Sacramento Republic FC Beat The LA Galaxy II On The Road 1-0

May 17, 2015 7:17 PM PT

Match Recap: Sacramento Republic FC 1, LA Galaxy II 0

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Photos Courtesy: LA Galaxy II

Sacramento Republic FC looked to gain an advantage early in the match pressuring the LA Galaxy II defense with an early opportunity at goal in the first minute. Republic FC forward Justin Braun broke down the left side of the field and sent a cross into the middle of the box where two Republic FC attackers were lurking but the ball missed both and was cleared.


The match leveled out for the most of the first half with each side getting just one good look at goal. Los Dos saw their best opportunity in the 40th minute after a foul in the middle of the pitch. Galaxy II restarted play quickly and beat the Republic FC defense on the left side. Los Dos midfielder Ariel Lassiter cut the ball back multiple times at the top of the box before sending a low strike that beat Republic FC keeper Patrick McLain but struck the left post and was cleared by the defense.

Republic FC saw their chance come in the 45th minute when Braun again got free on the left side of the defense. Braun sent a strong low strike toward the near post but Los Dos keeper Clement Diop was up to the task, making the kick save and keeping the match scoreless at the half.

Republic FC came out attacking in the second half constantly going after the Los Dos back line. In the 65th minute, they would finally break through. Midfielder Ivan Mirković won a 50-50 ball in the middle of the pitch and then sent a pass to defender Emrah Klimenta who was streaking up the right side of the pitch. Klimenta then passed the ball back to Gilberto who sent in his cross to the back post and a waiting Rodrigo Lopez. Lopez settled the ball then sent a low finessed shot into the right side of the goal putting Republic FC ahead 1-0.

Los Dos put pressure for a late goal and got their best chance at an equalizer in the final four minutes of the match. McLain would make three big plays in that time including punching two crosses clear and coming up with the biggest save of the match. In the 90th minute, a strong cross was swung into the box where it found the head of Los Dos forward Jack McBean. McBean flicked the ball toward goal and over the head of McLain. McLain rushed quickly toward goal and made a great save pushing the sure goal over the crossbar and preserving the 1-0 win.

The goal by Lopez was his USL-leading seventh of the season and his seventh all-time against Los Dos. The Republic FC defense also recorded their second straight shutout and have not allowed a goal in 202 consecutive minutes, their second 200-plus minute shutout streak of the season. The match is also the USL-leading fourth shutout for McLain this season.

Republic FC will be back in action on Wednesday, May 20 when they take on the Sonoma County Sol in the U.S. Open Cup. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. PDT at Bonney Field. Tickets start at $13 on

LA Galaxy II 0:1 Sacramento Republic FC
USL Match
StubHub Center – Carson, CA
May 17, 2015 – Attendance: 689

Scoring Summary: SRFC – Rodrigo Lopez (Gilberto) 65.

Misconduct Summary: SRFC – Ivan Mirković (caution) 73; LA – Jason Bli (caution) 68, Jaime Villarreal (caution) 84.

Sacramento Republic FC – Patrick McLain; Emrah Klimenta, Mickey Daly, Nemanja Vuković, James Kiffe; Max Alvarez (Octavio Guzman 45), Gilberto, Ivan Mirković, Rodrigo Lopez; Justin Braun, David Estrada

Subs Not Used: Dominik Jakubek, Derek Foran, Thomas Stewart, Adnan Gabeljic, Zev Taublieb, Joaquin Rivas.

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

LA Galaxy II – Clement Diop; Joe Franco, Daniel Steres, Dave Romney, Bradley Diallo (Jason Bli 61); Ariel Lassiter, Andre Auras (Adonis Amaya 77), Kenney Walker (Alejandro Covarrubias 45), Raul Mendiola (Jaime Villarreal 45); Kainoa Bailey (Edson Buddle 61), Jack McBean.

Subs Not Used: Nick Shackleford, Travis Bowen.

Stats: Shots: 7, Shots on Goal: 3, Saves: 3, Corner Kicks: 4, Offside: 1.

Sacramento River Cats Took Game Two Of The Series Beat Isotopes 5-2; Duval Hits 10th Homer Adds 3 RBI’s

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – The Sacramento River Cats took game two of the series against the Albuquerque Isotopes Sunday afternoon, 5-2. Adam Duvall led the way for the offense as Austin Fleet picked up his second win and second quality start of the season.

Duvall went 3-for-5 with two singles and his first home run in nine days. With the 3 hits and 3 RBIs, Duvall notched his 13th multi-hit game and eighth multi-RBI game of the season, both of which lead the River Cats. Duvall’s homer was his 10th of the season, and he now has 32 RBIs. Ehire Adrianza also had a good day at the plate, reaching base four times as he went 2-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored.

Austin Fleet pitched 6 solid innings, finishing his day having allowed 2 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks with 4 strikeouts. Both runs came on solo home runs, one by Kyle Parker and another by Matt McBride. He threw 87 pitches, 54 for strikes.

The River Cats got on the board first with three consecutive singles, starting with leadoff hitter Brett Jackson. Duvall’s single drove home Jackson for a 1-0 River Cats lead. Albuquerque tied it up in the 2nd with a home run, but the River Cats answered back in the 5th. After Adrianza walked, he advanced to third on a Duvall single before Jarrett Parker knocked him in with a single of his own.

Albuquerque evened the score with a home run from Matt McBride in the 6th, but Duvall’s two-run homer gave Sacramento the 4-2 lead. The River Cats added another run in the 8th when Darren Ford, pinch-hitting for pitcher Clay Rapada, tripled, sending John Bowker home.

The bullpen pitched 3 shutout innings, combining for 1 walk and 3 strikeouts. Cory Gearrin and Rapada tag-teamed the 7th inning, and Juan Gutierrez pitched the 8th. Hunter Strickland closed out the game, picking up his fifth save of the season. He is now 5-for-5 in save opportunities.

Game three of the series is set for tomorrow at 5:35 p.m. PT. The River Cats will start LHP Ty Blach (3-3, 3.40), while Albuquerque will counter with LHP Tyler Matzek (0-1, 63.00). Blach has pitched at least 6 innings in his last four starts and has a 1.82 ERA over that time. The game can be heard live online and on ESPN 1320 following the Rise Guys.

Courtesy Sacramento RiverCats Media Relations



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Late Rally Not Enough As The Sacramento River Cats Lose 6-4 To The Albuquerque Isotopes In Series Opener

May 16, 2015 10:16 PM PT

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ALBUQUERQUE, N. M. – The Sacramento River Cats put up a late rally, but came up just short as they dropped game one of their four game set with the Albuquerque Isotopes 6-4. Kevin Correia had a strong outing, but his few mistakes on the evening were too much to overcome.

The River Cats got on the board first Saturday, as Brett Jackson led off the game with a double to right field. Two batters later Juan Perez drove him in with a single to left. The Isotopes countered quickly however, tying the game in the bottom half on an RBI groundout.

Correia started out strong, bringing a no hitter into the fourth. The Isotopes bats finally showed up in the inning, recording 3 runs on 4 hits, two of which went for extra bases. Correia would surrender another run in the 5th on a solo home run by Roger Bernadina, but that would be all Albuquerque would get on him before he settled down.

In the seventh inning, trailing 5-1, the River Cats began to rally and place themselves back in the game. With two out and a runner on second, Jackson doubled, driving in Trevor Brown. The next batter, Darren Ford, hit a two-run inside-the-park home run to trim the lead to just one.

The River Cats faced more danger in the eighth as Albuquerque put runners on first and second with nobody out, forcing Correia out of the game. Curtis Partch entered the game in relief and retired the first two batters he faced, but allowed one inherited runner to score via a throwing error from Carlos Triunfel.

Sacramento had other chances to trim the deficit. With two outs in the third, the River Cats had runners on the corners but Travis Ishikawa struck out to end the inning. In the ninth, early offense got runners on second and third with nobody out, but no one would score as the Isotopes retired the next three batters to end the game.

The top of the order played a key role in the Sacramento offense on Saturday, with the top two hitters Jackson and Ford combining to go 5-for-9 with 3 RBI. They also had 3 extra base hits, including Ford’s inside-the-park home run.

