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Way Back Wednesdays - 2016, 2017 Home Opener Edition

By William Strome, 01/15/20, 5:15PM PST

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Part two of our three-part series reflecting on all the memorable home openers over the course of Republic FC history…

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —Last week, we took a walk down memory lane and revisited the first two home openers in Republic FC history. One of which featured an unforgettable inaugural evening where the boys in Old Glory Red took to the pitch for the very first time in USL Championship play. The other, a riveting 3-1 win over bitter rivals LA Galaxy II. 

Both games produced different outcomes, different storylines, and different memories for Republic FC fans of all ages. 

Don’t miss out on any of the memorable matches this coming season and secure your spot for the first regular season match on March 7 by selecting a full or partial-season plan today– starting at just 5 matches. Not only will you lock in tickets for the 2020 USL Championship season, but you’ll also receive the full slate of Republic FC membership benefits and MLS priority access for the 2022 season. 

Before the new season kicks off in less than two months, let’s revisit the next wave of opening home matches. 

April 2, 2016- Club Legend’s First Career Game-Winner


It was the first of many, many times that Cameron Iwasa played the role of hero for his hometown club. With the game deadlock at zero in the 79th minute against Arizona United SC, the Sacramento native entered the match and just five minutes later scored the game winning goal to lift SRFC to a 1-0 win at home on opening day. It was Iwasa’s first career game-winner with the Indomitable Club during league play, and the first of his 12 league goals on the 2016 campaign.  

Following the match, a fired-up Iwasa talked about how massive the home opener win was. 

“I was buzzing to get on the field,” Iwasa said following the match. “As a sub you just want to come on and make something happen and fortunately, I was able to do so. Ultimately it was just a huge win. Three points is crucial.”

April 1, 2017 – High Scoring Home Opener


Over 11,500 Republic FC supporters came out to watch their boys in Old Glory Red cruise to a 4-0 home opener victory over Orange County SC on April Fool’s Day. Striker Sammy Ochoa bagged a brace and both Wilson Kneeshaw and Harry Williams added second half strikes to seal the rout over Sacramento’s SoCal rivals. Williams logged all of four minutes at the end of the match before beating the visiting goalkeeper. 

Next Wednesday, we’ll conclude our three-part series with a look back on the 2018 and 2019 home openers. Don’t miss out on any Republic FC action this season, especially the home opener, so secure your spot today! Do you have a favorite moment? Share your home opener memories on Twitter!

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