Sacramento Republic FC Transfer Mike da Fonte To Colorado Rapids

Da Fonte will join the MLS club for the 2017 season

SACRAMENTO, Calif.Sacramento Republic FC have completed arrangements by which defender Mike da Fonte will be sent to MLS club, the Colorado Rapids for an undisclosed sum.

“Based on our club values, we have always supported our players and do our best to provide them opportunities to play at a higher level,” said Republic FC Director of Football Graham Smith. “In this case, Mike da Fonte has been presented with an opportunity to play with an MLS club and we are excited for the opportunity this presents to him and his future by playing with Coach Mastroeni. Mike has developed tremendously in this past year under the guidance of Paul [Buckle] and his staff, and that development is seen in the offer to him from Colorado. But, this is an opportunity that also benefits Republic FC by receiving value back that we can use to invest in our roster and continue the development of talent going into the 2017 season.”

Da Fonte joined Republic FC prior to the 2016 season, after spending the 2015 season with New York Red Bulls II. The defender made 19 USL appearances for Republic FC, including 18 starts and scored four USL goals.

Republic FC will return to action on Saturday, Mar. 18, when they travel to San Francisco to take on the San Francisco Deltas (NASL). Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Kezar Stadium. Republic FC will return home on Wednesday, Mar. 22 when they host MLS side the San Jose Earthquakes in a preseason friendly. Tickets to the Earthquakes friendly are on sale at Ticketmaster.com.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign WR Cordarrelle Patterson

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent WR Cordarrelle Patterson, the club announced Monday.

Patterson, who has been named to two Associated Press All-Pro First Teams (2013 and 2016), two Pro Bowls (2013 and 2016) and one AP All-Pro Second Team (2015), has spent the past four seasons as a member of the Minnesota Vikings after being drafted by the club in the first round (29th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft.

In Minnesota from 2013-16, Patterson totaled 64 games played with 22 starts, 132 receptions for 1,316 yards (10.0 avg.) with seven touchdowns, and posted 333 rushing yards on 31 carries (10.7 avg.) with four touchdowns. As a kickoff returner, Patterson has totaled 4,075 yards on 134 returns (30.4 avg.) with five touchdowns over his career.

Last season, the 6-foot-2, 220-pounder recorded 52 catches for 453 yards with two touchdowns, and totaled 25 kickoff returns for 792 yards with one touchdown. After leading the league in kickoff return average (31.7 yards) in 2016, Patterson was named to the All-Pro First Team and Pro Bowl for the second time. As a rookie in 2013, he led the NFL with a 32.4 average on kickoff returns, and was named to the All-Pro First Team while earning his first Pro Bowl selection.

A native of Rock Hill, S.C., Patterson played collegiately at Tennessee after spending two seasons at Hutchinson Community College. In his lone year at Tennessee, he started in all 12 games and set a school record with 1,858 all-purpose yards, earning All-SEC First Team honors in 2012.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign OL Marshall Newhouse

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent OL Marshall Newhouse, the club announced Monday.

Newhouse has spent the past two seasons as a member of the New York Giants after stops with the Green Bay Packers from 2010-2013 and Cincinnati Bengals in 2014. He has played in 86 games with 56 starts over his seven-year career, and has appeared in six postseason games.

Originally entering the league as a fifth-round selection (169th overall) by the Packers in the 2010 NFL Draft, Newhouse played in 47 games with 31 starts for Green Bay, helping the team reach the postseason each year he played for them.

Last season, the 6-foot-4, 323-pounder played in 10 games with six starts for the Giants and was part of an offensive line that allowed just 22 sacks on the season, third fewest in the league.

A native of Dallas, Texas, Newhouse played collegiately at TCU from 2006-09, appearing in 52 games over his career.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Ties With Reno 1868 FC 3-3

Goals from Trevin Caesar, Tyler Blackwood and Sammy Ochoa put Republic FC ahead early, but a late trio of goals, including a brace from former Republic FC forward Mackenzie Pridham, salvaged a draw for Reno 1868 FC.

