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VOTE NOW: Juju’s Left-Footed Curler Nominated for Goal of the Week

By Grace Ogata-Beutler, 09/07/21, 9:30AM PDT

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SACRAMENTO, California (September 7, 2021) – Julian Chavez’s goal from Saturday’s 3-1 road win over Las Vegas Lights FC has been nominated for USL Fans’ Choice Goal of the Week for Week 20. Voting is now open and runs through Thursday, September 9 at 9:00 a.m. PT at USLChampionship.com.

Juju’s goal, which sealed the win and capped off a three-goal half for the Indomitable Club, was the product of excellent passing and ball movement. The buildup started from the backline with a pass from Jordan McCrary to Jaime Villarreal, who crossed the ball into the box. Jerome Kiesewetter beautifully controlled the ball out of the air and laid it off to Juju, who shook off his opponent and sent a left-footed curler to the top-left corner of the net.

This is the second Goal of the Week nomination for Juju, the youngest goal scorer in Republic FC history. Last season, the Republic FC Academy product’s first professional goal—a last-second game-winner against Timbers 2—was on the ballot for Week 11 and was voted Best Goal of the Season by Republic FC players.

In addition to Juju’s nomination, the Boys in Old Glory Red have been up for Goal of the Week four times this season, with Nabi Kibunguchy taking the Week 14 honors and Luis Felipe wearing the crown for Week 15.

Republic FC is back on the road this weekend for an out-of-conference matchup against El Paso Locomotive. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. PT and the match will be broadcast on KCQA My58, Estrella TV Sacramento, and ESPN+.

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