Sacramento Republic FC Ties Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC 2-2

Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC equalize in stoppage time to earn a 2-2 draw with Sacramento Republic FC.

 James Kiffe, who made his 100th all-competitions appearance for Sacramento Republic FC in the match, and Tyler Blackwood, looked very dangerous on the left wing early and often. Kiffe hooked in numerous crosses for Blackwood in the box, including two corner kicks that made the Switchbacks nervously clear the ball away. Blackwood was rewarded for his strong play with an assist, when he slid a cross into the box in the 37th minute for Agustin Cazarez. The midfielder rifled a one-time left-footer through traffic and past Switchbacks keeper Moise Poutay for the first goal of the match.

 The Switchbacks wasted no time equalizing, scoring in the 38th minute.  Midfielder Masta Kacher received the ball in the middle of the pitch before sending it through to Luke Vercollone who had got in behind the defense. Vercollone’s shot beat Newton knotting the score at 1-1.

 Republic FC would reclaim the lead just before halftime after a goal kick by Poutay went right to Trevin Caesar who quickly attacked the goal. Caesar forced Poutay to come off his line before knocking a back-heel ball back to the center for Matt Wiesenfarth. The forward sent the ball past two defenders and into the open net putting Republic FC ahead 2-1 going into the half.  The goal was Wiesenfarth’s first as a professional.

 Blackwood continued to be a menace in the second half, causing problems for the right side of the Switchbacks defense. He nearly bagged a goal in the 58th minute on a cross from Caesar. Blackwood sent a powerful header towards the near post as it went just wide and out of play. Cazarez had a strong second half as well as he nearly scored again the 68th minute. From 30 yards out, Cazarez sent a left-footed shot screaming towards the far post that whistled just wide.

 The Switchbacks would find their second equalizer of the match in stoppage time of the second half. Kacher hooked a corner kick into the box at the far post where Pascal Eboussi leapt to redirect the header back on goal. The shot took a deflection and went up and over Newton and into the back of the net to tie the score at 2-2. The match would end soon after in a draw.

 “I expect better,” said Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle. “We controlled the game for long spells, but we didn’t put the ball in the net with the chances we had. We absolutely deserved to win the game in terms of chances.”

 Republic FC will travel south to take on Rio Grande Valley FC Toros on Saturday, Sept. 9. Kickoff is 5:30 p.m. at H-E-B Park.  The match will be streamed live at SacRepublicFC.com/matchday-guide.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations 

Oakland Raiders Announce Transactions

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have made the following roster moves, the club announced Saturday. The transactions bring the Raiders to the NFL-mandated 53-player limit on their active roster.

WAIVED THE FOLLOWING PLAYERS:

Player                              Pos.    Ht.     Wt.    Exp.   College

Are, Kareem                            OL       6-6      325     R          Florida State

Atkinson III, George               RB       6-1      220     2          Notre Dame

Borders, Breon                       CB       6-0      189     R          Duke

Boyette, Paul                          DT       6-1      310     R          Texas

Brent, K.J.                               WR      6-3      200     1          Wake Forest

Briggs, Chauncey                    T          6-6      301     R          SMU

Brown, Fadol                          DE       6-4      282     R          Mississippi

Brown, Pharaoh                     TE        6-5      246     R          Oregon

Calhoun, Shilique                    LB        6-4      250     2          Michigan State

Cioffi, Anthony                       S          6-0      205     R          Rutgers

Crockett, John                        RB       6-0      215     2          North Dakota State

Durden, Kenneth                    CB       6-1      280     1          Youngstown State

East, Andrew                          LS        6-2      220     1          Vanderbilt

Enemkpali, IK                          LB/DE 6-1      260     4          Louisiana Tech

Harris, Najee                          LB        6-1      220     R          Wagner

Hatcher, Keon                        WR      6-1      212     R          Arkansas

Holmes, Gabe                         TE        6-5      255     3          Purdue

Hood, Elijah                            RB       5-11    230     R          North Carolina

Humes, Chris                          CB       6-0      201     R          Arkansas State

Jackson, Branden                   DL       6-4      270     1          Texas Tech

Jefferson, Rickey                    S          5-11    208     R          LSU

Johnson, Rufus                        LB/DE 6-5      280     1          Tarleton State

Lewis, LaTroy                         LB        6-3      254     R          Tennessee

McWilson, Marcus                 S          6-0      198     R          Kentucky

O’Malley, Ryan                       TE        6-6      260     2          Pennsylvania

Omoile, Oni                            G         6-2      310     1          Iowa State

Sheldon, Brady                       LB        6-5      230     R          Ferris State

Silberman, Ian                         G         6-5      305     2          Boston College

Simmons, Jordan                    G         6-3      339     R          USC

Tavecchio, Giorgio                 K          5-10    180     1          California

Whitney, Isaac                        WR      6-2      204     R          USC

Woodson-Luster, Xavier        LB        6-1      219     R          Arkansas State

Zamora, Ishmael                     WR      6-3      224     R          Baylor

RELEASED THE FOLLOWING PLAYER:

Player                              Pos.    Ht.     Wt.    Exp.   College

Helfet, Cooper                        TE        6-3      240     3          Duke

WAIVED/INJURED THE FOLLOWING PLAYER:

Player                              Pos.    Ht.     Wt.    Exp.   College

Mickens, Jaydon                     WR      5-10    175     1          Washington

WAIVED/NON-FOOTBALL INJURY THE FOLLOWING PLAYER:

Player                              Pos.    Ht.     Wt.    Exp.   College

Heeney, Ben                           LB        6-0      230     3          Kansas

PLACED THE FOLLOWING PLAYER ON THE RESERVE/INJURED LIST:

Player                              Pos.    Ht.     Wt.    Exp.   College

Jenkins, Jelani                         LB        6-0      240     5          Florida

Press Release Courtesy of the  Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Shawsome: ‘Cats Get Second Straight Walk-off Win

Shaw drives in winning run to defeat first-place El Paso 3-2 in 10 innings

West Sacramento, CA Chris Shaw gave the Sacramento River Cats (63-75) their second straight walk-off win as they downed the El Paso Chihuahuas (71-68) 3-2 in 10 innings Friday night at Raley Field.

Mac Williamson singled to start the 10th inning for Sacramento, his first hit of the night. One batter later, Chris Shaw doubled him home for his 47th RBI of the season and his first walk-off RBI of the year. With the win, the River Cats improved their record to 4-1 at home in extra-inning games. Sacramento has now won five straight games for the first time this season.

Right-hander Jose Flores (2-3, 3.47) will get the start in game two for Sacramento and is slated to face El Paso left-hander Dillon Overton (6-6, 7.09). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com and on the air on ESPN 1320.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats  Media Relations