Republic FC started the game quickly, keeping possession and seeing many good looks on goal. Republic FC would open the scoring in the 17th minute. Defender James Kiffe took the ball toward goal on the top left side of the box, before sending it back to midfielder Tyler Blackwood who was making a run behind him. Blackwood then played a one-two with forward Sammy Ochoa at the corner of the box, receiving the ball back on the left side of the box. Blackwood then played the ball across goal to forward Trevin Caesar who was making a run in the middle of the box and just flicked the ball with the outside of his foot and past goalkeeper Matt Bersano, putting Republic FC ahead 1-0.

In the 20th minute, Blackwood stole the ball in the middle of the field and took a few touches down the middle of the pitch. Blackwood then unleashed a strong right-footed shot that beat Bersano, making the score 2-0 in favor of Republic FC.

Republic FC would increase their lead again in the 25th minute. After a corner went long, defender Elliott Hord stole the ball, taking it from box-to-box before laying the ball off to Caesar who was sprinting down the middle of the field. Caesar was then taken down in the box as he attempted a shot, earning a penalty. Ochoa stepped up and calmly slid the ball into the left side of the goal, while Bersano dove right, putting Republic FC ahead 3-0.

Reno 1868 FC would get a goal back in the 41st minute. Midfielder Antoine Hoppenot received the ball in the middle of the field before sending the ball wide to forward Dane Kelly who was making a run on the right side of the box. Kelly then sent a grounded ball to forward Mackenzie Pridham who was open in the middle of the box. Pridham settled the ball and then sent the ball into the goal, making the score 3-1 going into the half.

The second half started much like the first with Republic FC maintaining a majority possession. In the 67th minute Republic FC would see their best chance to increase their lead in the second half. Substitute forward Wilson Kneeshaw was played open by a long ball down the left side from Kiffe. Kneeshaw then went one-on-one with Bersano, but the keeper was quick to the ground and blocked the shot, clearing it from danger.

1868 FC would counter the Kneeshaw shot with a goal to pull themselves within one. After the ball was cleared, Pridham received the ball in the middle of the field. The former Republic FC forward took a few touches toward goal before sending a strike on goal. Goalkeeper Evan Newton was able to block Pridham’s shot, but only as far as Kelly who was following the play and tapped the ball into the net making the score 3-2.

Reno would score their third and final goal of the night in the 88th minute. Former Republic FC midfielder Matt LaGrassa sent a long ball to the middle of the box, toward forward Brian Brown. The substitute forward chested the ball to Pridham who had found space behind the defense and send a strong shot past Newton and into the back of the net, ending the match in a 3-3 draw.

“We knew it would be a tough game,” said Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle. “It was wonderful to see so many of our supporters make the trip here and we thank them for that. For a preseason friendly to have so many fans travel for us is remarkable.”

Republic FC will return to action on Saturday, Mar. 18 when they travel to San Francisco to take on the San Francisco Deltas in their final road friendly of the preseason. Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Kezar Stadium. Republic FC will return to Papa Murphy’s Park on Wednesday, Mar. 22 when they take on the San Jose Earthquakes. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Announces Facility Naming Rights Partnership With Papa Murphy’s For Their Facility And Home Pitch On The Grounds Of Cal Expo

Papa Murphy’s Park will be home pitch for USL club Sacramento Republic FC in multi-year deal.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento Republic FC announced today the naming of its facility and home pitch as Papa Murphy’s Park. The multi-year partnership between Republic FC and Papa Murphy’s is rooted in shared core values by both organizations and common connection to the sport of soccer.

“We are thrilled to partner with Papa Murphy’s, a brand that is synonymous with families, quality and community,” said Republic FC President and Co-Founder Warren Smith. “Just as soccer and pizza gather people together, so does Papa Murphy’s Park. Our home pitch has always been an intimidating place for opponents and that will continue under the banner of Papa Murphy’s.”

Formerly known as the Bonney Field, Papa Murphy’s Park is a privately funded facility and private-public collaboration among Comcast Spectacor, Republic FC and Cal Expo. It opened in June 2014 with a capacity of 8,000 seats and later expanded in 2015 to its current capacity. The facility holds over 11,500 for sporting events and as high as 14,000 for concerts.

Located on the grounds of Cal Expo, Papa Murphy’s Park provides one of the largest grass pitches in the country for a professional soccer club and was the site of the 2014 USL Championship match. The pitch has also hosted the likes of international clubs CD Guadalajara, Atlas FC, Newcastle United F.C., Sunderland AFC, West Bromwich Albion F.C., Rangers F.C. and Liverpool FC U21. It has also been host to USA Rugby, Pro Rugby, various concerts including City of Trees and a Bernie Saunders rally of more than 14,000 in 2016. It has been the site of numerous attendance records for USL including sellouts of all but one regular season match for Republic FC.

“This is an incredible opportunity to partner with a growing sports enterprise that has huge potential for our brand and fits wonderfully into the Greater Sacramento area,” said Papa Murphy’s Co-op President Greg Wellington. “Republic FC couldn’t be a better partnership and we are looking forward to activating it on various levels over the coming years.”

The multi-year naming rights arrangement will consist of a variety of marketing elements beyond the naming of Papa Murphy’s Park. Papa Murphy’s will be featured on various marketing materials, advertising in broadcasts, signage at the site and in a series of promotions and events. In alignment with their core values and commitment to the Sacramento region, Papa Murphy’s and Republic FC will also be engaging in a variety of community activities that include but are not limited to underserved youth and families.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Mourn Passing Of Mickey Marvin, George Karras

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders are saddened to learn of the passing of former offensive lineman and scout Mickey Marvin, and former player personnel executive and consultant George Karras.

“The Raiders family is deeply saddened by the losses of Mickey Marvin and George Karras,” said Raiders Owner Mark Davis. “Mickey and George were Raiders in every sense of the word and they each leave a strong legacy with the organization and throughout the NFL. Our sincerest thoughts and prayers are with the families of both Mickey and George.”

Marvin, who was diagnosed with ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease, in 2015, played in 120 regular season games for the Raiders from 1977-1987. He started at right guard in 11 playoff games, including Super Bowls XV and XVIII. Marvin was part of an offensive line that blocked for Hall of Fame running back Marcus Allen, the team’s all-time leading rusher. He was originally selected in the 4th round of the 1977 NFL Draft out of the University of Tennessee.

After hanging up his cleats as a player he joined the front office in 1988 and worked as a scout for the Silver and Black for 29 years.

Mickey Marvin will be missed dearly by the Raider family and the entire NFL community,” said Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie. “He was a great man of faith, an exemplary teammate and co-worker for four decades, and was truly a Raider for life. Mickey was a tremendous asset to the Raiders, but most importantly he was a true friend. Our prayers are with his family at this time.”

George Karras was a member of the Raiders player personnel staff from 1987-97 after a long career as a college coach and as a scout for the Denver Broncos. He helped build Raiders teams that qualified for the playoffs in 1990, ‘91, and ‘93.

Karras had worked for the Raiders as a consultant in recent years, evaluating college prospects in advance of the NFL draft.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Ties FC Cincinnati 2 2-2

FC Cincinnati score late in stoppage time to finish the preseason friendly with Sacramento Republic FC 2-2.

Although tonight’s match up was scheduled as a friendly, both USL clubs played as if points were at stake in the first meeting of these two USL clubs.

Republic FC forward Trevin Caesar saw the first chance of the match in the 5th minute after getting behind the defense. Caesar sprinted onto the ball and tried to flick a shot over the oncoming defender, but the shot was deflected out of play by the defense. The ensuing corner kick led to a curling shot opportunity from midfielder Adam Moffat, which was caught by FC Cincinnati keeper Mitch Hildebrandt.

