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In Their Own Words: “We Want to Hold Ourselves to a High Standard. We Want to be that Top Team.”

By Republic FC Communications, 09/01/20, 8:00PM PDT

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See what the boss and Shannon Gomez had to say heading into Wednesday’s clash with T2

For the second time in as many matches, Republic FC will clash with fellow Group A rivals Portland Timbers 2 as the Pacific Northwest Club still looks to obtain its first point in 2020. 

Mark Briggs’ men are currently on a four-game winning streak and are very much on the heels of Reno 1868 FC for first place in the group. A win on Wednesday would not only keep pace with SRFC’s regional rival as both sides would be level with 21 points each, but if SRFC can slam a few goals by T2 to improve the club’s goal differential, sitting at the summit of Group A at the end of the day isn’t entirely out of the question.

But before the Western Conference clubs go head-to-head in the Pacific Northwest, it’s time to see what the Indomitable Club had to say heading into the third of four regular season fixtures against Portland.  

Head Coach Mark Briggs

On the club’s current four-game win streak…
“We don’t really think about it, we just focus on the next game. Portland is our next game and that’s what we’re focused on, just trying to show the same attention to detail, the same focus, and hopefully get the same three points.”

“It’s nice to get on a little run, get the confidence high, get the fans and the community excited. But we just have to focus on the next game, the next opposition, and get the next win.”

On the offensive weapons T2 has in the lineup…
“They have dangerous players. They have players that can still hurt you, so we need to show the same focus, show the same attention to detail, show the same intensity as if we were playing any opponent, winless or not.”

On wanting to see his side put together a complete performance on Wednesday...  
“That’s what we’re looking for. That was the challenge to the players yesterday. We’ve put together 45 minutes, we’ve put together 60 minutes, but we haven’t put together 90 minutes so for me, that’s the goal. We need to start putting in full performances.”

Shannon Gomez

On preparing for T2 this week…
“There was talk in the locker room of not becoming complacent and wanting to go into every game confident. We’re not taking any team for granted, we want to go in and put in a solid all-around performance.”

On the club’s current win streak…
“The goal is always to go out and win. When you think about winning four games in a row, it’s a motivating factor, but every game is like a final. Getting wins is your job at the end of the day, so we just go out and do our job and if it’s five, seven, ten [wins], we just enjoy winning and that’s something we want to continue doing.”

On competing for the top spot in Group A…
“When you’re in a group, you want to be the top team that everybody wants to beat and we’re certainly aiming to be that team. Everybody wants to be in the top position, that is what we aspire to. We want to hold ourselves to a high standard and we want to be that top team. We’ll continue grinding, continue to try to win as much as we can and piece together everything, we need to piece together to get more wins and get that top spot in the group.”

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