Enough with the friendlies. For Republic FC, the rest of the schedule is all about playing USL Pro “enemies.” No longer will Republic FC face teams from Mexico, Scotland or England in what amounted to practice games, as many of its starters were held out to preserve energy for the USL Pro playoff push.
The moment symbolized the matchup between English Premier League West Bromwich Albion FC and Republic FC in Monday’s friendly at Bonney Field: Sacramento’s 5-foot-6, 145-pound defender Jack Avesyan going hip to hip with the Baggies’ tall and muscular striker Victor Anichebe.
English Premier League teams see the Untied States as a monstrous untapped soccer market as they continue to build their brand, and now Sacramento has a piece of the action after hosting West Bromwich Albion FC in friendlies on Monday and Friday at Bonney Field.
Highlights: The English Premier League team made it a sweep after taking Monday’s friendly 1-0 on an early penalty kick. But unlike that match, in which Republic FC outshot the Baggies 21-11, it had no answer for West Brom’s physically imposing forward duo of Saido Berahino and Victor Anichebe during the second annual Sacramento Soccer Day at Bonney Field. Both scored impressive goals, and Berahino added an assist on Youssouf Mulumbu’s goal. The Baggies, up 2-0 at halftime, outshot Republic FC 18-15.

Sacramento Republic FC logo Friday, May 23, 4:35 pm @ Rochester Rhinos, Sahlen's Stadium
Sunday, May 25, 4:00 pm @ Dayton Dutch Lions, DOC Stadium
*Saturday, June 7, 7:30 pm vs Arizona United FC, Cal Expo
Saturday, June 14, 5:00 pm @ OKC Energy FC, Pribil Stadium
*Friday, June 20, 7:30 pm vs Colorado Rapids Reserves, Cal Expo
*Thursday, June 26, 7:30 pm vs Arizona United FC, Cal Expo
Saturday, June 28, 5:00 pm @ OKC Energy FC, Pribil Stadium
*Friday, July 4, 7:30 pm vs Orange County Blues FC, Cal Expo
Saturday, July 12, 4:00 pm @ Richmond Kickers, City Stadium
Monday, July 14, 4:00 pm @ Charlotte Eagles, Queens University Stadium
*Thursday, July 17, 7:30 pm vs Orlando City SC, Cal Expo
*Sunday, July 27, 7 pm vs Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Cal Expo
Saturday, August 2, 7:00 pm @ Arizona United FC, Peoria Sports Complex
*Saturday, August 9, 7:30 pm vs OKC Energy FC, Cal Expo
Sunday, August 17, 4:00 pm @ Orange County Blues FC, Anteater Stadium at UCI
*Wednesday, August 20, 7:30 pm vs Wilmington Hammerheads FC, Cal Expo
*Wednesday, August 27, 7:30 pm vs Charleston Battery, Cal Expo
Saturday, August 30, 4:30 pm @ Wilmington Hammerheads FC, Legion Stadium
*Thursday, September 4, 7:30 pm vs OKC Energy FC, Cal Expo
*Saturday, September 6, 7:30 pm vs LA Galaxy II, Cal Expo

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