Sacramento Republic FC Announce 2016 USL Schedule

2016 USL regular season schedule includes 30 total matches against Western Conference opponents.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The United Soccer League (USL) released the 2016 regular season schedule including a 30-match line-up against Western Conference opponents for Sacramento Republic FC. The 2014 USL Champions will kick off their USL regular season on the road against Seattle Sounders FC 2 on Mar. 25.

Sacramento Republic FC’s home opener will be held on Saturday, Apr. 2, against Arizona United SC at Bonney Field. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. Sacramento Republic FC went undefeated against Arizona last season, winning the first matchup 2-1 and playing to a scoreless draw in the second match.

During the 2016 season, Sacramento Republic FC will face every team in the newly reconfigured USL Western Conference at least once. Sacramento Republic FC will play LA Galaxy II and Orange County Blues FC four times; Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2, Seattle Sounders FC 2 and Real Monarchs SLC three times; Arizona United SC, Portland Timbers 2, Rio Grande Valley FC and Saint Louis FC twice and Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC, Tulsa Roughnecks FC, Oklahoma City Energy FC, Swope Park Rangers KC and the yet-to-be-named San Antonio team once.

The last home match for Sacramento Republic FC will be against their rivals, LA Galaxy II on Saturday, Sept. 17. Sacramento Republic FC’s 2016 USL regular season will conclude on the road versus the Tulsa Roughnecks FC on Saturday, Sept. 24.

The schedule includes a season-long four-match home stretch from May 14 through June 7 for the boys in Old Glory Red and their longest road stretch at five matches, beginning July 10 and running through Aug. 2. Sacramento Republic FC will play an away match versus Real Monarchs on June 11 in Reno, Nev. at the Aces Ballpark.

The television and radio schedule for Sacramento Republic FC will be announced at a later date. Single match tickets go on sale to the general public via Ticketmaster.com on Tuesday, Mar. 1. The schedule may be viewed and downloaded at SacRepublicFC.com/schedule.

Sacramento Republic FC 2016 USL Season Breakdown:

Home Dates by Day of the Week: Wednesday (2), Saturday (13)
Road Dates by Day of the Week: Tuesday (1), Wednesday (1), Friday (1), Saturday (8), Sunday (4)
Home Dates by Month: April (3), May (2), June (3), July (2), August (3), September (2)
Road Dates by Month: March (1), April (2), May (1), June (2), July (4), August (3), September (2)
Opponents Played Twice at Home: Seattle Sounders FC 2, Real Monarchs SLC, LA Galaxy II, Orange County Blues FC
Opponents Played Once at Home: San Antonio, Swope Park Rangers, Arizona United SC, Portland Timbers 2, Rio Grande Valley FC, Saint Louis FC, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2
Opponents Played Twice on Road: Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2, LA Galaxy II, Orange County Blues FC
Opponents Played Once on Road: Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC, Tulsa Roughnecks FC, Oklahoma City Energy FC, Arizona United SC, Portland Timbers 2, Rio Grande Valley FC, Saint Louis FC, Seattle Sounders FC 2, Real Monarchs SLC

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Sign Defender Chris Christian

Defender played with Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC and Atlanta Silverbacks FC last season.

SACRAMENTO, Calif.Sacramento Republic FC have agreed to a contract with free agent defender Chris Christian for the 2016 USL season. Christian has played in the USL, NASL and PDL as well as overseas in Ghana and Poland.

“Chris first caught my eye in the two games we played against Switchbacks FC. He played a major role in the matches and was very dominant in the 18-yard box. That was when I first took note of him,” said Sacramento Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle.

Buckle continued, “The minute he become available, we were very interested in bringing him to the club. He is a good defender, a good leader. He is a very powerful center half, although he has a nice left foot on him. Chris gives us a nice balance in the center half position, as well as the holding role in midfield. He is serious about his football and excited to be joining our club.”

Christian joins Sacramento Republic FC after splitting time between Atlanta Silverbacks FC (NASL) and Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (USL) in 2015. He scored one goal in four matches for Silverbacks FC including two Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup matches, before joining Switchbacks FC on loan. Christian appeared in five matches for Switchbacks FC during their inaugural season, playing 425 minutes.

The 6-foot-1-inch defender also spent time with Liberty Professionals FC of the Ghanaian Premier League and Motor Lubin, a Polish fourth division team. In college, Christian played over 60 matches for Villanova, scoring four goals and recording an assist.

Sacramento Republic FC preseason training camp will commence on Feb. 1, 2016. For more information, including Christian’s full profile, visit SacRepublicFC.com.

