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Sacramento Republic FC Re-Sign Agustin Cazarez, Exercise Option On Adnan Gabeljic

Cazarez will return to Republic FC for third year, Gabeljic will return for second year.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento Republic FC announced that they re-signed defender/midfielder Agustin Cazarez and exercised the contract option on forward Adnan Gabeljic.

“Augie is such an unsung hero for our club,” said Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle. “He should be proud of himself. His attitude in training is first class and has given him the opportunity to perform when given the chance. He is versatile and capable on the ball, which allows us to use him in multiple positions in our line-up. He is exactly what you look for in a professional.”

Cazarez originally signed with Republic FC on August 19, 2014. Cazarez has appeared in 23 matches for Sacramento Republic FC over the last two seasons, scoring one goal and recording one assist. His lone goal of the 2015 season was a match-winning goal against Arizona United SC on June 13. Cazarez started each of the last five matches of the 2015 season, including Sacramento Republic FC’s lone playoff match on September 26.

Gabeljic returns to Sacramento Republic FC after joining the club in 2015. Gabeljic appeared in 17 matches for Republic FC in all competitions in 2015, starting four. He scored five goals in all competitions, including a hat trick against Chula Vista FC in the U.S. Open Cup and two USL goals. Gabeljic’s hat trick was the first by a player of Bosnian heritage in U.S. Open Cup history.

In addition, Gabeljic is currently training with Liga MX club Atlas FC. The forward will train with the Atlas FC first team during the USL off-season. Gabeljic caught the eye of the Mexican club during their friendly in Sacramento, and they requested that he train with their club.

“Adnan has a lot to offer to our club,” said Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle. “A great sign of this is that he is currently training with Atlas FC. This was a remarkable opportunity for him, as well as, a chance for him to return to our training camp fit and strong. He has a big potential and he can score goals – he knows were the net is and we’ve seen this in training. He is over 6 foot tall, quick and strong.”

Sacramento Republic FC training camp will commence on February 1, 2016. For more information, including full bios for Cazarez and Gabeljic, visit SacRepublicFC.com.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Ties Real Monarchs SLC 1-1

Photo by Shawn Jonas

Sacramento Republic FC earn a point finish three-match road trip undefeated.

The match started slowly with neither club gaining any dangerous chances, although Republic FC maintained possession for most of the first half. In the 19th minute the possession paid off after Republic FC earned a corner. Midfielder Rodrigo Lopez sent the corner toward the back post and defender Derek Foran. Foran and a Real Monarchs SLC defender fought for the ball before it ended up bouncing in front of goal. Forward Justin Braun poked the ball into the goal with a jump, putting Republic FC ahead 1-0.

Republic FC would dominate the possession for the remainder of the half, but could not increase their lead. The Monarchs had their best chance of the half in the 37th minute when midfielder Fito Ovalle took a chance from about 35 yards out on the right side of the field. Ovalle’s shot looked to find the top left corner of the goal, but missed just over the bar keeping the match 1-0 in favor of Republic FC going into the half.

The second half started slowly for Republic FC, who looked to regain their rhythm after the Monarchs made three substitutions at half. Republic FC would get their first serious chance in the second half in the 57th minute. Lopez streaked down the left side of the field before sending a curling shot toward the right corner of the goal, but Monarchs goalkeeper Eric Osswald was there to make the diving save.

The Monarchs would find an equalizer in the 61st minute. Midfielder Ricardo Velazco crossed the ball from the upper left corner of the box to the right side of the box where substitute forward Eti Tavares had snuck behind the defense. Tavares took a touch then sent a shot that hit the far post and ricocheted into the goal, evening the score 1-1.

The Monarchs had the best chance of the second half in the 82nd minute when Republic FC was called for a handball in the penalty box. Monarchs leading scorer Max Rauhofer stepped up to take the penalty and sent a screamer off the crossbar, keeping the score even.

