Sacramento, CA – In celebration of a decade of soccer excellence, Sacramento Republic FC returned to where it all began at Hughes Stadium on August 26, 2023 in a fiercely competitive USL Championship western conference match versus Orange County SC. The 10-year anniversary match marked a significant milestone in the history of the club and provided the 20,231 fans on site with an unforgettable evening of soccer action that once again proved that Sacramento is indeed capable of delivering crowds that keep up with nearly anything domestic rival league Major League Soccer has to offer.

The boys in old glory red have been a cornerstone of professional soccer in Northern California for a decade. During that span, the club has made significant strides both on and off the pitch, including the inaugural season championship for which they have a star on the kit. Hughes Stadium, their original home, holds a special place in the hearts of supporters, and the 10-year anniversary match was an emotional reunion between the team and its dedicated fanbase.

The festivities began hours before the kickoff as fans arrived wearing scarves and jerseys. Tailgates filled the air with a variety of sounds and smells, and chants of “Glory, Glory, Sacramento!” echoed through the parking lots and across the bridge as the Tower Bridge Battalion supporters group approached. The excitement was palpable, and it was clear that this night would be one to remember.

As the players took to the field, the energy in Hughes Stadium reached a feverish pitch. SRFC came out determined and fought hard. OCSC, however, proved to be formidable opponents, creating an intense match that did not go the way the home team had hoped. Orange County won the contest 2-0. Sacramento’s legendary midfielder, iconic captain and final founding roster member, Rodrigo Lopez, said, “the result was not ideal… we will bounce back.” Returning after a 4-month injury recovery period, having Lopez return to the pitch was an incredible victory; indeed, he has bounced back.

Republic FC head coach Mark Briggs expressed his gratitude to the fans, saying, “This victory is not just for us, but for the amazing supporters who have been with us since day one. The energy in Hughes Stadium was incredible, and it’s a testament to the incredible bond between this team and our city.”

The 10-year anniversary match at Hughes Stadium was more than just a soccer game; it was a celebration of the passion, dedication, and success of the Sacramento Republic FC over the past decade. As the club continues to grow and evolve, this milestone reminds everyone that their roots run deep, and their future remains as promising as ever. Sacramento can be proud of the Republic FC and the incredible journey they’ve embarked upon since that inaugural season in 2014.

Following the match at Hughes, Sacramento suffered a loss on the road in Phoenix, but then managed to capture a road win at rival Oakland this past Saturday. They currently remain in first place in the western conference by two points over San Antonio. The club returns to the pitch September 16 at Heart Health Park, where they will host El Paso. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 PM PST, and the match will be televised on ESPN+.

Ahsan Awan has been covering sports for over a decade, and has been covering professional soccer, including USL and Sacramento Republic FC, since their debut in 2014. All images taken by Ahsan Awan for American Presswire and ©2023 Ahsan Awan for American Presswire subject to unlimited use under license unless otherwise noted. He can be found on Twitter as @quackarazzi and on Instagram as @quackarazzi.