Sacramento Republic FC will try to extend its winning streak to five matches, including four in USL Pro, when it plays tonight (4 p.m. PST) at the Dayton Dutch Lions at West Carollton, Ohio.
Republic FC (5-3-1, 16 points) started its road trip with a 1-0 victory over the Rochester Rhinos on Friday night. Forward Thomas Stewart scored for the third consecutive time in a USL Pro match and goalkeeper Dominik Jakubek recorded his second shutout, including a dramatic near-post save in stoppage time.
Before Friday’s win, Republic FC had defeated the Orange County FC and Los Angeles Galaxy II by 2-1 scores at Hughes Stadium, sandwiched between a 2-1 win over the Ventura County Fusion in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup at Cosumnes River College.
The Dayton Dutch Lions (2-4-2, 8 points) are coming off a 2-0 exhibition loss on Tuesday to the Columbus Crew, their Major League Soccer affiliate. The Dutch Lions are seeking their first home win in five tries. They lost 5-3 to the Harrisburg City Islanders May 17 in their last USL Pro match.
Forward Aaron Schoenfeld, a Columbus Crew loan player, tallied two goals against the City Islanders and has a team-high four for the season.
The Dutch Lions are trying to reach the USL Pro playoffs for the second consecutive season after finishing 10-9-7 last season. They lost to the Richmond Kickers 1-0 in the quarterfinals.
One of Dayton’s franchise highlights was reaching the quarterfinals of the 2012 U.S. Open Cup.
The Dutch Lions upset the Columbus Crew 2–1 in the third round, then defeated the Michigan Bucks in the fourth round in extra time. They were knocked out of the tournament 3-0 in round five by eventual champion Sporting Kansas City.
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