Republic FC would look to equalize late with two good looks at goal. The first was a run from substitute forward Adnan Gabeljic who worked through the Monarchs defense at the top of the box but his finally touch was a little hard and the ball found the gloves of Osswald. Midfielder Danny Barrera had the final good look for Republic FC on a free kick from 40 yards out. Barrera sent a long ball from the left side toward the upper right corner of the goal, but Osswald skied to send the ball over the crossbar to keep the match as a draw.

“I am very disappointed with the result,” said Republic FC Head Coach Preki following the match. “I thought we played a pretty good game, especially in the first half. We lost a little of our legs with the travel and our third game in six days and coming to altitude so we toned it down, but still we had enough chances to win the game.”


Republic FC will be back in action again on Wednesday, July 8, when they take on Atlas FC (Liga MX) in a friendly match at Bonney Field. Republic FC will return to USL action on Saturday, July 11 when they take on LA Galaxy II at Bonney Field. Kickoff for both matches is 8:00 p.m. Tickets for the Atlas FC match are still available for purchase at Ticketmaster.com. The LA Galaxy II match has been sold out.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Tied 2-2 San Jose Earthquakes Complete The Comeback Over The Sacramento Republic FC With 6-5 Edge In Penalties

San Jose, California – Sacramento Republic FC got off to a quick start and in just the 5th minute were awarded a penalty after defender Emrah Klimenta was tripped in the box. Midfielder Rodrigo Lopez, playing in his first match since May 27, stepped up the box in the 6th minute and sent a hard shot into the right side of the goal, past San Jose keeper Bryan Meredith who dove left.

San Jose took control of the match following the early Republic FC goal and had chances in the 10th, 14th, 22nd and 29th minutes. Republic FC goalkeeper Patrick McLain made two saves and two shots were just wide as San Jose looked to close the gap quickly.


Republic FC would find a few more looks at goal in the half, tying San Jose with five shots in the first half. The strongest look for a second Republic FC goal came in the 44th minute when forward Cameron Iwasa got behind the defense and sent a low cross to the middle of the box. Forward Justin Braun received the cross, but his shot was blocked by the San Jose defense. Lopez sent the rebound on goal as well, but against the defense stood strong keeping the match 1-0 going into the half.


Republic FC again came out strong in the second half and doubled their lead in the 54th minute. Klimenta took a lofted pass from Lopez in the back corner of the box, balancing himself before sending a low hard hit ball under the diving Meredith and into the back of the net to put Republic FC ahead 2-0.

San Jose would roar back, however, late in regulation. In the 74th minute San Jose defender Victor Bernardez sent a cross into the middle of the box that found forward Mike Fucito. McLain was able to block the shot by Fucito but an onrushing Chris Wondolowski cleaned up the rebound making the score 2-1.

Wondolowski would strike again in the 79th minute to even the match. Defender Marvell Wynne fought his way past the defense and sent a hard cross into the box which Wondolowski was able to head past a diving McLain, pulling the Earthquakes even 2-2.

The match would remain tied at the end of 90 minutes forcing extra time. Both clubs has chances to scoring in overtime, including open looks for Republic FC substitute forward Adnan Gabeljic and Wondolowski, but neither team could find the net forcing a penalty shootout.

The first two penalties were goals for each side with Lopez and Nemanja Vuković scoring for Republic FC and Wondolowski and Bernardez scoring for San Jose. In the third round both keepers recorded saves. In the fourth round McLain would make a save while Gilberto converted for Republic FC making it a must-make penalty for San Jose midfielder, and Granite Bay native, Tommy Thompson. Thompson would score setting up Klimenta with a chance to win the match for Republic FC. Klimenta sent a low driven shot toward the left side of the goal, but Meredith guessed correctly and made the save forcing the match into sudden death penalties.

The sixth and seventh round of penalties looked much like the first two rounds with David Estrada and Gabeljic converting for Republic FC, while Koval and Barrera converted for San Jose. Defender Shaun Francis scored in the eighth round, putting the pressure on Republic FC defender James Kiffe, who skied his attempt over the crossbar ending the match with San Jose winning 6-5 on penalties.

“I’m incredibly proud of my guys,” said Sacramento Republic FC head coach Preki following the match. “The most important thing is to measure ourselves against MLS teams because that is where we want to be.”

Republic FC will return to USL action on Saturday, June 20, in a battle of top Western Conference teams, when they take on Oklahoma City Energy FC at Bonney Field. Kickoff is 8:00 p.m. The match will be broadcast on CW31, KHTK Sports 1140 AM and streamed live at SacRepublicFC.com/matchday. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC, Real Monarchs SLC Ends In Tie 1-1; Cards Fly In Chippy Match

All Photos By Shawn Jonas

SACRAMENTO, Calif.Sacramento Republic FC and Real Monarchs SLC play to a 1-1 draw in a physical match, in front of a sold-out crowd at Bonney Field.


Real Monarchs SLC started the scoring early, capitalizing on a penalty in the 7th minute, after Republic FC defender Mickey Daly was called for a foul in the box. Real Monarchs forward Max Rauhofer stepped up to the spot and sent a screamer past Republic FC keeper Patrick McLain for the early 1-0 lead.




Republic FC would find an equalizer in the 19th minute. Strong build up play from the midfield led to Ivan Mirković darting up the right side of the defense and into the box. Mirković advanced all the way to the 6-yard box and blasted the ball across the face of goal. Forward David Estrada was set up at the far post and redirected the ball into the back of the net to tie the match 1-1.



Republic FC forward Justin Braun had a chance to put Republic FC ahead in the 37th minute after Cameron Iwasa was taken down in the box. Braun stepped up to the spot and sent a shot toward the left side of the goal but Real Monarchs goalkepper Emilio Orozco guessed right and kept the score 1-1 going into the half.


Both sides saw their share of opportunities in the second half. Real Monarchs had a breakaway chance in the 71st minute that was snuffed out by McLain coming off his line to clear the ball. McLain was called into action again in the 77th minute when Real Monarchs forward Emery Welshman sprinted past the defense with the ball as McLain charged at him and made the save.



Republic FC had the majority of the chances in the second half, including a few after Emilio Orozco was sent off with his second yellow card in the 89th minute. Cameron Iwasa had a breakaway chance in the 68th minute that was unsuccessful. Republic FC had two headers in the final 10 minutes of the match, including one from defender Nemanja Vuković that hit the goal post and went out of play.

The best chance for Republic FC came in the 87th minute when second-half substitute Thomas Stewart got a header opportunity, but unfortunately could not put it on goal. Despite the chances for both sides, the match ended in a 1-1 tie.

“A lot of good plays in the first half with a lot of good chances. It’s disappointing to not get the three points,” said Republic FC Head Coach Preski following the match. “The amount of chances we create is incredible. We had enough chances to win this game.”

Republic FC will be back in action on Saturday, June 6, when they take on the Austin Aztex. Kickoff is 8:00 p.m. The match will be broadcast live on CW 31.



Sacramento Republic FC 1:1 Real Monarchs SLC
USL Match
Bonney Field – Sacramento, CA
May 30, 2015 – Attendance: 11,442

Scoring Summary: SLC – Max Rauhofer (penalty) 7; SRFC – David Estrada (Ivan Mirković) 19

Misconduct Summary: SLC – Emilio Orozco (caution) 15, Max Rauhofer (caution) 70, Adolfo Ovalle (caution) 76, Emilio Orozco (ejection) 89; SRFC – Nemanja Vuković (caution) 65, Ivan Mirković (caution) 87

Real Monarchs SLC – Eric Osswald; Riley McGovern, Lennon LeLostino, Tyler Arnorne, Emilio Orozco; Adolfo Ovalle, Alec Sundly (Lucas Baldin 41), Sebastian Saucedo (Maikon Orellana 74), Ricardo Velasco (Darion Copeland 90); Emery Welshman (Garett Losee 90), Max Rauhofer (Etiando Tavares 82)

Subs Not Used: Victor Rodriguez, Darion Copeland, Jose Navarro, Garrett Losee

Stats: Shots: 5, Shots on Goal: 2, Saves: 7, Fouls: 16, Corner Kicks: 3, Offside: 1.

Sacramento Republic FC – Patrick McLain; Emrah Klimenta, Mickey Daly, Nemanja Vuković, Agustin Cazarez (James Kiffe 56); Octavio Guzman (Max Alvarez 59), Ivan Mirković, Zev Taublieb (Thomas Stewart 73), Justin Braun (Derek Foran 82); David Estrada, Cameron Iwasa (Adnan Gabeljic 70).

Subs Not Used: Dominik Jakubek, Gabe Gissie

Stats: Shots: 18, Shots on Goal: 8, Saves: 1, Fouls: 16, Corner Kicks: 5, Offside: 2.

Match recap Courtesy of Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC’s Offense Explodes Beat Chula Vista FC 7-3; Advance To Fourth-Round Of US Open Cup

Sacramento, Calif. – Sacramento Republic FC explode for seven goals, including a hat-trick from Adnan Gabeljic, as they beat Chula Vista FC 7-3 and advance to the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup.

Republic FC started the scoring early in the match, scoring first in the 9th minute. Midfielder Max Alvarez took advantage of a free kick just outside the box and sent in a left-footed, in-swinging cross. Octavio Guzman beat his man to the spot, went airborne and finished the play with a powerful header into the back of the net past a diving Chula Vista FC keeper Sebastian Ortiz.

Chula Vista FC pulled even after a foul was called on Republic FC in the penalty box. Midfielder Francis Ramirez stepped up to the spot and struck the ball to Jakubek’s right, as the keeper dove to his left. The goal pulled the teams even at 1-1 in the 40th minute.

Republic FC would answer quickly after the penalty kick with a goal in the 43rd minute. Forward Adnan Gabeljic dispossessed a Chula Vista FC defender and took two touches towards goal. Gabeljic then sent a laser of a left-footed shot into the low corner of the net to Ortiz’s left. The 2-1 Republic FC advantage would hold until halftime.

Republic FC forward Thomas Stewart would add a third goal for the home side in the 53rd minute. Stewart controlled a Matthias Bonvehi pass just outside the box and sent a left-footed strike on net. The shot took a slight deflection off of a diving Cula Vista FC defender, but still had enough pace to beat Ortiz for the goal. The goal was Stewart’s fourth in the 2015 U.S. Open Cup, currently leading the competition.

Gabeljic scored his second goal in the 59th minute after some beautiful build up play from Rodrigo Lopez and Stewart. Lopez sent a through ball into the box for Stewart who held up his man and one-touched the ball back to a charging Lopez. The midfielder was taken down but the ball found Gabeljic who controlled the box and sent a right-footed curling shot into the upper right corner of the net to put Republic FC up 4-1.

Republic FC midfielder Zev Taublieb tallied in the 73rd minute off of a Lopez rebound opportunity. On the ensuing kickoff, Chula Vista FC Alberto Diaz sent a deep through ball that second half-substitute Joey Estrada ran onto. Jakubek came off his line but could not get there in time as Estrada lifted the ball over him and it rolled into the back of the net. Forward Mario Rubio would beat Jakubek in the 80th minute as well to push the scoreline to 5-3 in favor of Republic FC.

Lopez got into the scoring act in the 85th minute sending a Gabe Gissie cross into the back of the net. In the 89th minute, Gabeljic finished off his hat-trick as he received a Gissie pass in the middle of the box and sent a bullet shot past Ortiz making the score 7-3.

“It’s good to get back out there and get another 90 minutes under my belt,” said Stewart after the match. “It’s just about winning games. I’m happy to have contributed.”

Republic FC will face the San Jose Earthquakes in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday, June 16 at Avaya Stadium. Details on tickets for Republic FC designated seating at the fourth round match will be announced soon.


Match recap Courtesy of Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations