Yesterday, RGVFC and the USL announced the match scheduled for this morning, between the Toros and Reno 1868 FC would be postponed. Flash floods in Dallas caused chaos in the club’s travel schedule and the match will be made up on May 2nd, and will still serve as a Kids Day at H-E-B Park. Children from schools in the Valley will attend the match on field trips and get to experience a professional soccer match in their own neighborhood. The G-League’s Rio Grande Valley Vipers, also owned by Alonzo Cantu, have had success in the past with this fun idea. On a non-soccer related note, good luck to the Vipers in this year’s G-League playoffs. They host the Texas Legends in the first round 3/30 at State Farm Arena.
The Good Guys: Rio Grande Valley FC Toros (0-0-1)
After an opening match draw with Saint Louis FC, the Toros did not have a match this past weekend. The club’s MLS affiliate Houston Dynamo also were out of action last weekend and could send some rotation players down to the Valley to get some match minutes.
The Toros looked dangerous in their only match this season. Pablo Aguilar and Matias Zaldivar impressed in their debuts, with the former scoring the lone goal vs. Saint Louis. Conor Donovan and the rest of the back line will need to stay sharp against an undefeated Sacramento Republic FC squad.
The Bad Guys: Sacramento Republic FC (2-0-0)
The 2014 USL champions have got off to a fast start in 2018. Sacramento Republic FC has defeated San Antonio FC and Orange County SC to get their season underway. They’ve scored three goals, all from different players. Mitchell Taintor was selected the USL’s Team of the Week for his defensive performance against OCSC.
Cameron Iwawa, the lone goal scorer against Orange County, is returning to his hometown club that he spent 2015-16 with. They also bring back Villyan Bijev, who split last season between Portland Timbers 2 and Republic FC. Both are proven attacking players in the USL.
Sacramento enjoyed big success against the Toros last season, winning twice and drawing once. The draw came first, 0-0 at Papa Murphy’s Park. Then, RGVFC got blown out 6-2 in Sacramento. When the clubs finally played in South Texas, Republic FC still won. This time it was a reasonable 2-1.
The Dirty Details
RGVFC vs. Sacramento Republic FC
Saturday, 3/31, at H-E-B Park
Watch it live HERE at 7:30PM Central Time