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In Their Own Words: Everybody understands the pressure within these games

By Alex Crook, 10/16/21, 2:15PM PDT


Matinee game brings big implications for division race

Sacramento Republic FC is heading into Sunday’s fourth and final matchup with Tacoma Defiance looking for  a quick turnaround from Wednesday's draw with LA Galaxy II. With three games left, the push for the postseason continues to tighten up, and three points will go a long way.  

Republic FC Head Coach Mark Briggs
On adjustments for Sunday’s match against Tacoma…

“The key is our mentality going into the game... making sure the mentality, focus and attitude is right. If we have that, we’ll be ok, but we’ve got to turn up and we’ve got to have the right attitude and right mentality.”

On keys for success on Sunday…

“We've got to be disciplined from a defensive standpoint and we’ve got to be prepared to be a little bit nasty from an attacking standpoint. We've got to move the ball quickly and we've got to have good movements in the final third. We’ve got to finish the actions in those areas, but the biggest thing is playing with an intensity and a speed of play that's effective.”

On the club’s sense of urgency with three games remaining…

“Everybody understands what's at stake. Everybody understands the pressure within these games. That's part of being a footballer. If you can't handle the pressure of those games, then you should be working in a supermarket or something. This is what we’re paid to do. This is what's enjoyable about it. You're playing football under pressure to win games. We've got to win games.”

Republic FC Midfielder Jordan McCrary

A group of people playing footballDescription automatically generated with medium confidence

On tactical focuses ahead of Sunday…

“We have to be disciplined to our tactics we already have and stay to it. We have to keep each other responsible and accountable. We’ll do everything we need to do, and really be some dogs and come out with a win.”


On positives to take from Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with LA Galaxy II…

“We’re creating chances but at the end of the day we got to keep going. At the end of day we got to start putting it back of the net and then we got to start keeping it out of the net. We have to keep putting our best foot forward.”

Republic FC Forward Kharlton Belmar
On the team’s focus during recovery ahead of Sunday…

“We saw in the first half of the game [on Wednesday] we weren't as urgent and we weren't as quick to play. A lot of the times, it's been taking a goal and then something bad happening for us to come back out and play a bit quicker and more intense. That's something that we have to focus on come Sunday, is from the first whistle coming out, giving our all and playing as quick as possible to get on the front foot as early as we can.”

On a season-high 26 shots against Los Dos on Wednesday night…

“We definitely played a lot more attacking football. We really got after them. It's a positive sign at this point that we're creating these opportunities. We just have to put them away now. It’s at the point of the season where these things have to start going in in order for us to go where we want to get to.”


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