Sacramento Republic FC’s three-game unbeaten run in league play came to an end on Saturday night as the club fell 2-0 on the road to Reno 1868 FC.

Sacramento’s regional rivals had a handful of decent scoring opportunities in the first 20 minutes of play, but Republic FC’s backline initially held off the danger.

That was until the 35th minute when Reno’s Duke Lacroix stormed into Sacramento’s defensive half and played a delicate pass into the box that pinballed off a Republic FC defender and directly to the foot of 1868 FC midfielder Raul Mendiola who buried a left-footed shot from point blank to give his side a 1-0 advantage.

Reno doubled their lead in the 60th minute when midfielder Sam Gleadle flicked a soft pass over to Sergio Rivas who barreled into the box and with his second touch, chipped a cheeky shot over the shoulder of goalkeeper Josh Cohen that ultimately solidified all three points for the hosts.

The club recently said farewell to its co-founder, Joe Wagoner, who sold the club in 2017 and stayed with it to oversee day-to-day operations temporarily.

Wagoner, whose vision helped create an Indomitable soccer movement in Sacramento, will be taking off to pursue new ventures.

Sacramento Republic FC co-founder Joe Wagoner announced earlier today that he is stepping away from his day-to-day role with the club to pursue new ventures.

“This is a positive development that has been in the works for many months,” said Wagoner. “When we sold Republic FC to Kevin Nagle in May of 2017, the agreement was that I’d stay fully engaged until the end goal was imminent and new employees were settled. We are there. That means it’s time to turn the page on my role in this story.”

“Having the privilege of being an SRFC co-founder is an honor my family and I will treasure forever. Watching the evolution of this organization has been the thrill of a lifetime.”

“Joe cemented himself in Sacramento soccer history as a visionary,” said Kevin Nagle, Republic FC Chairman and CEO. “He is a true gentleman and a leader and we can’t thank him enough for his contributions to this club and community.”

“There is only one Joe Wagoner and the world (and especially Sacramento) is better for it,” said Ben Gumpert, Republic FC President and COO. “He will always be a part of this club and this movement. Always. I can’t wait to see him in the stands cheering on what he played a monumental role in creating.”

Wagoner co-founded Republic FC in 2012 and helped lead the club to an inaugural season in 2014 where the club sold out every league home game en route to winning the USL Cup. His contributions helped spark an indomitable movement in Sacramento that has put the city in contention for a Major League Soccer expansion spot.

Next up for SRFC is a home match against another regional rival, Fresno FC, on Wednesday, July 3. Kickoff for the Highway 99 Derby is set for 8 p.m. at Papa Murphy’s Park.

Sacramento Republic FC will be honoring the men and women who serve in the United States Armed Forces during the club’s match against Fresno FC.

Over 600 service members and their families will be in attendance at Papa Murphy’s Park as Republic FC hosts the club’s annual ‘Salute to Service Night.’ As part of the night’s tributes, both active military and veteran service members will be part of the player walkouts and serve as flag bearers during the national anthem. Fans will also get to see over a dozen Army recruits take their oath and be sworn in on the pitch at halftime.

– Omar Gonzalez