Republic FC goalkeeper Rafael Diaz’s brave back-to-back saves to deny a pair of Reno 1868 FC forwards from finding the back of the net on August 12 in Nevada has advanced into the Quarterfinals of the 2020 Fans’ Choice Save of the Year bracket.
Rafa received the majority of the votes from league-wide supporters in the Round of 16 bracket to advance past Portland Timbers 2 GK Hunter Sulte.
The 16-save bracket was unveiled last Tuesday on USLChampionship.com and fans must vote for each matchup in each round. Diaz’s double-stop is the second matchup in the Quarterfinals of the contest and fans are encouraged to vote before the polls close at 9:00 a.m. PT on Friday, November 20 and can do so by clicking below.
With the game between the regional rivals deadlocked midway through the first half, a Reno cross found an open Corey Hertzog on the doorstep of Diaz’s net. The prolific USL Championship scorer rifled an attempt from point-blank that a courageous Diaz kicked aside. The save fell to Christiano François who steered a shot on goal, but Diaz was there to smother the threat.
Rafa’s Quarterfinal opponent in the bracket is Sporting Kansas City II’s Brooks Thompson. The player that accumulates the most votes will advance to the Semifinals.
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