The Oakland Raiders Released Veteran Strong Safety Tyvon Branch

 

March 3, 2015

Shawn Jonas

As expected the Oakland Raiders officially released veteran strong safety Tyvon Branch on Tuesday.

He was set to make $9.67 million against the 2015 salary cap.  The Raiders saved nearly $3 million in cap space by releasing the veteran.

Branch had  back-to-back seasons cut short by major leg and foot injuries.  He missed 14 games in 2013 with a fractured fibula and 13 games in 2014 with a fractured foot.  There were growing concerns inside the organization about how Branch would come back from the injuries and if he could stay healthy.

The team told Branch about his release last week.  Branch had tweeted thanks to the organization and its fans for seven years in Oakland. 

Branch is now an unrestricted free agent.

 

 

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

Shawn Jonas

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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Photo by Shawn Jonas

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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Photo by Shawn Jonas

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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Photo by Shawn Jonas

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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Photo By Shawn Jonas

“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!

Photos by Shawn Jonas

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.