Febraury 21, 2015
Bonney Field-Sacramento, CA
Sacramento Republic FC wasn’t able to score on the MLS San Jose Earthquakes. The Earthquakes lone goal was enough to get their third straight win against their MLS affiliate .
In the Republic FC’s first home game of 2015, and their first game back at Bonney Field since winning the USL Pro Championship, Sacramento set a new record with a crowd of 9,974. There was excitement in the air about the new season. The region and team officials are making a strong case for an MLS franchise.
San Jose started the match strong, earning a corner kick within the first six minutes. Republic FC settled down and worked hard for more possessions. Neither team threatened to score very much in the first half.
Patrick McLain, Sacramento’s newest signing, had a couple of great saves and was able to keep it scoreless at the half.
During the 36th minute, Republic FC forward Thomas Stewart crossed to a running Adnan Gabelijic, but San Jose goalkeeper David Bingham made a sliding save to keep the game scoreless.
In the 51st minute San Jose was able to get a shot past McLain and score the first and lone goal of the match. The Earthquakes Matias Perez Garcia got his shot past McLain to put San Jose ahead 1-0.
Republic FC set the tempo for most of the second half, but couldn’t break through the Earthquakes defense to get a goal.
“I saw a lot of good things on the field. Obviously we made a couple mistakes, and we got punished for one,” said Republic FC head coach Preki. “We kept the ball really well against an MLS team and that’s all we need. That shows you that our guys are pretty capable,” Coach Preki added.
Sacramento Republic FC 0:1 San Jose Earthquakes
Bonney Field – Sacramento, CA
Febraury 21, 2015 – Attendance: 9,794
Scoring Summary: SJ- Matias Perez Garcia (Chris Wondolowski) 51
Misconduct Summary: Shea Salinas (caution) 25; SRFC – Bilal Duckett (caution) 28, Rodrigo Lopez (caution) 48, Ivan Mirković (caution) 59, Emrah Klimenta (caution) 76.
San Jose Earthquakes – David Bingham; Marvell Wynne (Brandon Barklage 72), Victor Bernardez (Mike Fucito 72), Clarence Goodson (Paulo Renato 64), Jordan Stewart (Shaun Francis 64); JJ Koval, Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi, Matias Perez Garcia (Tommy Thompson 64); Sanna Nyassi (Cordell Cato 69), Chris Wondolowski (Adam Jahn 72), Shea Salinas (Leandro Barrera 64).
Subs Not Used: Bryan Meredith, Ty Harden, Cameron Iwasa, Kris Tyrpak.
Stats: Shots: 14, Shots on Goal: 4, Saves: 6, Fouls: 12, Corner Kicks: 5, Offside: 4.
Sacramento Republic FC – Patrick McLain; Emrah Klimenta, Mickey Daly, Bilal Duckett (Matthias Bonvehi 85), James Kiffe (Sola Abolaji 45); Octavio Guzman (Agustin Cazarez 71), Ivan Mirković, Justin Braun (Joaquin Rivas 71), Rodrigo Lopez (Gabe Gissie 71); Thomas Stewart (Gabe Gonzalez 71), Adnan Gabeljic (Richie Cardozo 76).
Subs Not Used: Dominik Jakubek, Chad Bartlomé.
Stats: Shots: 10, Shots on Goal: 6, Saves: 3, Fouls: 15, Corner Kicks: 1, Offside: 2.