Simon Elliott’s men outshot the home side 13-6 across 90 minutes where Republic FC had the better of the chances to walk away with the win.

Cameron Iwasa nearly opened the score on the counter in the 24th minute after Jaime Villarreal sent a long, lofted ball to put the Sacramento native through on goal, but with only the keeper to beat, Iwasa’s shot went just wide of the post.

Villarreal continued to conduct Republic FC’s play in the center of the pitch and was involved in another goal-scoring opportunity off a well-constructed team play five minutes into the second half. Iwasa picked up Villarreal’s run into the box and the former LA Galaxy player laid the ball off with a clever backheel to play Keven Aleman through on goal, but the Costa Rican’s strike sailed wide.

Republic FC had another golden chance to return home with all three points with just over 10 minutes remaining, as a loose ball in the box fell to an unmarked Tyler Blackwood at the far post, but Orange County keeper Aaron Cervantes did well to come off his line to block Blackwood’s attempt on goal. The draw leaves Republic FC 10th in the Western Conference standings—the final playoff spot—with 27 points from 20 games played. Sacramento is back on the road next week, as the club travels to face San Antonio FC on Saturday, Aug. 3.

Several days earlier, Sacramento Republic FC kept themselves firmly in the playoff race after picking up a point in a 0-0 draw on the road to Orange County SC on Saturday night.

New Mexico United’s Daniel Bruce struck with a minute left in the match to give his side a 2-1 win over Sacramento Republic FC in their first visit to Papa Murphy’s Park.

Christopher Wehan put the visitors ahead early after driving into the Republic FC box and unleashing a right-footed curler past an outstretched Rafael Diaz to make it 1-0 with 10 minutes played.

Republic FC responded in the second half with a curling effort of its own. Sam Werner collected a ball out wide and dribbled into the 18-yard before firing off a beautiful left-footed shot into the side net to equalize with a quarter-hour remaining.

Diaz made several big stops throughout the night, including a diving save on a New Mexico United counter attack in the 81st minute, but was ultimately unable to prevent Republic FC from falling to the expansion side.

With a minute left in the match, Bruce stepped up and volleyed a loose ball from 30 yards out that arched perfectly over a diving Diaz and into the net. The wonder goal would prove the game-winner that gave New Mexico all three points in their first visit to Sacramento.

Sacramento Republic FC Academy forward Rafael Jauregui has been called up to the U.S. Under-15 Boys National Team (BNT), the club announced on July 25. Jauregui will represent the U.S., as they compete in the 2019 Concacaf U-15 Boys Championship at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. from Aug. 4-11.

A native of Rancho Cordova, Jauregui currently plays in Republic FC’s U-15 Academy team and is the fourth player from the club’s academy to be called up to a U.S. Youth National Team program this year. The 14-year-old forward, who was also called up to the U-15 BNT last year, recently featured in Republic FC’s international friendly against Club America U-20 that saw them defeat their Mexican rivals 2-0.

This will be the second time the U.S. U-15 Boys National Team plays in the Concacaf U-15 Championship following the 2017 edition where they finished second. Drawn into Group B, the U.S. will face Haiti on Aug. 4 at 9 a.m., Guatemala on Aug. 5 at 9 a.m. and Suriname on Aug. 7 at 11 a.m. in the group stage. The U.S. games will be streamed by Concacaf, and open to the public.

– Omar Gonzalez