San Jose started the match strong, sending in a cross and earning a corner within the first six minutes. Republic FC soon found their rhythm though and gained more possession. Both teams had several crosses, but neither threatened the opposing goal too much.
The first half saw many fouls from both sides. San Jose’s Shea Salinas received the first caution of the match after a foul on Ivan Mirković during a header. In the 28th minute, a small scuffle broke out following a harsh tackle from Republic FC trialist defender, Bilal Duckett, who received Republic FC’s first caution.
In the 36th minute, Republic FC forward Thomas Stewart crossed to a running Adnan Gabelijic, but San Jose goalkeeper David Bingham made a sliding save to keep the game scoreless. San Jose had a few shots on goal, but Patrick McLain, Republic FC’s newest signing, was able to keep a clean sheet throughout the half which ended scoreless.
In the 51st minute San Jose was finally able to get past McLain and score the first and only goal of the match. San Jose forward Chris Wondolowski poked a through ball to Matias Perez Garcia, who shot straight past McLain to put San Jose ahead 1-0.
Republic FC worked hard to respond and in the 59th minute Justin Braun sent a ball to Stewart in the box, but Stewart couldn’t get a good touch and was quickly swarmed by San Jose’s defense. Republic FC kept possession for a majority of the second half but failed to find an equalizer.
“I saw a lot of good things on the field. Obviously we made a couple mistakes, and we got punished for one,” said Republic FC head coach Preki. “We kept the ball really well against an MLS team and that’s all we need. That shows you that our guys are pretty capable.”
Republic FC will be in action again Saturday, February 28, when they take on the New York Cosmos at Hughes Stadium. Kickoff is 7:00 p.m.
Scoring Summary: SJ- Matias Perez Garcia (Chris Wondolowski) 51
Misconduct Summary: Shea Salinas (caution) 25; SRFC - Bilal Duckett (caution) 28, Rodrigo Lopez (caution) 48, Ivan Mirković (caution) 59, Emrah Klimenta (caution) 76.
San Jose Earthquakes – David Bingham; Marvell Wynne (Brandon Barklage 72), Victor Bernardez (Mike Fucito 72), Clarence Goodson (Paulo Renato 64), Jordan Stewart (Shaun Francis 64); JJ Koval, Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi, Matias Perez Garcia (Tommy Thompson 64); Sanna Nyassi (Cordell Cato 69), Chris Wondolowski (Adam Jahn 72), Shea Salinas (Leandro Barrera 64).
Subs Not Used: Bryan Meredith, Ty Harden, Cameron Iwasa, Kris Tyrpak.
Stats: Shots: 14, Shots on Goal: 4, Saves: 6, Fouls: 12, Corner Kicks: 5, Offside: 4.
Sacramento Republic FC – Patrick McLain; Emrah Klimenta, Mickey Daly, Bilal Duckett (Matthias Bonvehi 85), James Kiffe (Sola Abolaji 45); Octavio Guzman (Agustin Cazarez 71), Ivan Mirković, Justin Braun (Joaquin Rivas 71), Rodrigo Lopez (Gabe Gissie 71); Thomas Stewart (Gabe Gonzalez 71), Adnan Gabeljic (Richie Cardozo 76).
Subs Not Used: Dominik Jakubek, Chad Bartlomé.
Stats: Shots: 10, Shots on Goal: 6, Saves: 3, Fouls: 15, Corner Kicks: 1, Offside: 2.