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Four Hobbit Day reasons to watch Defiance v. Sacramento Republic on your second screen

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Tacoma needs to hold off the a challenger tonight.

Jackson Ragen and Ray Serrano advance the ball.
Charis Wilson courtesy of Seattle Sounders and Tacoma Defiance.

Fending off two challengers below while still hopeful of a home game in the USL Championship playoffs, Tacoma Defiance are home again for a two-match week. That starts Wednesday night (7 PM PT, ESPN+) against Sacramento Republic, the current 6th seed with 26 points and a 6-9-8, -5 record.

Wade Webber’s Defiance are currently the 4 seed in the Pacific and 8th in the West. Their 8-8-6, -2 record is buoyed by an impressive 6-1-3, +7 record at Cheney Stadium this year.

The two teams have only met once this season, a draw in Tacoma thanks to a Randy Mendoza goal. Defiance trail the all-time series with a 3-12-4, -18 record. At home they have fared better, 3-3-2, +1.

Why You Should Watch

  • Long Awaited Party: Defiance return home after a few weeks away. They are much better in the comfort of their shire. There must not be a scouring.
  • Fellowship: There will be no support from the Sounders loandowns. They’re on a quest for a Cup. The simultaneous matches are similar to when the group splits, with both goals needing to be accomplished at once.
  • Sting: Strike sharp and quick. The talent on Defiance is enough to win when they use their strengths. There’s no need to go toe-to-toe with Sacramento.
  • Embrace the Took: When faced with adventure and opportunity, embrace that. Show courage. Leave what is expected and discover what you are capable of.

How to Watch

Match date/kickoff time: Wednesday, September 22, 7 PM PT

Venue: Cheney Stadium | Tacoma, Washington

Online Streaming: ESPN+

Defiance Absences: There are no injuries to report. Sota Kitahara is on loan to FC Pinzgau Saalfelden in Austria until the end of 2021. Azriel Gonzalez is on loan to FC Edmonton through the 2021 CPL season.

Republic: Maalique Foster is suspended for violent conduct in Sacramento’s loss to San Antonio.