On Sunday, the Indomitable Club picked up a point away from home to remain in contention for the fourth and final playoff-hosting spot come late-October. Even though three points were the preferred outcome for Simon Elliott’s men at OKC, here are three positives that stood out from the weekend’s 0-0 contest.
Sunday’s stalemate was the 12th time this season the boys in Old Glory Red have recorded a clean sheet in league play, a tie for fourth-best in the USL. The shutout also ties this particular group with the 2016 and 2018 Republic FC teams that both collected a dozen clean sheets during their respective USL campaigns. The Indomitable Club now have 14 shutouts in all competitions this year.
Goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth preserved the clean sheet with two saves on the afternoon. This was the third shutout Shuttleworth recorded with Sacramento since joining from Minnesota United FC in August.
Defender Juan Barahona nearly broke the deadlock in the sixth minute with a dipping left-footed effort that forced a diving save from the OKC goalkeeper.
Republic FC are now unbeaten in their last four matches and the defense deserves a tremendous amount of credit for that. Simon Elliott’s men have surrendered just two goals over their last four games (3-0-1) and his side currently boasts the third-best defense in the Western Conference, having only allowed 31 goals all season.
SRFC limited Energy FC to just two shots on target all afternoon. This was the 12th time this season that the defense held the opposition to two shots on goal or less and the second time in as many matches.
Strikers Stefano Bonomo and Thomas Enevoldsen combined for nine shots while the entire OKC team only had six.
The boys in Old Glory Red are chasing the fourth and final playoff-hosting seed and if they win out, it’s all theirs. The final stretch of the season for Republic FC is a massive one, given four of the five remaining matches are against opponents currently in possession of a playoff spot.
The most notable upcoming fixture being a crucial clash on Oct. 12 with current fourth-place holders, Orange County, that could ultimately determine who gets the coveted last remaining home playoff game honor. Despite currently being on the outside of the top four looking in, SRFC still have full control over their own destiny.
Republic FC will look to carry the momentum of the current four-game unbeaten run into Saturday night’s contest against El Paso Locomotive FC at Papa Murphy’s Park. Kickoff for Noche Latina is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT.
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