Real Monarchs head to California capital against Republic FC

May 30th, 2015 | by Sean Walker

After bowing out of the U.S. Open Cup in the third round, Real Monarchs return to USL play for its third match in the Capital City Cup against Sacramento Republic FC on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. MT at Bonney Field in Sacramento.

The Monarchs (1-6-3) put their unbeaten (1-0) record against Republic FC (6-5-0) on the line after earning the first win in franchise history, 1-0 at home against the Sacramento side. The Republic are led by former MLS coach Preki and Salt Lake City native Justin Braun, as well as a host of attacking talent like Rodrigo Lopez.

Max Rauhofer‘s goal in the 78th minute gave the Monarchs its first-ever win the last time these two teams met. Rauhofer redirected Fito Ovalle‘s shot off his heel and past goalkeeper Patrick McLain when the two sides faced off at Rio Tinto Stadium last month.

Saturday’s match will be the third in the Capital City Cup rivalry series between the Monarchs (Salt Lake City), Sacramento, Austin, Oklahoma City, and Arizona United (Phoenix). Real Monarchs are currently in third place in the challenge, just behind OKC Energy FC.

Real Monarchs at Sacramento Republic FC

When: 8 p.m. MT

Where: saltcityfc.com or Sacramento Republic YouTube channel

What’s at stake: Three more points in the West, an unbeaten record against Republic FC, and a big win in the five-team Capital City Cup series.

Sean Walker

Sean Walker

Salt City FC editor-in-chief Sean Walker has been covering soccer at all levels since 2007. He began his career in Las Vegas, and has since written for publications from the Intermountain West to Central New York, where he attended graduate school in 2012. Currently, Sean covers Real Salt Lake and Major League Soccer for KSL.com. A struggling Evertonian by birth, Sean follows European soccer through the blue lens of the Toffees, and has strong feelings toward the UEFA Europa League.

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