CARSON, California (April 30, 2021)– Republic FC’s 2021 USL Championship regular season kicked off with 3 points as the boys in Old Glory Red secured a 1-0 win against LA Galaxy II in southern California.
Newcomer Tucker Bone drove home the game-winner in the 82nd minute, after defender Shannon Gomez picked out the midfielder in the central part of the box with a well-placed ball. Bone steered his shot on target and into the back of the net to secure all three points in the Indomitable Club’s season opener.
“I think it was a great three points,” Head Coach Mark Briggs said following the win. “It wasn't a very good performance. We all know that. But at the end of the day, we're walking away with three points. And that's what we came here for. The sign of a good team is to still be able to win when you're done performing best.”
Republic FC’s fixture was the first for a number of new players, as goalkeeper Tomas Gomez, defender Dan Casey, fullback Duke Lacroix, and midfielders Fatai Alashe and Pete Pennanen all made their debuts to Sacramento’s starting eleven. Midfielder Luis Felipe and Tucker Bone also made their first-ever appearances for the Indomitable Club, while Mitchell Taintor returned to SRFC’s starting XI for the first time after spending the 2020 season with San Antonio FC.
The clash between Pacific Division opponents – the first of four regular season meetings this season – saw both sides share the spoils in the first half. Dating back to last season, Republic FC has not allowed a goal during the first 45 minutes in its last four competitive matches.
Late in the second half, Bone joined the lineup in the 80th minute and broke the deadlock two minutes. Later, after Gomez delivered a cross, helping the Sacramento native net his first career goal with Republic FC. The goal would not have been possible without second half substitute Dariusz Formella serving a well-weighted pass through the defense that found the fullback who spotted Bone as he fired home the winning strike.
Tomas Gomez made his inaugural start in net for the boys in Old Glory Red. and finished the night with four saves en route to his first-ever clean sheet for Sacramento.
“Credit to Tomas you know,” coach Briggs said about his ‘keeper after the contest. “Rafa went down with an injury and it opens up opportunity. Tomas has come in and made big saves in big moments and ultimately kept a clean sheet. So it's three points and job well done by everybody.”
The Indomitable Club will return to Sacramento for SRFC’s regular season home opener when Mark Briggs’ men host Las Vegas Lights FC on Wednesday, May 12.
Scoring Summary: SAC – Tucker Bone (Shannon Gomez) 82’
Sacramento Republic FC– Tomas Gomez; Shannon Gomez, Mitch Taintor, Dan Casey, Duke Lacroix; Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu, Jaime Villarreal (Felipe Luis 64), Fatai Alashe, Pete Pennanen (Jordan McCrary); Cam Iwasa (Tucker Bone 80), Kharlton Belmar (Dariusz Formella 64)
Unused substitutes: Jesus Sanchez, Julian Chavez, Mario Penagos
Stats – Shots: 6, Shots on Goal: 2, Saves: 4, Fouls: 15, Corner Kicks: 1, Offsides: 7.
LA Galaxy II– Eric Lopez; Owen Lamb, Jesus Vazques, Marcus Ferkranus, Joshua Drack, Jorge Hernandez; Daniel Aguirre, Taylor Davila (Victor Valdez 86), Axel Picazo (Sebastian Nava 78), Kai Koreniuk (Adrian Gonzalez 64), Preston Judd
Unused substitutes: Adrian Aguilar, Justin vom Steeg, Sebastian Hernandez, Felix Barajas
Stats – Shots: 10, Shots on Goal: 4, Saves: 1, Fouls: 19, Corner Kicks: 3, Offsides: 1.
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