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eCup Recap: Republic FC, Mexico 1-4 New England Revolution II, Russia

By William Strome, 05/15/20, 6:30PM PDT

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The boys in Old Glory Red fall in the Division B Championship match but still earn promotion to the top group starting next week.

The Indomitable Club – competing at the Mexican National Team – were downed 4-1 by New England Revolution II representing Russia on Friday but Republic FC are still a lock to compete in Division A next week after earning promotion to the top tier. 

Friday’s second place finish in the Division B grants the Indomitable Club 375 points in the overall league standings. The club that finishes the five-week competition with the most cumulative points will be crowned the overall winner of the USL eCup FIFA20 Edition. The higher the division each team competes in, the higher the points prize at the end of each week. 

Against professional EA Sports FIFA player for New England Revolution, John Oliveira, the boys in Old Glory Red couldn’t have scripted a better start until the legitimate eSports pro simply found his groove. Justin Sterk, winner of the inaugural SRFCxFIFA20 Tournament, stunned the opposition with an opening goal in just the fourth minute of the match. Forward Raul Jimenez powered home a header after Hirving Lozano whipped in a perfect cross from the right flank.

The goal was the Wolverhampton Wanderers striker’s sixth goal of the competition. 

It was as if Russia was a sleeping giant and the goal immediately woke up the European nation because after El Tri took the lead, Russia was too much to handle. Two goals from Alexandr Golovin and scores from Denis Cheryshev and Fyodor Smolov granted Russia the 4-1 win. 

Republic FC will look to bounce back next week in Division A with the next game, time and opponent to be determined in the coming days. All of next week’s matches will be streamed live on the club’s Twitch stream, twitch.tv/SacramentoRepublicFC/. Check back soon for updates on next week's fixtures!

Indomitable Club supporters tuning into the eCup matches have the opportunity to donate to SRFC partner Raley’s Food for Families, the charity the club will be representing throughout the tournament. Additional information about the eCup competition can be found on the official USL eCup: FIFA20 Edition page and the full schedule can be found on the eCup Schedule page. 

USL eCup FIFA20 Edition

Division B | Championship Game

Friday May 15, 2020

Venue: Estadio Azteca

Justin’s Starting XI – Guillermo Ochoa; Jesus Gallardo, Nestor Araujo, Edson Alvarez, Luis Rodriguez; Hector Herrera, Andres Guardado ©, Rodolfo Pizarro; Hirving Lozano, Jesus Corona, Raul Jimenez.

Scoring Summary – SAC – Raul Jimenez (4’); RUS – Denis Cheryshev (10’), Fyodor Smolov (44’), Alexandr Golovin (77’, 89’). 

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