Coming off a 2-1 loss against St. Louis FC on Wednesday, Sacramento Republic FC returned home Saturday night to face Los Angeles Galaxy II. The Republic were looking to rebound from the loss, while Galaxy II were looking for their second straight win.
Republic FC Manager Simon Elliott went with the following lineup:
Our @usbank starting XI vs @LAGalaxyII ⚽️#5YearsOfGlory #SACvLA #SaluteToServiceNight #BeatLA pic.twitter.com/H0lAG3UvYz— Republic FC (@SacRepublicFC) August 19, 2018
Galaxy II got on the board first in the 7th minute on a goal from midfielder Miguel Aguilar. They would add an additional goal in the 20th minute after a penalty kick was awarded for a late challenge from Justin Schmidt, a third goal in the 25th minute from Jean Angola, and a fourth goal in the 41st minute from Frank Lopez to make a 4-0 (and essentially put the match away). The half would end with the home side down four goals.
The Republic came out in the second half much more focused and were able to pull one back in the 56th minute on an own goal that was credited to Villyan Bijev.
It's not over just yet. #ComebackSZN— Republic FC (@SacRepublicFC) August 19, 2018
SAC 1 | 4 LA#SACvLA pic.twitter.com/7iqkmhFtep
Unfortunately for the Quails, four goals were too many to overcome. The match ended in a 4-1 loss against a club that they are clearly better than.
Sacramento will need to quickly rebound in preparation for their next match against Reno 1868 FC on August 28..a team that has been been playing well.
Final Stats and Lineup
Sacramento Republic FC: 1 goal, 18 shots, 3 shots on target, 59.0 possession, 6 corners, 0 offsides, 2 yellow cards.
LA Galaxy II: 4 goals, 18 shots, 10 shots on target, 41.0 possession, 2 corners, 2 offsides, 2 yellow cards.
Republic FC lineup: Josh Cohen; Elliot Hord, Mitchell Taintor, Justin Schmidt (OUT, 24’), Shannon Gomez; Luis Espino (OUT, 45’), Jeremy Hall, Jamie Villarreal, Villyan Bijev; Jure Matjasic (OUT, 74’), Cameron Iwasa.
Republic FC bench: Thomas Olsen, Wilson Kneeshaw, Keven Aleman (IN, 45’), Cole Seiler IN, 24’), Adam Moffat, Christian Eissele (IN, 74’), Hayden Partain.