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.
Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations