Sam Werner’s beautifully struck effort from distance was enough for Republic FC to secure all three points in a 2-1 win over San Antonio FC on Saturday night.
The home side, debuting the newly released City Kits, dominated the bulk of opportunities in the first half, but was unable to get past a tenacious Matt Cardone who came up big on multiple occasions to preserve the goalless scoreline.
Cameron Iwasa appeared to have put Republic FC ahead in the 35th minute after slotting home a lofted ball into the box from Villyan Bijev, but the play was called offside.
Republic FC finally broke the deadlock in the 78th minute after Werner whipped in a low, driven cross into the box that San Antonio’s Joshua Yaro deflected into the goal.
Werner was again involved five minutes later, receiving a ball at the top of the box, cut inside before unleashing a powerful, left-footed strike that hit the upper corner of the net. The goal was Werner’s third of the USL Championship season and his fourth across all competitions.
San Antonio pulled one back after Michael Lahoud received a corner kick at the edge of the box and fired a long-range effort that filtered through home defense and past a diving Josh Cohen.
Sacramento overcame the late San Antonio surge to secure all three points and cut short a two-game winless streak. Up next for the Indomitable Club is a visit to expansion side and Western Conference leaders New Mexico United FC on Saturday, June 8.
Sacramento Republic FC are inviting fans to support the U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) as they look to retain their World Cup title this summer. The club will be hosting watch parties for USWNT games during their run in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, including the team’s opening three games on June 11, June 16 and June 20.
Republic FC is partnering with Lowbrau and Saturdays Football to host a special watch party for the USA vs. Chile group stage match on June 16. Lowbrau will open early and serve brunch during the game. Afterward, 20th St. will be closed to host a pick-up style, 4v4 street soccer tournament. The co-ed event is open to players ages 18 and older and those interested in participating are encouraged to pre-register, either individually or with a team of five beforehand, as limited spots are available.
The June 11th and June 20th watch parties will be hosted at Republic FC’s headquarters in Midtown. Fans can watch the matches on the big screen and enjoy complimentary beer, beverages and pizza from Papa Murphy’s.