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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

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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.

Sacramento Republic FC Takes Down Los Angeles Galaxy II 3-2

March 28, 2015 10:37 PM

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Photo Courtesy : The LA Galaxy II

Match Recap: Sacramento Republic FC 3, LA Galaxy II 2

Rodrigo Lopez scores match-winning goal late in stoppage time to propel Republic FC to their second straight stoppage-time win over LA Galaxy II, a 3-2 victory.

The match started quickly with both side coming out strong and pressing the defenses. In just the 8th minute LA Galaxy II would put themselves ahead on a free kick. Midfielder Raul Mendiola, on loan from LA Galaxy, squared up a 25-yard free kick from the right side of the pitch. The in-swinger found the head of defender Daniel Steres, who flicked the ball into the right side of the net to put Los Dos ahead 1-0.

Republic FC took no time in responding, quickly making plays on the counterattack in an attempt to equalize. In the 12th minute, Republic FC forward David Estrada was taken down in the box, setting up a penalty. Midfielder Octavio Guzman calmly stepped up to the spot, then sent an elevated shot into the left side of the net and past the outstretched hand of Los Dos keeper, Clement Diop, who had guessed right. The penalty evened the score 1-1.

12 minutes later, Republic FC earned a second penalty kick in the 24th minute when forward Cameron Iwasa was fouled in the box, earning Republic FC their second penalty. Guzman again stepped up to the spot and, after a quick stutter-step toward the left side, sent an elevated ball into the left side of the net, this time fooling Diop, who dove to the right. The half would end with Republic FC leading 2-1.

The match continued at a high pace in the second half, with both sides eager for another goal. In the 66th minute, Mendiola would again set up a Los Dos goal, this time in the run of play. Mendiola received a perfect pass up the right side of the pitch and send a low cross in front of the goal where it met the foot of Travis Bowen, who was able to poke the ball past the Republic FC defense and equalize the match to 2-2.

The final 24 minutes of the match were a flurry, with each side trying to find a winning goal and capitalize on mistakes in the other side’s defensive third. It wasn’t until the final minute of stoppage time that Republic FC would find their winning goal. A lofted pass ahead to Estrada set up the match-winner. Estrada, who streaked up the far side of the pitch with the ball with second-half substitution Rodrigo Lopez nearby. The pair exploited the two-on-one situation as Estrada sent a perfect square ball across the face of goal to an oncoming Lopez, who simply tapped the ball into the net from about three yards out to clinch the 3-2 victory for Republic FC.

The win is the first for Republic FC in the 2015 USL season and their fifth all-time against Los Dos. Republic FC won’t have long to think about the win however as they play Portland Timbers 2 on Thursday, April 2 in the first matchup against the former affiliates. The match will take place at Merlo Field on the campus of the University of Portland. Kickoff is 7:00 p.m.

LA Galaxy II 2:3 Sacramento Republic FC
USL Match
StubHub Center – Carson, CA
March 28, 2015 – Attendance: 1,292

Scoring Summary: LA – Daniel Steres (Raul Mendiola) 8, Travis Bowen (Raul Mendiola) 66; SRFC – Octavio Guzman (penalty) 13, Octavio Guzman (penalty) 25, Rodrigo Lopez (David Estrada) 90.

Misconduct Summary: LA – Alejandro Covarrubias (caution) 22, Andre Auras (caution) 35, Jason Bli (caution) 37; SRFC – Joaquin Rivas (caution) 54, Octavio Guzman (caution) 77, Ivan Mirković (caution) 84.

Sacramento Republic FC – Patrick McLain; Emrah Klimenta, Mickey Daly, Derek Foran, James Kiffe; Gabe Gonzalez (Adnan Gabeljic 69), Ivan Mirković, Octavio Guzman, Joaquin Rivas (Gabe Gissie 64); Cameron Iwasa (Rodrigo Lopez 58), David Estrada .

Subs Not Used: Dominik Jakubek, Agustin Cazarez, Alfonso Motagalvan

Stats: Shots: 17, Shots on Goal: 7, Saves: 1, Fouls: 18, Corner Kicks: 5, Offside: 7.

LA Galaxy II – Clint Diop; Daniel Steres, Lee Nishanian, Jason Bli (David Romney 81), Joe Franco; Andre Auras (Elijah Martin 58), Raul Mendiola, Jaime Villarreal (Ryo Fujii 45), Alejandro Covarrubias (Kainoa Bailey 73); Adonis Amaya (Jack McBean 58), Travis Bowen.

