Sacramento v Loudoun United

Sacramento Republic defeat Loudoun United 3-1 in a battle between the top team in the Western Conference and one of the lower ranked teams in the East.  Russell Cicerone opened up the scoring with his strike 10 minutes into the game.  However the lead was not for long as Wesley Leggett drew the game even with his goal 18 minutes later.  The match was netted even for the rest of the half with Cicerone hitting the post before the end of the first half along with another early shot denied with the woodwork before the game tying goal.

The second half was marked by very physical play with a total of ten cautions issued in the game, six for Sacramento and four to Loudoun–seven alone in the second half.  However it was Huddersfield Town loanee Kieran Phillips providing the heroics with his brace coming off the bench.  His goals in the 87th minute and 92nd minute gave Republic the victory and remain unbeaten in the West with 5 wins and 3 draws.  Loudoun with the loss are in ninth place in the East with 2 wins 1 draw and 4 losses.  The win was the 100th for Republic coach Mark Briggs.

Our photo album is here along with our select shots from the match.


Next up for Sacramento is a playoff rematch on the road at Phoenix Saturday May 4 at 7:30pm.  They return home Tuesday May 7 at 7:30pm to play regional rival Monterey Bay Union in the US Open Cup with the winner most likely meeting the winner of the Quakes/Roots match.  Loudoun will return home to host Detroit on May 4  at 4pm before returning to California to meet Orange County SC in the US Open Cup May 7 at 7pm.

Sacramento v Detroit

Sacramento defeat Detroit 1-0 with a goal by Luis Felipe in the 9th minute with the assist from Russell Cicerone.  The home team dominated play with 11 shots in the game with three attempts missing the target.

Each team came in heading in opposite directions with Sacramento off to a hot start in first place with a 4W-2D-0L record while Detroit in 10th place with a 1W-1D-4L record.   After their first ever match in 2022 with the result being a 1-1 draw at Detroit the return leg swayed in favor of the Republic.

The photo album is here.  Our select highlights from Heart Health Park:


Sacramento will next play against NorCal rival Oakland in a US Open Cup match at home on Wednesday April 26 at 7pm and resume USL league play with a road match at FC Tulsa on Saturday April 29 at 3pm.  Detroit City return home to host Minnesota United (MLS) on Wednesday at 4:30pm before returning to league play against Tampa Bay next Saturday at 1pm

Roots v Republic

In a long awaited Northern California rivalry matchup at Laney College, the first year Roots finally hosted a match against USL originals Republic.  The original game from June 19 was postponed and eventually moved to Las Positas College on August 11 but the second match seemed like a debut game and it did not disappoint.

Quincy Amarikwa kicked off the scoring with his goal in the 10th minute but Dariusz Formella drew the game even 21 minutes later to level the teams at a goal each.

The Roots scored the game winner thanks to a goal from Emrah Klimenta in the 63rd minute.  With Oakland’s victory they have a series tiebreaker with one win and three draws.

Doug and Rob at Soccer Bay Area has their take on the game here:

Oakland Roots best Sac Republic to claim valuable points in NorCal Derby

And a welcome to Jonathan at the Oakland Roots blog–he has his own take and player ratings from this match.  Thank you for letting us share what you have with the audience.

Our photo set is here:


The Roots will hit the road in a short turnaround at Phoenix on Saturday October 9 at 7:30 pm, while Sacramento continues their road schedule to San Diego on the same night/time.

Quakes v Sacramento (US Open Cup)

Right now, we will defer to Doug at the Beautiful Blog for the highlights of the dramatic 4-3 Quakes win over Sacramento.  It is always a pleasure to hang out with one of the socca family.  Give him a follow at We will admit that he takes the better shots. Plus, the Z man is one of the Red Bulls/Metros fans I will jam with.

Summary and set from the 3pointsport spot coming soon.

San Jose is on break until June 26 when they host Houston in league play while Sacramento resumes USL play against the Tulsa Roughnecks on June 22 7pm kickoff. The next Open Cup match for the Quakes will be on the road against LAFC on June 20 at Banc of California Stadium kickoff at 7:30pm.

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It looks like Quakes defender Nick Lima will have his chance to earn his first cap either against Panama or Costa Rica. All of the players on Gregg Berhalter’s team are MLS based players and are hoping to earn a further look as the US team begins their Gold Cup run this year, and eventually their World Cup qualifying run in 2022.

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The Quakes will begin their pre-season camp in Cancun, Mexico. One game is slated to be played there before returning to the US for a 3 game warmup at Reno on February 9, a closed door match against LAFC on February 16, and the traditional pre-season warmup on February 23 against the Seattle Sounders.

Some news from Sacramento regarding their MLS bid. The team currently plays in the USL Championship.

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From the SF Glens Instagram. Their USL League Two (previously the PDL) schedule will be announced on Wednesday January 30, and that will include the home and home matches against cross town rival SF City–which we can best presume they will announce their season as well. (We await their schedule but 2019 memberships are available here.) A major note is that Fresno FC U23s is not on the list and that the Northern California group will include the San Francisco teams and the second year Santa Cruz Breakers. Stay tuned to 3pointsport for more USL League Two news.