Republic FC’s first road trip of the 2020 USL Championship regular season ended in a 1-0 loss to LA Galaxy II on Saturday night but despite the result, the squad still showed signs of improvement in the early stages of the season.
The defeat was the first for the Indomitable Club this year and the weekend matchup against Los Dos was the first and only time the two Golden State rivals clash during the regular season campaign.
Before the boys in Old Glory Red try to rebound against Orange County on Wednesday night at Papa Murphy’s Park, it’s time to reflect on the positives from Saturday night’s performance in Carson.
Nobody likes a loss, but at least this one doesn’t significantly hurt the boys in Old Glory Red.
Through four games, the Indomitable Club has accumulated five points – one more than second place Tacoma Defiance through as many matches. Both Reno 1868 FC and Portland Timbers 2 have only played two games each, however, both Western Conference clubs clash on Wednesday night in Oregon. Reno currently sits in third with three points while T2 is still looking for its first point on the year.
Wednesday’s fixture against OCSC means Republic FC has a chance to build on its lead at the top of Group A since Defiance doesn’t play against until Monday, August 3 against Timbers 2. The midweek match against an Orange County team that’s only allowed one goal through three games is a chance to get precious points at home before SRFC embarks on a three-game road trip beginning this Saturday in San Diego.
The boys in Old Glory Red haven’t had any trouble creating plenty of enticing scoring chances to start the 2020 USL Championship regular season campaign.
Against LA Galaxy II, Republic FC created 14 scoring opportunities compared to LA’s four. Winger Sam Werner lead the charge with a team-high four chances created against Los Dos. Republic FC also outshot Galaxy II on the night, 20-to-8, with Dariusz Formella attempting a team-high five shots with two on target. SRFC forced Los Dos goalkeeper Abraham Romero into five saves on the night.
He was only credited with creating one chance against LA on Saturday but on the year, Rodrigo Lopez’s team-best 10 scoring chances created is currently ranked fourth in the USL Championship. RoRo’s 30 crosses during regular season play this campaign is the most in the entire league.
Through four games this season, the Indomitable Club leads the Western Conference with 78 shots, five behind league leaders Indy Eleven.
Five days after notching his first career win and clean sheet with the Indomitable Club, Adam Grinwis was dealt his first loss in Sacramento, but the goalkeeper made some sensational saves along the way to keep his side in the match for the full 90 minutes.
Grinny was credited with three saves on the night, all of which thwarted attractive attempts from the home side. In the sixth minute, Augustine Williams rifled a shot from inside the box that Grinwis brushed aside and later in the first half, the former University of Michigan shot stopper caught a header out of midair that looked destined for the back of the net.
Even when the club fell behind, Grinwis came up big again in the 77th minute, doing everything possible to keep his side within one. His eight saves on the season is currently tied for ninth best in the Western Conference.
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