The Sacramento Republic F.C. took to the pitch at Hughes Stadium Saturday night for the final time before heading off to Bonney Field. Their opponent on that hot night was the visiting Arizona United S.C. who defeated Sacramento earlier this season. With revenge on the mind and a sellout crowd behind them, the Republic was looking to not only avenge that defeat but send the folks home happy. With a win, the club's winning streak would continue whilst a loss would be a setback for the young franchise that wants to leave a huge impression upon the rest of the USL Pro league.
Both teams took to the pitch very aggressively. The tone to how this game was going to be played was set early on from the get go as the players went after one another very defensively and with a lot of close chippy play. Arizona's defense held strong whilst Sacramento's offense was kept in check by a very tight goal defense. The United's attack was also held out of the score by the strong defensive play of the Republic and impressive goal defense. As the game went to the half, both teams went to the locker room empty handed as the score was 0-0.
in the second half the game play was just like the first as both teams battled it out on the pitch with neither one giving up an inch. But the scoreless tie would be broken up by Arizona in the 67th minute when defender London Woodberry would score an unassisted goal giving the United a 1-0 lead. The goal seemed to have woken the Republic as they would began to play very aggressively and attack Arizona's defensive with a renewed vigor. Their intensity would pay off as forward Chad Bartlomé would score his first goal of the season (with an assist by Rodrigo Lopez) to tie the game in the extra minutes. After scoring Bartlomé would yank off his jersey, leap into the stands to celebrate with the fans and would receive a yellow card for the show but the goal tied the game and that's how it would end.
At the presser, Coach Preki said that he was impressed with his team's play despite the ten day lull between games and how they rose to the occasion in crunch time. He also stated that he can't wait for his team to play on a full size pitch at Bonney Field and thanked the fans for their continued support with the Republic's third sellout. Sacramento's next game will be wednesday against the San Jose Earthquakes in U.S. Open Cup play at Kezar Stadium. Tickets for that game are $20 and they can be purchased at http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?agency=SJEV_PLAGENCY&pid=.... For more information about the Sacramento Republic F.C. please visit http://www.sacrepublicfc.com