SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Thanks in large part to a beautiful connection from two players with roots in the Central Valley, the Fresno Football Club made it three wins in a row on Wednesday night, winning at Sacramento Republic FC 1-0.
Coming on as a substitute in the 72nd minute, Diego Casillas, a former standout at Monache High School in Porterville, immediately made an impact, scoring the go-ahead goal in the 77th minute on a perfect cross from fellow Fresno native Elijah Martin. It was Casillas’ first goal of his professional career and Martin’s first assist of the season. Both players are former members of the Fresno Fuego.
The win was extra special for the Foxes, because it is the first time Fresno has defeated Sacramento this season in three ties. Republic FC won the first two contests 1-0, including a May 29 Open Cup game that went into extra time.
With the win, Fresno FC improves to 8-2-7 overall, and remains in third place in the USL Western Conference standings.
The Foxes earned three points for the win, and now have 31 points through 17 games.
They trail only first-place Phoenix Rising FC, which has 35 points through 17 games, and second-place Reno 1868 FC, which has 32 points through 18 games.
The top eight teams in the Western Conference after the 34-game regular season schedule has been completed, make the USL Championship playoffs.
The Foxes return to downtown Fresno on Saturday, July 13th, when they host seventh-place New Mexico United at Chukchansi Park at 7:30 p.m.
All fans can donate a book all next week, from July 8-12, and receive a free kids ticket (ages 12-and-under) in exchange. Books will be collected all week long at the Fresno FC front office and team store located at 1555 Van Ness Avenue in downtown Fresno.
For more information, visit FresnoFC.com or call 559-320-2525.