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Match Preview: Sacramento Republic FC vs Atlas FC

Sacramento Republic FC will face Liga MX’s Atlas FC in the first international friendly match of 2015. Kickoff is 8:00 p.m. PDT at Bonney Field. Gates open at 6:30 p.m.

This is the first of three international friendlies for Republic FC this season. Republic FC will also play English Premier League clubs Sunderland AFC (July 14) and Newcastle United (July 18) at Bonney Field.

Atlas FC return to Boney Field for the second time in as many years. Republic FC and Atlas FC played in a friendly on July 6, 2014. Atlas FC came away with a 2-1 victory after goals in the 80th and 84th minute. Republic FC midfielder Max Alvarez scored the first and only goal of the match for Republic FC in the 40th minute.

Republic FC enter the match on a five-match USL undefeated streak after drawing 1-1 with Real Monarchs SLC on July 1. The draw was the second straight for Republic FC, who also tied the Austin Aztex 0-0 on June 27 in Austin, Texas. Republic FC finished their recent three-match road trip with an undefeated 1-0-2 record, earning 5 points on the week-long road trip.

Midfielder Rodrigo Lopez has ties with Atlas FC growing up in Guadalajara, Mexico. Lopez’s family are big Atlas FC fans. Lopez later joined cross-town rival Chivas’ Academy at 16 years old.

The match will be the second friendly match this month for Atlas FC, who is preparing for their 2015 Liga MX schedule that begins July 25. Atlas drew 2-2 against Club León at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif. on July 5.

For Atlas FC, the Liga MX offseason has been a busy one, with a flurry of player transfers and deals made during the Liga MX draft in June. During the draft, Atlas FC acquired American Greg Garza on loan from Club Tijuana. A left back, Garza made his first international cap for the United States Men’s National Team in September. Atlas FC also signed recently signed midfielder Gonzalo Bergessio, who spent the previous season with Italian Serie A side UC Sampdoria.

Atlas FC is best known for its youth academy, which has produced some of the best players in Mexico. Three of the most capped Mexican international players, midfielders Pável Pardo, Andrés Guardado and Rafael Márquez came through the Atlas FC Academy. Márquez and goalkeeper José Corona, another Atlas FC Academy player, represented Mexico in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

The match will be broadcast live on KHTK Sports 1140 AM and streamed live on SacRepublicFC.com/matchday. Updates of the match will be provided via Twitter @SacRepublicFC or using #SACvAFC.

Match Preview Courtesy to Sacramento Republuc FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Ties Austin Aztex 0-0

Sacramento Republic FC earns a point on the road on short rest, recording their fifth shutout of the season.

Sacramento Republic FC Signs Third Year NASL Veteran Midfielder Danny Barrera

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento Republic FC has agreed to a contract with midfielder Danny Barrera. The midfielder is expected to play on Saturday against the Austin Aztex.

Barrera joins Republic FC after spending the last three years in the North American Soccer League (NASL). Barrera appeared in over 50 matches for the Atlanta Silverbacks, San Antonio Scorpions and Carolina Railhawks, scoring seven goals. Barrera appeared in 66 matches for UC Santa Barbara from 2008-2010, scoring 10 goals and recording 22 assists. He and Republic FC defender James Kiffe were teammates for the Gauchos in the 2009 and 2010 seasons. Barrera also appeared in 45 matches for the Ventura County Fusion, scoring 13 goals.

Danny Barrera
Position: Midfielder
Height: 5-7
Weight: 150
Born: 1/8/1990
Birthplace: Bogotá, Colombia

Player Signing Courtesy of Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations


Sacramento Republic FC Austin Aztecs (0-1)

All Photos by Shawn Jonas

Despite outshooting the Austin Aztex 20-4, the Sacramento Republic FC fall, 1-0, at home in front of a sold-out crowd at Bonney Field.


In a scoreless first half between Republic FC and the Austin Aztex, both keepers were active. Aztex keeper Devin Perales was called into action early in the 7th minute when Republic FC defender Emrah Klimenta sent a shot on goal. Defender Nemanja Vuković had a heading chance in the 13 minute, but his shot went over the crossbar. In the 20th minute, Cameron Iwasa had a goal disallowed after scoring a back-heel goal in an offside position.

Republic FC keeper Patrick McLain was active late in the first half. In the 44th minute McLain was forced to come off of his line to stop a breakaway opportunity. McLain made a diving save on a shot from Aztex midfielder Guaraci just before halftime in the 45th minute.

Republic FC had their best scoring chance of the match in the 56th minute when Iwasa sent a header on goal only to have it saved by a diving Perales. Soon after, in the 58th minute the Aztex used a strong build-up to send the ball out wide to defender Max Gunderson who found his defensive mate Travis Golden open in the box. Golden sent a one-touch left-footed shot to McLain’s right. McLain was able to get a hand on it but the shot deflected right into the back of the net for a 1-0 Aztex lead.


Despite a number of chances in the final half hour, Republic FC could not find an equalizer. Shots from Gilberto and forward Justin Braun could not find the target and crosses from new acquisition Danny Barrera could not find a finish. Republic FC outshot the Austin Aztex 20-4 but they were only able to put 4 of those shots on goal. The match ended in a 1-0 defeat for Republic FC, the team’s second loss at home in USL play in 2015.

“It just doesn’t seem to be going our way and I thought tonight we pushed hard,” said Republic FC captain Justin Braun following the match. “Unfortunately, they get one chance and score the goal. The league is definitely better this year than last.”


Republic FC will be in action again June 13 when they take on Arizona United SC in Scottsdale, Ariz. The match will be streamed live at SacRepublicFC.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