SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento Republic FC clinched the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference for the 2018 USL Cup Playoffs on Saturday night with a 1-0 win against Las Vegas Lights FC, but the night was a special one for the club as it welcomed its newest signing to the field for his debut.
15-year-old Matthew Harding, who was signed through the help of Make-A-Wish and UC Davis Children’s Hospital on Wednesday, became the youngest player in club history and brought the sellout crowd of 11,569 fans at Papa Murphy’s Park to its feet with his first goal in Republic FC colors.
Here are some of the sights and sounds from a memorable night for Republic FC.
Sacramento Republic FC saw 15-year-old Matthew Harding become its youngest player in club history against Las Vegas Lights FC after the cancer patient was signed through the help of Make-A-Wish and UC Davis Children’s Hospital.
Ok this kid is unreal congrats bud!!!!— Rodrigo Lopez (@Lopez_Roro) October 14, 2018
Really awesome stuff here from @SacRepublicFC -- 15-year-old Matthew Harding has been battling a rare cancer, and his wish was to become a SRFC player and score a goal. And the club, along with @MakeAWish and @UCDavisHealth, made the dream come true. pic.twitter.com/RQ7QCHQgWj— Roger Gonzalez (@RGonzalezCBS) October 14, 2018