Sacramento Republic FC return to Papa Murphy’s Park on Saturday, September 8, for their last regular season matchup against Seattle Sounders FC 2. Kickoff against Seattle is back to 7:30 p.m. and the match will be broadcast live on KQCA My58, Estrella TV, and ESPN+.
Sacramento has only lost once against Sounders FC 2 since they first met in 2015, currently 8-1-1 all-time against their Pacific Northwest rivals. SRFC forward Cameron Iwasa will be looking to break the club’s single-season goals record, which he set in 2016 (12). The Sacramento native tied that record when he scored against Reno 1868 FC in the club’s previous match.
Sounders FC 2 enter Saturday’s match after drawing against Tulsa Roughnecks FC in a midweek goals fest. The Washington club rallied from being down 4-1 to equalize in stoppage time.
Republic FC (13-7-7, 46 points) currently sit fourth in the Western Conference. Based on the current standings, the club needs 14 points from their remaining seven games to clinch a spot in the USL Playoffs. Sacramento has benefited from both Real Monarchs SLC (53 points) and Orange County SC (51 points) dropping points during the club’s bye week, opening up the possibility of gaining ground on its two opponents as SRFC looks to remain in the top four spots heading into the postseason.
S2 (5-16-5, 20 points) are sitting in the 16th position of the Western Conference, eight spots out of the playoff picture. Although not mathematically eliminated yet, Sounders FC 2 would have to win almost every remaining game and hope for other results in order to qualify. However, the club may yet influence the playoffs picture, after recently taking points off Saint Louis FC and Orange County SC.
Republic FC will be hosting its fourth of five #5YearsOfGlory Nights this season with a special appearance from the man who helped orchestrate the infamous “Miracle at Bonney” comeback. Rodrigo Lopez will be taking part in a pre-match meet & greet with season ticket members, followed by a Q&A in the Market open to all fans.
SRFC is also partnering with Raley’s to host Farm-to-Fork Night on Saturday. The first 2,000 fans to enter Papa Murphy’s Park will receive a free reusable SRFC x Raley’s shopping bag. There will also be a featured farm-to-fork item available at the concession stands.
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