Highway 99 Derby Tonight at Chukchansi Park
Still the last undefeated team in the USL Western Conference, Fresno FC looks to extend that streak against its nearest rival, Sacramento Republic FC, on Wednesday, May 8th when the two teams kickoff at 7:30 p.m. at Chukchansi Park. It is billed to be a hot Highway 99 Derby as former Sacramento Republic FC assistant coach Adam Smith looks for his second win against his old club. Former Republic FC products on the Fresno FC roster include forward Christian Chaney and center back Mickey Daly. Fresno connections on the Republic FC roster include forward Villyan Bijev (Edison HS/Buchanan HS) and defender Elliott Hord (Fresno Fuego/Bullard HS/UC Davis).
Los Zorros (3W-0L-4D, 6th place, 13 points) are coming off an impressive 4-2 comeback road victory against Real Monarchs that saw Fresno native Christian Chaney score for the second straight game. Chaney scored twice against Real Monarchs, and also scored the team's first goal in a 2-2 draw against Orange County SC in Week 7. New midfielder Jackson leads the club in assists with four. Fresno FC continues to be one of the best defensive clubs in the league, with a 6-plus goal differential that ranks second in the conference and has allowed just six goals for the third-lowest in the West. Fresno currently sits in sixth place in the 18-team Western Conference with 13 points, just four behind front-runner New Mexico United, with two games in hand. Sacramento (3-3-2, 12th place, 11 points) has dropped three of its last five games and looks to bounce back from a 4-2 loss at Las Vegas Lights over the weekend.
Sacramento Republic FC leads the all-time series with Fresno FC 2W-1L-0D, with both wins coming by way of 1-0 results on June 13 at Chukchansi Park and August 4 at Papa Murphy's Park in Sacramento. Fresno FC won the second of three meetings last season - a 2-0 victory that saw goals from Juan Pablo Caffa and Franck Tayou.
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