Tag Archives: Cameron Iwasa

Sacramento Republic FC Falls To Los Angeles FC 1-0

MLS side LAFC defeat Sacramento Republic FC 1-0 in preseason friendly at Papa Murphy’s Park.

Sacramento Republic FC and Los Angeles Football Club both came out attacking and feeling each other out. Republic FC saw its first real scoring chance in the 13th minute when Wilson Kneeshaw attacked up the right side. Kneeshaw got all the way to the touchline before slicing a cross into the box. The cross was deflected by the defense and bounced to the near post where Hayden Partain had been making a run. Partain flung his body at the ball, trying to redirect it into the net, but the ball took a hard bounce and it was cleared away from danger.

 Republic FC had another strong chance in the 25th minute when Christian Eissele and Cameron Iwasa nearly linked up for a spectacular goal. Eissele laid off a long ball to a streaking Iwasa just outside the box. Iwasa wasted no time volleying a shot through LAFC’s defense, but it was just wide of the goal. The two would link up again in the 31st minute, but Eissele’s shot was saved by LAFC keeper Tyler Miller.

 LAFC did not see many chances in the first half, but Marcos Ureña nearly put LAFC ahead in the 31st minute. The forward found open space in the box and the ball crossed to his feet. He tried to beat Republic FC keeper Josh Cohen to the far post, but his shot went just wide and out of play. The match would remain scoreless through halftime.

 The visitors had a bevy of chances early in the second half as they had four consecutive shots in the 53rd minute. LAFC put five men in the box and had every one of their shots either blocked by Cohen or deflected by a Republic FC defender. The home side was able to withstand the 20-second flurry and ultimately clear the ball away.

 LAFC would finally break through in the 60th minute with a goal from João Moutinho. The MLS side capitalized on extended offensive pressure to start the second half, as Moutinho beat the defense and received a pass from Carlos Vela. Moutinho promptly beat Cohen with a well-placed far-post strike for the goal.

 Cohen kept Republic FC within striking distance with an excellent diving save in the 68th minute. Marcos Ureña again was open in the box and again Cohen was able to block away his shot. Rafa Diaz, who came on for Cohen late in the second half, also made a key stop in the 83rd minute. Despite the best efforts of the home side to equalize, the match ended in a 1-0 victory for LAFC.

 “They have good players and they move the ball well,” said Republic FC Head Coach Simon Elliott of LAFC. “We always try to do our homework before games. I thought our defending deeper was decent and I thought we could have done better defending higher.”

 Republic FC will continue their 2017 preseason when they take on USL newcomers Fresno FC in a friendly match on Sunday, Mar. 4.  Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Stanislaus State University.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

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 Falls To Swope Park Rangers 0-1

Sacramento Republic FC fall 1-0 in a hard fought match against Swope Park Rangers, completing a difficult early-season three-match road stretch.

The match started with Swope Park Rangers controlling most of the possession, but Republic FC’s defense was up to the task, keeping the Rangers offense quiet through the first half.  

Republic FC would have their first strong chance on goal in the 22nd minute.  Republic FC’s attack started with midfielder Danny Barrera finding forward Wilson Kneeshaw, who had beat his man down the right side of the field.  Kneeshaw ran onto Barrera’s long ball and fired a right-footed shot toward the near post.  Rangers’ goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra was there to deflect Kneeshaw’s shot, but the ball went right back to Kneeshaw who found Daniel Trickett-Smith at the top of the box.  The midfielder took a shot, but his shot, like Kneeshaw’s, was deflected, keeping the match scoreless.

The Rangers had their best looks on goal successively in the 29th and 30th minutes.  The first look was started by Colton Storm who sent a grounded cross into the box that was parried away by Dominik Jakubek, but right to the feet of Christian Duke who made a centering pass to former Republic FC forward Cameron Iwasa who fired toward goal only to have his shot blocked by his own teammate Mark Anthony Gonzalez.  The forward recovered the ball before turning and sending another shot toward goal, but it was saved by Jakubek before getting cleared off the line by Moffat.

However, the danger was not completely over as Storm would start the second wave of pressure again crossing the ball to the middle.  Storm’s cross found Iwasa who was cutting laterally in the box. Iwasa attempted a one-touch shot, but his shot was deflected again, but again found the feet of Gonzalez who took another shot, but a sliding Jakubek was there to clear the danger.  Duke would collect the clearance, however, firing a final shot toward goal, but a deflection allowed Hall to clear the ball as Republic FC’s defense held strong despite the flurry of opportunities for the Rangers, keeping the match scoreless going into the half.

Republic FC came out strong in the second half, controlling more of the possession and getting most of the chances. Republic FC’s first good chance of the second half came in the 54th minute on a break. Defender Elliott Hord sent a long through ball from the right side that was just beyond the reach of Tyler Blackwood who was making a near post run. A Swope Park defender attempted to clear Hord’s through ball, but his clearance went right to the feet of Blackwood who continued his run. Blackwood took a strong shot toward the right side of the goal, but the ball went just wide to the right of the goal keeping the match at 0-0.

The Rangers would break the deadlock in the 70th minute. Duke had the ball in the middle of the field before sending it to forward Kharlton Belmar on the right side.  Belmar touched the ball around his mark and hustled toward the end line before sending a strike toward the near post. Jakubek read the shot well, knocking the ball away, but his deflection was in the perfect place for Gonzalez as he followed the play.  Gonzalez nodded the ball into the back of the net, giving the Rangers the 1-0 lead.

Republic FC seemed to be energized by the goal as they immediately looked for an equalizer. In the 74th minute midfielder Adam Moffat intercepted a pass in the attacking third, beginning a Republic FC break. Moffat took a few touches toward the middle, splitting the defense, before sending a left-footed shot toward goal, but his attempt was a little high and wide left. Republic FC would continue to press, getting multiple chances in the final 15 minutes, but were unable to find an equalizer, giving the Rangers the 1-0 victory.

Republic FC finishes their arduous road stretch that saw the club travel almost 7,000 miles to play three matches in the span of seven days, their most difficult road stretch of the season. Republic FC will return home on Saturday, Apr. 22 when they take on Portland Timbers 2 at Papa Murphy’s Park.  Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. Tickets to the match are still available at Ticketmaster.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Ties With San Antonio FC 1-1

Octavio Guzman’s stoppage time penalty kick goal gives Republic FC a 1-1 draw with San Antonio FC at a sold out Bonney Field.

Sacramento Republic FC attacked San Antonio FC early and saw there first chance on goal in the 7th minute when Cameron Iwasa was able to use some nifty footwork to get around his defender. Iwasa pushed his touch a bit too close to San Antonio FC keeper Josh Ford as the forward’s chipped shot attempt was blocked away by Ford, keeping the match scoreless early.

San Antonio broke the deadlock in the 15th minute after a turnover in the Republic defensive end. Midfielder Rafa Castillo recovered the loose ball and drove towards goal before dropping the ball back to Sebastien Thuriere. The midfielder then rocketed a shot on goal, forcing Republic FC keeper Evan Newton to make a diving safe. Though he made the difficult save, forward Cesar Elizondo followed the shot and finished the rebound chance, blasting the ball into the back of the net and putting San Antonio FC ahead 1-0.

Republic FC nearly equalized twice before halftime, both of them supplied by Tommy Thompson. In the 30th minute, Thompson attacked up the right flank, got to the touchline and sent a low, driven cross into the feet of forward Cameron Iwasa. With two defenders closing in, Iwasa drilled a one-touch shot up and over the keeper Ford but couldn’t beat the crossbar as it whizzed out of play. In the 38th minute, Thompson sent a dangerous cross into the box for defender Mike da Fonte. Beating his mark to the ball, da Fonte sent a powerful header on net, only to have Ford make another timely, acrobatic save preserving San Antonio FC’s 1-0 lead into the break.

Republic FC continued to chase the equalizing goal and nearly found it in the 55th minute when defender James Kiffe struck a menacing right-footed shot from 20 yards out. The shot curled to the far post but San Antonio keeper Josh Ford was up to the task and made another clean save.

Republic FC continued to pressure for the second half searching for a goal. About four minutes into stoppage time, James Kiffe earned a penalty kick after being taken down in the box chasing after a through ball. Midfielder Octavio Guzman stepped up to the spot and sent a right-footed shot to Ford’s right hand side. Ford guessed right on the penalty and was able to deflect the ball, but the shot had too much pace on it as it squeezed underneath Ford and into the net for the late equalizer for Guzman.

In the last seconds of the match, second-half substitute Mackenzie Pridham had one more chance for a Republic FC winner. Pridham attacked across the face of goal, just outside the 18-yard box. The forward then sent a left-footed strike through three defenders and past a diving Ford. Unfortunately, the shot rolled inches past the far post and out of play. Pridham’s shot would serve as the last play of the match, as it ended in a 1-1 draw.

“I love that this team never gives in”, said Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle after the 1-1 draw. “It’s a side that keeps going. The fans keep us going. I thought we created the most chances in the game and I feel that’s the best we moved the football in a long time.”

Republic FC will go back on the road to take on Saint Louis FC on Saturday, August 13. Kickoff is 5:30 p.m. 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 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 Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC 1-0

A late goal by JJ Greer proves the difference as Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC defeat Sacramento Republic FC 1-0 at Switchbacks Stadium.

Sacramento Republic FC started the match very strong, seeing their first real chance on goal just 30 seconds in to the match. Midfielder Danny Barrera received the ball near the top of the box after Republic FC won the ball away in the Switchbacks half. Barrera took a few touches forward before sending a grounded shot toward the back post. Switchbacks goalkeeper Devala Gorrick was able to get down to his side quickly however and knock the ball away, keeping the match scoreless early.

July 16, 2016; Colorado Springs, CO, USA; Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC forward Martin Maybin (9) and Sacramento Republic FC defender Chris Christian (8) battle for the ball in the first half at Switchbacks Stadium. Credit: Isaiah J. Downing/Switchbacks FC
July 16, 2016; Colorado Springs, CO, USA; Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC forward Martin Maybin (9) and Sacramento Republic FC defender Chris Christian (8) battle for the ball in the first half at Switchbacks Stadium. Credit: Isaiah J. Downing/Switchbacks FC

The Switchbacks controlled the possession after the early chance for Republic FC. Despite the large possession time, the Switchbacks first strong chance on goal came in the 35th minute. Defender Josh Suggs ran the ball down the middle of the field before sending forward Marty Maybin through with a great pass around the defense. Maybin looked to be in but a sliding Derek Foran deflected his shot before Republic FC keeper Evan Newton punched the ball away from danger.

July 16, 2016; Colorado Springs, CO, USA; Sacramento Republic FC defender Kip Colvey (27) and Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC defender Josh Suggs (5) battle for the ball in the first half at Switchbacks Stadium. Credit: Isaiah J. Downing/Switchbacks FC
July 16, 2016; Colorado Springs, CO, USA; Sacramento Republic FC defender Kip Colvey (27) and Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC defender Josh Suggs (5) battle for the ball in the first half at Switchbacks Stadium. Credit: Isaiah J. Downing/Switchbacks FC

Republic FC had their strongest look on goal in the 39th minute. Forward Cameron Iwasa had the ball in the middle of the park before lofting a pass over the defense to substitute midfielder Max Alvarez who had beat the offside trap. Alvarez then went one-on-one with Gorrick but the onrushing goalkeeper was able to disrupt Alvarez enough as the midfielder’s chipped shot landed just outside the right post.

The best chance of the half for the Switchbacks came on the last play of the first half. After a missed clearance by Republic FC, forward Mike Seth played the ball into the middle to fellow forward Miguel Gonzalez who was streaking along the top of the box. Gonzalez touched the ball forward before sending a left-footed strike toward the upper left corner of the goal, but Newton was there as he sprung high and to the left to block the shot away and keep the match scoreless at the break.

Republic FC came out as the aggressor in the second half and controlled most of the possession. In the 68th minute Republic FC had their first strong look of the second half. Iwasa played the ball down the left side of the box before sending the ball back toward the middle. Alvarez touched Iwasa’s cross down to defender James Kiffe who was making a run down the middle of the box. Kiffe’s ensuing left-footed shot would curve just high and wide of the right corner of the goal however, keeping the match tied at 0-0.

The best chance of the half for Republic FC came in the 79th minute. Substitute forward Mackenzie Pridham took the ball down the right side of the box before beating his man on the dribble, setting up a one-on-one with Gorrick. Pridham charged the keeper before sending a rocket toward goal, but a sliding Gorrick was able to deflect the ball off his right shoulder and away from danger.

The Switchbacks would finally break the deadlock in the 83rd minute. Substitute forward Aaron King ran down a long ball before taking a shot that Newton deflected away for a corner. Suggs took the ensuing corner and sent it toward the back post. Defender JJ Greer was waiting at the back post and sprung up to meet the ball, sending a powerful header toward the top left side of the goal. Newton was able to get a finger on the ball, but the header was too powerful and sailed into the back of the net, giving the Switchbacks a 1-0 lead.

Despite a valiant effort in the final minutes, Republic FC was unable to find an equalizer giving Colorado Springs the 1-0 victory. Republic FC will continue their five-match road stretch as they travel to Vancouver to take on Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 on Sunday, July 24. Kickoff is 2 p.m. at Thunderbird Stadium on the campus of the University of British Columbia. 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.

16.7.6 SRFCvRSL  0010

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 Exercise Options on Cameron Iwasa and Joaquin Rivas

Iwasa and Rivas will return for second year after playing rookie seasons with Republic FC.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento Republic FC announced that they have exercised the contract options on forward Cameron Iwasa and midfielder Joaquin Rivas. Both players will return to Republic FC for the 2016 USL season.

“Next season is a big season for both Iwasa and Rivas,” said Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle. “These two exciting prospects had a taste of first team football in Sacramento. The development in their game has been tremendous. They are players that I am looking forward to pushing on and commanding a regular place on our team. Both showed glimpses of magic when they played and I like that they are attack-minded players.”

Iwasa, a Sacramento native, appeared in 22 matches for Republic FC in 2015, his rookie season. He scored two goals and recorded two assists in all competitions, including a match-winning goal against English Premier League club Sunderland AFC on July 14, 2015. Iwasa scored his first professional goal against Portland Timbers 2 on April 2.

Rivas also spent his rookie season with Republic FC, appearing in 19 matches in all competition, including 13 USL appearances in 2015. Rivas’ first professional assist resulted in Iwasa’s first professional goal on April 2. Rivas scored a goal in a friendly against the New York Cosmos (NASL) at Hughes Stadium on February 28 and played the second most minutes (745) of any rookie for Republic FC this season, trailing only Iwasa (815).

Republic FC’s first round of open tryouts take place October 31 – November 1, at Cosumnes River College. Those interested in trying out may register at SacRepublicFC.com. For more information on tryouts or to view full biographies and statistics, visit SacRepublicFC.com.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Falls to NewCastle United 1-0

Sacramento Republic FC fall 1-0 to English Premier League side Newcastle United on own-goal.

Sacramento Republic FC came out strong in the first half and had two scoring chances off of free kicks, the first coming in the 33rd minute. Midfielder Max Alvarez drew a foul just outside the box, Rodrigo Lopez stepped up and hooked a right-footed shot near-post. The shot was destined for the corner of the goal, but Newcastle keeper Tim Krul got a glove to it and pushed it out of play.

15.7.18 VS NEWCASTLE 056

Alvarez had a chance of his own in the 43rd minute. He stepped up from about 30 yards out and sent a left-footed shot low and to the left of Krul, who promptly parried the ball out of play for a corner kick.

Republic FC defenders Mickey Daly and Nemanja Vuković both had to come to the aid of keeper Patrick McLain in the first half as he was forced off his line numerous times. Daly and Vuković both made goal-saving headers and clearances, respectively, with Daly saving two scoring opportunities keeping the match scoreless at the half.

15.7.18 VS NEWCASTLE 066

Newcastle United would take the lead early in the second half. In the 47th minute Republic FC defender James Kiffe sent a Newcastle cross into his own net for own goal and a 1-0 lead for the Magpies.

Republic FC thought they had a quick answer in the 51st minute. Midfielder Danny Barrera took a shot from distance that was saved by Newcastle substitute keeper Freddie Woodman. Forward Thomas Stewart sent the rebound off the post and David Estrada sent that rebound into the goal, but was called offside, disallowing the goal and keeping the score 1-0.

Republic FC would gain a man advantage in the 65th minute when Newcastle defender Massadio Haïdara was sent off with a straight red for a dangerous tackle to the upper body of Barrera.

Republic FC had a scoring chance in the 85th minute when second-half substitute Cameron Iwasa sent a shot on goal, Newcastle keeper Woodman blocked the shot and was unable to catch the shot, but Republic FC could not reach the ball before Woodman collected the rebound.

“I am proud of everyone of our players, staff and fans”, said Republic FC Head Coach Paul Buckle after the match. “I thought tonight that our levels were higher than when we played Sunderland. It was a proper Premiership performance from them, but we still caused them a lot of problems.”

Republic FC will return to USL action on Saturday, August 1, when the take on Seattle Sounders FC 2 at Bonney Field. Kickoff is 8:00 p.m. Tickets for the match may be purchased at Ticketmaster.com.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Defeat Oklahoma City Energy FC 2-1

Sacramento, California – Sacramento Republic FC won its first match at Bonney Field since May 9th, defeating Oklahoma City Energy FC 2-1 on Saturday night.

Despite creating several chances in the opening minutes of the match, Republic FC conceded on a set piece in the 19th minute. Energy FC captain Michael Thomas headed the free kick past the Republic FC back line to Danni König, who sent it past Republic FC goalkeeper Patrick McLain and into the lower left corner, putting Energy FC up 1-0.

Republic FC continued to control possession and created several scoring opportunities throughout the first half, most notably when Rodrigo Lopez found forward Cameron Iwasa in the center of the box but Iwasa failed to finish his chip attempt as Energy FC goalkeeper Evan Newton’s was there to keep Iwasa’s shot off target.

2015-6-20_OKC_2

Republic FC found an equalizer in the 39th minute, when Octavio Guzman’s cross from the right wing was deflected by Energy FC defender Coady Andrews past Newton near post, and into his own net, tying the score at 1-1 going into halftime.

Newly signed forward Kaleemullah Khan entered for Republic FC in the 66th minute making what is believed to be the first appearance for a Pakistani-born player in a United States professional match. Kaleemullah immediately made an impact, using impressive speed down the middle and creating chances.

2015-6-20_OKC_3

In the 80th minute substitute forward Gabe Gissie broke the tie, scoring his first professional goal. Gissie took the ball down the right wing and slotted his shot into the lower left corner of the goal, putting Republic FC up 2-1 for good.

“WOAH!” said Republic FC forward Gissie when asked about his first professional goal.

Republic FC is back in action on Thursday, June 25th when they travel to Tulsa, Oklha. to face Tulsa Roughnecks FC. Kickoff is 5:30 p.m. PDT. The match will be streamed live at SacRepublicFC.com/matchday.

Game Recap/Photos Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations