Sacramento Republic FC faced off against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC Saturday night in their first road match of the 2019 season. Republic FC were looking to rebound from dropping points at home last Saturday in their 1-1 home opener against Real Monarchs SLC.
Republic FC manager Simon Elliott went with the following starting XI. Worth noting, Mitchell Taintor and Sam Werner were inserted into the lineup over Elliott Hord and Villyan Bijev (who was held out with a left hamstring injury):
Our @jiffylubesac starting XI vs @SwitchbacksFC— Republic FC (@SacRepublicFC) March 16, 2019
KQCA My58, Estrella TV Sacramento
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Republic would score in the only goal in the 57th minute after Sam Werner was taken down in the box by Jamal Jack who easily could have earned a red card on the play. Cameron Iwasa stepped up and easily converted the penalty to give the Quails a 1-0 advantage.
Icyyyy, @cam31iwasa ❄️❄️❄️— Republic FC (@SacRepublicFC) March 17, 2019
SAC 1 | 0 COS #LetsGo pic.twitter.com/kxwDRrSq2r
That goal would hold and the Republic would go on to capture their first win on the season. With the win, the Republic move to 1-0-1 (4 points) on the season, while Colorado drops to 1-1-0 (3 points).
The Republic return home next Sunday in an afternoon tilt against OKC Energy FC at 2pm who come in undefeated on the young season.
Sacramento Republic FC: 1 goal, 12 shots, 4 shots on target, 38.1 possession, 4 corners, 2 offsides, 1 yellow card.
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC: 0 goals, 14 shots, 2 shots on target, 61.9 possession, 6 corners, 0 offsides, 1 yellow card.
Republic FC Lineup: Josh Cohen, Shannon Gomez, Mitchell Taintor, Haris Chantzopoulos, Sam Werner, Drew Skundrich, Tyler Blackwood, Dekel Keinan, Ray Saari, Stefano Bonomo, Cameron Iwasa.
Republic FC Bench: Rafael Diaz, Hayden Partain, Jaime Villarreal, Keven Aleman, Matt Mahoney, Elliott Hord, Roberto Hategan.