Lightly regarded MLS reject Justin Braun may not have had a convincing top level career, but USL Pro appears just right after the former Chivas USA striker scored the Sacramento Republic’s inaugural goal in a 1-1 draw against the Galaxy II Saturday night at the StubHub Center track and field stadium.
A crowd of 1,085, including visiting Republic fans, watched former Chivas USA coach Preki almost steal a point against an old foe before sub Chandler Hoffman equalized late in the game.
“I thought on a better day we walk away with the three points,” Preki told the Republic website. “There is still a lot of room for improvement and I know that as the season goes we will get better and better.”
LA Galaxy II lineup: Brian Rowe; Oscar Sorto, Daniel Steres (Kofi Opare 72’), Tommy Meyer, Logan Emory (Eder Arreola 88’); Aleksandar Đoković (Alejandro Covarrubias 61’), Rafael Garcia© (Bradford Jamieson IV 79’), Kenney Walker, Raul Mendiola; Charlie Rugg (Chandler Hoffman 55’), Jack McBean
The Republic returns to the South Bay April 7 to play a game at the same venue against Chivas USA reserves.