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2020 Sacramento Republic player postmortem: Brady Scott

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Youngster got first pro minutes with Republic FC.

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Brady Scott was a late-season reinforcement for Sacramento Republic FC in 2020. The 21-year-old goalkeeper joined on loan to back up Rafael Diaz, after Adam Grinwis went down with a torn ACL.

Scott, a Northern California native, joined from Nashville SC, where he was the third-string goalkeeper, joining the new MLS club this year after a few years in German club FC Köln’s system.

Ultimately, the loan move was worth his while, as Scott made his competitive first-team debut with Sac Republic towards the end of the campaign.

Here are Scott’s statistics with Sac Republic:

Brady Scott 2020 Sacramento Republic statistics

2020 Games Played Games Started Minutes Saves Goals Allowed GAA Shutouts Win % Save % Yellow Cards Red Cards
2020 Games Played Games Started Minutes Saves Goals Allowed GAA Shutouts Win % Save % Yellow Cards Red Cards
Regular Season 2 2 180 2 4 2 0 0 33 0 0
Playoffs 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 2 2 180 2 4 2 0 0 33 0 0

In an apparent coincidence, Scott played the same opponent in both of his appearances, Tacoma Defiance. The first was a wild 3-3 draw in Sacramento on Sept. 20, the second a 1-0 loss 10 days later in Tacoma. It should be noted the second of those games, the penultimate game of the regular season with Sacramento Republic having nothing of note to play for at that point, featured a youth-heavy lineup for Mark Briggs’ squad.

Scott’s pure numbers aren’t great — four goals allowed in 180 minutes, a save percentage of just 33 — but the sample size was truly miniscule so there’s a lot of noise in there, and he didn’t look like he didn’t belong, even if the numbers weren’t stellar. Did he look like he should have supplanted Diaz as the ultimate starter in goal? In limited minutes, I don’t think so. Diaz really stepped up this season and looked a cut above the other two goalkeepers used on the squad.

What does the future hold for Scott? Hard to say. He’s back with Nashville SC, and probably won’t be returning to Sac Republic in the future, but you never know. Certainly, he’s not currently in Republic FC’s plans, which is no surprise, since he was a loan move for a short-term need.

He’s 21, so he’s very young, especially in goalkeeper years, and he is well-regarded. At the same time, Nashville SC seems to have carried a glut of goalkeepers, so I’m not sure he’ll rise up the ranks in MLS anytime soon, but you never know. If he can’t stick around in MLS to develop, he can always move to the USL and get some real playing time, too.

So we’ll see what happens. Scott got a taste of first-team action with Sac Republic, but there’s not a ton of gametime to go on to really break down his game. He’s young, and the hope is he will continue to develop. And we’ll see what the future holds for him in his playing career.

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