Fan Guide: Quakes begin Open Cup play vs. Sac Republic FC
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. PT at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco
Television: Livestream available on sjearthquakes.com
Fans are encouraged to follow @SJEarthquakes on Twitter for score updates.
Sacramento Republic FC Scouting Report
Sacramento Republic FC is currently fourth in the USL PRO standings with 20 points after drawing 1-1 with Arizona United SC at Hughes Stadium in Sacramento over theweekend. They have posted a 6-3-2 record in 11 USL games and punched their ticket to Wednesday’s U.S. Open Cup match after a 6-0 win over PDL side Fresno Fuego FC on May 28. Republic FC’s attack is led by Thomas Stewart, Dakota Collins and Justin Braun, with Stewart scoring five goals and Collins and Braun both tallying three for the season. Republic FC midfielder Rodrigo Lopez has notched a team-high six assists along with three goals. Sacramento hasn’t lost in their last seven matches, highlighted by a six game winning streak in the month of May.
Earthquakes 2, Republic FC 0; March 5, 2014; Warrior Stadium at CSU Stanislaus in Turlock, Calif.
Late goals from JJ Koval and Billy Schuler led the San Jose Earthquakes to a 2-0 win against Sacramento Republic FC in a preseason match. The Earthquakes dominated the run of playthroughout the match and finally broke through with goals in the final fiveminutes of the match. Koval broke the deadlock in the 86th minute with a header in front of an open net. Walter Martinez found Alan Gordon at the far post where the bulky target man was able to head the ball back across the box. The pass found Koval in stride for the finish. San Jose nearly doubled their lead two minutes later after Billy Schuler beat the keeper one-on-one, but the goal was whistled back for a foul. The Earthquakes continued to pepper the goal late, this time with Sam Garza leading the charge. Gordon held his defender off and directed a pass off his body to spring Garza in the area. The third-year winger beat the last defender and then tried toslide a pass across the goal face, but it was cleared by a Republic FC defender for a corner. Garza got his assist moments later on a corner from the otherside of the field. His pass found the feet of Schuler, who tucked his shot past Gleeson to make it 2-0.
Earthquakes-Sacramento Republic FC Connections
Quakes forward Mike Fucito, goalkeeper Billy Knutsen and forward Adam Jahn have all been loaned to Sacramento Republic during the 2014 MLS season … Quakes forward Mike Fucito and Republic FC goalkeeper Jake Gleeson both played for the Portland Timbers in 2012 … Quakes forward Alan Gordon and Republic FC forward Chad Bartlome both played at Oregon State … Quakes defender Joe Sofia and Republic FC forward Dakota Collins were teammates at UCLA in 2010 … Quakes forward Mike Fucito and Republic FC forward Justin Braun were teammates with the Montreal Impact in 2012 … Braun and Quakes midfielder Atiba Harris were teammates with Chivas USA from 2008-09 … Quakes assistant coach Nick Dasovic replaced Republic FC head coach Preki as interim head coach of Toronto FC in 2010 … Quakes forward Chris Wondolowski (2001-04) and Republic FC midfielder Octavio Guzman both played at Chico State (2010-13) … Wondolowski (Chico State), Guzman (Chico State) and Republic defender Mickey Daly (Cal State LA) all played in the California Collegiate Athletic Association in Division II … Republic FC defender Emrah Klimenta played for the Bay Area Ambassadors of the NPSL.