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Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray Selected To First Pro Bowl

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ALAMEDA, Calif.Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray was named to his first Pro Bowl, the NFL announced Sunday. Murray, who was originally selected as an alternate, replaces Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart, who will be participating in the Super Bowl.

Murray joins teammates S Charles Woodson, FB Marcel Reece, DE Khalil Mack, QB Derek Carr and WR Amari Cooper as selections to the NFL’s all-star game, to be played at Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium on Jan. 31. In December, Murray, Cooper and Carr and were named alternates for the Pro Bowl, and Carr and Cooper were named as replacements last week.

The Raiders’ six Pro Bowl selections mark the team’s most since having six in 1994. The selections that season were WR/KR Tim Brown, G Kevin Gogan, QB Jeff Hostetler, CB Terry McDaniel, DT Chester McGlockton and G Steve Wisniewski. The most Pro Bowl representatives in franchise history came in 1973 and 1974 when the Raiders featured nine Pro Bowlers each year.

Murray became the first Raider since 2010 to rush for 1,000 yards in a season, totaling 1,066 yards on 266 carries (4.0 avg.) and six touchdowns in 2015. His rushing total ranked sixth in the NFL and second among all AFC running backs. The third-year player also ranked third on the team with 41 receptions, totaling 232 yards.

The 6-foot-3, 230-pound running back eclipsed the 100-yard mark twice during the campaign, racking up 139 yards on the ground in a Week 3 victory at Cleveland and posting a 113-yard effort in a Week 8 win over the New York Jets at home. He topped 70 yards rushing in a game on five other occasions during the year.

The native of Nedrow, N.Y., was drafted by the Raiders in the sixth round (184th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft out of UCF. He spent his rookie year on the reserve/injured list before playing in 15 games with three starts in 2014. He finished his second season with 82 carries for 424 yards and two touchdowns, leading the team with a 5.2-yard rushing average.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

San Francisco 49ers Wr Anquan Boldin Named Finalist For Walter Payton NFL Man Of The Year

San Francisco 49ers WR Anquan Boldin was named one of three finalists for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, presented by Nationwide, for the second consecutive year. One of the most prestigious awards in all of sports, the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award is the only league award that recognizes a player’s off-the-field community service as well as his playing excellence.

Boldin will be available on a conference call on Tuesday, January 26th at 11 a.m. PT. (49ers Conference Call Line – 866-710-5981 – Conference Room Number: 159-231-8300).

Boldin etched his name in the NFL record books multiple times throughout the 2015 season. In Week 16, Boldin recorded his 1,000th career reception becoming one of only 13 players in NFL history to record 1,000-or-more receptions in their career. In addition, Boldin reached 1,000 receptions in 185 games, making him the fifth-fastest player to reach that milestone, and currently ranks 12th in NFL history with 1,009 career receptions. Boldin also became the first player in NFL history to record 50-or-more receptions and at least 600 yards receiving in each of his first 13 NFL seasons. He finished the season with 69 receptions for 789 yards and four touchdowns. Throughout his career, Boldin has been honored with NFL Man of the Year nominations four times by three different teams and has been equally impactful in the community during his 13 years in the NFL.

Boldin is responsible for establishing the Anquan Boldin (Q81) Foundation, which for 12 years has been dedicated to expanding the educational and life opportunities of underprivileged children. Through grassroots efforts by Boldin, the foundation has showcased charitable activities in Phoenix, Baltimore, South Florida and the San Francisco Bay Area, developing a niche for awarding scholastic and community achievement in youth, as well as distributing four-year college scholarships to deserving high school seniors. In 2014, the three-time Pro Bowl selection and his wife, Dionne, donated one million dollars to the Q81 Foundation for continued distribution of college scholarships. That same year, the NFLPA awarded Boldin and his foundation $100,000 for winning the prestigious Byron “Whizzer” White Award. Boldin’s foundation was also awarded $25,000, when he was named a 2015 Sports Humanitarian of the Year Award finalist, the only NFL player to be acknowledged.

Furthermore, the 13-year veteran recruits fellow NFL players and celebrities to participate in the annual Q-Festival, a weekend of free entertainment provided to residents and participating fans in his Florida hometown of Palm Beach County, raising more than $100,000 annually. Other seasonal services provided through the foundation include Thanksgiving giveaways, holiday shopping sprees and back-to-school donations.

Boldin’s philanthropic endeavors have also had a global impact. Since 2010, he has worked with Oxfam America, taking two overseas trips to Ethiopia and Senegal and later using his testimony at the White House to lobby Senegalese rights.

Each of the 32 team nominees for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year receives a $5,000 donation to their charity of choice. The two runner-ups will receive an additional $6,000 donation, and the winner will receive a $50,000 donation. Donations will be courtesy of the NFL Foundation and Nationwide.

