CARSON, California (July 25, 2020)– Republic FC’s first road game of the 2020 USL Championship regular season ended in a 1-0 loss to LA Galaxy II in Southern California on Saturday night.
Mark Briggs’ men created no shortage of chances over the course of the encounter against Los Dos – 14 to LA’s 3 – but couldn’t quite break the Los Dos backline. Despite the unfavorable result, Sacramento still stands at the top of Group A and will have the chance to build on its lead in the division with a match at home against Orange County SC only four days away.
Early into Saturday’s showdown, goalkeeper Adam Grinwis was called into action and the Michigan Man delivered a massive save in the sixth minute. A powerful shot from striker Augustine Williams was denied by the former Wolverine and kept the Indomitable Club firmly in the match.
Just shy of half an hour later, Grinny came up big again. This time, a headed effort was halted by the Republic FC ‘keeper at the near post.
On the cusp of halftime, Hayden Sargis steered a header straight for the corner, but the Los Dos goalkeeper Abraham Romero - who finished the night with five saves against the boys in Old Glory Red - got a hand to Sargis’ shot and denied the Republic FC Academy product his first career goal with the first team.
Two minutes later, USL Team of the Week selection for Week Four Dariusz Formella broke free and tried to tuck his shot just inside the far post but his attempt kissed the outside of the woodwork and left the game level at nil-nil heading into the break.
Grinwis made another pair of sensational stops in the second half but come the 72nd minute, the home side found the lone goal of the game when Williams fired a left-footed shot from close-range by the previously undefeated goalkeeper during his time with SRFC.
The boys in Old Glory Red have a quick turnaround ahead of them as Orange County visits Papa Murphy’s Park this Wednesday, July 29 at 8:00 p.m. PT. Three days later and for the first time in club history, the Indomitable Club will travel to San Diego to take on Loyal SC. The game in San Diego will be the first of a three game road trip for SRFC.
Scoring Summary: LA – Augustine Williams (72’)
Misconduct Summary: SAC – Jordan McCrary (caution) 16, Jaime Villarreal (caution) 27, Cameron Iwasa (caution) 67; LA – Jesus Vazquez (caution) 36, Jorge Hernandez (caution) 90+7.
Sacramento Republic FC – Adam Grinwis; Ashkanov Apollon, Hayden Sargis, Tomas Hilliard-Arce, Jordan McCrary, Jaime Villarreal (Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu 79’), Drew Skundrich ©, Rodrigo Lopez (Rafael Jauregui 79’), Sam Werner, Villyan Bijev (Kharlton Belmar 57’), Dariusz Formella (Cameron Iwasa 57’).
Unused substitutes: Rafa Diaz, Dekel Keinan, Matt Mahoney.
Stats – Shots: 20, Shots on Goal: 5, Saves: 3, Fouls: 14, Corner Kicks: 9, Offsides: 1.
LA Galaxy II – Abraham Romero; Isaac Bawa, Jalen Neal, Jesus Vazquez ©, Mauricio Cuevas; Adam Saldana, Adrian Vera (Sebastian Nava 74’), Omar Ontiveros (Alejandro Alvarado 49’), Jorge Hernandez; Augustine Williams, Ivan Gutierrez (Victor Valdez 60’).
Unused substitutes: Anthony Ramos, Marcus Ferknanus, Adrian Gonzalez, Carson Klein
Stats – Shots: 8, Shots on Goal: 4, Saves: 5, Fouls: 18, Corner Kicks: 3, Offsides: 3.
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