Earlier this week, USL Championship announced that Republic FC’s Luis Felipe and Juju Chavez are both finalists for the league’s 2021 Fans’ Choice Goal of the Year Competition. The midfielders will go head-to-head in the first round of the tournament-style competition. Voting is open now through December 13 at 9:00 a.m. PT at USLChampionship.com -- be sure to click the third tab for the Chavez/Felipe faceoff. All voters will be entered to win a $100 Select gift card.
19-year-old Chavez—the youngest goalscorer in Republic FC history—took home the September Goal of the Month, after his left-footed curler sealed the win for the Indomitable Club in Las Vegas on September 7. The buildup started from the backline with a long forward pass, followed up by a cross that was beautifully brought down and laid off to Juju. The Elk Grove native shook off his opponent and sent a long-range shot to the top-left corner of the net.
Luis Felipe’s left footed banger against Tacoma Defiance not only won October’s fan vote, but earned a lot of praise on social media. After pushing the ball ahead, the Brazilian midfielder surprised everyone when he rocketed a shot from 35 yards out and into the top-right corner of the goal, leaving the Tacoma goalkeeper with no time to react. Felipe’s Goal of the Month win secured back-to-back victories for the Indomitable Club, with Chavez taking home the honor in September.
The Boys in Old Glory Red were well represented in the league’s Goal of the Week competitions in 2021. In total, they received six nominations and took home four wins – leading to Chavez and Felipe’s Goal of the Month victories.