San Diego, Calif. (Aug. 1, 2020) – San Diego Loyal SC (SD Loyal) earns points for the second-straight home match with a scoreless tie against Sacramento Republic FC Saturday at USD Torero Stadium.
Coach Landon Donovan’s team adds a point in the Group B standings after facing the team from the State Capitol, reaching 11 points with a 3-1-2 record. The tie came in a tight match that featured both teams looking to figure each other out early on. SD Loyal controlled possession for most of the match, creating a handful of dangerous plays but could not find the final touch and strike to find the net.
It was Sacramento Republic FC (1-1-3, 6 points) who began to move its lines up and created a scoring chance. Cam Iwasa sent a quick header off a long volley near the right post, but SD Loyal goalkeeper Jon Kempin made the point-blank save in the 29th minute.
SD Loyal put on some pressure late in the first half. Jack Metcalf got a shot from inside the penalty box in the 44th minute but it was blocked by Sacramento Republic FC goalkeeper Rafael Diaz from his knees. Tumi Moshobane then tried a low rolling left-footed shot a minute later but Diaz was there to dive on the ball for another save.
Sacramento, the team SD Loyal President Warren Smith co-founded and help clinch an MLS expansion for 2022, came out trying to spark an attack early in the second half. Sam Werner sent a header just wide of the left post in the 50th minute off a cross by Kharlton Belmar.
This was SD Loyal’s second-consecutive home match. It was supposed to face LA Galaxy II last Wednesday in a midweek match. It traveled to Carson, Calif. only to find out the match had been postponed. The match was postponed after covered individuals scheduled to be involved in the match tested positive for COVID-19, as part of weekly routine testing. It was also an out of group match as Sacramento Republic sits in second place in the Group A standings.
SD Loyal is now slated to head on the road to face Las Vegas Lights FC Saturday Aug. 8 at Cashman Field in a Group B match.