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Sacramento's Quincy Butler drives to the ball during the second half.
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Sacramento’s Fifth USL Season Kicked Off Sunday Versus Los Angeles FC [Photos]

A second solid effort against a Major League Soccer opponent fell short last Sunday when Sacramento Republic FC dropped a 1-0 match to the expansion Los Angeles FC before a near sellout at Papa Murphy’s Park.

Los Angeles broke a 0-0 tie in the 60th minute with a goal from João Moutinho, who was the overall No. 1 draft pick of the MLS draft in January. Republic FC, now 1-2 after three pre-season games – two against MLS opponents – will continue 2018 preseason play against United Soccer League’s newest team, Fresno FC on Sunday, March 4 at Stanislaus State University. Sacramento’s fifth USL season will open March 10 in Cincinnati with the home opener scheduled for March 17 against San Antonio FC.

Below, you can view a few snapshots from Sunday’s match.

For more information on the 2018 season, visit SacRepublicFC.com.

It was a beautiful 60 degrees and a near-sellout for the Sunday friendly against the MLS expansion team.
Los Angeles Keeper Tyler Miller makes a key second-half save en route to a 1-0 shutout.
Sacramento’s Tower Bridge Battalion was out in force during Sunday’s near-sellout at Papa Murphy’s Park.
Sacramento FC Keeper Josh Cohen makes another save during second half action.
LA midfielder Benny Fellhaber keeps his eye on the ball during Sunday’s 1-0 friendly win over Sacramento.
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Steve Martarano

Steve Martarano

A resident of Sacramento since graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Nevada, Reno, Steve spent the 1980s at The Sacramento Union, working as a sports writer, music reviewer and crime reporter, among other assignments. He's spent the last 25+ years working in government public affairs for both state and federal agencies and currently is with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Bay-Delta office in Sacramento. He has shot just about every local sports team for the Sacramento Press, including local colleges, the Sacramento River Cats and Sacramento Republic FC. He resides in Curtis Park with his wife Sharon.

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