Sacramento Republic FC Exercise Option On Midfielder Octavio Guzman

Guzman to return for third year with club; has surgery at UC Davis Medical Center to repair tear in left shoulder cartilage.

SACRAMENTO, Calif.Sacramento Republic FC announced that they have exercised the contract option on midfielder Octavio Guzman and that he will return to Republic FC for the 2016 USL season. Guzman underwent a successful left shoulder surgery at UC Davis Medical Center on October 12.

“Tavo has been extremely unlucky with his injuries after starting 17 matches for the club this past season,” said Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle. “The repair to his shoulder was needed, but is another hurdle to overcome. We know based on his performance how much he means to our club – both in his attitude and aptitude. It was important for Republic FC to support Tavo by exercising the option on his contract and provide him the assurance and stability at a time he needs it the most. We look forward to having him back on the pitch next season.”

Guzman returns to Republic FC for his third consecutive season. He has appeared in 57 matches for Republic FC over the last two years including 42 USL matches. Guzman has scored five USL goals and recorded four assists in USL play, including his first professional brace against LA Galaxy II on March 28. Guzman is seventh overall in both all competition (3,438) and USL (2,617) minutes in Republic FC history. Last season, Guzman appeared in 18 USL matches, scoring three goals and adding three assists.

Republic FC team physician Dr. James Van Den Bogaerde performed the procedure at UC Davis Medical Center on Guzman’s left shoulder to repair a Bankart lesion, a tear in the labrum that occurs most often when a shoulder is dislocated. Dr. Van Den Bogaerde repaired the lesion by reattaching the labrum to the glenoid or shoulder joint.

“Guzman had a routine arthroscopic procedure to treat his recurrent shoulder dislocations and is doing well,” said Van Den Bogaerde. “With rehabilitation to strengthen his shoulder, I anticipate that he’ll be able to return to play by the beginning of next season.”

Guzman has begun rehab this week with Results Physical Therapy and Training Center and is expected to return in five to six months.

Republic FC is holding their first round of open tryouts October 31 – November 1 at Cosumnes River College. Those interesting in trying out may register at SacRepublicFC.com. For more information on tryouts or to view full biographies and statistics, visit SacRepublicFC.com.

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Sacramento Republic FC Exercise Options on Cameron Iwasa and Joaquin Rivas

Iwasa and Rivas will return for second year after playing rookie seasons with Republic FC.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento Republic FC announced that they have exercised the contract options on forward Cameron Iwasa and midfielder Joaquin Rivas. Both players will return to Republic FC for the 2016 USL season.

“Next season is a big season for both Iwasa and Rivas,” said Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle. “These two exciting prospects had a taste of first team football in Sacramento. The development in their game has been tremendous. They are players that I am looking forward to pushing on and commanding a regular place on our team. Both showed glimpses of magic when they played and I like that they are attack-minded players.”

Iwasa, a Sacramento native, appeared in 22 matches for Republic FC in 2015, his rookie season. He scored two goals and recorded two assists in all competitions, including a match-winning goal against English Premier League club Sunderland AFC on July 14, 2015. Iwasa scored his first professional goal against Portland Timbers 2 on April 2.

Rivas also spent his rookie season with Republic FC, appearing in 19 matches in all competition, including 13 USL appearances in 2015. Rivas’ first professional assist resulted in Iwasa’s first professional goal on April 2. Rivas scored a goal in a friendly against the New York Cosmos (NASL) at Hughes Stadium on February 28 and played the second most minutes (745) of any rookie for Republic FC this season, trailing only Iwasa (815).

Republic FC’s first round of open tryouts take place October 31 – November 1, at Cosumnes River College. Those interested in trying out may register at SacRepublicFC.com. For more information on tryouts or to view full biographies and statistics, visit SacRepublicFC.com.

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Oakland Raiders Sign WR Walt Powell

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed WR Walt Powell, the club announced Saturday.

Powell joins the Raiders following stints with the Arizona Cardinals, New York Jets and Buffalo Bills. He was originally drafted by the Cardinals in the sixth round (196th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft. He comes to Oakland’s active roster from the Bills’ practice squad.

For his career, Powell has played in four games – all with the Jets in 2014. His career totals include eight kickoff returns for 233 yards (29.1 avg.) and 12 punt returns for 48 yards (4.0 avg.).

The 6-foot, 190-pounder played four seasons at Murray State, appearing in 43 games with 27 starts. Powell set school records with 2,650 receiving yards and 29 touchdowns to go along with 208 receptions. As a returner, the St. Louis, Mo., native gained 950 yards and one touchdown on 34 kickoff returns and 486 yards and three touchdowns on 35 punt returns.

The Raiders also added DB Keenan Lambert to the team’s practice squad.

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Sacramento Republic FC Statement Regarding Rodrigo Lopez

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Earlier today, midfielder Rodrigo Lopez announced he will not be returning to Republic FC’s roster for the 2016 USL season. The club released the following statement regarding Lopez:

“I would like to thank RoRo for all that he has done to help us build our Indomitable Club, and we are grateful for all that he has done for us and the Sacramento community,” said President Warren Smith. “RoRo was chosen as our first player for a reason. We admired not just his talent on the pitch, but also his leadership, his strong work ethic and generosity of his time within the community. While we are saddened to lose RoRo, we are happy for him as he continues his growth as a player, and we look forward to watching him on the higher stage. RoRo will always be a part of the Sacramento Republic FC family and we wish him, Cristina and Roman all the best.”

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Raiders Take Their Foot Off The Gas; Fall To Bears 22-20 By Last Second Field Goal

By Shawn Jonas

CHICAGO, Ill.– The Oakland Raiders conservative play calling on final offensive drive, and two turnovers cost them their second straight road win.  Jay Cutler vindicated himself following an interception by driving his squad down the field on a 12 play 48-yard drive in the last 2:02 and two timeouts. The drive set up a 49-yard field goal attempt with :07 remaining by Robbie Gould on Sunday. The ball split the uprights with :02 on the clock leading the Chicago Bears to a 22-20 victory over the Raiders.

The Raiders Last Offensive Drive

The Raiders (2-2) grabbed the lead on a field goal by Sebastian Janikowski with just over two minutes remaining set up by an interception by Charles Woodson deep in Oakland territory.

The drive started on Oaklands 9-yard line following Woodsons’ interception. The drive started with a nice mix of run and pass including a deep 25 yard pass to Michael Crabtree to Oaklands’ 34 yard line. The next play Roy Helu Jr. squirted up the middle of the field for a 12 yard gain down to Chicago’s 41. Following an incompletion Carr completed a 8 yard gain to Mychal Rivera who was pushed out of bounds on the 33. That was the last time Oakland passed the ball. The next four plays would be run plays by Helu Jr.

3rd and 2 – CHI 33
(4:21) 26-R.Helu left guard to CHI 30 for 3 yards (96-J.Jenkins).

1st and 10 – CHI 30
(3:41) 26-R.Helu left guard to CHI 26 for 4 yards (59-C.Jones).

2nd and 6  – CHI 26
(2:56) 26-R.Helu right guard to CHI 22 for 4 yards (23-K.Fuller).
Timeout #1 by CHI at 02:50.

3rd and 2 – CHI 22
(2:50) 26-R.Helu left guard to CHI 23 for -1 yards (92-P.McPhee).

4th and 3 – CHI 23
(2:10) ( 11-S.Janikowski 41 yard field goal

With the last four play calls being run plays, it was if the coaching staff were satisfied with kicking a field goal and trusting their defense to win a third straight game.

Carr Bears

Question: On the last one were you thinking field goal? Or just didn’t want to throw the ball all around?

Derek Carr – “We always think we’re in Bass’ range whenever you cross the fifty, but the point there is if you can get the first down there, then yeah.”

Carr later added “I just do whats called”.

On offensive struggles:

Carr – “They had the ball a lot in the first half, Its hard to get in a rhythm. Still so much to get better at in a short week ”

Question: What were they doing in coverage?

Carr – “Yeah they liked to double Amari a lot. They liked to give help to those guys. I don’t blame them he’s a good football player.

Donald Penn, Post Game – Locker Room

Question: What cost you this game?

Donald Penn – “I can’t tell you that, can you guys tell me,”  Penn said.   “We had opportunities we gotta score touchdowns instead of field goals. that would help. We gotta be better on our opportunities when we get them. We can’t let them go.”

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Charles Woodson

Question: What cost you this game?

Charles Woodson – “Defensively, staying on the field too long. Not getting off the field on third down. Especially before the half we had them at 3rd and 14. They threw a quick check down in the flat. They got a first down. They go down and end up scoring. Then we turn the ball over. When you have those things, not getting off on third down and turnovers, its hard to win games like that.”

Raiders Tired Defense

The coaching staffs third down run call would suggest they were alright with leaning on a defense to close out the game.  The same  defense that had been on the field most of afternoon. The Bears owned the time of posession battle with 33:22 . At one point they had a 10 minute advantage around half-time.

The offense had multiple 3-and-outs in the first half. A vanilla inside running scheme with the majority coming on the offensive lines  right side was the theme of the day. The Raiders ended the day with only 70 rushing yards.

Different Game Plan?

In their two previous wins Oakland had thrown the ball to open up running lanes. The game plan was different in Chicago. Derek Carr and the passing game wasn’t as efficient when they did throw against the Bears. Carr  threw the ball 33 times with 20 completions for 219 yards and 2 touchdowns.  He also had one interception that wasn’t his fault.

Murray Int

Latavius Murray had a rough day. He had 16 carries for 49-yards rushing  with only a 3.1 yard average.  He was responsible for two turnovers a fumbled  pitch on an outside running play that Chicago recovered . He was also to blame on an interception where the ball deflected off his chest into Bears outside linebacker Pernell McPhee’s hands. Bears started on the Raiders 15 yard-line. Oaklands’ defense held Chicago to just a field goal. Murray also added 3 receptions for 13 yards. He struggled catching the ball after taking a shot to his right shoulder that took him out of the game briefly in the first half.

