SACRAMENTO, California (June 26, 2021) - Sacramento Republic FC hosted to Phoenix Rising FC for the Indomitable Club’s first home match in three weeks. With fireworks at the end of the night – celebrating a full house, Dan Casey opened his account and bagged his first career goal with the club during Saturday night’s 2-1 defeat at Heart Health Park.
"[The result was] Frustrating, obviously, a number of things that are frustrating with that," Head Coach Mark Briggs said following the match. "But to end on a positive [note], and show the fight and desire that we did in the second half -- we're down to 10 men… That's obviously something that we can move forward with … something we can build on and something that we can have a platform to move forward with."
Sacramento’s sharp passes led to a quality possession in the final third nearly half an hour into the contest, only to be ended by a foul. Phoenix opened the scoring with a 31st-minute goal from Solomon Asante.
Down to ten men after a red card to Fatai Alashe in the 38th minute, Republic FC built a promising chance just before the half with a streaking Cam Iwasa down the left side.
Pete Pennanen nearly leveled the match after the half with a left footed shot from outside the box. Pennanen, who came into the match with a season-high three shots in his previous two outings, played his midfield role clinically with an 89.5 pass completion rate, his fifth match of the season with a pass completion rate of at least 87 percent.
Republic FC won a dangerous corner in the 51st minute that was cleared just to the edge of the 18-yard box before Dariusz Formella rifled the ball into the crowd.
Phoenix doubled its lead in the 63rd minute when David Egbo found the back of the net, on a cross-box pass dished by Solomon Asante.
SRFC got one back in the 72nd minute on a corner, as Dan Casey headed an inswinger from Pete Pennanen. It was Casey’s first career goal and Pennanen’s first career assist with the Indomitable Club.
Second half urgency was the name of the game for SRFC, who logged nine shots in the second half. Two came off the right foot of Formella. Tucker Bone almost put away another SRFC chance on a perfect through ball from Luis Felipe.
Sacramento Republic will face San Diego Loyal SC next week in Southern California before returning to Sacramento for the second regular season fixture in 2021 against Oakland Roots SC.
Scoring Summary: PHX - Solomon Asante 31’; PHX - David Egbo (Solomon Asante) 63’; SAC - Dan Casey (Pete Pennanen) 72’
Misconduct Summary: PHX - Kevon Lambert (caution) 29’; SAC - Fatai Alashe (red card) 38’; SAC - Luis Felipe (caution) 66’; PHX - Aodhan Quinn (caution) 75’; SAC - Dariusz Formella (caution) 77’; SAC - Mark Briggs (caution) 87’; PHX - Tobi Adewole (caution) 93’; PHX - Jon Bakero (caution) 96’
Sacramento Republic FC: Rafael Diaz (Tomas Gomez 45’), Shannon Gomez (Jaime Villarreal 83’), Hayden Sargis, Dan Casey, Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu (Luis Felipe 64’), Duke Lacroix, Fatai Alashe, Pete Pennanen, Dariusz Formella, Kharlton Belmar (Tucker Bone 64’), Cam Iwasa
Unused substitutes: Mario Penagos, Rafael Jauregui, Nabi Kibunguchy
Stats – Shots: 10, Shots on Goal: 1, Saves: 5, Fouls: 13, Corner Kicks: 4, Offsides: 1.
Phoenix Rising FC: Andre Rawls, Darnell King, Joseph Farrell, James Musa, Kevon Lambert, Arturo Rodriguez (Jon Bakero 67’), Aodhan Quinn, Tate Schmitt (Tobi Adewole 91’), Santi Moar (Ryan Flood 82’) David Egbo (Prince Saydee 67’), Solomon Asante (Joey Calistri 82’)
Unused substitutes: Benjamin Lundt, Jeremy Kelly
Stats – Shots: 14, Shots on Goal: 7, Saves: 0, Fouls: 13, Corner Kicks: 5, Offsides: 3
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