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Sacramento Republic FC Sign First Academy Product, 16-Year-Old Roberto Hategan

Hategan becomes the first player to be signed from Republic FC’s U.S. Soccer Development Academy.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Sacramento Republic FC have agreed to a two-year USL contract, with a club option for the 2019 season, with 16-year-old midfielder Roberto Hategan.  Hategan becomes the first player in Republic FC’s history to be signed directly from the club’s own U.S. Soccer Development Academy.

“Signing our first Academy player to a professional contract, especially at such a young age, shows just how much faith we have in Roberto,” said Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle. “We look forward to developing him as a player and have faith in his potential.  This signing is another positive step for the club and would not be possible without the investment and shared vision of our ownership group, led by Kevin Nagle, to provide the talented youth of our region a pathway to the professional game.”

Hategan has scored 20 goals in the last two seasons playing with Republic FC’s Academy teams. In addition, the midfielder was honored with a call-up in April 2016 to the U.S. National Team U-16 Boys’ Team. Hategan appeared in two matches with the National Team, including an appearance in the Delle Nazioni Tournament against England. 

“Hategan highlights the immense talent in the Sacramento region and will be one of many future Academy signings,” said Republic FC Owner Kevin Nagle. “Today’s signing is not just an accomplishment for our Academy coaches and staff, but is a tribute to the strength of the youth competitive leagues in the region. We’ve always known Sacramento to be a leader in youth participation, but signings such as Roberto also reaffirm our club’s commitment to develop this talent and grow the beautiful game to support our team now and at the MLS level in the future.”   

Hategan played with San Juan Soccer Club prior to joining Republic FC’s Academy in the 2015-16 season.  Sacramento’s youth soccer programs have developed numerous talented players that have gone on to play in Major League Soccer, and professionally around the world, including current MLS players: Jalil Anibaba (Houston Dynamo), Connor Hallisey (Sporting KC), Niko Hansen (Columbus Crew) Ryan Hollingshead (FC Dallas), Cameron Iwasa (Sporting KC), Adam Jahn (Columbus Crew), Amobi Okugo (Portland Timbers) and Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes).

Current Republic FC goalkeeper Dominik Jakubek and former Republic FC players Iwasa, Thompson, Jahn and Matt LaGrassa are all players who grew up and played youth soccer in the Sacramento region before representing their hometown on the Republic FC roster. Hategan is the second Republic FC Academy player to sign a professional contract following Ryley Kraft who signed with Orlando City B prior to the start of this season.    

Hategan will be available for Republic FC’s next match on July 1 at Papa Murphy’s Park. Tickets for the match are available at SacRepublicFC.com. Kickoff is 8 p.m. To view the entire Republic FC roster, visit sacrepublicfc.com/republicfc-roster.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC To Host Nor Cal Rival San Jose Earthquakes In Preseason Friendly On Mar. 22

Match will be the second of two meetings between the clubs in the 2017 preseason.

SACRAMENTO, Calif.Sacramento Republic FC will host the San Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday, Mar. 22, in the second of two 2017 preseason friendlies between the Northern California rivals. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Bonney Field. Tickets for the match go on sale Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 10 a.m.

“We look forward to bringing the Earthquakes to Sacramento for the third consecutive preseason,” said Republic FC President and Co-Founder Warren Smith. “After three years of affiliation, the real fun begins this year as we will look to propel our rivalry to the next level both this year and for years to come in the MLS.”

The two clubs will meet for their first friendly this preseason today, Feb. 25 at Avaya Stadium before completing their preseason home-and-home series on Mar. 22. This will be the third consecutive season that Republic FC has hosted San Jose with the Quakes winning each of the last two matches by a single goal.

Despite being rivals, the clubs have worked closely and were affiliates from 2014-2016. As a part of the affiliations multiple Earthquakes players were loaned to Republic FC, including Sacramento-area natives Tommy Thompson and Adam Jahn. Republic FC midfielder JJ Koval was also loaned to Republic FC on several occasions before eventually signing with the USL club prior to the 2016 season.

The two preseason friendlies will be the sixth and seventh meetings between Republic FC and the Quakes since 2014. The clubs have met in preseason friendlies as well as in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, most memorably in 2015 when the two clubs battled for 120 minutes only to have the match decided in penalties.

The match is a part of the 2017 Republic FC Season Ticket Package. Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28 on Ticketmaster.com. For more information on the 2017 season, visit SacRepublicFC.com.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Falls To Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 2-1

A stoppage time goal propels Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 past visiting Sacramento Republic FC 2-1 at Thunderbird Stadium.

The match started strong for Sacramento Republic FC, who just 14 minutes into the match found the first goal of the match. Midfielder Danny Barrera had the ball in the center of the field before sliding it through the middle of the Vancouver defense to a streaking Cameron Iwasa. The forward received the ball and went one-on-one with WFC2 keeper Spencer Richey. Iwasa drove up the left side of the box before sending a low shot to the bottom right corner that cleared the sliding Richey, putting Republic FC ahead 1-0.

The lead would not last long however as just six minutes later WFC2 would earn a penalty. Forward Kyle Greig was taken down in the middle of the box as Kadin Chung tried to swing a cross into the middle, earning WFC2 a penalty. Marco Bustos stepped up to take the ensuing penalty kick and sent a low shot into the left side of the goal as Republic FC keeper Evan Newton dove right, leveling the score 1-1, where it would stay until halftime.

Republic FC had the first strong chance of the second half in the 55th minute when defender Kip Colvey drove down the right wing. Colvey then sent a cross toward Adam Jahn. The forward connected with the cross, but his right-footed volley went just over the bar.

In the 76th minute, Republic FC had another good look on goal. Defender Chris Christian played a long ball from midfield to Jahn who held up the ball in the middle of the box. After settling the ball, Jahn laid it back to Iwasa who was sprinting down the right side of the box. Iwasa sent a low, powerful shot toward goal, but Richey quickly got down to his side to make the save, keeping the match even at 1-1.

Vancouver would break the deadlock two minutes into stoppage time. WFC2 substitute midfielder Fatawu Safiu played the ball wide to Daniel Haber who was streaking down the right side of the field. Haber then sent a cross into the box, where substitute forward Thomas Sanner connected with the cross for a header into the lower left corner of the goal and past a diving Newton, giving Vancouver the 2-1 win.

Republic FC continue their five-match road stretch when they take on Rio Grande Valley FC Toros on Saturday, July 30. Kickoff is 5:30 p.m. PT. The match will be streamed live at SacRepublicFC.com/matchday.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Falls To Real Monarchs SLC 3-2

Real Monarchs SLC score three goals in the final 20 minutes to steal three points and a 3-2 victory over Sacramento Republic FC at Bonney Field.

Republic FC dominated the scoring chances department in the first 25 minutes of the match. Forward Adam Jahn had the first scoring chance for Republic FC in the 10th minute when he sprinted past the defense and onto a dangerous through ball from midfielder Octavio Guzman. Jahn was able to flick the ball past oncoming Real Monarchs keeper Eduardo Fernandez, but still had to beat two defenders. Jahn fought off one defender and sent a shot at the goal but could not find the far post as the shot rolled wide and out of play.

Real Monarchs nearly scored in the 27th minute when midfielder Maikon Orellana got on the end of a looping cross. Republic FC keeper Dominik Jakubek had to come off his line to deal with the cross but could not get a glove to the ball. Orellana barely got a touch to the ball as he sent it back across the face of the wide open net, but it rolled all the way to defender Kip Colvey who was able to clear the ball away, keeping the match scoreless into the break.

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Republic FC broke the tie in the 54th minute when forward Cameron Iwasa was fouled just outside the box on the left wing. Midfielder Danny Barrera then stepped up to send a left-footed, out-swinging free kick into the box. Defender Mike da Fonte beat his marker to the ball and drilled a header past Fernandez and into the back of the net. The goal marks consecutive games that da Fonte has scored for Republic FC and the assist marks the fourth consecutive game Barrera has assisted a goal, extending his own club record.

Barrera added to the score line with some more set-piece magic in the 57th minute. The Republic FC captain sent a left-footed, in-swinging free-kick from the right wing. The free-kick inexplicably sailed through a parade of bodies and Fernandez could not find the ball in the chaos. The ball ended up in the side of the net for the 2-0 lead for Republic FC.

Real Monarchs pulled one back in the 72nd minute thanks to a wonder strike from captain Ricardo Velazco. The midfielder found space on the left wing and sent a right-footed curling shot from just outside the box. Jakubek tried to get a glove to the shot as he dove to his left but Velazco’s strike was perfectly placed as it got up and over Jakubek and into the upper corner of the net, making the score 2-1.

Velazco would help pull the Monarchs even in the 82nd minute when he sent a flicked through ball header past the defense. Second-half substitute forward Kevaughn Frater ran onto the ball and send a one-time, left-footed side-volley on goal. Frater’s shot sailed past Jakubek and into the back of the net for the equalizer.

The Monarchs would get the deciding goal in stoppage time. Velazco was the aggressor again for the visitors as he attacked up the left wing, He cut inside and sent a shot on goal, with Republic FC defender Derek Foran marking him. Foran attempted to use his head to block the shot away, but instead deflected the ball past into the back of the net for a stoppage-time own goal to decide the match.

“Any loss is hard to take”, said Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle after the defeat. “In football, as we all know, you don’t always get what you deserve. We didn’t deserve that. It’s important now that we start another good run.”

Republic FC will begin a stretch of five straight road matches when they travel to Orange County to take on Orange County Blues FC on Sunday, July 10. Kickoff is 4 p.m. The match will be streamed at SacRepublicFC.com/matchday.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Defeats Seattle Sounders FC 2 1-0 In Season Opener On The Road

Stewart’s penalty is enough as Republic FC earn first victory of 2016 USL season.

Sacramento Republic FC kicked off their 2016 USL season on Friday with a bang, earning three road points against Seattle Sounders FC 2 in their first match-up of the season with a 1-0 win.

Sacramento Republic FC started the match with constant, sustained pressure on the Seattle Sounders FC 2 defense. In just the 5th minute, Republic FC earned their first chance of the night as forward Thomas Stewart worked his way past the S2 defense on the left side of the box and sent a cross in front of goal towards Danny Barrera and Adam Jahn, who were both sprinting up the pitch. Both Barrera and Jahn slid toward the ball, but the cross bounced just past both players’ reach and rolled harmlessly past the goal.

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Despite the early chance for Republic FC, the match quickly leveled out for both sides, with the majority of the play contained to the middle of the pitch for the first half and few looks for either side toward goal.

S2’s best look at goal came in the 42nd minute when forward Aaron Kovar received the ball on a breakaway on the right side of the pitch. Kovar slowed near the right corner of the box, stepped over the ball a few times before firing a strong left footed shot toward goal, but Republic FC goalkeeper Dominik Jakubek was in position to easily save the ball and preserve the empty scoreline.

The second half started slower than the first half with both clubs looking to gain an advantage. S2 had the first solid look on goal in the 48th minute when forward Darwin Jones beat the defense down the left side of the pitch, but were unable to score. Jones took the ball to the endline near the edge of the six-yard box before sending a shot toward the top left corner of the goal. The shot had good pace, but was just high and wide right of the goal.

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Republic FC finally broke the scoreless deadlock in the 63rd minute. Jahn was taken down on the right side of the box while trying to run down a through ball, earning Republic FC a penalty kick. Stewart stepped up to take the penalty and sent a strong low shot to the right and past S2 keeper Charlie Lyon, who dove to the left, giving Republic FC a 1-0 lead.

S2 looked to respond with a constant barrage of attacks, but were unable to break through Republic FC’s strong defense. S2’s best chance of the second half came in the 76th minute. Kovar received the ball behind the defense on the left side. The forward pushed the ball toward goal and just outside of the box tried to slide a cross to the middle but the ball was deflected toward goal. Jakubek who had been moving to defend the cross was able to quickly change direction, diving back to his right and making the save to preserve his shutout.

“We are a family,” said Jakubek following the match. “We all believe in each other, we work for each other, there are no egos. If we can stay close knit and keep playing that family football we can do it again.”

Republic FC return home to host Arizona United SC in their 2016 USL Home Opener on Saturday, Apr. 2 at Bonney Field. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale at Ticketmaster.com.

Seattle Sounders FC 2 0:1 Sacramento Republic FC
USL Match
Starfire Stadium – Tukwila, WA
March 25, 2016 – Attendance: 1,277

Scoring Summary: SRFC – Thomas Stewart (penalty) 63

Misconduct Summary: SRFC – Agustin Cazarez (caution) 60, Tommy Thompson (caution) 67.

Sacramento Republic FC – Dominik Jakubek; Emrah Klimenta, Derek Foran, Chris Christian, James Kiffe; Agustin Cazarez, JJ Koval, Danny Barrera, Tommy Thompson (Alfonso Motagalvan 90); Tommy Stewart, Adam Jahn (Cameon Iwasa 80).

Subs Not Used: Evan Newton, Mike da Fonte, Max Alvarez, Ivan Mirković, Chase Minter.

Seattle Sounders FC 2 – Charlie Lyon; Oniel Fisher, Tobi Jnohope, Tony Alfaro, Dylan Alfaro, Dyln Remick; Michael Farfan (Emir Alihodzic 46), Nathan Sturgis, Zach Mathers (Nkongho O’Ojong 88); Darwin Jones, Andy Craven (Handwalla Bwana 73), Aaron Kovar (Nick Hinds 88).

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Photo Courtesy to Charis Wilson