Sacramento Republic FC Sign Midfielder Matt LaGrassa

Elk Grove native joins Sacramento Republic FC on first professional contract.

SACRAMENTO, Calif.Sacramento Republic FC have agreed to a contract with free agent midfielder Matt LaGrassa for the 2016 USL season. LaGrassa, an Elk Grove, Calif. native, joins Sacramento Republic FC after playing soccer collegiately at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

“Matt is a young player that we have very high hopes for at the club,” said Sacramento Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle. “I had the opportunity to see him at Cal Poly and he is a midfielder that is always looking to be on the ball. This is something we want and we feel he will really improve our roster. He is also a local player which is a big plus for us in our efforts to support the growth of local talent for U.S. Soccer.”

LaGrassa joins Sacramento Republic FC after spending the last five years playing at Cal Poly. After redshirting his freshman year, LaGrassa appeared in 77 matches from 2012-2015, starting 57, scoring 18 total goals and recording eight assists. La Grassa graduated from Cal Poly with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 2015.

“Being from Sacramento, I am very excited to start my professional career at home,” said LaGrassa. “I think this will be a great opportunity for me as a player in a place where I can make the fans happy, including my family and friends. I believe Sacramento Republic FC is the best USL franchise in the country and the best place for me to continue to grow as a person and a player.”

LaGrassa also played in the PDL with the Des Moines Menace and Ventura County Fusion. He played 1,864 minutes in four years, scoring four goals. The Elk Grove native played high school soccer at Pleasant Grove High School and club soccer at CYSA Cal North ODP.

Sacramento Republic FC first preseason match will be against the Colorado Rapids (MLS) on Feb. 13, 2016 at Bonney Field. Tickets are on sale at Ticketmaster.com. For more information, including LaGrassa’s full profile, visit SacRepublicFC.com.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Justin Tuck Announces Retirement from NFL

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ALAMEDA, Calif.Oakland Raiders DE Justin Tuck announced today that he will retire from the National Football League.

Justin Tuck has been an invaluable part of the Raiders organization since the day he arrived here,” General Manager Reggie McKenzie said. “Everyone in the building appreciates all that he has done both on and off the field. His leadership in the locker room and mentorship of young players like Khalil Mack is immeasurable. The Raiders wish him and his family the absolute best.”

Justin Tuck is a leader and a true professional on and off the field,” Head Coach Jack Del Rio said. “His commitment to his teammates and the organization was awesome and he was a pleasure to coach. I wish Justin and his family nothing but the best.”

Tuck retires after 11 seasons in the league, playing his first nine with the New York Giants from 2005-13 and final two with Oakland from 2014-15. For his career, he played in 147 games with 107 starts and totaled 499 tackles (348 solo), 66.5 sacks, 22 forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries, three interceptions and 32 passes defensed. Tuck also appeared in 10 postseason games and posted 32 tackles (26 solo), 5.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one pass defensed.

Originally drafted by the Giants in the third round (74th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft, Tuck is a two-time Pro Bowler, having been selected in 2008 and 2010. He was also named a first-team All-Pro in 2008 after he set a career high with 12 sacks. Tuck helped the Giants win two Super Bowls during his tenure in New York, Super Bowls XLII and XLVI. He ranks second in Super Bowl history with four sacks, having posted two in each of his Super Bowl appearances.

The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder signed with the Raiders as an unrestricted free agent in March 2014. He played in 15 games for Oakland in 2014 and led the team with five sacks. In 2015, he started the first five games before suffering a season-ending injury in Week 5 that landed him on the Reserve/Injured List.

Off the field, Tuck has created a lasting impact in the community. The Raiders’ nominee in 2015 for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, Tuck’s extensive philanthropic work has been recognized and honored by numerous charitable organizations, both national and international. In 2008, he and his wife, Lauran, established Tuck’s R.U.S.H. for Literacy, a program focused on providing access to books, combating summer learning loss, and closing the educational opportunity gap that exists for low-income Americans. The program has given more than 65,000 books to over 11,000 students across the country.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations