San Diego Loyal SC returned to Torero Stadium, enjoying to a 1-1 draw in opposition to the first- place Sacramento Republic FC.
Ronaldo Damus scored by way of penalty kick within the second half whereas Sacramento’s Damià Viader discovered the online within the first half of the Friday USL Championship match.
SD Loyal, after three straight street matches, got here dwelling and earned some extent within the convention standings regardless of enjoying the staff with the most effective report within the league. San Diego (6-4-4, 22 factors) is in fourth place within the Western Convention.
Sacramento (8-1-5, 29 factors) had allowed solely seven targets previous to Friday’s match because the convention leaders opted to sit down again and defend for many of the 90 minutes. SD Loyal performed its model, attacking and pressuring all through the match.
Nevertheless it was the guests who scored first. Viader gave Sacramento a 1-0 lead with a left-footed shot, beating Koke Vegas to bury the ball into the lower-right nook of the online off a move from Luis Rodrigues.
SD Loyal had been controlling the tempo of the match and had created a handful of scoring probabilities, however they didn’t repay till halfway by the second half.
Sacramento was whistled for a penalty kick after a handball by Connor Donovan. Donovan was proven a yellow after blocking a shot by second-half substitute Elliot Collier.
Damus transformed the penalty kick to tie the match, flicking his shot to the left of Sacramento goalkeeper Danny Vitiello. It was the Haitian striker’s fifth purpose of the season, tying Evan Conway for the membership lead. It was additionally Damus’ third purpose in two video games.
After Sacramento’s Russell Cicerone misfired on a wide-open internet within the 78th minute, SD Loyal continued to strain within the late moments, however couldn’t put within the game-winner.
SD Loyal caps its two-match dwelling stand at 7 p.m Wednesday, internet hosting San Antonio FC in one other Western Convention contest in opposition to the defending league champions. They performed to a 3-3 draw final weekend.