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Sacramento Republic FC Fall 2-1 To Oklahoma City Energy FC

May 23, 2015 11:14 PM PT

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – With numerous weather delays caused by lightning, Oklahoma City Energy FC defeated Sacramento Republic FC 2-1 Saturday night at Taft Stadium in Oklahoma City, Okla. with goals by Sebastian Dalgaard and Danni König,

Sacramento (6-5-0, 18pts) was forced to play much of the game down to 10 men, as Rodrigo Lopez was sent off in the 11th minute after a play near the box.

Oklahoma City Energy FC (3-2-3, 12 pts) capitalized on its man-advantage in the 20th minute as Sebastian Dalgaard gave Energy FC a 1-0 lead. Dalgaard fielded a cross in front of the goal by Casey Townsend and knocked it past Sacramento keeper Patrick McLain, for his second goal of the season. Danni König added a second OKC goal in the 35th minute, giving Energy FC a 2-0 lead at the half.

Sacramento battled back in the second half despite being down to 10 men, and in the 61st minute Adnan Gabeljic cut the deficit in half. In heavy rain, both sides pushed forward in the final half-hour, but Energy FC held on for its third win of the season in the USL, and moved within a point of the top six positions in the Western Conference standings.

Republic FC returns to Bonney Field when they take on Chula Vista FC in their second Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup match on Wednesday, May 27. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. The match is included in season ticket packages. Single match tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com.

Sacramento Republic FC 1:2 Oklahoma City Energy FC
USL Match
Taft Stadium – Oklamhoma City
May 23, 2015 – Attendance: n/a

Scoring Summary: OKC – Sebastian Dalgaard (Casey Townsend) 20, Danni König (Casey Townsend) 35; Adnan Gabeljic (Emrah Klimenta) 62

Misconduct Summary: OKC – Sebastian Dalgaard (caution) 60, Peabo Doue (caution) 66, Peabo Doue (caution/ejection) 80; SRFC – Rodrigo Lopez (ejection) 9, Cameron Iwasa (caution) 44, Derek Foran (caution) 45, Nemanja Vuković (caution) 45.

Oklahoma City Energy FC – Evan Newton; Michael Thomas, Jacob Vancompernolle, Coady Andrews, Peabo Odue; Greg Mulamba, Gareth Evans, Chuy Sanchez (Kyle Greig 59); Casey Townsend (Michael Harris 39), Danni Konig, Sebastian Dalgaard (Cyprian Hedrick 90).

Subs Not Used: Ray Clark, Peter Toth, Omar Daley, Bryan Byars.

Stats: Shots: 11, Shots on Goal: 3, Saves: 3, Fouls: 15, Corner Kicks: 2, Offside: 2.

Sacramento Republic FC – Patrick McLain; Emrah Klimenta, Mickey Daly, Nemanja Vuković, James Kiffe (Derek Foran 23, Zev Taublieb 77); Joaquin Rivas (Adnan Gabeljic 54), Ivan Mirković, Gilberto (Cameron Iwasa 34), Rodrigo Lopez; David Estrada, Justin Braun.

Subs Not Used: Dominik Jakubek, Max Alvarez, Gabe Gissie

Stats: Shots: 9, Shots on Goal: 4, Saves: 1, Fouls: 6, Corner Kicks: 9, Offside: 4.

Sacramento Republic FC Beats Sonoma County Sol FC4-2 Advances To Third-Round Of Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup; Thomas Stewart Scores Hat Trick, Injured

May 20, 2015 10:39 PM PT

Match Recap: Sacramento Republic FC 4, Sonoma County Sol FC 2

Courtesy Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC score 4 goals, including a hat trick from Thomas Stewart, as they defeat Sonoma County Sol FC 4-2 and advance to the Third Round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

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Sacramento Republic FC started the scoring off in the 9th minute, when defender Emrah Klimenta sent a low, driven shot on goal. Sonoma County Sol FC keeper Arturo Ornelas made the initial save but the rebound was tapped in by Republic FC forward Thomas Stewart, who beat Ornelas to the ball and flipped it over the keeper as the ball went into the back of the net putting Republic FC up 1-0.

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Republic FC wasted no time in adding a second goal as they scored again in the 12th minute. This time midfielder Gabe Gonzalez was the beneficiary of a Stewart cross into the box. Gonzalez headed the cross on net, only to have it saved by Ornelas, but again the rebound chance led to a goal as Gonzalez followed his shot and hit a volley right past the keeper for a 2-0 lead.

The Sol would get a goal back in the 26th minute. Forward Omar Nuno received a long ball from the midfield and made a turn on goal. Nuno then sent a driven right-footed shot into the upper-corner of the net, past Republic FC keeper Dominik Jakubek.

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Stewart would add a second goal just before halftime in the 43rd minute when a through ball up the middle that went through a defender’s legs. Stewart, who was making an attacking run, found himself onside and in perfect position to whip a left-footed shot around Ornelas and into the back of the net for his second goal of the match. The 3-1 score line would carry into halftime.

