Republic FC went on the road and dominated – for 27 minutes.
Then Sacramento was burned by one of its own.
The result was a 3-3 draw with Reno 1868 FC in a preseason friendly Saturday at Greater Nevada Field.
Republic striker Tyler Blackwood had two goals in a 3-minute span to kick off the scoring. Seven minutes later, Sammy Ochoa put the visitors up 3-0 with a 27th-minute penalty kick.
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Reno became a not-so-gracious host and got some help from a guy who left Sacramento for one of the USL’s newest teams.
Mackenzie Pridham, who played for Republic FC last season, got Reno on the board in the 41st with a tap-in, but it wasn’t the last time he’d sting his former club.
Sacramento led 3-1 at halftime, but that two-goal advantage was cut in half in the 67th, when Dane Kelly pushed a rebound past Republic keeper Evan Newton.
Reno pulled level in the 88th minute when Elk Grove native Matt LaGrassa, another ex-Republic star, fired a long ball into the box that eventually found Pridham, who blasted a shot past Newton for the game’s final tally.
For the second game in a row, Republic settled for a draw after surrendering a late score. Sacramento and FC Cincinnati tied 2-2 on March 4 at Bonney Field.
Sacramento has two more friendlies before starting the regular season March 26 at Seattle Sounders FC 2.