Subs Not Used: Nick Shackleford.

Stats: Shots: 6, Shots on Goal: 3, Saves: 2, Fouls: 4, Corner Kicks: 1, Offside: 1.

Sacramento Republic FC Fall In Opener To The Seattle Sounders FC 2 4-2

March 21, 2015 10:46 PM

Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media

Photo Courtesy of Prost America

Sacramento Republic FC drop their first match of the USL 2015 season following six second-half goals, including four for S2.

The match started slowly for both sides, which is not unheard of for the first match of the season. Republic FC soon got into a rhythm and became the stronger side for the remainder of the half, constantly challenging the S2 defense.

In just the 3rd minute, Republic FC saw one of their best chances when newly signed forward David Estrada found a streaking Gabe Gonzalez on the right side of the box. Gonzalez sent a quick cross to the back post where Justin Braun was waiting, but the cross went just over his head.

Republic FC were at it again in the 22nd minute, when Estrada found James Kiffe wide open in the middle of the field. Kiffe balanced himself at the left corner of the box and took a strong shot that beat the keeper but skipped harmlessly off the side netting. The match was scoreless at the half.

The second half began quick and stayed that way. In the 49th minute, S2 struck first when forward Andy Craven received the ball in the middle of the field from Damion Lowe. Craven took the ball down then fought off Republic FC defender Mickey Daly before flicking a chip shot over a leaping Patrick McLain, putting S2 up 1-0.

Republic FC seemed energized by the goal and found the equalizer in the 64th minute. Midfielder Octavio Guzman took a corner for Republic FC that was deflected back to him. Guzman then sent the ball back in front of the net where it was deflected a few more times before finding Braun at the top of the box. Braun sent a low liner into the bottom left side of the net to even the score 1-1.

Just six minutes later, forward Sam Garza subbed on for S2 and on his first touch of the match put S2 ahead 2-1. Garza received a pass near the middle of the field from Pablo Rossi, chested the ball down then fired a shot past McLain.

Five minutes later S2 struck again, this time off a free kick. In the 74th minute Republic FC defender Kiffe received a yellow card, setting up a free kick about 25 yards out. In the 75th minute Rossi stepped up and sent the free kick bending over the wall and into the upper left corner of the net putting S2 ahead 3-1.

In the 89th minute S2 would find the net for the fourth and final time of the night when midfielder Victor Mansaray beat the Republic FC defense down the left side of the field. Mansaray then send a low cross to Cristian Roldan at the right side of the box who sent the ball past McLain, putting S2 up 4-1.

One minute into stoppage time Republic FC would salvage a final goal from a free kick. Guzman stepped up to the ball from about 5 yards outside of the box and sent a knuckleball the outsretched hand of Charlie Lyon and into the top right corner of the box. The match would end with a score of 4-2 in favor of S2.

“We weren’t as good as we could have been,” said Republic FC head coach Preki. “We have to find a way to regroup and get better.”

Republic FC will be back in action on Saturday, March 28 when they take on LA Galaxy II at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. Match will be stream live at SacRepublicFC.com/matchday.

Seattle Sounders FC 2 4:2 Sacramento Republic FC
USL League Match
Starfire Stadium – Tukwila, WA
March 21, 2015 – Attendance: 2,951

Scoring Summary: SEA – Andy Craven (Damion Lowe) 49, Sam Garza (Pablo Rossi) 70, Pablo Rossi 75, Cristian Roldan (Victor Mansaray) 89; SRFC – Justin Braun 64, Octavio Guzman 90

Misconduct Summary: SRFC – Justin Braun (caution) 59, Derek Foran (caution) 65, James Kiffe (caution) 74

Sacramento Republic FC – Patrick McLain; Emrah Klimenta, Mickey Daly, Derek Foran, James Kiffe; Octavio Guzman, Ivan Mirković, Gabe Gonzalez, Joaquin Rivas (Cameron Iwasa 72); Justin Braun, David Estrada (Adnan Gabeljic 84).

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

Stats: Shots: 8, Shots on Goal: 2, Saves: 3, Fouls: 15, Corner Kicks: 5, Offside: 2.