Murray – “Me having those two turnovers hurt us a lot. We gotta find a way to win these tight games. Again… I’ll play better, keep my head up, and get back to work.”

Da Bears

The Bears shook off two embarrassing losses, including their first shutout since 2002 last week at Seattle, to give Fox his first victory since he was hired in the offseason. The win came at the expense of Oakland coach Jack Del Rio, his defensive coordinator in Carolina and Denver. And it capped a busy week that saw Chicago trade Jared Allen to Carolina.

Cutler completed 28 of 43 passes for 281 yards after missing a game because of a strained hamstring. Matt Forte had 91 yards rushing and 64 receiving. Martellus Bennett caught 11 passes for 83 yards and a touchdown. Marquess Wilson added 80 yards receiving. Eddie Royal caught a touchdown on the game’s opening possession.

The Bears lost center Will Montgomery (ankle) on the opening possession. Cutler looked sharp right from the start, orchestrating an 80-yard touchdown drive to a 7-yard scoring pass to Royal. Gould’s extra point got blocked.

Game Notes From Chicago

Janikowski Ties Tim Brown’s Games Played Record

K Sebastian Janikowski played in his 240th game as a Raider, tying the franchise record also held by Tim Brown. Janikowski will have the opportunity to set the franchise games played record next week against Denver.

Janikowski converted two field goals and two extra points in the game, improving his season record to 7-for-7 from the field and 10-for-10 on extra points for 31 total points.

Woodson Moves Into Top 10

Charles Woodson hauled in his second fourth-quarter interception in the last two games, giving him 62 career interceptions, tying him with Dick Lebeau and Davie Brown for ninth on the all-time list.

Woodson has at least two picks in back-to-back seasons for the first time as a Raider, becoming the first Raider to do it since Stanford Routt from 2010-11.

Crabtree Leads Receivers; Cooper Taps His Toes

WR Michael Crabtree led the team with five receptions and 80 receiving yards, giving him 23 catches and 264 yards on the season with one touchdown.

WR Amari Cooper hauled in four passes for 49 yards in the contest, including a 26-yard touchdown pass from Carr in the second quarter for his second career touchdown.

Crabtree and Cooper are the first pair of Raiders teammates since 2005 (LaMont Jordan, Randy Moss), and the second pair in franchise history, to each record at least four receptions in each of the team’s first four games.

Carr Tosses Two Touchdowns

QB Derek Carr finished the game 20-for-33 passing for 196 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. Carr had two first-half touchdowns for the third time in his career, and the first time in back-to-back games.

Carr now has 28 career passing touchdowns, moving him ahead of Tom Flores (27) for the most by a Raider through his first two seasons.

Three Timely Takeaways

The Raiders defense produced three key takeaways in the game, two fumble recoveries and one Charles Woodson interception. That marks the first time the Raiders have had three takeaways since Sept. 28, 2014 at Miami.

Two Team TD’s

The Raiders offense has posted at least two touchdowns in six straight games for the first time since Weeks 6-11 of the 2012 season.

The offense has produced two passing touchdowns in four straight games, the longest stretch since Weeks 8-11 in 2012.

Helu, Jr. Finds the End Zone

RB Roy Helu, Jr. scored his first touchdown as a Raider on a 4-yard reception in the second quarter, marking his fourth career receiving score.

Helu, Jr. was also a key part of the offense late in the game, carrying the ball five times for 22 yards and finishing the game with two receptions for 13 yards.

Williams and McGee Recover Key Fumbles

DT Dan Williams came up with a fumbled snap by the Bears to give the Raiders control on the Bears’ 25-yard line. That marks Williams’ second career fumble recovery and his first since 2012.

DT Stacy McGee recovered a Matt Forte fumble in the third quarter, his second career fumble recovery. The ball was forced out by CB David Amerson, his first career forced fumble.

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Aldon Smith Notches First Raiders Sack

LB Aldon Smith closed the first half with a 5-yard sack, his first as an Oakland Raider and the 45th of his career. Smith’s last sack came on Nov. 23, 2014 vs. Washington.

Mack and Tuck Get to Cutler

DE Khalil Mack and DE Justin Tuck each reached Bears QB Jay Cutler for a sack, with Mack’s 1-yard sack coming late in the fourth quarter. Mack now has three sacks on the season.

Tuck’s sack gives him 66.5 career sacks, six as a Raider and his first of the season.

Malcolm Smith Leads Tacklers

LB Malcolm Smith again led the Raiders in tackling with 10 stops (nine solo), adding a quarterback pressure and a forced fumble in the contest, according to unofficial press box statistics. Smith now has four career forced fumbles and his first as a Raider.
Blocked Extra Point

DE Denico Autry stuck a hand up and blocked Robbie Gould’s extra point attempt in the first quarter, marking the Raiders’ second blocked extra point attempt this season (Justin Tuck, Sept. 13, 2015 vs. Cin.).