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Match Preview: Republic FC v San Diego Loyal SC

By Emile Guzman, 08/26/21, 12:00PM PDT

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Indomitable Club returns to Heart Health Park in search of eighth straight without a loss

Republic FC returns home this week to host San Diego Loyal SC for the first time in club history. Coming off a 0-0 draw with Phoenix Rising FC Saturday, confidence is high for the Boys in Old Glory Red, who will look to snag three points in their first match of a three in nine day stretch against divisional opponents and stretch their unbeaten streak to eight.

At a Glance: SACvSD

The Latest on the Team

Republic FC enters Saturday’s match against San Diego with confidence. The club’s 0-0 draw with first-place Phoenix Rising FC last weekend was the first time the Arizona club had been shut out this season, ending a streak of 32 matches that dated to July of 2020. Republic FC held Phoenix to just two shots on target for the entire match and had their way with Phoenix’s defensive unit, outshooting them 11-6 in the second half.

The team also enters this week with a new face on the roster. On Wednesday, the club announced it had acquired Emil Cuello on loan from San Antonio FC for the remainder of the season. The midfielder has logged just under 1,000 minutes this season, tallying two scores in 16 appearances. Since making his professional debut in 2019, Cuello has made 20 appearances in MLS with LA Galaxy.

The club also announced it has sent defender Mitch Taintor on loan to San Antonio for the remainder of the season.

How About the Visitors?

San Diego has dropped three of their last four, most recently falling to Orange County SC 2-1 on August 21. Landon Donovan’s squad has performed well under pressure this season, as 16 of their 20 matches have been decided by one score or less.

Republic FC will need to keep tabs on forward Robinson Moshobane, who has netted three scores in his last two matches including a brace against Las Vegas on August 18. The South African striker enters the week tied for sixth in the league with seven goals scored.

Loyal SC recently made two new additions to their squad to fortify their attacking corps. Augustine Williams was added on loan from LA Galaxy, while Douglas Martinez was acquired from Real Salt Lake’s system. Both players have split time between their organization’s respective MLS and USL affiliate squads this season.

Head to Head

Sacramento and San Diego have met only twice since Loyal SC entered USL Championship play last season, with both contests ending in draws. The two clubs split points in a scoreless affair last August in their first-ever meeting, and drew 1-1 on July 3rd of this year after a last second goal from Republic FC was headed in by Mitch Taintor in the 94th minute.

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