Tacoma Defiance Plays to Thrilling 3-3 Draw at Sacramento in Return to USL Action

Late equalizer from Serrano earns first point of season for Tacoma; Diaz and Daley also score in Defiance’s first competitive action in over four months

Playing in its first competitive action in over four months, Tacoma Defiance (0-2-1, 1 point) came from behind to earn a 3-3 draw at Sacramento Republic FC (0-0-1, 1 point) on Monday evening at Papa Murphy’s Park. Ray Serrano scored a late equalizer, while Alec Diaz and Jesse Daley added goals in Tacoma’s first match since USL suspended play due to COVID-19. Tacoma returns home on Saturday, July 18 for a closed-door match vs. Portland Timbers 2 at Cheney Stadium (5:00 p.m. PT / ESPN+).

After Diaz put Defiance up 1-0 in the opening minute, the hosts responded with three goals before halftime, including a brace from Dariusz Formella. Daley cut the lead to 3-2 in the 57th minute before Serrano, who came on as a 72nd-minute substitute, found the equalizer in the 81st minute. Monday marked the first result of the season for Tacoma, who lost in its two matches played prior to the shutdown.


Tacoma Defiance | 3 – 3 | Sacramento Republic
Monday, July 13, 2020

Venue: Papa Murphy’s Park
Referee: Elijio Arreguin
Assistants: Justin Filmore, Sarah Cortez
Fourth Official: Jamie Padilla
Weather: Clear and 70 degrees


TAC – Alex Diaz (Danny Reynolds) 1’
SAC – Dariusz Formella (penalty) 8’
SAC – Tomas Hilliard-Arce (Rodrigo Lopez Alvarez) 23’
SAC – Dariusz Formella (Jordan McCrary) 37’
TAC – Jesse Daley 57’
TAC – Ray Serrano (Daniel Robles) 81’


SAC – Jaime Vilarreal (caution) 84’
SAC – Drew Skundrich (caution) 90+1’


TAC – Christian Herrera, Danny Reynolds (Nick Hinds 85’), Taylor Mueller, Sam Rogers, Antonee Burke-Gilroy, Sota Kithara, Jesse Daley Reed Baker-Whiting 72’), Danny Robles (Abdoulaye Cissoko 85’), Marlon Vargas (Chino Perez 64’), Azriel Gonzalez (Ray Serrano 72’), Alec Diaz

Substitutes not used: Conrad Lee

Total shots: 10
Shots on goal: 6
Fouls: 3
Offside: 3
Corner-kicks: 3
Saves: 5

SAC – Adam Grinwis; Matthew Mahoney, Tomas Hilliard -Arce, Hayden Sargis; Jordan McCrary (Dekel Keinan 85’), Drew Skundrich, Rodrigo Lopez Alvarez (Jaime Vilarreal 63’), Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu (Vilyan Bijev 63’), Ashkanov Apollon; Dariusz Formella (Sam Werner 85’), Cameron Iwasa (Kharlton Belmar 73’)

Substitutes not used: Rafael Diaz, Mario Penagos

Total shots: 20
Shots on goal: 8
Fouls: 11
Offside: 3
Corner-kicks: 10
Saves: 3

Defiantly Tacoma