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In Their Own Words: Picking up results creates confidence

By Alex Crook, 08/13/21, 4:00PM PDT

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Indomitable Club Prepares for Third Matchup of Season with Las Vegas Lights FC

Sacramento Republic FC returns to Heart Health Park on Saturday, August 14 for an 8:00 p.m. matchup with Las Vegas Lights FC. The Indomitable Club has enjoyed success against the Las Vegas side in 2021, and will look to replicate that success after two consecutive draws away from the Capitol City. 

Republic FC Head Coach Mark Briggs

On training for the team’s third match in 10 days…

“Training has been good. Today was sharp, which is good. But a lot of it's about the recovery from Wednesday night and making sure we're as healthy as we can be going into tomorrow.”

On the team’s growth…

“Picking up results creates confidence. It creates a belief in what we can do. But now we have to build on what we've accomplished, turn the screw and go to the next level.”

On Tomas Gomez’ recent performance…

“It’s great that he's making the save, but that's his job. We all need to do our jobs in order to get results. So, it’s great that Tomas is making those saves in big moments, which he's done all year. Credit for him, and that's why he's the current number one.”

Republic FC Duke Lacroix

On grabbing a point in Oakland…

“Anytime we step on the field, we want to get three points no matter who the opponent is. With it being a rival and especially with all the fans that made the trek out to Oakland, we're really appreciative of that. To have a clean sheet and a draw on the road is something positive we can take from the game. I'm going to take that and bring that home with us to put another result together for our fans.”

On Saturday being his 100th USL appearance…

“It’s nice to hit the century mark. It's exciting. I'm pleased with any opportunity I have to play. I know I'm very fortunate to be in this position, to be in a great club, to be in front of fans and to keep striving to be better every single day. Although it's 100, I hope I can treat it like it's day one and I can bring the same sort of energy that I've brought in my entire career to try to do something special on the field every time I step on”

Republic FC Jaime Villarreal

On this week’s training and coming back after injury…

“Yesterday and today were good to get everybody on the same page. We want to improve from last game. We need to be the team that has possession, the intensity and the ability to press them and play in front of front of the crowd and make it a good match.” 

On the anticipation and sense of urgency from being on the bench…

“It’s tough just to be on the bench. My whole thing is just to be a spark off the bench and add energy. I think it’s the same thing for the rest of the guys. This game, we're all looking forward to it. And if we win, we put ourselves in good position.”

On the club’s sense of urgency for in the division race…

“The urgency is to get three points no matter what. We need to make this an advantage. We have the fans and the stadium with us, so we need to make this home.”

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