San Jose Earthquakes 2, Republic FC 1

• Highlights: Despite missing six key players for various reasons, Republic FC dominated possession and outshot the Earthquakes 14-9 as the Major League Soccer team struggled to string together passes against inspired, aggressive Sacramento. While Republic FC took a 1-0 lead in the 42nd minute on a Justin Braun header from a Chad Bartlome assist, the Earthquakes tied it less than three minutes later when Clarence Goodson was fouled in the box as he scored. But the referee called off the goal and Khari Stephensen buried the PK as the first half ended 1-1.

• Turning points: After Republic FC dominated the first 25 minutes of the second half, San Jose’s Cordell Cato scored inside the box in the 73rd minute off a deflection. Six minutes later, Bartlome was issued his second yellow card, resulting in an ejection. Republic FC played the remainder of the match a man down.

• Numbers challenged: Among those missing the match were defender Mickey Daly, midfielder Carlos Martinez and scoring leader Thomas Stewart. Ivan Mirkovic was suspended for a red card picked up in the last U.S. Open Cup match against Fresno. Portland Timbers midfielder George Fochive was not eligible to play.

• Outmanned, not outcheered: Although the crowd of 3,788 was composed mostly Earthquakes fans, the Tower Bridge Battalion’s spirited rooting section helped even things out.

• Quotable: “Unfortunately, we weren’t able to win. But that’s soccer.…We can play with anyone and we showed that tonight,” Braun tweeted after the match.

• Next up: Republic FC returns to USL Pro play on Saturday at the Oklahoma Energy FC.

– Bill Paterson