The winner will be announced during the 5th Annual NFL Honors Awards show, a two-hour primetime special airing nationally on CBS on February 6, the night before Super Bowl 50, from 6-8 p.m. PT at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.

2014 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award Winner Carolina Panthers LB Thomas Davis on Boldin:

“Anquan is a great dude. He’s very genuine and very passionate about helping others. It’s tremendous what he’s doing in the community. The lives he’s been able to impact, it leaves me in awe. I definitely feel that he should win the award. He’s very much deserving. Hopefully he’ll be the recipient of that award this year just based on all the things he’s been able to accomplish.”

San Francisco 49ers WR and 2014 Baltimore Ravens Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Nominee Torrey Smith on Boldin:

“I’m planning on him winning it. I think he should win it. The impact he’s had in Arizona, obviously back home in Florida, in Baltimore and now here. It’s crazy. He’s so spread out. There are not many players that can say that. What Anquan has done is really unique and it’s going to continue to live on longer than his playing days here and I think that says a lot because I think he’s a Hall of Famer.”

Press Release Courtesy of the San Francisco 49ers Media Relations

Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper Selected To First Pro Bowl

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ALAMEDA, Calif. Oakland Raiders rookie WR Amari Cooper was named to his first Pro Bowl, the NFL announced Thursday. Cooper, who was originally selected as an alternate, replaces New York Jets WR Brandon Marshall.

Cooper joins teammates S Charles Woodson, FB Marcel Reece, DE Khalil Mack and QB Derek Carr as selections to the NFL’s all-star game, to be played at Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium on Jan. 31. In December, Cooper, Carr and RB Latavius Murray were named alternates for the Pro Bowl, and Carr was named as a replacement on Wednesday.

The five Pro Bowl selections for the Raiders mark the most for the team since having five in 2002. Cooper is the third Raiders draft pick in the last two years to be named to the Pro Bowl, joining Mack and Carr. He is the sixth Raiders rookie to make the Pro Bowl, joining Woodson (1998), Tim Brown (1988), Marcus Allen (1982), Ray Guy (1973) and Raymond Chester (1970) on that list.

Cooper led NFL rookies in nearly every receiving category by posting 72 receptions for 1,070 yards (14.9 avg.) with six touchdowns in 2015. He became the first ever Raiders rookie to reach 1,000 receiving yards and set franchise records for receptions and 100-yard games by a rookie with five.

The 6-foot-1, 210-pound wideout led the team in receiving yards and yards per catch, while ranking first among NFL rookies in receptions, receiving yards and tying for first in touchdowns. Additionally, his 72 catches are the most ever by a wide receiver 21 or younger and his yardage total is the second most by a NFL player 21 or younger.

Cooper saw the first of his five 100-yard games come in Week 2 against Baltimore, while also becoming the youngest Raiders wide receiver to catch a touchdown pass. In Week 3 at Cleveland, Cooper became the first Raiders rookie with 100 receiving yards in back-to-back games since James Jett (Nov. 21-28, 1993) and joined DeSean Jackson (2008) as the only NFL rookies in the past 30 years with two 100-yard receiving games in their team’s first three games. Cooper’s five 100-yard games are tied for the second most by a rookie since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.

The native of Miami, Fla., was tabbed as the Raiders’ first-round draft pick and the fourth-overall selection in the 2015 NFL Draft after a record-setting career at Alabama. He was the highest wide receiver taken in the draft and the first receiver taken by Oakland in the first round since 2009.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Academy To Add U-12 and U-13 Teams For 2016-17 Academy Season

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Sacramento Republic FC’s Academy will be fielding an additional three teams for the 2016-17 U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy season per the USSDA’s requirements. The academy will create two U-12 teams and a U-13 team to join their current U-13/14, U-15/16 and U-17/18 teams that are playing in the Academy’s inaugural 2015-16 season.

Tryouts for the new teams will take place on Feb. 5 and 7 at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento, Calif. The U-12 tryouts will be held on Friday, Feb. 5 from 4-6 p.m. and on Sunday, Feb. 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The U-13 tryouts will be held on Feb. 5 from 7-9 p.m. and on Feb. 7 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. All tryouts cost $65 and include the two-day tryout, professional coaching and instruction from Sacramento Republic FC’s Academy coaches. Preregistration for the tryouts is required through SacRepublicFC.com.

“The expansion of the academy is another indication of our intent to build our club from Academy to first team,” said Sacramento Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle. “The addition of the U-12 and U-13 age groups provides these young players a fantastic opportunity and continues to develop talent in the Sacramento region.”