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Stewart finished his hat trick in the 61st minute when midfielder Cameron Iwasa attacked up the left flank of the pitch. Stewart made an attacking run up the middle and Iwasa sent a low cross on the ground to an unmarked Stewart. The Republic FC forward slid to reach the pass and sent a right-footed shot into the back of the net for his third goal of the match and a 4-1 lead for Republic FC.

Sol forward Nuno scored his second goal of the match in the 73rd minute as he found space behind the defense. Jesus Arroyo sent a through ball into the box, Nuno controlled the ball and promptly slid a shot past Jakubek to make it a 4-2 match.

The Sol had a chance to pull even closer in the 77th minute after Jakubek was called for a foul in the box resulting in a penalty. Sol captain Taylor Varnadore stepped up to the penalty spot and proceeded to send a laser shot off the outside of the right post to keep the score 4-2.

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Republic FC would go down a man for the last four minutes of the match after Stewart was injured following a tackle by Sol defender Arroyo. Arroyo was shown a yellow card for the tackle. Stewart injured his right ankle and will be evaluated further by Republic FC’s medical staff. He underwent the Kindner procedure, a surgery for a type II accessory navicular, on his left foot earlier this season and returned to play on April 24.

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Republic FC will take on Chula Vista FC in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday, May 27. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. at Bonney Field. Single match tickets will go on sale May 21 at Ticketmaster.com. Season Ticket Holders may use their “Special Match B” tickets.

Sacramento Republic FC 4:2 Sonoma County Sol FC
U.S. Open Cup Match
Bonney Field – Sacramento, CA
May 20, 2015 – Attendance: 10,386

Scoring Summary: SRFC – Thomas Stewart 9, Gabe Gonzalez 12, Thomas Stewart (Zev Taublieb) 43, Thomas Stewart (Cameron Iwasa) 61; SOL – Omar Nuno (Trevor Hurst) 26, Omar Nuno (Jesus Arroyo) 73.

Misconduct Summary: SOL – Angel Acevedo (caution) 14, Jesus Arroyo (caution) 86, Brandon Boone (caution) 90

Sonoma County Sol FC – Arturo Ornelas; Oscar Ortiz, Christopher Rodd, Taylor Varnadore (Brandon Boone 83), Angel Acevedo; Edgar Amador, Simon Wheatley, Tyler Hurst (Jesus Arroyo 58); Trevor Hurst, Omar Nuno, Nico Spann (Justin Ferriera 69).

Subs Not Used: James Delcurto, Lee Summerscales, Noah Paravicini.

Stats: Shots: 8, Shots on Goal: 5, Saves: 8, Fouls: 14, Corner Kicks: 0, Offside: 0.

Sacramento Republic FC – Dominik Jakubek; Emrah Klimenta (Gabe Gissie 45), Derek Foran, Alfonso Motagalvan, Matthias Bonvehi; Joaquin Rivas, Zev Taublieb, Octavio Guzman (Cameron Iwasa 22), Gabe Gonzalez (Max Alvarez 76); Thomas Stewart, Adnan Gabeljic.

Subs Not Used: Patrick McLain, Rodrigo Lopez, Nemanja Vuković, Ivan Mirković.

Stats: Shots: 23, Shots on Goal: 12, Saves: 3, Fouls: 8, Corner Kicks: 8, Offside: 2.

The Sacramento Republic FC Falls To Real Monarch SLC 1-0

4/29 8:58 PM PT 

Match Recap: Real Monarchs SLC 1, Sacramento Republic FC 0

Sacramento Republic FC loses 1-0 in tight match against Real Monarchs SLC. Republic FC drops back-to-back matches for just the second time in the history of the franchise.

Republic FC started the match as the aggressor getting their first strong look on goal in just the fourth minute. Defender Derek Foran played a ball up the right side of the field where Emrah Klimenta and David Estrada play the ball back and forth setting up a shot that was blocked away by a Monarchs defender.

The Monarchs would control the last 15 minutes of the half testing Republic FC goalkeeper Patrick McLain multiple times. The best chance of the half for the Monarchs was in the 35th minute when midfielder Fito Ovalle hit a strong through ball toward the feet of Max Rauhofer who had snuck behind the defense, but McLain was able to slide in a take the ball away. The half ended scoreless.

Republic FC looked strong again coming out of the locker room, getting their best chance on goal in the 53rd minute. Klimenta took the ball down the right side before sending a low cross into the box. The cross was meant for Estrada who was streaking toward the middle but Estrada and a defender collided allowing the ball to slide to a wide-open Rodrigo Lopez. Lopez struck a low shot toward the right corner of the goal but Real Monarchs goalkeeper Lalo Fernandez was able to save the shot.

