On Sunday afternoon, the boys in Old Glory Red came back from an early deficit to beat Rio Grande Valley FC Toros and keep a firm grasp on the final playoff-hosting spot. Though there were a number of positives to reflect on from the win over the weekend, here are the three that stood out the most.
In what was just his sixth appearance with the Indomitable Club, Dariusz Formella scored the game-winning goal on Sunday afternoon to complete his side’s 2-1 comeback win against RGV FC. Keven Aleman spotted the Polish playmaker towards the far side of the box and picked him out with a well-played through ball that Formella slammed into the top netting.
This was the second time in the last five days that the former Poland U-21 Men’s National Team winger scored the match-winner. On Wednesday night in Texas, Formella tapped home a Jordan McCrary cross in the 31st minute to give Sacramento a 2-0 advantage.
Formella’s emotional goal would ultimately be the difference as Republic FC withstood a barrage of 24 shots to escape the Lone Star State with a 2-1 victory over Austin Bold FC. The win allowed SRFC to leapfrog Austin in the standings and take sole control of fourth place at the time.
Second-half substitute Formella provided the game-winning goal for a second consecutive match.
Republic FC entered Sunday’s match without their captain and all-time leading goal scorer, Cameron Iwasa, due to an ankle injury. The Sacramento native, who tied the club’s all-time assist record in league play with Danny Barrera (16) against Austin Bold FC last week, is currently 8th in the USL with 13 goals scored in league play.
Despite not having their star man, Simon Elliott’s men didn’t let Iwasa’s absence slow down their attacking game plan. The scoring started in the 18th minute when Charalampos Chantzopoulos rifled a through ball upfield that Thomas Enevoldsen delicately tapped into space for a sprinting Sam Werner who tucked his right-footed shot just inside the far post to level the score. Dariusz Formella completed the comeback in the 81st minute when the winger scored his second game-winner in as many matches. SRFC outshot (15-to-7), out-passed (504-to-359) and out-possessed (59%-to-41%) the Texan club en route to a 2-1 win.
Werner's first half strike was the three-time NCAA Champion's sixth of the season.
With only six regular season games remaining this season, the Indomitable Club controls its own destiny when it comes to potentially hosting a postseason match. Through 28 games this season, SRFC is up to 43 points and currently possesses fourth place in the Western Conference. If the boys in Old Glory Red can finish in fourth or better, Sacramento would host a postseason match come late October and the club would be playoff bound for the sixth straight season.
Hosting a postseason match at Papa Murphy’s Park would be a huge advantage, given how well the team’s recent form has been at home. Since early-August, Republic FC is unbeaten at home (3-0-1) and has surrendered just a single goal. In all competitions at home this season, Simon Elliott’s men are 10-3-3 and have outscored the opposition 28-10.
Republic FC will look to build on their current three-game win streak when they travel to Oklahoma City on Sunday, September 22, to take on OKC Energy FC. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. PT.
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