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Sacramento Republic FC Defeats Seattle Sounders FC 2 2-1

Sacramento Republic FC dominate possession and score two second half goals to win their USL season opener over Seattle Sounders FC 2 for the second consecutive season.

Sounders FC 2 came out of the gate strong, applying solid pressure on the Republic FC defense who were able to stifle most of the early chances. S2 would break through however in the 5th minute on an Irvin Parra free kick. After a foul about 35 yards away from goal, Parra stepped up and sent a short free kick that bounced a few times before finding defender Brian Nana-Sinkam who drove a shot on goal that skipped up right in front of goal, hit the bottom of the post before bouncing against the ground and up again into the top of the net, giving S2 the early 1-0 lead.

Republic FC seemed energized following the goal and went on to dominate the possession for the remainder of the half, owning 55 percent of the ball in the first half. Republic FC had one of their best looks on goal of the first half in the 23rd minute after an interception by Sammy Ochoa. The forward moved the ball down the middle of the field before laying it off to midfielder Adam Moffat who had come up in support. Moffat then took a strong shot toward the far side of the goal, but a diving Bryan Meredith was there to knock the ball away from goal and keep S2’s narrow 1-0 lead.

In the 32nd minute Ochoa would instigate another Republic FC attack. Ochoa took the ball down the right side of the field almost to the goal line before picking out forward Tyler Blackwood who was all alone on the left side of the box. Blackwood settled the ball before sending a curling shot toward the top right corner of the goal, but the shot missed just high and wide of the goal keeping the match 1-0 at half.

Republic FC continued their dominance on the ball in the second half and were rewarded in the 65th minute. Midfielder Agustin Cazarez knocked down a short clearance by S2 right to the feet of defender James Kiffe at the top of the box. Kiffe took a strong left footed strike toward goal that deflected off Ochoa who was perfectly placed in the box. Ochoa’s deflection beat Meredith and found the goal just inside the far post, leveling the score 1-1.

In the 70th minute it looked as though Republic FC might have taken the lead. Moffat found a loose ball near the top of the box and one-touched a left-footed strike that hit the inside of the far post, rolled along the line, hit the near post and then looked to be in the goal, but was judged to have not crossed the line as Meredith ran quickly to retrieve the ball.

Republic FC would find the go-ahead, and ultimately winning goal, in the 83rd minute. After a barrage of shots by Republic FC, the ball was cleared, but only as far as Ochoa on the right side of the box. The forward tapped the ball back to substitute defender Emrah Klimenta, playing in his first USL match since tearing his ACL in a match against S2 on July 2, 2016. Klimenta took a touch forward before blasting a grounded shot toward the far post, that got under the arm of a diving Meredith and into the back of the net giving Republic FC the 2-1 lead.

Republic FC dominated the possession in the match, earning 61 percent of the possession and outshooting S2 28 to eight. 28 shots is a record in a single USL match for Republic FC, beating the previous mark of 24 against Arizona United SC on Sept. 19, 2015. Republic FC also tied their record for most shots in a single half with 15 in the second half, tying their second half performance against Orange County Blues FC on Aug. 17, 2014.

Republic FC will return to Sacramento for their Opening Night at Papa Murphy’s Park on Saturday, Apr. 1. They will take on Orange County SC with kickoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com.

Match 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.

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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.

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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