RENO, Nev. (KOLO) In the first-ever United Soccer League match played at Greater Nevada Field, Sacramento Republic FC defeated Real Monarchs SLC by a 2-1 score on Saturday night in front of 5,182 in attendance.
Meeting for the second time in four days, each team needed time to find a rhythm offensively. Real Monarchs captain Ricardo Velazco opened the scoring in the 42nd minute, scoring off a teammate’s deflected shot to give Salt Lake a 1-0 halftime lead. Sacramento held a 10-5 lead in shots in the opening 45 minutes, including a 3-2 advantage in shots on goal.
Six minutes before Velazco’s tally, Sacramento’s Adam Jahn missed wide right on a header that marked either team’s best scoring chance to that point. Cameron Iwasa and Octavio Guzman also had good looks for Sacramento.
Republic FC stormed back with two goals in the first 11 minutes of the second half. In the 47th minute, defender Emrah Klimenta set up forward Cameron Iwasa for the equalizer, and then Jahn scored off the crossbar in the 55th minute after the Monarchs keeper deflected a header back into play.
Real Monarchs’ Andrew Brody was denied by the crossbar in the 88th minute, marking the best of Salt Lake’s five shots (one on goal) in the second half.
At halftime, Reno 1868 FC revealed their home jersey kit. The kit, sponsored by SpineNevada and manufactured by adidas®, features one of the club’s official colors, Nevada Cobalt Blue, and carries the official Reno 1868 crest in the upper left.
The away kit and coaching staff will be announced at a later date.
Sacramento Republic FC Head Coach Paul Buckle:
On his club’s performance on offense:
“I was very pleased, because we made very good chances for ourselves. We had really good quality in our pack, and we like coming here. I was enjoying the game.”
On making the 2-1 lead stand up for the final 35 minutes:
“When you have the lead, you have to remain calm and you have to remain consistent.”
Real Monarchs SLC head coach Freddy Juarez:
On whether his team played slow in the second half:
“I don’t think [we were] slow – I think [it was a] lack of concentration. We just had mental lapses that shouldn’t happen. The more disappointing part is you know you’re going to have mental lapses – it’s football, it’s a game of transition. The bad part about the two goals is it’s exactly what happened in the first game [on Wednesday]. We knew it, we talked about it, and we saw video over it. That’s when it’s discouraging.”
Real Monarchs SLC midfielder Ricardo Velazco:
On what he will take away from this match:
“It’s a learning lesson – you don’t want to feel like this. It’s a bad feeling and it ruins your week and what you prepared for. That’s the positive that we get - it’s a learning lesson.”
On what went wrong in the second half:
“We came out flat footed, we knew they wanted to get the cross in on the weak side, that’s how they score most of their goals. We kind of fell asleep for five to ten minutes when they scored those two goals.”