Seattle Sounders FC 2 – Charlie Lyon; Oniel Fisher (Aaron Long 45), James Ockford, Damion Lowe, Dylan Remick; Victor Mansaray, Amadou Sanyang (Cristian Roldan 63), Giuliano Frano, Aaron Kovar (Sam Garza 69); Pablo Rossi (Darwin Jones 86), Andrew Craven (Duncan McCormick 75).

Subs Not Used: Saif Kerawala, Nicholas Miele,

Stats: Shots: 12, Shots on Goal: 7, Saves: 0, Fouls: 9, Corner Kicks: 3, Offside: 2.

Sacramento Republic FC Releases Statement To MLS “Going Beyond 24 Teams”

March 16, 2015 1:49 PM PT

Courtesy Of Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC released the following statement in response to MLS news today on “going beyond 24 teams”:

“Less than a year ago, Sacramento wasn’t on the map for Major League Soccer,” said Sacramento Republic FC Lead Investor Kevin Nagle. “In that short time period, we have demonstrated a market, assembled one of the best ownership groups in sports and secured a site and funding for a downtown soccer specific stadium. We are in the best position of any market for the next MLS franchise and look forward to continuing our full pitch to MLS on why the time is right for Sacramento.”

 

Champs!

Sacramento Republic FC Won The 2014 USL Pro Championship

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The MLS Released This Statement on MLS.COM

MLS confirms “advanced discussions” with Minnesota on expansion, will evaluate going beyond 24 teams

Late last week, news broke in several outlets, including The Pioneer Press and SI.com, that Minnesota’s bid for a Major League Soccer expansion club had been accepted.

The league confirmed on Monday afternoon that it is in “advanced discussions” with representatives from Minnesota United FC, though the final decision is not ready to be announced.

“We are in advanced discussions with Bill McGuire and his partners in Minnesota to bring a Major League Soccer expansion club to the Twin Cities and are particularly excited about their plans for a new soccer-specific stadium that will serve as the club’s home,” MLS Commissioner Don Garber said in a statement released by the club. “We remain on track to announce the next MLS expansion market in the next 30-45 days, though no specific date for an announcement has been set.”

The Minnesota United bid is one of several vying for an MLS team, a list that also includes a second Minneapolis group backed by the NFL’s Vikings, and groups from Sacramento and Las Vegas. In addition, San Antonio and St. Louis have made pitches for future expansion.

Minnesota United, who currently play in the NASL, appear to have received a boost from their plans to build an outdoor stadium in downtown Minneapolis that reportedly could cost between $100 and $150 million.

“As announced by Major League Soccer, we are in discussions with the league and remain hopeful that they will award an expansion team to Minnesota,” Minnesota United FC said in a statement. “MLS leadership is well aware that the passionate soccer fans in Minnesota combined with a world-class, soccer-specific stadium make the Twin Cities and our state a perfect home for the next MLS expansion team.”

MLS, which this year grew to 20 clubs with the addition of Orlando City SC and New York City FC, has previously stated its plan to expand to 24 clubs by 2020. Along with Miami, the next MLS expansion club would fulfill the original plan.

However, on Monday, Garber stated that the league will evaluate its expansion plans.

“Over the course of 2015, we plan to evaluate potential expansion beyond 24 clubs,” he said.

Sacramento Republic FC Fell to The New York Cosmos 3-1 In Front Of Sold Out Crowd

February 28, 2015 – Attendance: 20,231

Hughes Stadium-Sacramento, CA

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Courtesy of Sacramento Republic FC’s Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC fell to the New York Cosmos in front of a sold-out crowd at Hughes Stadium in final home preseason friendly, 3-1.

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In a scoreless first half, Republic FC saw the majority of its chances against the visiting New York Cosmos. During the 12th minute Sacramento saw its first real opportunity, as Gabe Gonzalez got behind the defense and took on the charging Cosmos goal-keeper James Maurer.  However, Gonzalez was unable to score as the Cosmos defense came to Maurer’s aid.

Republic FC’s got another chance in the 26th minute when defender Emrah Klimenta made an attacking run up the right side and sent a driven cross into the near post. Forward Justin Braun made the near post run and sent a powerful header on goal, only to have it saved by Maurer, who made a quick reaction save to his left and sent it out of play for a Republic FC corner.

