HERRIMAN, Utah (October 19, 2019) — Republic FC fell 3-0 to Real Monarchs on Saturday afternoon at Zions Bank Stadium and the result guarantees Sacramento will host a play-in game on Wednesday night against an opponent that has yet to be determined.
Simon Elliott’s men finished the regular season with 48 points from 34 matches and will end up in either seventh or eighth place, depending on Austin Bold FC’s Saturday night result against Tacoma Defiance. If Austin wins or draws, Republic FC will bump down to eighth and host the ninth place team (either LA Galaxy II, San Antonio or New Mexico will be the ninth and tenth seeds).
The boys in Old Glory Red started the match strong and created the better scoring chances early on. In the 19th minute, midfielder Sam Werner whipped in a cross that found an open Villyan Bijev but the Bulgarian-born winger pushed his header just wide.
Seven minutes later, an attacking Republic FC side nearly broke through once again when Bijev fired a low cross into the box that forward Thomas Enevoldsen nudged just wide of the far post.
But it was the hosts who managed to take the lead on the cusp of halftime when a Kalen Ryden header gave Monarchs the 1-0 advantage. Ryden’s first header slammed off the crossbar but a quick cross from Maikel Chang was immediately returned to Ryden who buried his second effort.
Real Monarchs doubled their lead in the 50th minute when Tate Schmitt spotted Luke Mulholland sprinting towards goal and delivered a blistering right-footed shot that beat goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth.
Monarchs made it 3-0 off an indirect free kick resulting from a back pass to the goalkeeper. Justin Portillo laid the ball off for Douglas Martinez who powered his shot through the Republic FC defense and into the back of the net.
The Indomitable Club will kickoff their 2019 USL Championship Playoffs campaign this Wednesday night at Papa Murphy’s Park. More information on the upcoming match will be released following Saturday night’s results from around the league.
Scoring Summary: SLC - Kalen Ryden (Maikel Chang) 45, Luke Mulholland (Tate Schmitt) 50, Douglas Martinez (Justin Portillo) 61.
Misconduct Summary: SAC - Jaime Villarreal (caution) 24, Mitchell Taintor (caution) 43, Jordan McCrary (caution) 85; SLC - Luke Mulholland (caution) 48, Jack Blake (caution) 56, Douglas Martinez (caution) 82.
Sacramento Republic FC - Bobby Shuttleworth; Jordan McCrary, Mitchell Taintor, Charalampos Chantzopoulos, Matt Mahoney; Jaime Villarreal (Keven Aleman 62), Drew Skundrich, Villyan Bijev, Sam Werner; Thomas Enevoldsen (Dariusz Formella 62), Cameron Iwasa (Stefano Bonomo 75).
Subs Not Used: Rafael Diaz, Dekel Keinan, Ray Saari, Hayden Partain.
Stats - Shots: 9, Shots on Goal: 3, Saves: 1, Fouls: 8, Corner Kicks: 6, Offsides: 2.
Real Monarchs - David Ochoa; Konrad Plewa, Noah Powder, Erik Holt, Kalen Ryden; Luke Mulholland (Sam Brown 69), Maikel Chang, Tate Schmitt (Steve Jasso 81), Justin Portillo, Jack Blake (Luis Arriaga 81); Douglas Martinez.
Subs Not Used: Kyle Coffee, Damian German, Evan Finney, Julian Vazquez.
Stats - Shots: 12, Shots on Goal: 4, Saves: 3, Fouls: 12, Corner Kicks: 3, Offsides: 1.
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