Sacramento Republic FC shut out the Pittsburgh Riverhounds behind braces from Thomas Stewart and Rodrigo Lopez and a clean sheet from goalkeeper Jake Gleeson. With a sellout crowd of 8,000, Republic FC broke the USL PRO single-season attendance record. Republic FC’s 118,107 season attendance surpassed the previous record of 112,748 which was set by Orlando City SC in 2013.
The first half of the match belonged to Republic FC, due in large part to forward Thomas Stewart. Stewart scored first in the 7th minute when he put a headed a Mickey Daly cross past Pittsburgh goalkeeper Mike Lisch.
Stewart would double up in the 30th minute, as he received a through ball in stride from midfielder Rodrigo Lopez. Stewart had time and the space to chip the ball over the oncoming Lisch and into the back of the net putting Republic FC up 2-0. Republic FC maintained the lead going into halftime.
Republic FC again controlled possession in the second half, again pressuring the Pittsburgh defense. Republic FC added another goal in the 69th minute. Substitute forward Gabe Gissie played through ball to Adam Jahn, whose was blocked. Jahn would rebound the block and find Lopez at the edge of the box who sidestepped the keeper and sent a laser just below the crossbar for an 3-0 lead.
Republic FC would score twice more in the final ten minutes of the match. In the 84th minute, Republic FC forward Jahn was perfectly positioned on a Lopez corner kick. The ball bounced right to Jahn, who flicked a shot off of keeper Mike Lisch and it deflected into the side netting for the fourth goal of the match.
Lopez would notch his second goal of the match in the 85th minute. Midfielder Octavio Guzman found a wide-open Lopez who wasted no time attacking and he sent a right-footed curling shot from 20 yards out up and over Lisch for the fifth and final goal of the match.
“We needed something like this”, said midfielder Rodrigo Lopez after the barrage of goals. “We’ve been wanting this and we’ve been working hard for it. We opened up the match and created a lot of chances.”
Republic FC will travel to Arizona to take on Arizona United SC on Saturday, August 2. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. The match will be streamed live at SacRepublicFC.com/matchday and updates will also be provided on Twitter @SacRepublicFC and using #AZUvSRFC.
Scoring Summary: SRFC – Thomas Stewart (Mickey Daly) 7, Thomas Stewart (Rodrigo Lopez) 33, Rodrigo Lopez 69, Adam Jahn 84, Rodrigo Lopez (Octavio Guzman) 85.
Misconduct Summary: Alfonso Motagalvan (caution) 89
Sacramento Republic FC – Jake Gleeson; Emrah Klimenta, Mickey Daly, Nemenja Vuković, Chad Bartlomé; Octavio Guzman, Steven Evans, Carlos Martinez (Gabe Gissie 63), Rodrigo Lopez; Thomas Stewart, Adam Jahn
Pittsburgh Riverhounds – Mike Lisch; Matt Dallman, Andrew Marshall, Anthony Obodai (Seth C’daBaca 59), Sterling Flunder (Brian Fekete 80); Rob Vincent (Mackenzie Pridham 67), Kevin Kerr, Danny Earls, Mike Green; Jose Angulo (Jhonny Arteaga 4), Joseph Ngwenya (Alfonso Motagalvan 45).