Scoreless In Sacramento
It was a fairly even match on Saturday night between RGVFC and Sacramento Republic FC. Both teams had quality chances, but unfortunately, neither club could break through. The host Republic definitely had the better chances of the two sides. If not for Houston Dynamo loanee Calle Brown, they would have scored at least twice.
The Toros will be happy to earn a point on the road. Sacramento’s sellout crowd was very into the match, but RGVFC did not back down. There were solid runs of the possession soccer we saw last season. With timely defending, and a pass based attack, RGV will return to being a tough team to defeat.
Dynamo Theory’s Man of the Match Calle Brown: On loan from Houston, Calle played a massive part in RGV earning a point on the road. He made a handful of saves, a couple of them from close range.
Ivan Magalhaes: The second year center back was working hard all night to thwart Sacramento. Countless last second poke aways, and also had a clearance off the line.
Emilio Garcia: He was the most consistent attacker for RGV. He pushed the ball forward, and had a curling shot go just wide in the second half.
Ivan Magalhaes explains how the Toros can keep the defense steady:
“We just have to keep the same mentality and team effort we have been lately in order to keep the other teams from scoring. As long as they don't score, all we have to do is put one in the back of the net so we can come back to the Valley with a W from this trip.”
The Good Guys: Rio Grande Valley FC Toros (4-3-2)
Ruben Luna was back up top starting for the Toros. It’s a completely different look with only one striker. The club has not been successful in getting the ball to his feet in dangerous areas, and the offense has looked more potent with two forwards.
The defense was great Saturday night across the board. Kai Greene and Victor Garza played great two way soccer. Taylor Hunter and Ivan Magalhaes locked down the middle, snuffing out countless attacks by Sacramento.
The Bad Guys: Reno 1868 FC (3-3-3)
When mentioning Reno, the first player you have to discuss is Dane Kelly. The USL’s all time leading scorer went on a tear last month, netting eight goals in May alone. His 10 goals this season have him tied for the lead in the USL.
6th overall 2017 Superdraft pick Jackson Yueill has made five appearances with Reno on loan from San Jose.
They’re the third highest scoring club in the league, and they are coming off a bye. In their last action, they lost to Sacramento Republic FC in the US Open Cup. These two clubs have never met before.
The Dirty Details:
RGVFC at Reno 1868 FC
Tonight, 9:30 pm Central Time
Watch it live HERE.