Playoff-bound Republic FC will try to extend its 10-match, eight-week unbeaten streak when it plays Los Angeles Galaxy II in its final USL Pro regular-season match tonight at 8 p.m. at Bonney Field.
Republic FC (17-6-4, 55 points) has locked up second place and a first-round Sept. 13 home playoff match and a potential second-round home match, too. The fourth-place LA Galaxy II (14-7-6, 48 points) will host a first-round home playoff match, too.
Sacramento is trying to secure its third win over the Major League Soccer franchise’s developmental team. The two played to a 1-1 draw in their first match in Los Angeles on March 29 before Republic FC won the next two, 3-0 in Los Angeles on April 13 and 2-1 on May 17 in front of an announced sellout crowd of 20,231 at Hughes Stadium.
In that match, the intensity level reached a boiling point.
A brief skirmish broke out between the teams in the 51st minute with the score tied 1-1 after a couple of players collided going for a ball. Players hit the turf, there was pushing and shoving, and Galaxy II’s Rafael Garcia was ejected with a red card.
Republic FC extended its home unbeaten streak to 12 on Thursday with a 1-0 win over OKC Energy FC. Galaxy II upped its five-match unbeaten streak after drawing 1-1 with the Richmond Kickers on Monday.
With his winning penalty kick against Oklahoma City, Republic FC midfielder Rodrigo Lopez moved to third among USL Pro points leaders with 28, one behind Richmond’s Matthew Delicate.
Goalkeeper Jake Gleeson recorded his second straight shutout and his sixth shutout of the season against OKC. The New Zealand native has recorded five of his shutouts during Republic FC’s current unbeaten streak.
Chandler Hoffman and Charlie Rugg have combined for 22 of Galaxy II’s 52 goals this season. Both also have seen time on the Galaxy’s MLS roster.
Tickets for the 8 p.m. match, starting at $30, are available via ticketmaster.com.
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