Correia (0-1, 4.38) settled down following the middle innings, retiring 9 of the last 12 men he faced. He finished the night pitching 7+ innings, allowing 6 runs (5 earned) on 7 hits, walking 2 and striking out 4. Correia entered the night looking for his first decision, having received a no decision in each of his first three starts. Left hander John Lannan (1-1, 4.70) earned the win pitching 7 innings, allowing 4 runs (1 earned) on 9 hits, striking out 2.

The River Cats will look to even the series tomorrow when it will be right hander Austin Fleet (2-3, 7.59) facing off against David Hale (0-2, 8.20) for the Isotopes. Fleet will be making his first career start against Albuquerque, as he was the lone Sacramento starter not to pitch against the ‘Topes earlier this month in Sacramento. First pitch is scheduled for 12:35 p.m. (PT).

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The San Jose SaberCats Remain UnBeaten Blowout The Spokane Shock 83-28

May 16, 2015 9:57 PM PT

All Photos by Shawn Jonas from May 8, 2015 at the SAP Center vs. Las Vegas Outlaws

Courtesy Of The San Jose Saber Cats Media Relations  

By Mathew Dziak

Spokane, Wash. – The San Jose SaberCats (8-0, 2-0) defeated the Spokane Shock (2-5, 0-2), 83-28 at Spokane Veteran’s Memorial Arena on Saturday May 16th, to remain undefeated on the season.


Getting his second consecutive start for San Jose, quarterback Nathan Stanley built on his success from last week’s performance against the Las Vegas Outlaws; completing 14-of -22 passes for 212 yards and set a career-high with eight touchdowns (nine total), leading San Jose’s offense to its highest point total of the season. San Jose’s 83 points was the highest point total this season scored by an Arena Football League team and the first to eclipse 80 points in a game.


The SaberCats got on the board first, with a 14-yard touchdown pass from Stanley to Darius Reynolds. On the ensuing drive, defensive back Ken Fontenette grabbed an interception from Spokane quarterback Warren Smith. Fontenette finished with six tackles, a fumble recovery on special teams and now leads the Arena Football League with six interceptions this season, after adding three against Spokane. Rich Ranglin made it 14-0 in the first quarter, after hauling in a 17-yard touchdown, his third of the season.

Spokane cut the San Jose lead to 14-7, with a 7–yard touchdown from Smith to receiver Anthony Amos. Amos finished with a team high nine receptions for 87 yards and two touchdowns. The SaberCats answered in the beginning of the second quarter, with a 3-yard touchdown from Reynolds to make it a 21-7 lead. Reynolds added a 37-yard touchdown reception off a screen play and finished with a team-high 85 yards on four receptions and four total touchdowns (three receiving).

The Shock’s leading receiver this season, Mike Washington added to his touchdown total, with a leaping 6-yard touchdown reception, crashing into the end zone boards to cut the SaberCats’ lead to 21-14, prior to the end of the first quarter. Washington finished with eight receptions for 74 yards and a pair of touchdowns and the 21-14 mark was the closest Spokane got within of San Jose.


With a big hit from David Hyland on Shock receiver Rashaad Carter, Ken Fontenette grabbed the deflection and returned the interception for a touchdown to extend the SaberCats lead to 42-21 in the second quarter.

The SaberCats held a commanding, 49-21 lead at halftime, after Stanley scrambled right and ran in a 3-yard touchdown with under a minute left tin the half. Whether it was through the air, or on the ground, Stanley had a career night.


After spending four seasons with the Shock, SaberCats’ receiver Adron Tennell returned to Spokane and had a tremendous impact. Tennell finished with six receptions for 74 yards and hauled in three touchdowns.

Also starting his second straight game, Spokane quarterback Warren Smith did not have the same success he had last week against the Los Angeles KISS. Smith threw for 206 yards and four touchdowns, but was picked off four times.

After trailing 76-28 with seven minutes remaining, the Shock turned to Chase Coffman at quarterback. Coffman was unable to rally Spokane against the dominant SaberCats’ defense, completing only 1-of-8 passes for five yards to end the game.

The SaberCats outscored the Shock 34-7 in the second half to sustain their lead and secure the win.

After the Philadelphia Soul lost to the Jacksonville Sharks, San Jose is the only unbeaten team in the AFL and will be back at home next week Saturday, May 23rd at 7:30PM PDT, to host the Cleveland Gladiators (5-3) for Military Appreciation Night at the SAP Center.

San Jose SaberCats Announce Radio Broadcast Of Games On KDOW 1220 AM

May 15, 2015 11:59 PM PT

San Jose, CA.- The San Jose SaberCats announced today that they have partnered with KDOW 1220AM radio to provide radio game coverage for the remainder of the season.

“We are thrilled to bring our fans another means to hear our games and keep up with the team this season,” said Owner and Head Coach Darren Arbet.


Longtime sports anchor and broadcasting veteran will have the play-by-play call and former SaberCats’ two-time All-Arena wide receiver Steve Papin will handle color commentary duties.

Broadcasts begin with the game this Saturday, May 16th against the Spokane Shock, with kickoff set for 4:00PM PDT the broadcast will be tape delayed and will not begin until 6:00PM PDT.

KDOW has been broadcasting over Bay Area radio airways since 2008, with its original stationing, KIBE, dating back to 1949. Known as the “Bay Area’s Business Leader” KDOW primarily has focused on 24/7 business and financial news and talk shows and the SaberCats’ game broadcasts will be the first of its kind on the station.

Courtesy Of The San Jose SaberCats Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign Fourth-Round Pick Guard/Center Jon Feliciano

May 15, 2015 12:27 PM PT

ALAMEDA, CA. – The Oakland Raiders have signed fourth-round draft pick G/C Jon Feliciano, the club announced Friday.

Feliciano is the fifth of the team’s 10 draft picks from the 2015 NFL Draft to sign his rookie contract, along with WR Amari Cooper, DE Max Valles, T Anthony Morris and WR Andre Debose.

The 6-foot-4, 323-pounder was selected 128th overall by the Raiders in the 2015 NFL Draft. He played four seasons at Miami (Fla.), appearing in 48 games with 46 starts. Feliciano made starts at left tackle, left guard, right tackle and right guard over his collegiate career, earning All-ACC honorable mentions each year from 2012-14.

The Davie, Fla., native started all 13 games as a senior, rotating between left tackle, left guard and right tackle, helping the Hurricanes to the Duck Commander Independence Bowl.
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Oakland Raiders Sign Sixth-Round Pick Defensive End Max Valles

May 15, 2015 11:50 AM

ALAMEDA, CA. – The Oakland Raiders have signed sixth-round draft pick Defensive End Max Valles, the club announced Friday.

Valles is the fourth of the team’s 10 draft picks from the 2015 NFL Draft to sign their rookie contract, joining WR Amari Cooper, T Anthony Morris and WR Andre Debose.

Valles was selected 161st overall by Oakland in the 2015 NFL Draft. He spent two seasons at Virginia after playing one year at Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy in 2012 following his senior year of high school. In two years at Virginia, he totaled 78 tackles (32 solo), 13 sacks, two forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and one pass defensed.

The Sicklerville, N.J., native ranked second in the ACC with nine sacks as a sophomore in 2014, earning him spots on both the media and coaches’ All-ACC Third Team.

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Oakland Raiders Sign Seventh Rounders Anthony Morris, Andre Debose

May 12, 2015 5:06 PM PT

Raiders Sign Seventh-Rounders Morris, Debose

ALAMEDA, CA. – The Raiders have signed seventh-round draft picks Tackle Anthony Morris and Wide Receiver Andre Debose, the club announced Tuesday.

Morris and Debose are the second and third of the team’s 10 draft picks from the 2015 NFL Draft to sign their rookie contract, along with first-round selection WR Amari Cooper.


Photo by Shawn Jonas

Morris was selected 218th overall by the Raiders in the 2015 NFL Draft. He played four seasons at Tennessee State, appearing in 35 games with 11 starts over his career. As a senior, the 6-foot-7, 303-pounder started 10 games at tackle, anchoring an offensive line that gave up only 1.17 sacks per game.

Debose was selected 221st overall by Oakland in the 2015 NFL Draft. In four seasons at Florida, he played in 42 games, making eight starts, and totaling 29 receptions for 543 yards and four touchdowns. Serving as the team’s primary returner, the 6-foot, 190-pounder posted 79 kickoff returns for 2,111 yards (26.7 avg.) and four touchdowns. He also returned 34 punts for 420 yards (12.4 avg.) and one touchdown.

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Oakland Raiders Sign Wide Receiver Austin Hill

May 12, 2015 3:16 PM PT

ALAMEDA, CA. – The Oakland Raiders have signed undrafted free agent WR Austin Hill, the club announced Tuesday.

Austin Hill joins the Silver and Black after playing three seasons at Arizona (2011-12, 2014), missing his junior season in 2013 due to a knee injury. In 37 games played for the Wildcats, he totaled 151 receptions for 2,310 yards (15.3 avg.) and 17 touchdowns.

As a sophomore in 2012, the 6-foot-3, 212-pounder was named a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist, All-Pac-12 Second Team and Phil Steele Fourth-Team All-American after setting career highs with 81 receptions (third in Pac-12) with 1,364 yards (sixth in NCAA and second in Pac-12) and 11 touchdowns. The Corona, Calif., native averaged 16.8 yards per catch in 2012, good for second in the Pac-12.

To make room on the roster, the Raiders have waived WR Milton Williams III.

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Oakland Raiders Announce Roster Movers

May 11, 2015 2:32 PMPT

Raiders Announce Roster Moves

ALAMEDA, CA. – The Oakland Raiders have signed the following six undrafted free agents following their participation in the team’s rookie mini-camp on a tryout basis, the club announced Monday.

Player                       Pos.            Ht.      Wt.      Exp.      College
Bell, Mitch               G              6-3        347      R       Louisiana Tech
Dixon, Travell       CB            6-0       200       R       Washington
Dyer, Michael       RB            5-9       218       R        Louisville
Edwards, SaQwan CB        6-0       200       R        New Mexico
Wilkins, Gary       DE            6-2       240        R       Furman
Willis, Austin      WR            5-9       176       R       Emporia State

Bell: Played two years at Louisiana Tech after transferring from Navarro Junior College in Corsicana, Texas…Appeared in 24 games with 20 starts in two seasons at Louisiana Tech…Two-time All-Conference USA selection.

Dixon: Played two years at Washington after transferring from Eastern Arizona College in Thatcher, Ariz. …Also attended Alabama prior to transferring to Washington…Saw action in 16 games with one start at Washington…Totaled 12 tackles (10 solo) and one pass defensed…Recorded 39 tackles with four INTs, four passes defensed and one fumble recovery at Eastern Arizona.

Dyer: Played two years at Louisville after playing first two collegiate seasons at Auburn…Also attended Arkansas State, but redshirted his lone season prior to transferring to Louisville…Totaled 3,039 rushing yards on 578 carries and 22 TDs in his split time at Auburn and Louisville.

Edwards: Played three years at New Mexico after transferring from Blinn College in Brenham, Texas…Moved to cornerback from wide receiver following sophomore season…Played in 31 games at New Mexico, totaling 65 tackles (57 solo), three INTs and 19 passes defensed.

Wilkins: Played four years at Furman, seeing action in 47 games with 40 starts…Two-time first-team All-SoCon performer…Totaled 294 career tackles (150 solo), 15.5 sacks, two INTs, 36 tackles for loss, 14 passes defensed, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

Willis: In four seasons at Emporia State, totaled 127 receptions for 2,002 yards and 18 TDs…Garnered second-team All-Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association honors as a senior.

To make room on the roster, the Raiders have made the following transactions:

Waived the following players:

Casey, Chance          CB    5-11    190     Baylor
Cobb, Terrance         RB    5-11    220    Cumberlands
Johnson, Gus             RB    5-10    215     Stephen F. Austin
Kearney, Vernon      DB    6-2      185     Lane
Mitchell, Braylon     LB      6-1     233     Arkansas

Waived/Injured the following player:

Gallon, Jeremy      WR     5-8      195      Michigan