Full time: Sacramento 3, Reno 3. Republic FC can’t hold on for the win as Apodaca’s late goal splits the points. Thanks for following along, here’s the full recap.
93rd minute: Goal Reno. Aidan Apodaca with a dagger late for Reno to make it 3-3.
73rd minute: GOOOOOOOOOOAL Sacramento. Jaime Villarreal scores from distance to give the home side the lead again.
67th minute: Goal Reno. Kevin Partida scores a penalty after he drew the PK from Shannon Gomez. SRFC aren’t happy with the call but they need to dig deep to find another go-ahead goal here.
32nd minute: GOOOOOOOOOOAL Sacramento! Dariusz Formella with a jailbreak goal running in from the left channel as Belmar has another assist. Republic FC up 2-1 now.
5th minute: GOOOOOOOOOOAL Sacramento! Sam Werner with a header on the doorstep off Kharlton Belmar’s looping cross. We’re back on even terms in this game.
2nd minute: Goal Reno. Foster Langsdorf scores a header off a free kick to give the visitors a very early lead.
Sacramento roll with a familiar-looking XI. Newcomer Frank Lopez is on the bench:
Reno also go with a pretty familiar lineup.
After a rousing comeback win midweek against Orange County SC, Sacramento Republic FC are scheduled to be back in action Saturday evening against Group A rivals Reno 1868 FC, with top spot in the group still very much up for grabs.
Republic FC fought back from going 1-0 down and a man down to beating OCSC 2-1 Wednesday, in a game where the home side’s winning streak was extended to six games. The bounces are going Sac Republic’s way right now, they’re getting contributions from all over the roster, and another win over Reno, who they’ve beaten twice this season, could finally give Sacramento top spot in Group A.
But the teams are even on points at present, with Reno holding a valuable game in hand, so this is something of a must-win for SRFC if they want to win the group. Remember, too, that the two wins Republic FC have posted against their Nevada rivals have been 1-0 nailbiters, so even the past history does not suggest it will be a walk in the park.
Consider, too, that this game may not proceed as scheduled due to ongoing wildfires, well, throughout most of California. As of Saturday afternoon, the club acknowledged they are monitoring the situation. Obviously we’d love to see soccer, but we want the participants to remain safe, so if that means yet another postponement if necessary, so be it. But we’ll keep you posted if the game does not proceed.
Our partners at DraftKings Sportsbook have pegged the line at (+120) for Sacramento, (+185) for Reno, and (+230) for a draw. So Republic FC are slight favorites, but this is a fairly close call, not surprising given the stakes.
How to Watch:
Saturday’s match between Sac Republic and Reno 1868 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 7:30 pm PT at Papa Murphy’s Park with kickoff to follow.
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