Sacramento Republic FC’s Academy has performed well in their inaugural season with all three teams playing within playoff contention and the U-17/18 team currently riding an eight-match undefeated streak (7 wins 1 draw). In addition, two Academy players have been called up to U.S. National Team camps this season. U-15/16 goalkeeper Mason Finnell was called up to the U-15 Boys’ National Team Camp in November 2015 and U-17/18 defender David Burns was called up to the U-20 Men’s National Team Camp this month.

Open tryouts for the U-14, U-15/16 and U-17/18 Academy teams to be announced. For more information on the Sacramento Republic FC Academy, visit SacRepublicFC.com.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr Selected For First Pro Bowl

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ALAMEDA, Calif. Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr was named to his first Pro Bowl, the NFL announced Wednesday. Carr, who was originally selected as an alternate for the Pro Bowl, replaces Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, who is unable to participate due to injury.

“First, I want to thank God for the opportunity to be able to go to Hawaii,” said Carr. “Secondly, I want to thank my family, my friends, my teammates, my coaches and all of Raider Nation for their support. Third, I want to thank everyone who voted for me and all of the opposing players and coaches that voted for me. That means more to me than they know. Go Raiders!”

Carr’s teammates S Charles Woodson, FB Marcel Reece and DE Khalil Mack were also selected to the NFL’s all-star game, to be played at Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium on Jan. 31. In December, RB Latavius Murray and rookie WR Amari Cooper were also named alternates for the Pro Bowl.

One of the NFL’s most dynamic young passers, Carr becomes the first Raiders quarterback to be named to the Pro Bowl since Rich Gannon in 2002 after starting all 16 games. He threw for 3,987 yards on 350-of-573 passing (61.1 percent) with 32 touchdowns and 13 interceptions for a passer rating of 91.1. He also added career-high rushing totals with 33 attempts for 138 yards (4.2 avg.).
The 6-foot-3, 215-pound signal caller finished his sophomore campaign tied for seventh in the NFL in passing touchdowns and 300-yard passing performances with six. Carr also recorded four fourth-quarter comeback drives, five games with a rating of at least 100.0 (5-0 record) and 11 multi-touchdown games, tied for third in the NFL.

Carr was named the Castrol Edge Clutch Performer of the Week twice in 2015 after leading the Raiders on fourth-quarter scoring drives to secure comeback victories. In Week 2 against Baltimore, he threw for a career-high 351 yards and three scores, including the game-winning touchdown pass with 26 seconds remaining. Carr again led a fourth-quarter comeback drive and threw a touchdown pass with 1:21 remaining to defeat the Tennessee Titans on the road in Week 12. Carr tied a single-game high by throwing four touchdowns in back-to-back games in Weeks 8 and 9, against the New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers, respectively.

The native of Bakersfield, Calif., joined the Raiders in 2014 as the team’s second-round selection (36th overall) in the NFL Draft. He has started all 32 games over his first two NFL seasons, becoming the first offensive player to do so in Raiders franchise history. Carr is the owner of 53 career touchdown passes, the second most ever by a player through his first two NFL seasons.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Transfer Veterans Nemanja Vuković And Justin Braun To Indy Eleven

Vuković and Braun will join the NASL club for the 2016 season.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Sacramento Republic FC have completed arrangements by which defender Nemanja Vuković and forward Justin Braun will be sent to the NASL club Indy Eleven for an undisclosed sum.

“Both Nemanja and Justin have been pivotal in the club’s success, but the time was right for them to move on to other opportunities,” said Sacramento Republic FC Director of Football Graham Smith. “They have been with us since day one and played a major role in the club; both gave us 100 percent and nothing less in their dedication and effort to the club. The transactions also provide us with roster flexibility and an opportunity to develop future talent. Nemanja, Justin and their families will always be a part of the Sacramento Republic FC family and we wish them nothing but the best.”

Vuković and Braun were two of the earliest signings with Sacramento Republic FC during their inaugural season and played in the 2014 USL Championship match. Vuković appeared in 52 USL matches for the club, scoring two goals and recording three assists from his defensive position. Vuković scored two goals in Sacramento Republic FC’s 4-1 quarterfinal victory over Wilmington Hammerheads FC in the 2014 USL playoffs. Vuković is second all-time in USL minutes played for Sacramento Republic FC.

Braun was named the first captain in club history and served as captain through the 2015 season. He appeared in 43 USL matches, scoring 12 goals and recording an assist. He scored the first goal in club history against LA Galaxy II on Mar. 29, 2014.

The club will begin training camp on Feb. 1. For more information visit SacRepublicFC.com.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats, San Francisco Giants Exhibition Game Tickets On Sale March 6

Advance tickets available with purchase of various ticket packages

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA – The Sacramento River Cats are excited to announce the official on-sale date for tickets to the March 30 Exhibition Game between the River Cats and three-time World Champion San Francisco Giants. Tickets will go on sale to the public on Sunday, March 6 at the River Cats’ Preseason Party and official Ticket Office opening.

An exclusive presale will be made available to River Cats Season Ticket and Mini Plan members. For more information, please visit rivercats.com, send an email to tickets@rivercats.com, or call the River Cats Ticket Hotline at (916) 371-HITS (4487).

Sunday, March 6 is the official opening of the Raley Field Ticket Office as well as the River Cats’ Preseason Party. Fans are invited to Raley Field to enjoy a day at the park, including free ballpark snacks, clubhouse tours, batting practice, ticket/seat selection, and more.
March 30’s contest will be the first between the River Cats and Giants. The game will allow local fans an opportunity to see not just their favorite River Cats players, but also current members of the three-time World Champion San Francisco Giants. Three-time All-Star Buster Posey and World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner are expected to take the field alongside fan-favorite Hunter Pence and Gold Glove winner Brandon Crawford.

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Sacramento Republic FC Academy Defender David Burns Selected For U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team Camp

Burns reports to camp today and will play in four matches as a part of the 10-day camp.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento Republic FC U-17/18 Academy defender David Burns has been selected to participate in a U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team Camp, taking place from January 4-14 in Miami. Burns is the second Republic FC Academy player to have been selected for a national team camp during their inaugural season. U-15/16 Academy goalkeeper Mason Finnell was selected to attend a U-15 camp in November 2015.

“This is another fantastic moment for the club,” said Sacramento Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle. “Burns is someone high on our list at the club, which is one reason he experienced first team action in the LA Galaxy II friendly back in November. We are beyond excited that he has been picked for the U-20 camp and I want to congratulate him and his family for this proud moment.”

Burns has been a key player for Sacramento Republic FC’s U-17/18 Academy team (6-3-5, 23 pts) which currently sits in third place in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy’s Northwest Division. Burns has appeared in nine matches this season, starting eight and has been a part of four of the U-17/18’s five shutouts this season. Burns is a student at Charter University Prep in El Dorado, Calif. and played for San Juan Soccer Club before joining the Republic FC Academy this season. Burns has committed to play soccer at the University of California, Berkley next season.

The U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team camp begins today, January 4, and will run through January 14. The players will compete in four matches during the camp. The first two matches will take place on January 8 and the final two will be played on January 12. The players at the camp will be competing for a spot on the U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team during the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Korea Republic. The U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team is coached by former U.S. MNT and MLS player, Tab Ramos.

The Republic FC Academy is a member of the U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy, which was formed to provide education, resources and support to clubs, helping develop world-class players. The USSDA also connects National Team coaches directly with Academy clubs to develop and identify players and coaches for future National Teams.

The full U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team camp roster is the following:

Goalkeepers: Jonathan Klinsmann (Cal), JT Marcinkowski (Georgetown), Mason Stajduhar (Orlando City SC), Justin Vom Steeg (UC Santa Barbara)

Defenders: Danny Acosta (Real Salt Lake), Hugo Arrellano (LA Galaxy), Jonathan Bell (DC United), Marcello Borges (Michigan), David Burns (Sacramento Republic FC), Aaron Herrera (University of New Mexico), Malcolm Jones (UCLA), Andrew Lombard (Northeastern), Mauricio Pineda (Chicago Fire), Miles Robinson (Syracuse), Tommy Redding (Orlando City SC), Diego Silva (University of Maryland)

Midfielders: Amir Bashti (Stanford), Joshua Doughty (Manchester United), Cameron Lindley (Indiana Fire), Lucas Mendes (DC United), Matt Olosunde (New York Red Bulls), Martin Salas (University of North Carolina), Yosef Samuel (Philadelphia Union), Evan Waldrep (Creighton), Eryk Williamson (University of Maryland), Jackson Yueill (UCLA), Alex Zendejas (FC Dallas)

Forwards: Coy Craft (FC Dallas), Jeremy Ebobisse (Duke), Sebastian Elney (University of Maryland), Juan Flores (Houston Dynamo), Victor Mansaray (Seattle Sounders), Josh Perez (AFC Fiorentina), Emmanuel Sabbi (Chicago Magic), Abu Winter (Philadelphia Union), Isaiah Young (PDA)

For more information on the U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team camp visit USSoccer.com. For more information on the Republic FC Academy visit SacRepublicFC.com.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations