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How to Watch San Diego Loyal vs. Sacramento Republic: Lineups, odds, game thread

Can Sac Republic play and win on Saturday?

Courtesy of LA Galaxy II

Full time: San Diego 0, Sacramento 0. Nothing doing in this one, and not a ton of highlights in what was a battle. Here’s the full recap, thanks for following along.


Halftime: Teams are level here at 0-0. Each team had one good chance, basically, but couldn’t score, so we’ll see what the next 45 minutes will bring.


Lineups:

Sacramento bring in Rafael Diaz with Adam Grinwis out injured. Cameron Iwasa and Kharlton Belmar both start this one, too, with Villyan Bijev on the bench.

San Diego’s lineup is here. Notable that Francis Atuahene starts this one on the bench.


It was supposed to be a two-game week for Sacramento Republic FC, but after Wednesday’s game was postponed due to their previous opponent having a coronavirus outbreak, their first game of this week will come Saturday evening near the border, as they face San Diego Loyal for the first time ever.

Coincidentally, both teams’ games on Wednesday were postponed, San Diego turning around and going back home after LA Galaxy II had multiple positive coronavirus tests, while Sacramento had just played Los Dos and postponed their game at home against Orange County SC out of an abundance of caution, in their words.

So both teams will be fresh, and both are looking for a bounce-back win after losing to Los Dos, another coincidence. Sacramento have dropped to second in the Group A standings, while San Diego — an expansion team managed by the one and only Landon Donovan — sit atop Group B, albeit having played more games than the other teams in their group so far. Still, the points are the points.

So, will Sacramento avenge their road loss last week with a road win? Will the strange surroundings continue to confound? Will there be another 11th hour postponement? We’ll find out Saturday night, this should be a good one.

Odds:

According to DraftKings Sportsbook, as of Friday evening, Sacramento are (+210) while San Diego are (+100) and the odds of a draw are (+240). That means San Diego are slight favorites but it’s a bit of a tossup heading in, which makes sense since these teams have never played each other and are a bit shook, perhaps, by postponed games Wednesday.

How to Watch:

Saturday’s match between Sac Republic and San Diego Loyal will be aired on KQCA My58 and Estrella TV Sacramento in the Sacramento viewing area and streamed on ESPN+ in the rest of the United States. The broadcast is scheduled to start at 7 pm PT at Torero Stadium with kickoff to follow.

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