Sacramento’s spirit shines as Foster rises to occasion

As Briggs was quick to point out, it wasn’t just Foster that delivered off the bench as Sacramento built momentum throughout the second half. Republic FC captain Rodrigo Lopez also delivered, providing the assist on the Jamaican’s opening goal nine minutes after both had been introduced. Then there was Damia Viader, who didn’t put his name on the scoresheet, but according to Briggs provided the visible energy that helped push Monterey Bay back and sustain pressure for the visitors.

Foster, though, was the story of the night. Having scored a late winner for Sacramento on the road against the New York Red Bulls II on May 8 – which prior to the past three weeks had stood as the only road win of the season for the side – the 25-year-old gave Republic FC its first road comeback of the season, and its longest league winning streak since the 2020 campaign.

“He came on and his energy, his movements and his quality in front of goal – I think he showed everyone what he’s capable of bringing into this group,” said Briggs. “[I’m] over the moon for him tonight to come on and score two goals. All the subs were fantastic, but special mention to Maalique, because he’s been through hell, and he’s come out the other side and won us a game tonight.”

With the chance to close the gap to the top two teams in the Western Conference up next in a visit to second-placed Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC on Friday night, Sacramento’s spirit is shining.

“I think the mentality of the group and the togetherness of the group really showed tonight,” said Briggs. “Our backs were against the wall, and they dug in, they stuck together and they produced another result that gets us three points. [I’m] proud of this group, the work they continue to put in and the attitude they continue to show is second-to-none.”

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