Republic FC to Resume USL Season at Home on Monday, July 13
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Republic FC's revised schedule for the 2020 USL Championship season will bring live professional sports back to Sacramento for the first time since mid-March, with the Indomitable Club set to return to the home pitch on July 13 against Tacoma Defiance. Monday's match will be the first professional sports league competition in California since pandemic paused league play around the country.
"We're grateful for the opportunity to represent Sacramento on this stage and be a source of pride and togetherness for our region," said President and Chief Operating Officer Ben Gumpert. "We need that now more than ever."
The new, 16-game season format - regional group play to limit travel that leads up to a single-elimination playoff - will resume on July 11. The remaining regular-season games will be played over 13 weeks, concluding on the weekend of October 2-4.
Republic FC will join Group A with Reno 1868 FC, Tacoma Defiance, and Portland Timbers 2, playing each opponent four times. The Indomitable Club will crossover and face Western Conference Group B opponents LA Galaxy II and San Diego Loyal SC on the road and Orange County SC at home to complete the 16-game season. Republic FC opened the season with a 1-1 draw against FC Tulsa on March 7.
Following the decision of county health officials, the July matches will be played without fans in attendance. The club will continue to work with local health officials and medical experts to explore options and potential opportunities to create a safe environment for hosting limited fans later in the season.
Without its famed supporters in the stands, Republic FC has developed new ways for fans to be included on match day. Thirty minutes before kickoff, Live from the Pitch with Connor Sutton - the club's new pregame show on Facebook - will give fans a new matchday perspective with interviews, Q&A with club insiders, and live look-ins to warm-ups. During the match, fans can join the club's virtual watch party where they can interact with other fans, participate in games and contests, and be featured in the club's match telecast while cheering for the boys in Old Glory Red. To join a watch party in English or Spanish, fans can RSVP at SacRepublicFC.com.
Monday, July 13, 2020 vs. Tacoma Defiance ^
Sunday, July 19, 2020 vs. Reno 1868 FC *
Saturday, July 25, 2020 @ LA Galaxy II
Wednesday, July 29, 2020 vs. Orange County SC
Saturday, August 1, 2020 @ San Diego Loyal SC
Saturday, August 8, 2020 @ Portland Timbers 2
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 @ Reno 1868 FC
Saturday, August 15, 2020 vs. Tacoma Defiance
Saturday, August 22, 2020 vs. Portland Timbers 2
Wednesday, September 2, 2020 @ Portland Timbers 2
Saturday, September 12, 2020 vs. Reno 1868 FC
Saturday, September 19, 2020 vs. Tacoma Defiance
Saturday, September 26, 2020 @ Reno 1868 FC
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 @ Tacoma Defiance
Saturday, October 3, 2020 vs. Portland Timbers 2
Additional match times to be announced at a future date
^ on ESPN Deportes, KQCA My 58
* on ESPN 2
All other matches on KQCA My 58, Estrella TV Sacramento, ESPN+
Weekend matches consume the bulk of the schedule with 9 of the 15 contests occurring on Saturdays. The lone Sunday match on July 19 at home against Reno 1868 FC will kick off the first regular-season derby and will be featured on ESPN2. The club also has four midweek contests and one Monday evening matchup. Of the 15 remaining matches, two-thirds of the games will take place in August or September with both months seeing the boys in Old Glory Red play five times.
KQCA My58 and Estrella TV Sacramento will air Republic FC home and away matches, with both networks leading local coverage. During nationally televised matches on July 13 (ESPN Deportes) and July 19 (ESPN2), the local broadcast will provide a complementary feed - a KQCA My58 English broadcast on July 13 and an Estrella TV Sacramento Spanish broadcast on July 13. Viewers in the greater Sacramento/Stockton/Modesto area will be able to watch game broadcasts in Spanish via Estrella TV Sacramento on digital channel 58.3, Xfinity 377, Charter 200, Consolidate Communications 16, Rancho Murieta 179 and Volcano Vision 447.
Through a USL Championship partnership, all remaining Republic FC regular-season matches will be simulcast on the ESPN+ platform, available on desktop, mobile devices, and other streaming services.
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