Diego Ramos

Diego Ramos was signed to Sacramento Republic FC on a USL Academy contract.

Sacramento Republic FC suffered its first-ever loss to Rio Grande Valley FC Toros, falling 2-1 on the road to the Texan side on Saturday night.

Wilmer “Andy” Cabrera put the hosts ahead in the 32nd minute when he capitalized on a loose ball in the box after Eric Bird had fired from a distance. Diaz blocked the long-range effort, but the rebound fell on Cabrera’s feet. The 19-year-old’s first attempt was blocked at point-blank range and his second attempt hit the woodwork, but Cabrera recovered the ball and found space to fire home at the near post.

Republic FC equalized with six minutes left in the match after Werner raced down the right wing and unleashed a low-driven ball across goal that was accidentally redirected by RGVFC’s Isidro Martinez into the back of the net.

Toros’ Kyle Adamas rescued the win for the home side in the final minute when he finished off Carlos Small’s diagonal ball into the box late off a late corner kick.

Despite the loss, Republic FC remains above the playoff line in eighth place in the Western Conference standings. The Indomitable Club will have a short turnaround to bounce back, as they return home to Sacramento to host New Mexico United on Wednesday, July 24.

Sacramento Republic FC announced on July 19 the signing of goalkeeper Diego Ramos to a USL Academy contract. The 16-year-old was eligible for selection for Republic FC’s match against Rio Grande Valley Toros FC on Saturday, July 20.

“Diego has made great strides in a short time in our academy and has emerged as a top goalkeeping prospect,” said Republic FC General Manager Todd Dunivant. “We look forward to big things ahead for Diego.”

‘USL Academy’ contracts allow Republic FC Academy players to play in professional matches with the first team, while still maintaining NCAA eligibility by preserving their amateur status.

Ramos is the fifth Republic FC Academy player to be signed to a USL Academy contract this season. The goalkeeper was recently featured for Republic FC during their international friendly against Club America U-20 on Tuesday night, helping to maintain a shutout in the 2-0 win.