The Indomitable Club is looking to bounce back from the weekend result in Phoenix.
Republic FC (10-10-4, 34 pts) are aiming to bounce back from a 2-1 loss to Phoenix Rising FC on Friday and continue their Western Conference playoff push.
Simon Elliott’s men, currently seventh in the conference and still very much in the thick of the playoff race, took an early lead through Cameron Iwasa before a pair of unfortunate deflections, one of which coming on the cusp of halftime, was enough for Phoenix to continue its unbeaten run on $1 Beer Night. With his start, Iwasa became the Indomitable Club’s all-time leader in league appearances with 105, passing former SRFC defender Emrah Klimenta. The Sacramento native’s second minute strike, his 12th goal of the season, moved the club’s all-time leading goal scorer up to a tie for sixth place in the USL goals scored leaderboard.
Defensively against Phoenix, the team played a solid 90 minutes and accomplished what no club has been able to do this season, hold the Arizonan club to under three goals on a Friday beer night. The hosts have averaged 4.5 goals per game this season during Friday home games and the boys in Old Glory Red held Rising FC to less than half of that.
Goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth rejoined the team this week after being recalled by his parent club, Minnesota United FC, for the Loons’ 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup match on Tuesday against Atlanta United. Shuttleworth was available on the bench for Minnesota during the Cup final, but was an unused sub following the teams’ 2-1 loss to Atlanta in Georgia. Shuttleworth will be available for Saturday’s match against Los Dos.
LA Galaxy II (8-8-9, 33 pts) are currently on the outside of the Western Conference playoff picture looking in, but are only one point behind Republic FC in the standings. Los Dos, 11th in the standings through 25 games, can leapfrog SRFC with a win, but the SoCal rivals have struggled against teams in the top half of the table. In 11 games against Western Conference teams currently in ninth place or better, the Galaxy have only been victorious twice (2-6-3). It doesn’t help LA’s cause that the team actually performs better away from home (5-4-4) than at Dignity Health Sports Park (3-4-5). Defensively, Los Dos is tied for sixth in the USL in most goals allowed (49) and leads the entire league in fouls conceded (379).
Los Angeles might be in the middle of the pack of the Western Conference, but their recent results indicate the side is pushing hard for a playoff spot. Los Dos is 3-1-1 over their last five matches including a 3-1 road win over an Austin Bold team that is currently fourth in the conference. Leading the attack are Kai Koreniuk and Augustine Williams, both tied for the team lead in goals with six, while Brian Iloski and Jose Hernandez each have four assists a piece. Iloski was originally drafted by the Colorado Rapids, but opted to play professionally in Poland with Legia Warsaw before signing with Los Dos.
Republic FC came away with a 2-1 win over Los Dos the last time the two sides met.
The Indomitable Club has never lost to LA Galaxy II in Southern California in league play. Republic FC dropped a 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup match, but when it comes to the regular season, the boys in Old Glory Red rarely fail to find success against Los Dos in LA. In eight trips to LA, Republic FC have been victorious in six, registered three clean sheets and limited the hosts to just seven goals. The last meeting between the two rivals was a 2-1 win for SRFC in LA where Keven Aleman’s brace was enough to seal all three points for Sacramento.
On Saturday, a familiar face for Galaxy fans will be suited up in Old Glory Red as Jaime Villarreal returns home to take on his former club. The Inglewood native rose through the ranks of the Galaxy youth program and played his first competitive match with the senior side in 2017. As a driving force in the LA Galaxy II midfield, Villarreal made 61 appearances before his MLS debut on May 21, 2017 against Minnesota United FC. The Republic FC midfielder made seven MLS appearances for his former club.
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 #LAvSAC. To see more matchday information, visit SacRepublicFC.com/matchday-guide.
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