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Match Recap: Republic FC 0-2 El Paso Locomotive FC

By Alex Crook, 09/11/21, 9:15PM PDT

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Eight game road unbeaten streak ends to Mountain Division leaders

EL PASO, Texas (September 11, 2021) – Sacramento Republic FC end the longest road trip of the season with a 2-0 loss to El Paso Locomotive FC on Saturday night at Southwest University Park. 

After an early El Paso goal, Rafael Diaz made back-to-back close-range saves in the 15th minute to keep the Boys in Old Glory Red in the game. SRFC faced plenty of pressure in the opening 20 minutes, but the Indomitable Club’s defense held strong on a compact field to keep Locomotive FC at bay. 

The buildup from the back would lead to chances for the Boys in Old Glory Red. Kharlton Belmar delivered a ball to Jaime Villarreal, whose right-footed shot to the center of the box in the 30th minute sparked the offense. Chavez made his first start of the season and closed out the night with 13 touches and a 100 percent passing accuracy in 45 minutes.

Physical play from Dan Casey managed to tamp down one of the league’s most energetic attacking fronts. Early on and throughout the match, Casey sacrificed his body to shield and shepherd the ball across the end line, or earn a header to redirect play. 

After El Paso found a second goal 11 minutes out of halftime, the Indomitable Club pressed the West Texas club through the end of the match. In the 60th minute, Republic FC nearly pulled on back after Jaime Villarreal served a free kick into the heart of El Paso’s defense, only to be pushed over the crossbar. Maalique Foster’s first touch off the bench a minute later was a one-on-one situation in front of the right post would be ruled offside, and pulled the momentum back toward the ticking clock. 

Foster’s urgency was on display once more in the 78th minute, diving in front of the El Paso backline with a header wide of the right post. And once again in the 88th minute, the streaking forward would create another opportunity when he broke the backline, only to be pulled down in the box by El Paso’s goalkeeper. Darek Formella would step to the penalty spot, but could not convert, leaving Sacramento scoreless on the night. 

The Indomitable Club returns home from its longest road trip of the season on Saturday, September 18 to host San Antonio FC at 7:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast locally on KQCA My58 and Estrella TV Sacramento, and streamed live on ESPN+.

Sacramento Republic FC 0-2 El Paso Locomotive

USL Championship 

Southwest University, El Paso, Texas

September 5, 2021

 

Scoring Summary: ELP – Gómez (Luna) 7’; ELP – Borelli (Velasquez) 56’

Misconduct Summary: SAC– Jordan McCrary (caution) 14’; SAC – Chavez (caution) 29’; SAC – Foster (caution) 80’; ELP – Ketterer (caution) 89’

Sacramento Republic FC: Rafael Diaz, Nabi Kibunguchy, Dan Casey, Duke Lacroix, Jordan McCrary (Hayden Sargis 74’), Jaime Villarreal, Luis Felipe, Julian Chavez (Darek Formella 45’), Kharlton Belmar, Emil Cuello (Maalique Foster 60’), Cam Iwasa (Mario Penagos 83’)

Unused substitutes: Jesus Sanchez, Shannon Gomez, Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu

Stats – Shots: 3, Shots on Goal: 0, Saves: 0, Fouls: 15, Corner Kicks: 1, Offsides: 4.

El Paso Locomotive FC: Logan Ketterer, Mechack Jerome, Yuma Monsalvez (Matt Bahner 45’), Macauley King, Eder Borelli, Diego Luna (Louis Herrera 90+2’), Dylan Mares, Sebastian Velasquez, Richie Ryan, Bryam Rebellón (Nick Ross 70’), Aaron Gómez (Luis Solignac 71’)

Unused substitutes: Leandro Carrijó, Benjamin Beaury, José Aguinaga

Stats – Shots: 9, Shots on Goal: 5, Saves: 3, Fouls: 13, Corner Kicks: 3, Offsides: 1.