The Monarchs would break the tie in the 67th minute. A long cross by John Stertzer was blocked away right to the waiting feet of Fito Ovalle, who took a strong shot toward the left side of the goal. Forward Max Rauhofer then deflected the shot into the goal putting Real Monarchs up 1-0.

Republic FC battled hard to get an equalizer but in the 87th minute the Monarchs looked like they might double their lead. Substitute forward Emery Welshman beat the defense down the pitch and got a one-on-one opportunity with McLain who again was up to the challenge. McLain deflected the shot into the air and then saved the ensuing rebound shot to keep Republic FC in the game.

Republic FC had their best chance at an equalizer in the 89th minute when defender Agustin Cazarez sent a cross to the back post. Klimenta got up over the defender at the back post and was able to nod the ball down toward goal but Fernandez was there to save the ball, keeping the score 1-0.

“I don’t know what it was, we were just flat tonight,” said Republic FC goalkeeper McLain following the match. “The next 10 days will be a good time for us to reflect on ourselves and figure things out as a team.”

Republic FC had to finish the match without starting defender Foran, who was subbed out in the 51st minute following a hard foul in the middle of the field. Midfielder Ivan Mirković also left the match early in the 66th minute following a collision with a Monarchs player. Until being subbed out Mirković had played every minute of Republic FC’s USL season.

This is the first and only time since April 2014 that Republic FC has lost back-to-back matches. Republic FC will have a chance to break this streak when they return home to face Seattle Sounders FC 2 on Saturday, May 9. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. at Bonney Field.

Real Monarchs SLC 1:0 Sacramento Republic FC
USL Match
Bonney Field – Sacramento, CA
April 29, 2015 – Attendance: 2,477

Scoring Summary: SLC – Max Rauhofer (Fito Ovalle) 67.

Misconduct Summary: SLC – Max Rauhofer (caution) 51; SRFC – Justin Braun (caution) 56, Max Alvarez (caution) 65.

Sacramento Republic FC – Patrick McLain; Emrah Klimenta, Nemanja Vuković, Derek Foran (Alfonso Motagalvan 51), Agustin Cazarez; Ivan Mirković (Zev Taublieb 66), Octavio Guzman (Gabe Gonzalez 81), Rodrigo Lopez, David Estrada (Joaquin Rivas 70); Justin Braun, Thomas Stewart (Max Alvarez 62).

Subs Not Used: Dominik Jakubek, Gilberto.

Stats: Shots: 6, Shots on Goal: 3, Saves: 5, Fouls: 10, Corner Kicks: 4, Offside: 3.

Real Monarchs SLC – Lalo Fernandez; Jordan Murrell, Phanuel Kavita, Emilio Orozco, Riley McGovern; Fito Ovalle, Ricardo Velazco (Lucas Baldin 78), Alec Sundly (John Stertzer 66); Maikon Orellana (Emery Welshman 72), Max Rauhofer (Coco Navarro 83), Eti Tavares (Darian Copeland 89).

Subs Not Used: Victor Rodriguez, Garrett Losee.

Stats: Shots: 15, Shots on Goal: 6, Saves: 3, Fouls: 14, Corner Kicks: 2, Offside: 3.

Sacramento Republic FC Falls 2-1 To Orange County Blues FC

April 24, 2015 10:15 PM PT

 Courtesy of Sacramento Republic FC Media Relation

Match Recap: Sacramento Republic FC 1, Orange County Blues FC 2

A relentless Republic FC attack could not equalize late despite Orange County Blues FC being down a man.

Sacramento Republic FC started quickly the scoring in the 7th minute. Defender James Kiffe beat his man down the left side of the pitch and then promptly sent the ball low and into the box where forward Justin Braun slid and sent a one-touch left-footed flick shot into the back of the net for the early 1-0 lead.

Orange County Blues FC would answer with a goal in the 43rd minute. Forward Denzel Slager got behind the defense with speed and got a one-on-one situation with Republic FC keeper Patrick McLain. Slager’s strong shot got the ball past McLain even with the keeper getting a hand to it, capitalizing on the counterattack opportunity. The match would remain tied 1-1 going into the half.

The Blues wasted no time and in the 46th minute took the lead. The Blues got the ball into the box and after a weak deflection just outside the box. Midfielder Didier Crettenand charged and sent a one-touch screamer past McLain for the 2-1 lead.

Sacramento Republic FC gained an advantage in the 60th minute when Blues midfielder Luka Petričević was sent off with a straight red card after a hard tackle. Republic FC would pressure The Blues for the final half hour of the match but, unfortunately would not be able to capitalize on a number of late chances including an unmarked shot from captain Justin Braun that sailed over the crossbar and out of play.

“It’s good to be back,” said Republic FC forward Thomas Stewart, playing in his first USL match in 2015 after offseason surgery. “It’s a feeling of relief, coming back quicker than I expected. Unfortunately, we lost that game.”

Republic FC will be back in action on Wednesday, April 29 when they take on Real Monarch SLC in Salt Lake City, Utah. The match will be streamed live on SacRepublicFC.com/matchday.

