Following a tough result in their return to Heart Health Park on Saturday, Sacramento Republic FC will face off with Tacoma Defiance for the second of four contests this season. Kickoff for Wednesday's contest up north is set for 7:00 p.m. from Cheney Stadium.
Republic FC is coming off a 1-0 loss on Saturday to San Antonio FC.
17- year old Patrick Weah made his club debut for Republic FC in the contest. The Minnesota United FC loanee logged a team-high three shots with one chance created. Emil Cuello also continued to impact the game on the offensive end for Sacramento, creating a team high five chances while completing 80% of his passes.
Republic FC currently sits four points behind Tacoma, and three points on Wednesday will give the club a much-welcomed momentum boost as the postseason draws closer.
Tacoma is riding a three-game losing at a crucial point in the Pacific Division playoff race after going unbeaten in 11 of 13, and will look to bolster its playoff positioning against Sacramento on Wednesday.
The Defiance are one of 12 teams with an 80% passing completion rate this season. The Pacific Northwest side is 8-3-1 at Cheney Stadium this season and 7-1-1 overall when scoring first. The club has had 11 matches this season decided by one score or less but have suffered 3-1 defeats in two of their last three games.
Tacoma is sixth in the USL Championship with a 17% conversion rate.
After two new opponents in as many weeks, the Indomitable Club is back to Pacific Division competition. Republic FC holds a 12-3-4 record against Tacoma all-time and a 3-3-2 mark at Cheney Stadium.
SRFC holds a 38-20 scoring advantage in the fixture, but Tacoma holds a 12-11 goals advantage on home turf.
Jerome Kiesewetter scored his first goal for the Boys in Old Glory Red in the clubs’ first meeting this season on August 5 in Tacoma, but a late goalfrom Tacoma’s Randy Mendozaforced both sides to settle for a 1-1 draw.