeps Republic FC with the fourth-best defense in the Western Conference at 24 goals conceded. The draw keeps Sacramento in the thick of the playoff race, trailing fifth place New Mexico United by five points.
San Antonio FC (7-8-6, 27 pts) defeated Real Monarchs SLC last weekend 3-1 to claim their seventh victory of the season. Sitting below Republic FC in Western Conference standings, but tied in points, Saturday’s matchup will have playoff implications as these teams will look for some separation in the race.
Forward Frank Lopez has scored nine goals in 2019, tied for tenth-most in the USL Championship along with Republic FC’s Cameron Iwasa. SAFC’s offensive production has come from various outlets in addition to Lopez, however, as four players on the roster have scored at least four goals this season. Defensively, San Antonio has been tough to crack with Matt Cardone beneath the sticks. The 26 year-old currently has the third-most saves in the entire league (31), which have contributed to San Antonio’s stellar record at home with just one loss at Toyota Field this season.
Saturday night’s match will be the seventh-ever meeting between Sacramento and San Antonio. The two sides are currently level across every aspect in the all-time series with two wins apiece and six goals scored by each team across their six previous encounters. The parity also extends to their current form, as both sides enter Saturday's match with 27 points and with top scorers with nine goals apiece.
The last time the two met, Republic FC took care of business with a 2-1 win at Papa Murphy’s Park on June 1. They’ll be looking to repeat the feat and record their first-ever road win in the series on Saturday.
Saturday’s match will be broadcast live on KQCA My58, Estrella TV Sacramento (Spanish) and ESPN+ (online). Updates online will also be provided via Twitter at @SacRepublicFC or by following #SAvSAC. To see more matchday information, visit SacRepublicFC.com/matchday-guide.
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