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Chavez’ Banger Wins Fans’ Choice Goal of the Week

By Alex Crook, 09/09/21, 1:30PM PDT

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Left-footed curler from academy standout sealed the win in Vegas

SACRAMENTO, California (September 9, 2021) – Julian Chavez’s curler in the 88th minute of Sacramento Republic FC’s 3-1 win at Las Vegas Lights FC on Sunday has won the USL Fans’ Choice Goal of the Week. The honor comes after Chavez netted his second professional goal and first of this season. 

“I was just waiting for Jaime to make the run and take the defender out,” Chavez said. “As soon as he did that, I cut in. And as soon as I hit that, I knew it was going to hit the back of the net.”

Chavez becomes the third Republic FC player to win USL Goal of the Week this season, following Nabi Kibunguchy’s late equalizer at Orange County SC in Week 14 and Luis Felipe’s second goal of his brace against New York Red Bulls II in Week 15.

Chavez and Kibunguchy represent two of the Indomitable Club’s three winners to come through the highly successful SRFC Academy. 

“My time in the academy helped me grow as a player,” Chavez remarked following the 3-1 win in Las Vegas. “My coaches always pushed me to reach the professional level. Through those years, they all those years got me ready for this moment. And that's why I feel confident when I get on the field.”

The Boys in Old Glory Red have followed a trend this season of utilizing their depth to create turning points in matches, and Chavez’ development is no different. 

“I'm really pleased for Julian because he's been working day in and day out every single day,” head coach Mark Briggs said. “He’s come in with the right attitude, showing intensity and showing his quality. The fact that he got on the field and not only scored an absolutely fantastic goal, but turned in a performance of high level, shows a lot about him. He's gone through the academy and he's now doing well on the first team and really proud of his performance.”

The Indomitable Club closes out its three-game road trip on Saturday, September 11 with a 6:30 p.m. kickoff at El Paso Locomotive FC from Southwest University. The match will be broadcast locally on KQCA My58 and Estrella TV Sacramento, as well as streaming on ESPN+.