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In Their Own Words: “We have to bring the fight to them”

By Alex Crook, 07/23/21, 2:00PM PDT

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Republic FC Reflects, Looks Forward to Final 2021 Fixture with Orange County SC

Fresh off a 10-day rest and the club’s first July win, the Indomitable Club took in their last training session before heading down to Southern California for the fourth and final fixture against Orange County SC in 2021. 

Head Coach Mark Briggs

On the 2-1 win in Las Vegas….

“It was a pleasing result last Wednesday in Vegas. I felt that the players executed the game plan and I thought we were although we didn't have possession of the ball at times, we were in control of the game, which was pleasing to see. We gave the guys a few days off, let them rest and get their bodies back. This week we’ve had a good few training sessions on Monday and Tuesday preparing for Orange County and then obviously yesterday and today, so I feel like we're in a good spot going into the game tomorrow. Now it's just about going there and executing the plan again.”

On taking advantage of Orange County’s recent struggling run of form….

“Confidence is everything in professional sports. If you have confidence as a player and a group, you're a completely different team or a completely different player. They're (Orange County) coming off a couple of bad results, we've had a positive result, but at the same time, they're a very good team. We've seen them three times already and we understand their strengths and their weaknesses, so we're under no illusions. It's going to be a battle tomorrow. It's going to be a hard game and we've got to give everything we have, and hopefully that'll enable us to come out the other side to three points.”

Republic FC Cameron Iwasa

On the importance of the 10-day rest prior to the Orange County match…

“We’ve had numerous guys that have been in and out of the lineup, whether it's a little knick knack thing or some serious injuries as well, so getting three or four days to really relax, get our bodies, right was huge. I think that's going to be big for us coming into the second half the season.”

On keys to approaching Saturday’s match at Orange County…

“Coming in and keeping our heads is key, but at the same time we have to bring the fight to them. We can’t lay down when they come and play physical. We have to put our foot forward and really be the aggressors.”

Republic FC Defender Hayden Sargis

On the focus needed to get three points against Orange County…

“We're taking down 18 players and we have to keep 11 on the field so the whole game the whole 90 minutes. If we, if we can do that and we'll stick together the whole time the whole 90 minutes then we will be in good hands.”

On the club's history of developing young players…

“It starts from the academy. The academy just had a great run in the playoffs. We were all proud of them, we all watched their games, we watch the shootouts that they had. It starts with the staff and the top all the way to the bottom. They all work together and they’re great coaches, so if they all have that unity, it makes everything easier for everyone else. You just got to put the work in and you'll reach the first team.”

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