For the second consecutive match, Republic FC hosted a Major League Soccer club for a friendly.
The Sacramento side, which is trying to join MLS through expansion, played Los Angeles FC tough Sunday but fell 1-0 to the league’s newest team.
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The lone goal of the match came in the 60th minute, when Joao Moutinho, the No. 1 overall pick in January’s MLS SuperDraft, took a pass well outside the box, dribbled to the box and fired a low shot into the right side past Republic FC keeper Josh Cohen.
LAFC’s defense would do the rest in getting the shutout.
“They have good players and they move the ball well,” Republic FC coach Simon Elliott said of the visitors. “We always try to do our homework before games. I thought our defending deeper was decent and I thought we could have done better defending higher.”
Republic FC has two more friendlies before their USL season opener March 17 against San Antonio FC at Papa Murphy’s Park. In its next match, Sacramento will travel to Turlock to take on new USL club Fresno FC at Stanislaus State on March 4 at 7 p.m.