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Match Preview: Republic FC vs Oklahoma City Energy FC

By Sean Steimel, 07/20/18, 1:45PM PDT

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Kickoff is 8 p.m. PT

Sacramento Republic FC return home after two road victories to host Oklahoma City Energy FC at Papa Murphy’s Park with a California State Fair backdrop.

Saturday’s match will be the first of two meetings between Sacramento and OKC this season. Republic FC will travel to Oklahoma City on September 23rd. Sacramento hold a 4-5-0 record all-time against OKC with the goals favoring Energy FC 8-12.

Republic FC (10-5-6, 36pts) enter Saturday’s match on a two-match win streak with recent road victories at Swope Park and Colorado Springs. Defender Shannon Gomez was named to the USL Team of the Week and was joined on the Week 18 TOTW by USL Player of the Week Cameron Iwasa. Now Sacramento Republic FC’s all-time leader in USL goals scored thanks to his brace against Swope, Iwasa is one goal shy of tying Rodrigo Lopez for the all-time, all-competitions goal scoring list for Sacramento. Iwasa leads the team with 9 goals and 4 assists, while Villyan Bijev is second with 3 goals and 3 assists. Keeper Josh Cohen continues his rock-solid 2018 campaign as he sits in second in all of USL with 65 saves and tied for the Western Conference lead with 7 clean sheets.

OKC Energy FC (6-10-3, 21pts) come to Sacramento with a six-match unbeaten streak on the line. OKC is coming off a goal-scoring frenzy against Las Vegas Lights FC, with Energy FC winning 6-4. Alex Dixon tallied two goals and an assist in the match, landing a spot on the USL Team of the Week. Dixon leads the team with 5 goals and 3 assists. Christian Volesky and Jaime Siaj have both added 4 goals apiece.

The Oklahoma side was dealt a tough blow as they lost their starting keeper Matt VanOekel to a leg injury for the remainder of the 2018 season. The club announced this week that they have re-signed Cody Laurendi who holds numerous OKC records for goalkeeping. Laurendi had been injured at the end of the 2017 season and had been rehabbing with the club prior to re-signing.

At the helm of Oklahoma City is Steve Cooke as Head Coach/Technical Director. Cooke has many years of MLS coaching experience as well as a UEFA “A” Coaching License.

Updates of the match will be provided via Twitter at @SacRepublicFC or using #SACvOKC. To see more matchday information, visit SacRepublicFC.com/matchday-guide.

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