Two players named Daly will be wearing No. 21 Wednesday night when Republic FC meets the Sonoma County Sol in the U.S. Open Cup at Bonney Field.
But there will be no confusion for the referees.
Republic FC defender Mickey Daly and his oldest brother Chris are on opposite teams.
Chris Daly is a midfielder and captain for the Sol, the Santa Rosa-based team that he and Mickey helped lead to the National Premier Soccer League championship in 2009.
Chris should be able to provide his team with a lengthy scouting report on Republic FC. He’s attended most of Republic FC’s home matches, sometimes bringing along Sol teammates to watch Mickey play.
Mike Daly, Chris and Mickey’s father, is a season ticket holder. Mother, Carolyn, and middle brother Zack have seen their share of matches, too.
Both brothers attended Sonoma Valley High School. Chris played at Sonoma State; Mickey at Santa Rosa Junior College and Cal State Los Angeles.
While Chris has been a stalwart with the Sol (he’s also listed as the team’s director of sales and marketing), Mickey continued to move up the soccer ladder. He played with the Ventura County Fusion, USL Wilmington Hammerheads and, for the past two seasons, with Republic FC.
“We’re best friends,” Mickey said. “It’s going to be a fun night, a night to remember.”
But Republic FC teammate Nemanja Vukovic, who usually teams with Mickey in central defense, reminds Mickey that team comes ahead of family.
“On the field, it doesn’t matter if he’s his brother or not,” Vukovic said. “He needs to (crush) him. We need to win that game.”