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VOTE NOW: Diaz’s diving stop nominated for Save of the Week

By Republic FC Communications, 09/15/20, 2:30PM PDT

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Fans are encouraged to vote before Friday at 9:00 a.m. PT and help Rafa Diaz secure his second Save of the Week honor this season

Republic FC goalkeeper Rafael Diaz has been nominated for the USL Championship Fans’ Choice Save of the Week for Week 12 after the Sacramento shot stopper made a diving save to his left and help his side earn a hard-fought victory at home against Orange County SC on September 9. 

Voting ends on Friday, September 18 at 9:00 a.m. PT and fans can vote for Rafa’s stunning stop on USLChampionship.com.

The nomination is Diaz’s second this season after the SRFC GK won the Week 8 award after receiving 54% of votes from the fans following a double-stop to help preserve a 1-0 win on August 12 against Reno 1868 FC. 

Early in the match against the Southern Californian club, Orange County SC striker Darwin Jones rifled a dangerous shot on target dipping away from Diaz but the Republic FC goalkeeper quickly got down and made a diving stop to his left to deny the visitors a first half lead. 


Diaz made four saves on the night against Orange County on September 9

On the 2020 season, Diaz has helped guide the boys in Old Glory Red on a current eight-game unbeaten run that’s included three clean sheets and has allowed on average less than one goal per game – having surrendered seven goals across eight fixtures. 

Diaz and the Indomitable Club’s next match is a Saturday night showdown in Sacramento against Tacoma Defiance on September 19. The match will be broadcast locally on KQCA My58 and Estrella TV Sacramento, as well as streamed on ESPN+ with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m. PT.

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