SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento Republic FC continued its “Five Years of Glory” celebration on Saturday night when the side hosted Seattle Sounders FC 2 at Papa Murphy’s Park as it welcomed 2014 USL Cup Most Valuable Player Rodrigo Lopez for a pregame discussion of the club’s championship inaugural season and a halftime ceremony honoring the former USL All-League selection.
Sacramento went on to take a 3-0 victory in front of a sellout crowd of 11,569 fans behind two goals from Christian Eissele and a 13th of the season by Cameron Iwasa, who surpassed his own single-season club record for goals in the process.
Check out some of the sights and sounds from a celebratory night in California’s capital.
Sacramento Republic FC welcomed 2014 USL Cup Most Valuable Player Rodrigo Lopez back to the club on Saturday night as part of its "Five Years of Glory" celebration, and then took a 3-0 victory against Seattle Sounders FC 2 before a sellout crowd of 11,569 at Papa Murphy's Park.
So my manager let me take tonight off work to go see the one and only @Lopez_Roro at the @SacRepublicFC game tonight.— Matthew Dzida (@Skettikeeper) September 8, 2018
Needless to say I'm pretty excited. #5YearsOfGlory #SACvSEA @Lopez_Roro any chance I could get an autograph tonight? Lol #ShootYourShot
@Lopez_Roro THX 4making it 2 @SacRepublicFC 2 celebrate your role with the club as it celebrates its fifth year. U have special place in my heart as the first player contract I signed. I am thrilled coming 2 the club & back to Preki helped to propel your career. Sorry 2 miss U!— Warren Smith (@TheWarrenSmith) September 6, 2018
#MiracleAtBonney was an historic moment in Sacramento sports. @SacRepublicFC was down 0-2 before @Lopez_Roro made his astounding hat trick. Fans went crazy and rushed the field. It was my grandson’s first soccer match and he got autographs from every player. What a souvenir! pic.twitter.com/q5Rg3BE3na— Judy Farah (@newsbabe1530) September 8, 2018