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Match Preview: Republic FC vs. Tacoma Defiance

By Alex Crook, 09/30/21, 12:00PM PDT

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Indomitable Club lines up for third 2021 matchup against the Pacific Northwest side

Sacramento Republic FC remains in the thick of the Pacific Division race ahead of Saturday’s divisional showdown with the Tacoma Defiance at Heart Health Park. The Indomitable Club will salute survivors, families, and medical practitioners on Breast Health Awareness Night and the first 2,000 fans in attendance will receive a pink SRFC rally towel presented by UC Davis Health.

At a Glance: #SACvTAC

  • Saturday, October 2, 2021
  • 7:30 p.m. PT kickoff
  • Heart Health Park, Sacramento, California
  • How to watch: KQCA My58, Estrella TV, ESPN+
  • Tickets
  • Tailgate Information

The Latest on the Team

Republic FC is coming off a 2-0 home loss to LA Galaxy II this past Sunday at Heart Health Park. Despite the setback, however, the Indomitable Club still sits a point out of the fourth in the Pacific Division, one of four clubs separated by a point. Saturday will be Republic FC’s second of three games in nine days.

SRFC logged 18 shots against Los Dos on Sunday and have now recorded 10+ shots in eight of their last nine contests. Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu made his first start since the club’s last meeting with Galaxy II on September 1, completing 86% of his passes and winning 83% of his defensive duels on Sunday.

This season has seen 105 selections for SRFC Academy players, including at least one selection in every match and 34 starts. Mario Penagos leads all Academy players in both categories with 19 appearances and 10 starts.

Opponent Report

Defiance’s lone September win came on September 2 against Las Vegas Lights FC. Since, the Washington side has dropped five straight matches while scoring just three times during the slump. They still sit at fifth in the division race, tied with Oakland Roots SC on points with 30.

Tacoma was minutes from snapping the streak last week at Phoenix Rising FC. After falling behind in the 78th minute, Samuel Adeniran leveled two minutes later before Rising FC stole the thunder with a heartbreaking game winner in the 90th minute.

Head-to-Head

SRFC is 13-3-4 all-time against Tacoma, including a 9-0-2 mark in the Indomitable City. Saturday is Sacramento’s third of four contests against the Pacific Northwest side on the season and first at home.

Earlier this season, Jerome Kiesewetter opened his SRFC scoring account in a 1-1 draw at Cheney Stadium on August 5, and Darek Formella’s 78th-minute strike on September 22 gave Republic FC the 1-0 win on the road.

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