Republic FC came out strong, consistently attacking Arizona’s defense. Forwards Dakota Collins and Thomas Stewart led the charge, finding open space and utilizing their quickness to get behind the defense.
Collins had the best chance of the first half for the home team as he broke away from the defense and had a one-on-one opportunity with Arizona keeper Evan Newton, only to see the shot sail over the crossbar. Arizona’s best chances came in the 22nd and 28th minutes, with Republic FC keeper Dominik Jakubek making two diving saves.
The half ended in a scoreless tie. Republic FC’s had the first scoring opportunity of the second half in the 50th minute. Midfielder Rodrigo Lopez sent a curling shot to Arizona keeper Newton’s left side and Newton made a fantastic diving save.
Shortly after Arizona put themselves ahead with a free kick. In the 67th minute midfielder Joseph Dillon sent a left-footed in-shot that bounced off the crossbar and landed at the feet of London Woodberry who powered home a shot into the back of the net.
Republic FC seemed to come alive after the Arizona score. After many missed chances Republic FC equalized in extra time. Lopez sent in a cross from a corner kick that found the head of substitute forward Chad Bartlomé who sent the ball into the net. The goal was the first of the season for Bartlomé.
The match was the second straight sellout for Republic FC who also sold out their first match of the season. With the sellout Republic FC raised their average attendance to 19,526.
“We appreciate the city coming out and supporting us,” said Republic FC Head Coach Preki following the match. “All we can do is go on the field and play as hard as we can.”
Republic FC moves to 6-3-2 in USL PRO play and 8-3-2 overall. Arizona United SC moves to 3-6-1 in USL PRO play. Republic FC will travel to Kezar Stadium in San Francisco on Wednesday to take on their MLS affiliate San Jose Earthquakes. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 pm.
Scoring Summary: AZU: London Woodberry 67; SRFC Chad Bartlomé (Rodrigo Lopez) 90+.
Misconduct Summary: SRFC: George Fochive (caution) 43, Harrison Delbridge (caution) 56, Chad Bartlomé (caution) 90; AZU: Widner Saint-Cyr (caution) 45, Rodney Wallace (caution) 76.
Sacramento Republic FC – Dominik Jakubek; Emrah Klimenta, Mickey Daly, Harrison Delbridge, Nemanja Vuković (Jack Avesyan 85); Steven Evans (Octavio Guzman 75), George Fochive, Gilberto Dos Santos Souza Jr (Max Alvarez 64), Rodrigo Lopez; Thomas Stewart, Dakota Collins (Chad Bartlomé 58).
Arizona United SC – Evan Newton; Widner Saint-Cyr (Brandon Swartzendruber 74), Devon Grousis, London Woodberry, Scott Morrison; Paolo DelPiccolo, Joseph Dillon, Bradlee Baladez (Rodney Wallace 45); Kadeem Dacres (Benji Lopez 64), Jonathan Top, Schillo Tshuma (Jon Okafor 90).