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In Their Own Words: We have to go there with the right mentality

By Alex Crook, 08/11/21, 9:00AM PDT

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Three points is the goal ahead of mid-week derby

After a 1-1 draw at Tacoma Defiance last week, the Indomitable Club faces another midweek divisional matchup in Bay Area rival Oakland Roots SC. Wednesday’s rematch marks the mid-point in the season, with Republic FC in the middle of the pack pushing for a playoff spot. With eight points from the last four games, the Boys in Old Glory Red are one of four teams within 4 points of each other in the highly competitive Pacific Division. 

Republic FC Head Coach Mark Briggs

On training ahead of the second of three matches in seven days…

“We’re getting people back from injury, which is nice. Overall, the week’s been good, recovering from Thursday and getting the players as fresh as we can for tomorrow’s game.”

On the Pacific Division table heating up…

“We’ve continued to work on the things we need to work on. We’ve continued to have the right mentality and the right attitude, which always bodes well. Now we’re starting to pick up points and we need to turn those ties into three points.”

On facing another week with multiple matches…

“I don’t care who we play against. We go in there with a game plan and we’ve got to execute the game plan. If we execute it, we have the quality to get three points. We have to go there with the right mentality and the right attitudes. It’s as simple as that.”

Republic FC Jordan McCrary

On the team’s approach in a tight Pacific Division race…

“We’re grinding. We always go for those three points. It’s good that we haven’t given up any, but at the same time, it’s the same approach, same mindset. Keep grinding, keep working, try and play for each other and find these points.”

On the team overcoming early challenges …

“It shows the resilience that we have. It’s what we represent, Indomitable. We started off struggling a little bit, but we stayed together, stayed as a team, everybody fought for each other and we’re still going. We’re starting to pick the points up and we’re starting to find that tread.”

On the focus for this week…

“Never take anybody lightly. At every opportunity there is, you want to go in and put a fight in. We don’t care who or how it’s going to be. We understand that our level needs to be the best we can. Whoever it is, is whoever it is. But it’s on us to be who we are. We know we have a lot of potential on this team, we have quality players left and right, and we know what we can do.”

Republic FC Pete Pennanen

On preparing for Wednesday’s match and the full week … 

“We’ve had three trainings to prepare for the Oakland game. It’s been a lot of work, like we’re used to. It’s a massive week for us – two games in four days. The guys are looking sharp. We have to improve a lot, but now, we’re still getting points so that’s very important for the future.” 

On the dynamic changes implemented in the season… 

“We changed the formation after the beginning of the season. There’s been a lot of new faces, and sometimes it takes more time than we want to. We’re getting used to each other more, every game and every week. The confidence is growing in the group. We just have to keep improving. We’re moving in the right direction.” 

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