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Cam Iwasa: Memory maker, record setter, goal scorer

By Alex Crook, 10/26/21, 3:00PM PDT

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Ranking Cam Iwasa’s most memorable goals for the Indomitable Club

When talking about one of the cornerstones of Sacramento Republic FC, it’s difficult to pinpoint Cam Iwasa’s best goals in Old Glory Red. It’s not just his game winners – even though he’s scored 18 of those over his career. It’s the goals that will go down in history for what they meant to Iwasa, the Indomitable Club, and its fans. 

We’ve narrowed it down to five. 

5. The First Goal – April 2, 2015

13 days after signing a professional contract with Republic FC and initiating one of the greatest careers in franchise history, a 21-year-old Cam Iwasa opened his scoring account. 

It was the 61st minute at Timbers 2, and Joaquin Rivas had just split two defenders. Rivas stayed on the ball, laid it off to Iwasa to his right and left the rest to the Sacramento native, who connected with his right foot from 15 yards out to put SRFC up 1-0. 

4. The Celebration – October 26, 2019

The scene was the 2019 Western Conference Quarterfinal in the Donner Pass Derby at Reno 1868 FC. In the 70th minute, a perfectly positioned Iwasa received a ball in the attacking third that he took one clean touch with before booting it into the near post with a right foot and giving Republic FC the 2-1 lead in Nevada. 

The ensuing midair fist pump and team hug at the corner flag topped off the moment.

3. Cam Scores No. 50 – August 15, 2020

Another milestone was checked off an already lengthy bucket list in mid-August of 2020. In the 33rd minute of Sacramento’s late summer fixture with Tacoma, Villyan Bijev streaked down the middle of the pitch with a defender on his heels before laying it off to his left for Iwasa. Iwasa rolled the ball into the back of the net with his right foot and the two shared a celebratory hug in the six-yard box for a 2-0 lead and Iwasa’s 50th career goal in Old Glory Red. 

2. Hat Trick Hero – March 24, 2019

A beautiful Sunday afternoon in Sacramento called for a beautiful display of class from number 31.

Iwasa opened the scoring against OKC in the 16th minute on a left-footed rocket from outside the box for his second goal on the year, but that was just the start. Five minutes later, a cool, calm and collected Iwasa buried a penalty to the right for goal number two on the day. 

The Sacramento native completed the hat trick in the 27th minute after Mitch Taintor whipped in a ball from the right side of the midfield. Iwasa, dangerously sitting all alone in the 18, took it out of air and one-timed the cross into the opposite corner before celebrating with a back flip. 

1. Quick Cam – June 18, 2016

Talk about putting your laces into it. 

It didn’t take long for Iwasa to record his fourth goal of the season in Republic FC’s June 18, 2016 home match with Rio Grande Valley FC. The forward got on the ball in the midfield and took three long touches with his head up before rocketing a shot from the top of the box off the right post and in.