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The second half started with a number of Republic FC’s substitutes on the field. Even though it was looking much like the first half early with neither side able to get a strong chance on goal. In the 68th minute the Cosmos broke the tie when midfielder Marcos Senna sent a free kick to the far post from 25 yards out. Republic FC keeper Patrick McLain wasn’t able to secure the ball and the defense let the ball bounce to the endline where Cosmos defender Samuel Caceres chased the ball down and sent the ball back into the box where newly signed Striker Raul Gonzalez Blanco was in perfect position. He then sent a driven header on goal as McLain scurried to get back into position and was unable to save the shot before it got past the goal line giving the Cosmos 1-0 lead.

The Cosmos would add on two more goals, the first coming in the 76th minute by Leonardo Fernandes  and in the 81st by substitute midfielder Andres Flores.  He capitalized on a mistake from the Republic FC defense giving Flores a breakaway chance that he put into the net given the Cosmos a 3-0 lead.

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In the 86th minute the Cosmos looked poised to score after Mads Stokkelien was taken down in the box. Republic FC’s Keeper Patrick McClain made a great save on Stokkelien’s  penalty kick .

During the 89th minute Sacramento would get on the board when second-half substitute forward Joaquin Rivas sent a left-footed curler into the far post . He side-netted it past a the Cosmos substitute keeper Brian Holt.

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“I was extremely happy with the first half performance, I thought we created many opportunities and were really unfortunate to not score a goal or two,” said Republic FC Head Coach Preki. “Then we made a lot of changes at the half and it was a totally different game. That helps us though because we got to see new players because we have decisions to make.”

Republic FC will round out their preseason on March 14 when they take on UC Davis men’s soccer team. The match will be at the UC Davis Soccer Stadium and a part of a triple-header. Tickets may be purchased at UCDavisAggies.com.

Sacramento Republic FC 1:3 New York Cosmos
Friendly Match
Bonney Field – Sacramento, CA
February 28, 2015 – Attendance: 20,231

Scoring Summary: NYC – Raúl (Samuel Caceres) 68, Leonardo Fernandes 76, Andres Flores 81; SRFC – Joaquin Rivas 89

Misconduct Summary: none.

New York Cosmos – James Maurer (Brian Holt 88); Hunter Freeman (Jimmy Mulligan 52), Hunter Gorskie, Carlos Mendes, Samuel Caceres; Raúl (Mads Stokkelien 77), Daniel Szetela (Adam Moffat 77), Walter Restrepo (Andreas Flores 77), Leonardo Fernandes (Hagop Chirishian 82), Marcos Senna (David Diosa 83); Lucky Mksoana (Sebastián Guenzatti 63)

Subs Not Used: Jeremy Figler, Dennis Chin

Stats: Shots: 10, Shots on Goal: 10 , Saves: 2, Fouls: 12, Corner Kicks: 5, Offside: 1.

Sacramento Republic FC – Patrick McLain; Emrah Klimenta, Mickey Daly, Sola Abolaji, Bilal Duckett (Chad Bartlomé 45); Ivan Mirković (Agustin Cazarez 45), Octavio Guzman (Ahmad Hatifie 45), Gabe Gonzalez (Alfonzo Motagalvan 45), Rodrigo Lopez (Gabe Gissie 45); Adnan Gabeljic (Joaquin Rivas 45), Justin Braun (Richie Cardozo 45)

Subs Not Used: Dominik Jakubek

Sacramento Republic FC vs New York Cosmos Match Sold Out

February 26, 2015

Shawn Jonas

Courtesy of Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC vs New York Cosmos Match Sold Out

Match will be the fourth time that Republic FC has sold out Hughes Stadium

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (February 26, 2015) – Sacramento Republic FC has sold out their match against the New York Cosmos on Saturday, February 28 at Hughes Stadium. Hughes Stadium attendance capacity for a soccer event is 20,231. The match will be the fourth overall sellout by Republic FC at Hughes Stadium. Kickoff is 7:00 p.m. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.

There will be no ticket sales on site or walk-up sales available due to the sellout. Pre-match activities include food trucks, beer garden, inflatables, live music by Epislona and games for all ages. Tailgating is not permitted on campus or in the parking lot.

Because of limited parking on site, Republic FC highly recommends that fans take public transportation or carpool to the match. Regional Transit will provide additional trains post match and staff to assist crowds. Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates (SABA) will be operating a free bike valet near the west parking lot on the Sacramento City College campus. Bike riders are encouraged to avoid Freeport Blvd. Additional details on matchday activities, including parking and bike maps, are available on SacRepublicFC.com.

