The Sacramento Republic F.C. defeat the L.A. Galaxy II Saturday evening 2-1 in front of another sell out crowd of 20, 231. It was a fair evening with the delta winds blowing in a cool breeze. The Republic F.C. were coming off of a U.S. Open Cup win Wednesday and were looking to continue the winning streak. The Galaxy II were coming off of a 1-1 tie last Saturday against the Dayton Dutch Lions F.C. and were looking for a win as well to stay within the top of the USL PRO Standings.
The L.A. Galaxy II drew first blood in the first half when kyle Venter scored a goal giving them a 1-0 lead. Sacramento would come back later on in the game to tie it with a goal from Thomas Stewart. Both teams attacked each other goals and both defenses were pushed around the field and along with tremendous defensive plays made for an exciting night of soccer. Both teams were playing very chippy along with a few roughhouse pushing and shoving that would later on play a factor in the outcome. Near the end of the first half, L.A. Galaxy's Travis Bowen received a yellow card setting the tone for game.
In the second half, both teams once again came out with a little heat under their feet. Sacramento was being pressured and on constantly on their feet due to the offensive push from L.A. But the Republic F.C. were able to break through a few times to attempt several shot-on-goals but were negated due to L.A.'s goal defense. Despite the Galaxy's pressure and physical play on both sides of the pitch, Play on the pitch became very rough and due to a violent penalty (and some serious soccer acting) the Galaxy was red carded and the crowd revved up the home team. With the momentum on their side due to the wild crowd, Sacramento struck once again when Rodrigo Lopez Alvarez scored a goal making it a 2-1 game and they would never look back as the Republic would hang on for the victory.
After the game, Coach Preki talked about how well his players were prepared for the Galaxy II. He also stated that the team was able to persevere through the rough play and managed to keep their heads and play well enough to leave the pitch with a close victory. The Republic's next game will be held on May 23 against the Rochester Rhinos. Sacramento's next home game will be on June 7 when they take on the Arizona United S.C. Tickets for that game will be on sale May 20 and it will be held at Hughes Stadium due to the construction delays at Bonney Field. For more information about the Sacramento Republic F.C. please visit http://www.sacrepublicfc.com and to learn about the USL Pro check out http://uslpro.uslsoccer.com/