The 2019 campaign was a solid one for the club captain and once the final month of the regular season hit, Cameron Iwasa kicked it up a notch. The Sacramento native scored the game-winner on the road against Tulsa Roughnecks to help his side escape the Lone Star State with a 3-2 win on Oct. 5. The club’s all-time leading goal-scorer followed up his performance in Texas one week later with a brace against Orange County SC. Iwasa also scored the eventual winner during Republic FC’s 3-1 Western Conference Quarterfinal upset over No. 2 seed Reno 1868 FC in Nevada. His three goals during the month of October was tied for a team-best alongside fellow striker Thomas Enevoldsen.
He was the heartbeat of the central midfield and had a tireless motor that never seems to fade. It should be of no surprise that Jaime Villarreal was the team-leader in minutes played this season (2,820) and appearances (36). And when the going got tough during the final stretch of the season, a tough Villarreal got going and played 518 of a possible 540 minutes during the month of October. His precision passing was crucial during the Indomitable Club’s playoff push, as Villarreal had at least a 78% passing completion percentage in five of six October matchups. He also wasn’t afraid to do some of the dirty work, as he finished the month with 11 tackles.
His thunderous volley to seal the play-in game victory over New Mexico United was an unforgettable goal. Winger Sam Werner delivered a perfect ball that the Danish striker drilled into the back of the net with his first touch. Simply stunning. But that wasn’t all for October, as Enevoldsen lead the team in shots (19) and shots on target (9). The Great Dane opened the month with at least one goal or assist in three straight games. Enevoldsen scored in Republic FC’s 2-2 draw to LA Galaxy II then snagged his second goal in as many games when he netted against Tulsa. He followed up his two goals in two games performances with an assist against OCSC. In six matches during October, Enevoldsen averaged 1.83 chances created per game.
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