SACRAMENTO - A sellout crowd of 20,231 set a USL Pro regular season attendance record on Saturday, but the Sacramento Republic FC was unable to pull out a victory, as they fell to the Harrisburg Islanders 2-1.
Professional soccer was ushered in in grand fashion at Hughes Stadium, the temporary home of the Republic while their future stadium is constructed at Cal Expo.
To get 20,000 people out here is incredible," said Republic FC forward Adam Jahn, an area native, who played at Jesuit High School in Carmichael. "It just shows the following in Sacramento and it's going to be really exciting going forward."
Jahn, who was loaned to Republic FC by their Major League Soccer parent club San Jose Earthquakes on Thursday, scored the club's first goal in the first game played in the Capital City. Jahn's header, off a corner kick from Max Alvarez, tied the game at 1-1 at the 32 minute mark.
"It's good to be a part of this history and I know it's going to be a very bright future for this city and this Club," Jahn said.
Sacramento failed a number of opportunities following John's goal. Following stoppage time, Harrisburg re-took the lead in the 52nd minute as Morgan Langley's shot skipped past goalkeeper Dominik Jakubek.
"It will be a difficult one to swallow right now because there's no way that we deserved to lose that game," Republic FC coach Preki said.
The Republic FC will return to action next Saturday, May 3 when they host the Orange County Blues FC at 7:30 p.m. at Hughes Stadium.
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