New Faces Will Be On Display This Weekend As Saint Louis FC Takes On Sacramento
Saint Louis FC takes on Sacramento Republic FC this Saturday night in a United Soccer League match at World Wide Technology Soccer Park in Fenton, Missouri.
Sacramento is near the top of the USL West table while STLFC is fighting for a playoff spot.
In the only other match up between these two teams this season, Saint Louis beat Sacramento 1-0 in Sacramento on a goal by Mike Ambersley.
The USL West
After a terrible month of July that saw the team earn 5 of a possible 18 points, Saint Louis FC has fallen below the playoff line in the USL West. The team sits in 9th place overall with a record of 7 wins, 8 losses and 7 ties for 28 points. The Swope Park Rangers have played one fewer game on the season and hold the 8th and final playoff spot by 1 point over STLFC. The three teams in front of STLFC in the standings all play teams in the bottom third of the table this weekend, making taking a full three points this weekend very important.
Last Time Out For Saint Louis FC
Saturday’s game marks a return from the longest break of the season between games for Irvin Herrera and company. The team hasn’t played since a 1-1 tie with Swope Park on August 3. Swope Park scored first in the game in the 34th minute. Irvin Herrera converted a penalty kick in the 64th minute to tie the score. The home squad battled in the final minutes, as has been the case for much of the season, but failed to get the coveted three points.
Who Is Sacramento Republic FC?
Sacramento is led in scoring by Cameron Iwasa with seven goals and two assists in USL matches this season. Danny Barrera has seven assists on the season to go with two goals.
The month of July saw a Sacramento slide much like the local side’s. After starting the month with a win at home over Seattle, SRFC saw three losses and two draws. The started August with a win over Oklahoma City Energy FC and played to a 1-1 draw with San Antonio FC last Saturday. SRFC was down in that match after 90 minutes of play, but converted a penalty kick in stoppage time to equalize.
Earlier this week Sacramento announced the signing of Carlton Cole, a move that made waves around the USL. The 32-year old Cole spent 10 years with West Ham United of the English Premier League, making 256 appearances and scoring 55 goals. Josh Beeman of Indomitable City Soccer expects coach Paul Buckle’s team to play a two-forward formation with Cameron Iwasa and Cole starting up top.
In a game preview on Indomitable City Soccer, Geroge Shiel points out that Carlton Cole will not report to Sacramento until August 16th, meaning he won’t be in St. Louis this weekend.
Sacramento also announced the signing this week of Wilson Kneeshaw, most recently of Blyth Spartans AFC of the Northern Premier League. The 22-year old forward was “signed for his potential”, according to Graham Smith, SRFC’s Director of Football Operations.
Sacramento Republic FC will be without backline stalwarts James Kiffe and Emrah Klimenta this weekend in St. Louis. Kiffe is injured and out for the season and Klimenta will be serving a suspension for yellow card accumulation. Beeman speculated on who will replace those two on the field at fullback, throwing out names like Jeremy Hall, Kip Colvey and Mike da Fonte.
What To Expect From Saint Louis FC
Saint Louis FC announced a big roster move earlier this week, adding Collin Fernandez and Alex Morrell on loan from the Chicago Fire for the rest of the season. Fernandez, a 19-year old midfielder, signed with Chicago as a Homegrown Player in 2014. He has made appearances for both the United States U-17 and U-20 teams. Fernandez has made two appearances for the MLS side this season.
Morrell is a 22-year old forward for Lakeland, Florida that was taken 22nd overall by the Fire in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft. He played his college ball at the University of North Florida where he was an All-Conference selection in three of his four years. He’s made four appearances for the MLS side this season.
Morrell and Fernandez both have said they are excited for the opportunity being here in St. Louis provides and have heard good things about Saint Louis FC and the St. Louligans.
How will these additions change Dale Schilly’s plans? We’ll see on Saturday. The signings were announced after Monday’s This Is Silly! podcast with special guest Jeremy Alumbaugh, Saint Louis FC general manager. The podcast is still a really good listen and I recommend listening to it before tomorrow’s game.
Catch The Action Live
Saturday night is Health and Fitness Night at World Wide Technology Soccer Park. There will be various promotions throughout the night promoting the theme.
Saint Louis FC has four regular season home games left in the 2016 season and is offering three different Pick 2 packs. The Great Deal includes 2 General Admission tickets to this weekend’s game, 2 hot dog vouchers, 2 beer vouchers and 2 GA tickets to a future game for $72. The Best Deal upgrades the tickets in the package to West Reserved seats and costs $96. A basic package that includes 2 GA tickets and 2 GA tickets to a future game for $44.
Tickets can be purchased online at SaintLouisFC.com or by calling 636-680-0997. Individual tickets can also be purchased while supplies last at the DNT Box Office at World Wide Technology Soccer Park.
JED Transportation presents the Pub 2 Park shuttle service for free at each Saint Louis FC home match. Fans can enjoy free shuttle service to the park from one of four locations: iTap-Soulard, Amsterdam Tavern, Smugala’s Pizza-Sunset Hills and Hotshots-Fenton. Shuttles will leave at 6 pm this Saturday from Smugala’s, iTap and Amsterdam Tavern. The shuttle from Hotshots will leave at 6: 45 pm. Register for a Pub 2 Park shuttle here.
Watch the Action On Youtube
Every USL match is streamed live through YouTube. Be part of the virtual action through the USL Match Center.
Saint Louis FC vs Sacramento Republic FC 8-13-16
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