Parking is $10. Parking lots and will call open at 5:00 p.m.

Champs!

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ABOUT SACRAMENTO REPUBLIC FC
Sacramento Republic FC are the 2014 USL Champions. The club hosts its home matches at Bonney Field located on the grounds of Cal Expo. The club’s commitment to position Sacramento as an “indomitable city” is evident through its community investments and efforts to procure an MLS franchise. The club is “Built for MLS” with the highest caliber of talent, both on and off the field, including 2014 USL PRO Coach of the Year Predrag “Preki” Radosavljević. The club’s motto is urbs indomita – Indomitable City. Indomitable Club. For more information, visit SacRepublicFC.com.

Sacramento Republic FC Falls To The San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 In Front Of Record Crowd

Febraury 21, 2015 

Bonney Field-Sacramento, CA

Shawn Jonas

Sacramento Republic FC wasn’t able to score on the MLS San Jose Earthquakes. The Earthquakes lone goal was enough to get  their third straight win against their MLS affiliate .

In the Republic FC’s first home game of 2015, and their first game back at Bonney Field since winning the USL Pro Championship, Sacramento set a new record with a crowd of 9,974. There was excitement in the air about the new season.  The region and team officials are making a strong case for an MLS franchise.

San Jose started the match strong, earning a corner kick within the first six minutes. Republic FC settled down and worked hard for more possessions. Neither team threatened to score very much in the first half.

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Patrick McLain, Sacramento’s newest signing, had a couple of great saves and was able to keep it scoreless at the half.

During the 36th minute, Republic FC forward Thomas Stewart crossed to a running Adnan Gabelijic, but San Jose goalkeeper David Bingham made a sliding save to keep the game scoreless.

In the 51st minute San Jose was able to get  a shot past McLain and score the first and lone goal of the match. The Earthquakes Matias Perez Garcia got his shot past McLain to put San Jose ahead 1-0.

Republic FC set the tempo for most of the second half,  but couldn’t break through the Earthquakes defense to get a goal.

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“I saw a lot of good things on the field. Obviously we made a couple mistakes, and we got punished for one,” said Republic FC head coach Preki. “We kept the ball really well against an MLS team and that’s all we need. That shows you that our guys are pretty capable,” Coach Preki added.

Sacramento Republic FC 0:1 San Jose Earthquakes

Friendly Match
Bonney Field – Sacramento, CA
Febraury 21, 2015 – Attendance: 9,794

Scoring Summary: SJ- Matias Perez Garcia (Chris Wondolowski) 51

Misconduct Summary: Shea Salinas (caution) 25; SRFC – Bilal Duckett (caution) 28, Rodrigo Lopez (caution) 48, Ivan Mirković (caution) 59, Emrah Klimenta (caution) 76.

San Jose Earthquakes – David Bingham; Marvell Wynne (Brandon Barklage 72), Victor Bernardez (Mike Fucito 72), Clarence Goodson (Paulo Renato 64), Jordan Stewart (Shaun Francis 64); JJ Koval, Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi, Matias Perez Garcia (Tommy Thompson 64); Sanna Nyassi (Cordell Cato 69), Chris Wondolowski (Adam Jahn 72), Shea Salinas (Leandro Barrera 64).

Subs Not Used: Bryan Meredith, Ty Harden, Cameron Iwasa, Kris Tyrpak.

Stats: Shots: 14, Shots on Goal: 4, Saves: 6, Fouls: 12, Corner Kicks: 5, Offside: 4.

Sacramento Republic FC – Patrick McLain; Emrah Klimenta, Mickey Daly, Bilal Duckett (Matthias Bonvehi 85), James Kiffe (Sola Abolaji 45); Octavio Guzman (Agustin Cazarez 71), Ivan Mirković, Justin Braun (Joaquin Rivas 71), Rodrigo Lopez (Gabe Gissie 71); Thomas Stewart (Gabe Gonzalez 71), Adnan Gabeljic (Richie Cardozo 76).

Subs Not Used: Dominik Jakubek, Chad Bartlomé.

Stats: Shots: 10, Shots on Goal: 6, Saves: 3, Fouls: 15, Corner Kicks: 1, Offside: 2.