Sacramento Republic FC 1:2 Orange County Blues FC
USL Match
Bonney Field – Sacramento, CA
April 23, 2015 – Attendance: 11,242

Scoring Summary: SRFC – Justin Braun (James Kiffe) 7; OCB – Denzel Slager (Didier Crettenand) 38, Didier Crettenand 45

Misconduct Summary: OCB – Romeo Filipovic (caution) 41, Christopher Ramirez (caution) 53, Luka Petricevic (ejection) 60, Jacob Barron (caution) 83; SRFC – Justin Braun (caution) 88

Orange County Blues FC – Pepe Miranda; Josh Suggs, Romeo Filipovic, Brenton Griffiths, Jimmy Turner, Luka Petricevic, Didier Crettenand, Junior Burgos (Jacob Barron 55), Denzel Slager, Nikola Ilich, Christofer Ramirez (Amani Walker 84).

Subs Not Used: Billy Thompson, Alberto Navarro, Seung Ju Kim, Jiovanni Santana, Christopher Santana

Stats: Shots: 9, Shots on Goal: 3, Saves: 3, Fouls: 13, Corner Kicks: 1, Offside: 3.

Sacramento Republic FC – Patrick McLain; Emrah Klimenta, Mickey Daly (Derek Foran 36), Nemanja Vuković, James Kiffe (Agustin Cazarez 45); Max Alvarez (Gilberto 45), Ivan Mirković, Octavio Guzman (Thomas Stewart 64), Rodrigo Lopez; David Estrada, Justin Braun.

Subs Not Used: Dominik Jakubek, Zev Taublieb, Joaquin Rivas.

Stats: Shots: 11, Shots on Goal: 4, Saves: 1, Fouls: 6, Corner Kicks: 5, Offside: 3.

Match Preview: Sacramento Republic FC vs Orange County Blues FC

Match Preview: Sacramento Republic FC vs Orange County Blues FC

Courtesy Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations.

April 24, 2015; 7:30 p.m. PST Kickoff

Sacramento Republic FC (4-2-0, 12 pts) host Orange County Blues FC (2-1-0, 6 pts) on Friday, April 24 at Bonney Field.  Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.  Gates open at 6:00 p.m. 

The match will be the first meeting this season between Republic FC and Orange County Blues FC. Republic FC is 3-1-0 all-time against The Blues.  Last season, the two sides met four times with the home team winning 2-1 in the first three matchups before Republic FC defeated The Blues 6-1 at Anteater Stadium in the final matchup of the 2014 season.  

Republic FC enter the match on a three-match winning streak.  During the streak, Republic FC has outscored opponents 8-1.  This continues their dominant play at Bonney Field where they have outscored opponents 29-9 in USL regular season matches since the field opened.  Republic FC is 11-1-1 all-time at Bonney Field in USL regular season matches and has outscored opponents 29-9 in the 13 matches, including seven shutouts.  

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Republic FC midfielder Rodrigo Lopez has been in great form lately, scoring four goals in his last three matches. He has a league-leading five goals in USL play and  won USL Player of the Week after scoring three goals and recording an assist in two matches last week.   Lopez also pushed his Bonney Field goal total to 12, most of any single player and three more than opposing teams have scored, combined.

 

Republic FC goalkeeper Patrick McLain, who appeared in 15 matches for The Blues last season, has also been in good form lately.  McLain has recorded two straight shutouts while gathering eight saves in those two matches.  He has also allowed just one goal in the last three matches making his home GAA 0.33.

Midfielder Zev Taublieb scored his first professional goal against Portland Timbers 2 on April 18.  Taublieb has now recorded firsts in each of his first three appearances.  Taublieb made his first professional appearance against LA Galaxy II on April 11, his first professional start against Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 on April 15 and then scored his first professional goal against Portland Timbers 2 on April 18.

Orange County Blues FC come into the match on a two-match win streak.  The Blues shutout the previously unbeaten Arizona United SC, 3-0, in their last match on April 18.  The Blues only loss this season was a 2-1 loss to Arizona United SC on March 28, a match that ended controversially when it looked as if an Arizona player touched the ball in the box during stoppage time.

Forward Christofer Ramirez leads The Blues attack scoring two goals in three matches.  Ramirez is currently on loan to The Blues from C.D. Atlético Marte, an El Salvadorian Primera División, the highest division in El Salvador.  Midfielder Didier Crettenand has also been a strong part of The Blues attack, recording two of the club’s five assists.  

Orange County goalkeeper Pepe Miranda has also been a large part of the clubs early season success.  Miranda has started both the shutouts recorded by The Blues this season, making three saves in the process.  Miranda’s 0.00 GAA is the best in the USL.

Both sides enter the match on impressive defensive streaks.  Republic FC enters the match having not allowed a goal in 212 consecutive minutes, their third longest streak in franchise history.  The Blues are on a 247-minute shutout streak.  Both teams are in the top three for shutout streaks this season, with only the Richmond Kickers, currently on a 325-minute streak, having a longer streak.

The match will be live streamed at SacRepublicFC.com/matchday and updates will be provided via Twitter @SacRepublicFC or using #SACvOC.

 

Sacramento Republic FC’s Rodrigo Lopez Gets Hurt In 82nd Minute In 3-0 Win Versus Portland Timbers 2

April 19, 2015 12:01 AM PT

Sacramento Republic FC’s Rodrigo Lopez has been on fire as of late. He scored both goals in the previous game against the Vancouver White Caps FC 2. Including a goal that was shot from behind midfield. The video of the goal went viral world wide.

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Lopez scored again in the 13th minute versus the Portland Timbers 2. He put Republic FC ahead 1-0. Lopez took the ball from midfield to just outside the box before his low strike deflected off a sliding Harrison Delbridge and into the upper right corner of the goal.

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He then collected an assist while lofting a free kick to Defender Mickey Daly  who headed it past Jake Gleeson for the 2-0 lead in the 37th minute.

The savvy veteran Lopez has been making a very tough game look easy as of late.

Sacramento went into half-time with a 2-0 lead.

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The real drama came in the 81st/82nd minute.  Rookie midfielder Zev Taublieb scored his first professional goal when he sent a rebound past Gleeson, giving Republic FC a 3-0 lead.

Before the goal Lopez collided with a Timbers 2 player on the west sideline around midfield. The ball had went elsewhere and Sacramento controlled. Lopez got up and limped over to the Timbers bench and laid on the pitch for a little while. He tried stretching and loosening his left leg.

Play had continued without him.  Braun had broke free about midfield and then a Timbers 2 defender broke up the play and sent it back to Republic FC’s side of the field.

Lopez was still on the ground and was slowly trying to get up and test the leg. He was in pain and trying to see how much weight he could put on the leg.

In the meanwhile Sacramento regained control and started moving the ball to midfield. Lopez seeing the action worked his way back into the field of play, but he had a noticeable limp. He received a pass and drove the ball towards the goal, not at full speed, he passed the ball to an open Republic FC player who took shot on goal and then Taublieb scored on the rebound.

After the goal Sacramento subsituted Gabe Gonzalez for Lopez.  Lopez never returned.  Republic FC was up 3-0 and there was only minutes remaining. No reason for him to come back in.

The trainer worked on Lopez trying to stretch out his hamstring or hip. After the trainer worked on him, Lopez got up and seemed to struggle when he put weight on the left leg.

I tried to get clarification post-game about the injury, but was told the ice was believed to be precautionary.

The injury seemed to be more than that.  Due to the score and the time of the game it was convenient timing.

Possibly, it’s nothing that won’t heal over the next 6 days. Right now, it’s pure speculation. What the injury is? I don’t know, but with Hamstrings, Quads, and Hip Flexors many times it take a few weeks of complete rest for those injuries to heal.

Post game Lopez had a big bag of ice on his upper thigh and hip area. He did greet numerous players and signed many autographs for fans,   all while slightly limping with the ice on.

If its really a problem we should hear something about missed practices as it gets closer to Sacramento’s next game.

The good news for Sacramento and Lopez, they don’t play again until Friday the 24th against the Orange County Blues FC .

UPDATE:  Rodrigo Lopez posted on a message on his Facebook. 

All is well. Contusion!

Sacramento Republic FC Shut Out Portland Timbers 2 3-0; USL’s New Western Conference Leader

April 18, 2015 10:37 PM PT

Sacramento Republic FC won for the third time in as many matches, shutting out Portland Timbers 2, 3-0, in front of a sold-out crowd of 11,242 at Bonney Field on Saturday night.

Tonights win puts the Republic FC into the lead in the USL’s Western Conference at (4-2).

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Republic FC started slow but soon regained their form and in the 13th minute put Republic FC ahead 1-0. Rodrigo Lopez took the ball from midfield to just outside the box before his low strike deflected off a sliding Harrison Delbridge and into the upper right corner.

Sacramento continued to apply pressure, with former Republic FC loan goalkeeper, Jake Gleeson the only thing keeping Republic FC from extending its lead, saving a strong attempt from midfielder Max Alvarez in the 16th minute.

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Defender Mickey Daly doubled the lead for Sacramento in the 37th minute, heading in a lofted set-piece from Lopez past a diving Gleeson. The goal put Republic FC up 2-0.

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T2’s best chance for a goal came in the 41st minute, with successive strikes by forward Fatawu testing Republic FC goalkeeper Patrick McLain for the first time. But, McLain stood strong keeping Republic FC ahead 2-0 at halftime.

Republic FC continued to control possession in the attacking third and almost put the game out of reach in the 64th minute as Octavio Guzman’s volley from an Alvarez corner-kick sailed inches over the crossbar.

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In the 82nd minute rookie midfielder Zev Taublieb scored his first professional goal when he sent a rebound past Gleeson, giving Republic FC a 3-0 lead.

“I don’t think it’s hit me yet,” Taublieb said on scoring his first goal. “It’s been an incredible experience, I really owe it to the coaches for giving me a shot.”

Republic FC will be back in action again when they take on Orange County Blues FC on Friday, April 24 at Bonney Field. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.

Sacramento Republic FC 3:0 Portland Timbers 2
USL Match
Bonney Field – Sacramento, CA
April 18, 2015 – Attendance: 11,242 (sellout)

Scoring Summary: SRFC – Rodrigo Lopez 13; SRFC – Mickey Daly (Rodrigo Lopez) 37; SRFC – Zev Taublieb 82

Misconduct Summary: SRFC – Ivan Mirković (caution) 44; Justin Braun (caution) 56; Max Alvarez (caution) 66.

Portland Timbers 2 – Jake Gleeson; Andy Thoma; Harrison Delbridge; Anthony Manning; Taylor Peay; Blair Gavin; Nick Besler (Tim Payne 45); Schillo Tshuma (Steven Evans 77); Fatawu; Rundell Winchester (Matt Rose 77); Kharlton Belmar.

Subs Not Used: Justin Luthy; Seth Casiple; Rennico Clarke.

Stats: Shots: 8, Shots on Goal: 3, Saves: 4, Fouls: 10, Corner Kicks: ,4 Offside: 5.

Sacramento Republic FC – Patrick McClain; James Kiffe; Mickey Daly; Nemanja Vuković; Emrah Klimenta; Ivan Mirković; Octavio Guzman (Cameron Iwasa 88); Max Alvarez (Zev Taublieb 67); Rodrigo Lopez (Gabe Gonzalez 83); Justin Braun; David Estrada.

Subs Not Used: Dominik Jakubek; Alfonso Motagalvan; Joaquin Rivas; Gabe Gonzalez; Agustin Cazarez

Stats: Shots: 13, Shots on Goal: 7, Saves: 3, Fouls: 8, Corner Kicks: 5, Offside: 2.

Rodrigo Lopez Scores Both Goals In Sacramento Republic FC’s 2-0 Win Over Vancouver Whitecaps 2

April 15, 10:24 PM PT

Sacramento Republic FC, fueled by Rodrigo Lopez’s brace, secure 3 points with a home victory over Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2.  The victory was in front of 10,906 faithful fans, another sold-out crowd at Bonney Field.

After a slow start to the first half for Republic FC, seeing minimal possession, the home team kicked into gear in the 16th minute. Forward David Estrada and midfielder Rodrigo Lopez had a give-and-go right outside the box. Estrada flipped the ball over the defense to Lopez who got a shot off, but it was saved by Whitecaps FC 2 keeper Spencer Richey.

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Republic FC would find the back of the net in the 32nd minute when Lopez stole the ball in the middle of the pitch and sent a pass to Estrada out wide. Estrada drew the defense toward him and calmly slid the ball back to Lopez in the middle who sent the shot right into the back of the net for the 1-0 lead.

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In the 41st minute Whitecaps FC 2 forward Victor Blasco streaked past the Republic FC defense and after a great through ball had a one-on-one opportunity against Republic FC goalkeeper Patrick McLain. Blasco got a clear shot at goal but McLain made a fantastic diving save with his right hand keeping Republic FC ahead 1-0 heading into halftime.

Republic FC keeper McLain was called into action again at the start of the second half. In the 58th minute, Whitecaps FC 2 forward Mackenzie Pridham sent a driven shot to McLain’s right that the keeper had to dive for and parry away for a corner, which he promptly snared in the air.

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In the 71st minute Republic FC would strike again. After solid build up play from the defense, Lopez received the ball just behind the midfield line. Lopez put his eyes on the goal and saw that Richey was playing outside of the 18-yard box and without hesitation sent a right-footed strike toward goal. Richey could not get back to his line fast enough and the shot went perfectly into the back of the net putting Republic FC up 2-0.

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“I said at halftime, the wind was blowing pretty hard and I told Justin [Braun], I’m going to see if the goalie’s cheating to see if I could catch him off his line,” Lopez said of his second half goal. “I looked up and I went for it and it went in. One of the best goals of my career, for sure.”

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“Overall I thought the first half, we didn’t start too well, but then we picked up the tempo,” said Republic FC head coach Preki. “In the last 25 minutes we were pretty good.”

Sacramento Republic FC moves to 3-2-0 in the USL season and remains unbeaten at home. They will be back in action on Saturday April 18 when they take on Portland Timbers FC 2 at Bonney Field.

Sacramento Republic FC 2:0 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2
USL Match
Bonney Field – Sacramento, CA
April 15, 2015 – Attendance: 10,906

Scoring Summary: SRFC – Rodrigo Lopez (David Estrada) 32, Rodrigo Lopez 71.

Misconduct Summary: SRFC – James Kiffe (caution) 20, Mickey Daly (caution) 47; VAN – Tim Parker (caution) 19.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 – Spencer Richey; Jordan Haynes, Tim Parker, Craig Nitti, Chris Serban; Mitch Piraux (Tyler Roselund 66), Ben McKendry, Victor Blasco (Jovan Blagojevic 79), Sahil Sandhu; Mackenzie Pridham (Caleb Clarke 66), Billy Schuler (Brett Levis 66).

Subs Not Used: Marco Caducci, Jackson Farmer.

Stats: Shots: 8, Shots on Goal: 5 , Saves: 7 , Fouls: 12, Corner Kicks: 5, Offside: 4.

Sacramento Republic FC – Patrick McLain; Emrah Klimenta, Mickey Daly, Derek Foran (Nemanja Vuković 45), James Kiffe; Zev Taublieb (Max Alvarez 59), Ivan Mirković, Octavio Guzman, Rodrigo Lopez (Gabe Gonzalez 74); David Estrada (Cameron Iwasa 74), Justin Braun (Adnan Gabeljic 63).

Subs Not Used: Dominik Jakubek, Joaquin Rivas.

Stats: Shots: 14, Shots on Goal: 9, Saves: 5, Fouls: 16, Corner Kicks: 4, Offside: 2.

Match Recap: Courtesy of Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Dominates In Their USL Home-Opener Beat The LA Galaxy II 3-1

 April 11, 10:26 PM PT

The Sacramento Republic FC wins their USL regular season home-opener 3-1 over LA Galaxy II, behind a balanced scoring attack from Lopez, Klimenta, and Estrada.

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Rodrigo Lopez picked up right where he left off against LA Galaxy II. After scoring the 90th minute match winner in the previous USL contest with LA, Lopez started the scoring in the 22nd minute after a strong passing buildup led by defender Emrah Klimenta, After receiving the ball from Klimenta in the middle of the box, Lopez used a shot fake to evade a sliding defender leaving just LA Galaxy II keeper Clement Diop to beat. Diop dove to his right and Lopez sent his shot into the open net for an early one-goal lead. The goal was the second of the USL season for Lopez and his fifth goal in his last 3 matches against LA.

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Republic FC defender Emrah Klimenta would add to Republic FC’s lead in the 27th minute. Klimenta received a well-timed through ball from forward David Estrada up the right wing. Klimenta found himself in a one-on-one situation with Diop and calmly slotted the ball past the keeper into the far-post side netting for an early 2-0 lead.

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Republic FC would steal another goal right before halftime. After Lopez’s corner was punched back out to him by Diop, he sent the ball back into the box with a right-footed in-swinging cross that found the head of David Estrada. The Republic FC forward sent the ball past Diop and into the back of the net to secure a 3-0 halftime lead for Republic FC.

LA Galaxy II would get a goal back in the 58th minute. Midfielder Raul Mendiola found space on the right wing behind the defense as he attacked Republic FC keeper Patrick McLain. Recognizing McLain had to come off his line to defend him, Mendiola slid the ball back across the face of goal to find second-half substitute Ariel Lassiter who sent a one-touch right-footed shot into the vacated net to make the score 3-1.

Despite some late chances on goal for Republic FC, including a near miss from Joaquin Rivas, the match would end in a 3-1 victory for the home side. The win was Republic FC’s second of the USL season, both of them coming against LA Galaxy II.

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“They are a good team”, said Republic FC Head Coach Preki after the victory. “We were comfortable in the first half and I warned our guys at halftime that we can’t let them back in. These have been good games and at the moment things are going our way.”

Sacramento Republic FC will be back in action Wednesday, April 15 when they take on Vancouver Whitecaps II at Bonney Field. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.

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Sacramento Republic FC 3:1 LA Galaxy II
USL Match
Bonney Field – Sacramento, CA
April 11, 2015 – Attendance: 10,906

Scoring Summary: SRFC – Rodrigo Lopez (Emrah Klimenta) 22, Emrah Klimenta (David Estrada) 27, David Estrada (Rodrigo Lopez) 45; LA – Ari Lassiter (Raul Mendiola) 58

Misconduct Summary: LA – Jack McBean (caution) 19, Jaime Villarreal (caution) 32; SRFC – Mickey Daly (caution) 77

LA Galaxy II – Clement Diop; Joe Franco (Lee Nishanian 89), Daniel Steres, David Romney, Jason Bli (Oscar Sorto 35); Alejandro Covarrubias (Kainoa Bailey 76), Jaime Villareal (Ryo Fuji 68), Elijah Martin, Raul Mendiola; Jack McBean, Bradford Jamieson IV (Ari Lassiter 57)

Subs Not Used: Nicholas Shackleford

Stats: Shots: 7, Shots on Goal: 3, Saves: 1, Fouls: 14, Corner Kicks: 3, Offside: 1.

Sacramento Republic FC – Patrick McLain; Emrah Klimenta, Mickey Daly, Derek Foran, James Kiffe (Nemenja Vuković 65); Joaquin Rivas, Ivan Mirković, Octavio Guzman (Zev Taublieb 65), Rodrigo Lopez; David Estrada (Cameron Iwasa 70), Justin Braun (Max Alvarez 76).

Subs Not Used: Dominik Jakubek, Adnan Gabeljic, Gabe Gonzalez

Stats: Shots: 9, Shots on Goal: 4, Saves: 2, Fouls: 13, Corner Kicks: 3, Offside: 2.

Match Recap Courtesy of Sacramento Republic Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Loses A HeartBreaker 2-1 To The Portland Timbers 2

April, 2, 2015 9:53PM

Courtesy of Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations,

Photo Courtesy:Portland Timbers 2

Former Republic FC loan player Steven Evans scored late goal to propel Timbers 2 to the 2-1 win.

The match started with both teams trying to maintain possession and control the midfield. Both sides had some good chances early but were unable to convert in the first half.

In the 41st minute Republic FC got their best look on goal in the first half when defender Emrah Klimenta sent a ball to midfielder Rodrigo Lopez in the middle of the field. Lopez trapped the ball and took two dribbles forward to the top of the box before sending a left-footed strike towards goal, but the ball sailed just over the crossbar.

Four minutes later, T2 got their best opportunity of the first half. In the 44th minute a poor clearance by Republic FC left T2 forward Schillo Tshuma open and behind the defense. Tshuma tried to chip the onrushing Patrick McLain but sent the ball just wide left of the goal, keeping the match at 0-0 going into the break.

Republic FC started the second half quickly, winning three corners in the first three minutes of the half. In the 48th minute forward Cameron Iwasa made a move to get behind the defense and had a one-on-one with T2 keeper and former Republic FC loan player Jake Gleeson but was unable to get the ball past the onrushing Gleeson.

In the 61st minute Republic FC was able to find a goal. Second half substitute Joaquin Rivas received the ball at the top of the box, behind the defense, settled the ball and sent a pass back to Iwasa who was running on the right side of Rivas. Iwasa was able to shoot the ball into an open net since Gleeson had rushed forward to block a possible shot from Rivas.

T2 took no time in finding an equalizer just a minute later, made the score 1-1. Defender Taylor Peay ran the ball up the right side of the field and sent a low cross to forward Kharlton Belmar who was behind the defense. Belmar then poked the ball past McLain who was not able to react in time to save the ball.

In the 87th minute Republic FC cleared a weak shot by T2, but the clear went right to the feet of Steven Evans at the top of the box. Evans ran onto the ball and with his first touch sent a rocket into the top right corner of the box and put T2 ahead 2-1.

“It felt good to get the first one out of the way and see the ball go in the net,” said Iwasa of his first professional goal. “Overall the result was definitely disappointing especially giving up the lead and then giving up the late winner as well. We had our chances and could have put the game away but didn’t take advantage of them.”

Republic FC will return home to take on LA Galaxy II at their Bonney Field Opening Night on Saturday, April 11. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. The match is sold out, but fans may purchase tickets to the next Republic FC match, on April 15, at Ticketmaster.com.

Portland Timbers 2 2:1 Sacramento Republic FC
USL Match
Merlo Field – Portland, OR
April 2, 2015 – Attendance: 2,501

Scoring Summary: SRFC – Cameron Iwasa (Joaquin Rivas) 61, POR – Kharlton Belmar (Taylor Peay) 62, Steven Evans 87.

Misconduct Summary: SRFC – Derek Foran (caution) 35, Mickey Daly (caution) 59; POR – Taylor Peay (caution) 69.

Sacramento Republic FC – Patrick McLain; Emrah Klimenta, Mickey Daly, Derek Foran, James Kiffe; Octavio Guzman, Ivan Mirković, Gabe Gonzalez (Joaquin Rivas 59), Rodrigo Lopez; Cameron Iwasa (Adnan Gabeljic 77), David Estrada.

Subs Not Used: Dominik Jakubek, Agustin Cazarez, Gabe Gissie, Alfonso Motagalvan.

Stats: Shots: 11, Shots on Goal: 5, Saves: 2, Fouls: 9, Corner Kicks: 8, Offside: 5.

Portland Timbers 2 – Jake Gleeson; Taylor Peay, Harrison Delbridge, Rennico Clarke, Andy Thoma; Tim Payne, Blair Gavin (Matt Rose 85), Nick Besler; Rundell Winchester (Steven Evans 77), Kharlton Belmar (Fatawu Safiu 71), Schillo Tshuma

Subs Not Used:

Stats: Shots: 7, Shots on Goal: 4, Saves: 4, Fouls: 18, Corner Kicks: 4, Offside: 3.