Republic FC had another chance on goal in the 18th minute when Caesar streaked past the defense again. The new Republic FC forward drew two defenders with him as he wisely dropped a pass back for Sammy Ochoa who could not get a shot off as the ball rolled past him. Tyler Blackwood was in good position to send the loose ball into the net with a curling, left-footed shot that was saved by Hildebrandt.

FC Cincinnati tallied shortly after that in the 21st minute when they were awarded a penalty kick after a disputed foul was called in the box on a free kick from Aodhan Quinn. The midfielder then stepped up to the spot and converted a left-footed penalty strike past a diving Republic FC keeper Evan Newton to give the visitors the 1-0 lead.

Republic FC midfielder Jeremy Hall almost capitalized on a loose clearance from FC Cincinnati in the 34th minute, but his shot on goal went right into the waiting chest of Hildebrandt. Danny Barrera, Blackwood and Caesar also had chances in the waning minutes of the first half, but FC Cincinnati was able to hold off the barrage of attacks and maintain their one goal lead.

Republic FC equalized in the 65th minute in the form of a goal by defender James Kiffe. The defender was the beneficiary of a superb layoff pass from Caesar to set him up for the goal. Kiffe calmly slotted a right-footed shot past Hildebrandt to tie up the score at 1-1.

Second half substitute Wilson Kneeshaw put Republic FC up in the 82nd minute when he tapped in a rebound opportunity after a fantastic shot from Harry Williams. Kneeshaw’s tap-in gave Republic FC a one-goal lead that lasted until the waning seconds of stoppage time. In a last gasp effort for the visitors, defender Paul Nicholson was able to send a perfect cross into the middle of the box to find an airborne Harrison Delbridge, who made no mistake with his header finish. Delbridge, a former Republic FC defender, rescued a draw for FC Cincinnati with the last action of the match, which ended 2-2.

“It’s a preseason friendly but we’re really preparing and that’s why we have this match,” said Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle. “We wanted to treat it like a USL game and it’s going to be very difficult if this [officiating] is going to continue because even at the end when there’s three minutes of added time, the games over, and [it ended after] 4:30. I know it sounds like sour grapes, but it’s important when they’re pushing to salvage something from a game that should have been dead and buried. But I’m very pleased with the way we’ve come together.

“I am very pleased with the way we have come together so quickly,” continued Buckle. “It’s a big night for all the debutantes. I think you can see from tonight that hopefully we are going to be a force…and of course, the bench is very strong. It is a real plus.”

Republic FC will return to action on Saturday, Mar. 11 when they travel to Reno, Nev. to take on the newest addition to USL, Reno 1868 FC. Kickoff is 4 p.m.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FCMedia Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Defender Carlos Rodriguez Undergoes Successful Surgery On Left Ankle

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento Republic FC defender Carlos Rodriguez underwent a successful surgery at UC Davis Health System’s Outpatient Surgery Center to repair the fracture in his left ankle on Wednesday, Mar. 1.

Dr. Eric Giza, Sacramento Republic FC head team physician and UC Davis Heath System Chief of Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery and his fellow Dr. Christopher Diefenbach performed the surgery on Rodriguez’ ankle.

“Carlos underwent a routine surgery to repair a left ankle fracture,” said Dr. Giza. “Everything went as planned and through physical therapy and proper rehab we look forward to seeing Carlos back on the pitch soon.”

Rodriguez injured his ankle while attempting to make a sliding tackle in the 30th minute of Republic FC’s match against the San Jose Earthquakes on Feb. 25.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Single Game Tickets Now Available Online Only

Individual tickets for all 71 home games, including giveaways and theme nights, available now
West Sacramento, CA – Fans can now purchase individual game tickets for all 71 home games for the 2017 Sacramento River Cats baseball season. Tickets are available online only at rivercats.com.

The 2017 River Cats season features six specialty jersey nights, five premium giveaway nights, and various exciting theme nights over the course of the summer. Fans can purchase tickets for all of those games starting today online only at rivercats.com.

Tickets for all 71 home games will become available at the Round Table Pizza Ticket Office at Raley Field at noon on Sunday, March 5 at the start of the 2017 River Cats Preseason Party. At that time, fans will be able to purchase tickets for any and all River Cats home games either online, over the phone, or in person at the ballpark.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Ties Sacramento State University 0-0

A young Sacramento Republic FC squad, including five academy players, battle Sacramento State Men’s Soccer Team to a scoreless draw. Match also marked the return of Republic FC defender Emrah Klimenta, who played in his first minutes since ACL surgery in July 2016.

Despite Republic FC enjoying much of the possession in the first half, it was Sacramento State that had the first serious chance at a goal in the 9th minute. After an attack by Republic FC, Sac State started a counter attack that saw the collegiate team earning a 3-on-2 attack. Midfielder Paul Geyer played down the middle of the field before laying the ball off to Alejandro Renteria who was running wide right. Renteria took a few touches before striking a low shot toward goal, but Republic FC Dominik Jakubek was quick to a knee to save the shot and preserve the shutout.

Republic FC had their strongest looks on goal in the 40th and 44th minutes, after dominating more of the first half possession. In the 40th minute it was Daniel Trickett-Smith who found space in the middle of the field around 30 yards from goal and fired a strike toward goal. The shot looked destined for goal, but Sac State goalkeeper James Del Curto was able to jump and parry the ball out of danger.

In the 44th minute Lamin Suma took the ball out wide left and went one-on-one with his defender. After beating his man, Suma sent a cross toward the middle where forward Christian Chaney was making a run. Chaney was able to get a head on the ball, but only able to flick it back to Gabe Gissie who was making a run on the right side of the box. Gissie was able to hit a shot toward goal, but the ball went just wide right, keeping the match scoreless at the break.

The second half saw much of the same for the young Republic FC team. They would find their first good look at goal in the 47th minute after Academy defender Matteo Sorrentino stole the ball near the midline. Sorrentino drove down the middle of the field before laying the ball off to Trickett-Smith who was running parallel on the right side. Trickett-Smith took a few touches before sending a looping shot toward goal, but his shot went over the right corner of the goal.

In the 75th minute Wilson Kneeshaw would create another good look for Republic FC. Kneeshaw showed some fancy footwork, beating multiple defenders as he drove down the right side of the field. The forward then played the ball back to Academy midfielder Roberto Hategan, who sent a perfect left-footed cross toward the middle of the box. Forward Harry Williams fought off his man as he leapt for the cross, connecting with the ball and sending a headed shot toward goal. The shot however was just high and over the ball as the match would end in a scoreless draw.

The match marked a special moment for Republic FC defender Emrah Klimenta who returned to action for the first time since injuring the ACL on his left knee on July 2, 2016. Klimenta played 27 minutes against Sac State before being subbed off and greeted to a standing ovation from his teammates on the bench.

“It felt great to get out on the field after such a long time, even if it was just for a few minutes,” said Klimenta about his return. “I have been looking forward to this moment since the day that I got injured and it finally happened. I was happy that all the hard work that myself and the training staff put in has paid off. All in all it was a happy moment for me.”

The match also provided an opportunity for Republic FC Academy players to earn minutes with the first team. Republic FC U-18 Academy members Sorrentino, Giovanni Aguilar and Francis Avoce and U-16 Academy members Hategan and Oscar Govea all saw action against Sac State. All five Academy players were on the field for the final 17 minutes of the match.

Republic FC will return to Bonney Field on Saturday, Mar. 4 when they take on FC Cincinnati in a friendly match that pits two of the top teams in the USL against each other. Kickoff is 5:30 p.m. Tickets to the match are still available and may be purchased at Ticketmaster.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations