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Sacramento Republic FC Falls to Phoenix Rising FC 3-1

Forward Trevin Caesar scores his seventh goal of the season, but it was not enough as Republic FC fall 3-1 to Phoenix Rising FC in their third match in eight days.

The match started quickly for Phoenix Rising FC, getting their first shot just 30 seconds into the match.  On the opening kickoff, Jason Johnson took the ball down the left side before sending it back across to the middle of the box.  Midfielder Shaun Wright-Phillips swung and missed on his shot attempt, but Alessandro Riggi, who was following the play, collected the ball taking a touch to his right before unleashing a rocket on goal that went right over the crossbar.

 Phoenix would score soon after however, in the 10th minute.  Wright-Phillips had a corner on the left side, sending a driven ball toward the front post.  Forward Chris Cortez ran in front of the Republic FC defense and flicked the ball toward the back post.  Cortez’ header beat Republic FC keeper Evan Newton, hit the post and fell into the back of the net putting Phoenix ahead 1-0.

 Republic FC soon recovered, dominating a massive 65 percent of the possession in the first half.  Their best look at goal came in the 32nd minute.  After a few blocked attempts on goal, Emrah Klimenta collected the ball on the right side near the top of the box.  The defender took a touch before ripping a right-footed strike on goal that beat the keeper, but rolled just left of the goal, keeping the score 1-0 going into the half.

 The second half of the match saw a flurry of goals from both clubs.  In the 48th minute, Johnson again led a Phoenix attack, this time down the middle of the pitch.  Johnson took the ball near the top of the box before sending it out wide left for Cortez who was running alongside.  Cortez took a touch before sending it back to Johnson, whose one-touch left-footed shot tucked just inside the goal, putting Phoenix ahead 2-0. 

 Republic FC responded quickly however.  Defender James Kiffe had the ball wide right before crossing the ball into the box.  Substitute forward Matt Wiesenfarth chested the ball to his feet before sending it back to Agustin Cazarez. The midfielder took a strong left-footed shot from the top of the box, which was blocked by a diving Carl Woszczynski.  The Phoenix keeper saved the shot, but was unable to collect the ball as it rolled just out of his reach.  Substitute forward Trevin Caesar followed the play perfectly and tapped home the rebound for his club-leading seventh goal of the season, pulling Republic FC within a goal of Pheonix.

 Phoenix would score a quick response however, scoring in the 52nd minute. Wright-Phillips took a corner from the right side that threatened, but Newton was quick off his line, punching the ball away.  Newton’s punch went only as far as Cortez, however, who immediately sent a chipped cross back into the box after seeing that Newton was yet to recover from the punch. Peter Ramage skied high over the defense and headed the cross into the open goal for the 3-1 lead.

 Republic FC would work hard again to find another response with their best look on goal coming in the 78th minute. Defender Chris Christian took a free kick from about 35 yards from goal, sending a short pass to Cazarez who had found open space.  Cazarez then sent the ball into the box and to the feet of Caesar who rounded his man, who had gone to the ground, before striking a right-footed shot on goal, but the shot was just wide hitting the outside of the side netting.

 “We have been pretty water tight on set plays since I got here, but tonight we were not and we paid the price,” said Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle. “It was unlike us, I can’t remember the last time we conceded three goals.”

 Republic FC will return home when they host Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC on Saturday, Sept. 2.  Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. at Papa Murphy’s Park.  There will also be fireworks following the match.  Tickets are available at SacRepublicFC.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Defeat Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 1-0

Jeremy Hall’s 82nd minute penalty kick proves the difference

 Sacramento Republic FC quickly established their domination of possession, which would persist for most of the match. Trevin Caesar and Wilson Kneeshaw linked up in the 6th minute with Caesar setting up Kneeshaw for a shot in the box. Kneeshaw’s one timed shot went a just wide of the near post and out play. Agustin Cazarez had a shot sail just high of the crossbar in the 17th minute after good build up play gave him the opportunity.

 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 had their chances in the first half to claim an early lead, but they could not find the finishing touch. Thomas Sanner missed a golden opportunity to go ahead in the 23rd minute when he could not put his header on target inside the six-yard box. WFC2 had another solid chance to grab the first goal of the match in the 34th minute. Elliott Hord’s clearing header did not get out of the box and found the feet of Marco Bustos. The midfielder navigated his way through three Republic FC defenders before trying to get a shot on goal. Bustos lost his balance and went to ground in hopes of a foul being called, but none would come, leaving the match scoreless going into the half.

 Sammy Ochoa had his best chance on goal in the 57th minute. Tyler Blackwood was able to take his defender on and beat him to the touchline. Blackwood then slid the ball into the box where Ochoa was charging. Ochoa slid to tap the ball into the net but it got caught in his feet as he ended up in the goal and Vancouver cleared it out of harm’s way.

 Chris Christian nearly put Republic FC ahead in the 66th minute with his powerful header off a perfect free kick from Jeremy Hall. Christian got airborne in the box and snapped his header towards the far post but Vancouver keeper Spencer Richey made the save of the night, diving to his right to block Christian’s header off the line.

 Republic finally found the goal in the 82nd minute thanks to Blackwood and Hall. Blackwood was able to earn a penalty kick after being clipped by a defender just inside the box. Hall stepped up and put his penalty kick top shelf as he blasted it past Richey and into the back of the net. Hall’s goal would prove to be the decisive goal as Sacramento Republic FC earned the three points with a 1-0 victory over Vancouver.

 “We deserved it in the end,” said Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle. “We got it right. We really did control the second half. I am very proud of the win and the run we are on.”

 Republic FC will travel to Portland to take on Timbers 2 on Sunday, Aug. 13 at Providence Park.  Kickoff is 2 p.m. The match will be broadcast on CW31 and streamed online at SacRepublicFC.com/matchday-guide.

Match Recap Courtesy of the  Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Defeat LA Galaxy II 3-2

Sacramento Republic FC power past LA Galaxy II behind goals from Jeremy Hall, Tyler Blackwood and Trevin Caesar and a big save from Evan Newton.

 Sacramento Republic FC picked up right where they left off coming out strong against LA Galaxy II.  In just the 10th minute, Republic FC would earn their first chance in the form of a penalty.  Defender James Kiffe drove past his mark before taking the ball all the way down the left side to the touchline and sending a left-footed cross toward the middle.  Kiffe’s cross did not find a Republic FC player, but instead found the hand of a Los Dos defender, earning Republic FC an early penalty.  Midfielder Jeremy Hall stepped up to take the penalty, hitting a low driven shot toward the right side of the goal.  Los Dos keeper Eric López guessed right and was able to get his hand on the ball, but Hall hit the shot too hard, powering the ball past López and into the net, putting Republic FC ahead 1-0 early.

 Republic FC continued to press, doubling their lead just three minutes later.  Midfielder Agustin Cazarez found space on the left side of the field before sending a looping cross toward a streaking Tyler Blackwood in the middle of the box.  The cross bent around the Los Dos defense allowing Blackwood to just stick his foot out and poke the ball into the right side of the net to put Republic FC ahead 2-0.

Defender Elliott Hord helped set up Republic FC’s third goal of the night in just the 18th minute.  Hord drove past the defense on the right side before sending a ball into the box.  Forward Wilson Kneeshaw was able to run onto the ball, sending a one-touch backheel pass to Trevin Caesar, who was trailing the play.  Caesar one-touched his left-footed shot toward the near post past a diving López and into the back of the net to give Republic FC the 3-0 lead.

On the ensuing kickoff Los Dos looked to have struck back.  A long ball seemed to have played Raul Mendiola into a one-on-one situation with Evan Newton.  The Republic FC keeper beat Mendiola to the ball, but was only able to knock the ball.  Newton was quick to his feet and was able to deflect the ball off Tyler Turner who was following the play.  The deflection fell to Adonis Amaya whose shot was blocked by Chris Christian, but the ball found the feet of Justin Dhillon.  The forward’s shot was deemed to have touched the hand of Christian giving Los Dos a penalty.  Amaya stepped up to take the penalty, driving a low left-footed shot just to the left of Newton, but the keeper got down quick to make what proved to be a huge save in the match keeping the score 3-0, which would hold going into the half.

Despite Republic FC coming out strong again in the second half, it was Los Dos who were able to get a goal back in the 54th minute.  After a long clearance was batted around in the middle of the field, Amaya was able to recover the ball and play Dhillon free and into a one-on-one scenario with Newton.  Dhillon opted to keep his shot low, beating the on-rushing Newton and into the back of the net, making the score 3-1.

In the 70th minute, Jonathan Hernandez found space on the right side near the center circle before sending a long ball forward ahead of the defense.  Hord was unable to clear the ball away and substitute forward Adrián Vera ran onto the ball into the box, flicking it up and over Newton and into the goal making the score 3-2.

Republic FC looked as though they might put the game away in the 89th minute after substitute forward Gabe Gissie shook off a defender to put himself in a one-on-one situation with López.  Gissie unleashed a rocket shot that beat the keeper, but defender Jean Engola had recovered to cover the back post and was able to slide and deflect the ball away.

Republic FC would finish out the match and move into sole possession of third place in the USL standings.  Republic FC will remain in Southern California as they take on LA Galaxy (MLS) in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Wed. Jun. 28.  Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. at the StubHub Center Track Stadium.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Fall To Reno 1868 FC 2-0

Sacramento Republic FC fall 2-0 to their newest rivals, Reno 1868 FC, behind a goal and an assist from Dane Kelly and four saves from Andrew Tarbell.

Sacramento Republic FC came out strong in the match pushing the ball forward and pressuring the Reno 1868 FC defense.  The pressure looked to have paid off for Republic FC in just the 4th minute when a long pass by defender James Kiffe sprang forward Tyler Blackwood who went one-on-one with Reno goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell.  Blackwood looked to chip a right-footed shot over the onrushing keeper, but Tarbell was able to deflect the ball away, keeping the match scoreless early.

 After a lot of back and forth play for much of the middle of the first period, Reno would break the deadlock in the 39th minute. Reno forward Dane Kelly was able to intercept a Republic FC throw in near midfield.  Kelly then played a one-two with Antoine Hoppenot on the right side before taking the ball down the side of the field.  Kelly then sent a through ball back to Hoppenot who just got past the sliding reach of defender Chris Christian.  Hoppenot then sent a grounded ball past Evan Newton that hit the back post and rolled into the back of the net to put Reno ahead 1-0.

 Reno nearly doubled their lead in stoppage time on a free kick from a few yards outside the box.  Midfielder Chris Wehan sent a driven ball into the box that went over the players in the box, including the hand of Newton who came out to punch the ball away, finding the head of Jordan Murrell who was wide open on the back post.  Murrell looked to nod the ball into the empty net, but the ball went well over the post, keeping the score 1-0 going into the half.

 Republic FC came out strong again in the second half looking for an equalizer.  In the 47th minute, defender Elliott Hord took the ball down the right side before sending a cross into the box that found forward Sammy Ochoa who had found space between Reno defenders. Ochoa dove forward to redirect the cross toward goal, but his headed shot went wide left of the post keeping the score 1-0.

 In the 59th minute Hord again sent a cross into the box.  This time the cross cleared everyone, finding an open Agustin Cazarez near the back post.  Cazarez settled the ball before blasting a left-footed shot on goal, but a sliding Seth Casiple and Tarbell were there to deflect the ball away.  The ball went as far as Blackwood who looked to hit a curling left-footed shot into the upper right corner of the goal, but his shot went just high and wide of the goal.

 Republic FC would have another good look at goal in the 62nd minute.  This time Kiffe drove the ball down the left side of the field before sending a cross toward the middle of the box.  Substitute forward Christian Chaney redirected the cross on target, but Tarbell was there again for the save punching the ball up and over the bar.

 Reno would double their lead and seal a victory in the 73rd minute.  Former Republic FC and current Reno midfielder Matt LaGrassa intercepted the ball in the middle of the pitch before quickly passing the ball wide to Casiple.  The Granite Bay-native played a long ball to Kelly, starting the counter attack.  Kelly drove the ball down the middle of the field before getting to the top of the box and striking a right-footed shot that deflected slightly off the back of Julius James and into the bottom left side of the goal putting Reno ahead for good at 2-0.

 Republic FC returns home and to Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup play when they host Real Salt Lake (MLS) on Wednesday, Jun. 14.  Kickoff is 8 p.m. at Papa Murphy’s Park.  Tickets are still available at Ticketmaster.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of  Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Tie Rio Grande Valley FC Toros 0-0

Sacramento Republic FC and Rio Grande Valley FC Toros shared a point after battling to scoreless draw in front of a loud and proud crowd at Papa Murphy’s Park.

 After some back and forth action in the first 20 minutes of the match, Rio Grande Valley FC Toros nearly capitalized on a defensive miscue from Republic FC. Forward Jose Escalante charged down the left side of the field after a lofted through ball. Defender Elliott Hord tried to shield Escalante and let Republic FC keeper Evan Newton scoop up the ball in the box, but Escalante darted in front of Hord and flung his left foot at the ball, sending it right on goal. Newton was able to react quickly and get a glove on the shot to make the save, keeping the match scoreless early.

 Republic FC had their fair share of chances in the first half with strong play from Harry Williams, Sammy Ochoa and Tyler Blackwood. Williams was able to thread some nice through balls to the forwards and Ochoa nearly scored a screamer in the 25th minute, but it sailed high and wide. Blackwood came the closest in the 40th minute with a right-footed strike of his own, but Toros keeper Calle Brown read the shot well and parried it out of play for a corner.  The half ended in a 0-0 deadlock.

 Republic FC’s first solid chance of the second half came in the 68th minute. Captain Danny Barrera found space on the right wing and held up play to wait for his teammates to make runs. Blackwood sprinted into the box as Barrera sent a left-footed, in-swinging cross toward the streaking forward. Blackwood dropped his head to send a shot on goal, but the ball just missed his head as it hit him in the back and rolled out of play.

 Defender James Kiffe linked up with second-half substitute Christian Chaney in the 78th minute for a cross and header, but Chaney’s near-post run was defended well by Brown as he was able to make the save. Minutes later Republic FC kept the pressure on with a left-footed curling shot from Blackwood. Brown made the initial save, blocking it straight up in the air. Ochoa tracked the rebound and got airborne for a headed attempt on an open net. Unfortunately, Ochoa’s attempt missed the target as it hit the side netting and went out of play.

 Brown came up huge again in the 90th minute to make a save on a header from Chris Christian. Barrera sent in a left-footed free kick and Christian won the aerial battle for the ball as he redirected the ball on net. Brown was positioned perfectly as he caught the shot in midair before crashing to the ground, securing the save. Evan Newton, not to be outdone by his counterpart, made an equally impressive save in the dying moments of the match as he leapt in the air to block a dangerous free kick up and over the bar to keep the match scoreless, which it would stay until the final whistle.

 “We couldn’t quite finish,” said Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle.  “We got the space but we just couldn’t find the net. It was our second consecutive shutout, which was good for us. I was pleased with the energy.”

 Republic FC will travel to Reno on Saturday, Jun. 10 to take on Reno 1868 FC in a rematch of the pair’s U.S. Open Cup match on Wednesday, May 31. The match will be aired live on CW31.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Defeat Red 1868 FC 2-0

Sacramento Republic FC advance to the Fourth Round of the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup to face MLS side Real Salt Lake with a 2-0 victory over Reno 1868 FC.

 Sacramento Republic FC and Reno 1868 FC traded chances early in tonight’s Cal-Neva rivalry. Republic FC earned a corner kick in the opening moments of the match that Danny Barrera hit into the box with his left foot. Sammy Ochoa and Chris Christian both had chances on the ball and the latter won the header and sent it towards goal, only to have it blocked away by the defense.

Reno almost capitalized on a defensive miscue in the 5th minute but Republic FC defender Jeremy Hall was able to clear a shot off of the goal line. Seconds later, keeper Evan Newton recovered to his spot and was in good position to make a diving save on a rebound shot attempt.

Republic FC was handed a golden opportunity in the 11th minute when Trevin Caesar ran onto a through ball, after a tussle with a Reno defender, that left him with open space. Caesar faked a shot and pulled the ball across the oncoming defender and tried to slot his shot inside the far post. Caesar’s shot beat Reno keeper Russell Klabough, but pushed it just wide of the post.

Harry Williams and Trevin Caesar were able to link up in the 41st minute to produce the opening goal. Caesar found space in the middle of the pitch and sent a perfectly timed through ball between two defenders. Williams timed his run and ran onto the ball as Klabough rushed off of his line. Williams wasted no time in blasting a shot that snuck just under the crossbar for the 1-0 lead, which Republic FC carried into halftime.

Caesar put his name on the score sheet in the 59th minute when he used a Tyler Blackwood through ball to get past the defense. Caesar took the ball and poked it around the defender and used his speed to run past him. The move was successful and Caesar was able to beat Klabough with his strike to put Republic FC up 2-0. That score line would hold all the way through the final whistle, allowing Republic FC to move on to the next round of the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

 “We’re on a run,“ said Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle. “We moved the ball well and we snuffed out everything they had. I thought it was a totally complete performance.“

Republic FC will host MLS side Real Salt Lake in the Fourth Round of the U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday, Jun. 14.  Kickoff is 8 p.m. at Papa Murphy’s Park.  Tickets go on sale Friday, Jun. 2 at 10 a.m. on Ticketmaster.com.

Republic FC return to USL action when they host Rio Grande Valley FC Toros on Saturday, Jun. 3.  Kickoff is 8 p.m. at Papa Murphy’s Park.  Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Defeat Tulsa Roughnecks FC 3-2

Sacramento Republic FC end their USL goalless and winless streaks as they come away with 3 points from a back and forth 3-2 victory over Tulsa Roughnecks FC at a sold-out Papa Murphy’s Park.

The Roughnecks came out strong in the opening moments of the match as they pounced on their first chance in the 7th minute. Running onto a perfectly weighted through ball, Roughnecks captain Juan Pablo Caffa got behind the Republic defense on the left wing. Caffa drew Republic FC keeper Dominik Jakubek out just a step before sliding the ball across the face of goal to an unmarked Joey Calistri. The midfielder calmly slotted a one-touch left-footed strike past a slow recovering Republic FC defense and Jakubek for the early 1-0 lead.

Republic FC equalized in the 29th minute in the form of a left-footed strike from captain Danny Barrera. The ball was played into the box and forward Sammy Ochoa was able to control it and lay it off for a charging Barrera. The midfielder took the chance in stride and beat Roughnecks keeper Fabián Cerda for the equalizer.

Republic FC wasted no time in jumping ahead in the 31st minute when defender James Kiffe was able to find Ochoa on a near post run. The big forward used his size to seal off the defender as he sent the flick header past a diving Cerda for the 2-1 lead. The two goals in three minutes broke a streak of 592 minutes without a goal for Republic FC in USL play.

The Roughnecks would find an equalizer of their own in the 67th minute. Republic FC defender Julius James was called for a handball in the box and Tulsa was awarded a penalty kick. The captain, Caffa, stepped up to the spot and coolly put his shot past a diving Jakubek who had guessed right.

Republic FC would pull ahead again in the 77th minute, this time for good as Republic FC would score directly off of a Barrera corner kick. Barrera sent a left-footed, out-swinging corner into the box to find an aerial Chris Christian. The Republic FC defender skied over everyone and sent a powerful header on frame. The Roughnecks defense was able to get a deflection on the shot but it was too powerful and ended up in the back of the net, giving the home side a 3-2 victory and a much needed 3 points.

“I’m delighted with the fight“, said Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle. “It was a must win game for us. We didn’t start the game well enough but we showed great character and scored 3 goals.“

Republic FC will hit the road again for a match against Seattle Sounders FC 2 on Sunday, May 28.  Kickoff is 2 p.m. at Starfire Stadium.  The match will be broadcast live on CW31.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Fall To Portland Timbers 2 0-2

Goals from Villyan Bijev and Victor Arboleda help Portland Timbers 2 hand Sacramento Republic FC their first regular season home loss since Jul. 6, 2016.

Sacramento Republic FC and Portland Timbers 2 played a back and forth first half of the match. Republic FC came closest with a few scoring opportunities off set pieces. Midfielder Daniel Trickett-Smith nearly scored on a direct free kick in the 4th minute, but just couldn’t quite get the ball over the defensive wall. A few minutes later it was Trickett-Smith again, this time linking up with Republic FC captain Danny Barrera to try to beat the T2 defensive line with some layoff passes, but unfortunately the attack was again foiled by the T2 defense.

T2 would jump on the score sheet first in the 40th minute when they were awarded a penalty kick for a foul called in the box on Republic FC defender Jeremy Hall. Midfielder Vilyan Bijev calmly stepped up to the spot in front the imposing north bleacher and Tower Bridge Battalion, who were screaming down on him, and coolly sent a chipped penalty kick that beat Republic FC keeper Evan Newton and put the visitors in front 1-0 going into halftime.

Republic FC came out of halftime strong with a couple threatening crosses from defender James Kiffe, but neither was converted into a goal. Wilson Kneeshaw was able to get his head to one of Kiffe’s spectacular services a few minutes later, but just couldn’t steer it on frame. Trickett-Smith also had a chance for a strike in the 53rd minute after a perfect drop-off pass from forward Trevin Caesar, but the T2 defense was able to block the shot away.

T2 would add to their lead in the 68th minute after Newton came off his line to stop a streaking attack. Newton made the initial stop, but the rebound was collected by midfielder Victor Arboleda who took the ball a few touches to his right before sending a grounded shot into the bottom left corner of the goal giving T2 the 2-0 lead.

Republic FC nearly pulled one back in the 84th minute when defender Chris Christian sent a long-looping ball into the box which found the head of Trickett-Smith. The midfielder redirected a header on net, but T2 keeper Wade Hamilton stretched out to make a crucial save to essentially secure the visitors’ two-goal victory.

 “We gifted them the game,” said Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle. “We had our chances in the match. It wasn’t about tactics; we just couldn’t put it in the back of the net. We were our own worst enemy.”

Republic FC begin another three-match road stretch on Saturday, Apr. 29 when they travel to take on Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2. Kickoff is 3 p.m. The match will be streamed live at SacRepublicFC.com/matchday-guide and YouTube.com/USL.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Falls To Oklahoma City Energy FC 0-1

Sacramento Republic FC drop first match of the season 1-0 to Oklahoma City Energy FC after playing with just 10-men after receiving their first red card of the season.  Miguel Gonzalez’ bicycle kick goal proved to be the difference, despite Republic FC dominating possession.

 Republic FC started the match very strong, attacking the Oklahoma City Energy FC defense early and often.  Republic FC saw their first strong chance just 30 seconds into the match after a play down the left side where midfielder Daniel Trickett-Smith received the ball around 30 yards out and unleashed a powerful shot.  Trickett-Smith’s shot looked destined for the near post, but Energy FC goalkeeper Cody Laurendi was there for the sliding save.

Despite Republic FC enjoying over 60 percent of the possession in the first half, it was Energy FC who would break through first in the 30th minute.  Defender Michael Harris made an impressive flip throw from near the centerline that deflected off the head of a Republic FC player toward the middle of the box.  Midfielder Miguel Gonzalez was in the right place at the right time as he redirected the deflection with a beautiful bicycle kick past Republic FC keeper Evan Newton and into the bottom left corner of the goal, giving Energy FC the 1-0 lead going into halftime.

Republic FC continued their pressure on the Energy FC defense in the second half, seeing their first chance on goal in the 57th minute.  Defender James Kiffe threw the ball in to forward Tyler Blackwood on the left side of the box.  Blackwood immediately played the ball back to Kiffe who split the defense before laying it off to forward Wilson Kneeshaw.  The forward chased the ball back toward the middle before playing it back to Trickett-Smith who hit a strong shot from about 25 yards out in the middle of the field, but Laurendi was there again for the save maintaining Energy FC’s 1-0 lead.

In the 82nd minute Republic FC was reduced to just 10-men.  Defender Chris Christian was shown a second yellow card for a hard tackle on Miguel Gonzalez near the middle of the pitch.  The red card was the first for Republic FC in 2017, but their third in Oklahoma City since 2014.

Republic FC battled hard for the final eight minutes despite being down a man, getting one of their best looks at goal three minutes into stoppage time.  Kiffe made a good move down the left side of the field, splitting the two-man defense near the edge of the box, before sending a cross toward the back post.  Substitute forward Trevin Caesar made a good run to be in position, but his header went high.

Republic FC moves to 3-1-0 on the season and are still atop the Western Conference table.  They will continue their road stretch on Saturday, Apr. 15 when they take on Swope Park Rangers KC.  Kickoff is 5 p.m. PT.  Republic FC will return to Papa Murphy’s Park on Saturday Apr. 22 when they take on Portland Timbers 2.  Tickets are available on Ticketmaster.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Re-Sign Defender Chris Christian

Christian will rejoin Republic FC for second season in 2017.

SACRAMENTO, Calif.Sacramento Republic FC have agreed to a one-season contract with defender Chris Christian, pending league and federation approval. Christian will begin training with the club on Monday, Mar. 27 and will not be available for selection for Sunday’s match against Seattle Sounders FC 2.

“We are delighted to have Chris back for another season,” said Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle. “There was total transparency at the end of last season for Chris to view other options in Europe, while we kept the door open for him to make the return. This is a great move for us, especially with our situation at center back. We welcome someone back who we know very, very well and who our fans know well.”

The defender made 28 USL appearances for Republic FC in 2016, all starts. Christian was one of only three Republic FC players to play over 2,500 USL minutes in 2016. Prior to Republic FC, Christian played for Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC and Atlanta Silverbacks FC (NASL), as well as Ghana Premier League club Liberty Professionals FC and Moto Lubin, a Polish team.

Christian will rejoin Republic FC on Monday, Mar. 27 and is anticipated to be available for selection beginning with Republic FC’s Opening Night match against Orange County SC on Saturday, Apr. 1 at Papa Murphy’s Park.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations