Sacramento Republic FC will aim to get back in the win column, finally, when they host Orange County SC for the teams’ second meeting of the young season, this one at Heart Health Park on Saturday.
Sacramento will be on short rest, having drawn Oakland Roots 3-3 on Wednesday, also in Heart Health Park. That result seemed to rejuvenate the team, and with head coach Mark Briggs bringing in a slew of new faces into the XI, several players made a case for more playing time. Briggs did note the necessity of rotating his lineups, so we will probably see a few players brought in or a few more new faces get playing time for this game.
The opponent, Orange County, also are coming off a goalfest, only in their case it was a 4-3 loss at home to LA Galaxy II last weekend. The lack of games so far seems to show OCSC are working up to full fitness, while their opponents are generally playing with more minutes under their belts. We’ll see if that trend continues, or if OC can get another win over Sacramento, after their 1-0 win two weeks ago in Irvine.
SRFC’s Rafael Diaz, Kharlton Belmar and Shannon Gomez remain out for this game as all are on international duty. It’s unclear what the status is for Maalique Foster, who’s been out all season so far, and Fatai Alashe, who was a last-minute scratch on Wednesday.
As I keep noting, all the games are big, but with Sac Republic three games winless right now, a victory would be huge here. They’re facing a tough but not impossible foe, and this could be another cracker in front of the Republic FC faithful.
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How to Watch:
Saturday’s match between Sac Republic and Orange County 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 8 pm PT at Heart Health Park with kickoff to follow.
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