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Sacramento Republic FC Sign Defender Chris Christian

Defender played with Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC and Atlanta Silverbacks FC last season.

SACRAMENTO, Calif.Sacramento Republic FC have agreed to a contract with free agent defender Chris Christian for the 2016 USL season. Christian has played in the USL, NASL and PDL as well as overseas in Ghana and Poland.

“Chris first caught my eye in the two games we played against Switchbacks FC. He played a major role in the matches and was very dominant in the 18-yard box. That was when I first took note of him,” said Sacramento Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle.

Buckle continued, “The minute he become available, we were very interested in bringing him to the club. He is a good defender, a good leader. He is a very powerful center half, although he has a nice left foot on him. Chris gives us a nice balance in the center half position, as well as the holding role in midfield. He is serious about his football and excited to be joining our club.”

Christian joins Sacramento Republic FC after splitting time between Atlanta Silverbacks FC (NASL) and Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (USL) in 2015. He scored one goal in four matches for Silverbacks FC including two Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup matches, before joining Switchbacks FC on loan. Christian appeared in five matches for Switchbacks FC during their inaugural season, playing 425 minutes.

The 6-foot-1-inch defender also spent time with Liberty Professionals FC of the Ghanaian Premier League and Motor Lubin, a Polish fourth division team. In college, Christian played over 60 matches for Villanova, scoring four goals and recording an assist.

Sacramento Republic FC preseason training camp will commence on Feb. 1, 2016. For more information, including Christian’s full profile, visit SacRepublicFC.com.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC

Match Preview: Sacramento Republic FC Vs. LA Galaxy II

Sacramento Republic FC (13-8-7, 46 pts) take on LA Galaxy II (14-11-3, 45 pts) in a USL Western Conference Quarterfinal on Saturday, September 26. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. PDT at Bonney Field.

The match will be the fifth time that Republic FC and LA Galaxy II will meet in 2015. Republic FC won the first three matchups before Los Dos claimed their lone victory over Republic FC on July 11. Republic FC hold a 6-2-1 all-time record against LA Galaxy II.

Republic FC and Los Dos met in last year’s USL Playoffs on September 20, 2014, in a semifinal now dubbed by Republic FC fans as the Miracle at Bonney. LA Galaxy II forward Charlie Rugg scored a first half brace, giving Los Dos the 2-0 halftime lead. Republic FC midfielder Rodrigo Lopez then scored a second half, set piece hat trick converting two penalties and a stoppage time free kick to give Republic FC a 3-2 victory and advance them into the USL Championship match.

Republic FC enter the match undefeated in their last seven matches after playing to their second consecutive scoreless draw on Tuesday. Republic FC recorded back-to-back scoreless draws for the first time in franchise history.

Goalkeeper Dominik Jakubek recorded his third consecutive shutout against Orange County Blues FC on Tuesday. The shutout was the ninth this season by Republic FC, tying the mark that they set last season. Jakubek has allowed only one goal in his four USL starts this season, and has not allowed a goal in 294 consecutive minutes.

The back line has been a crucial part of the shutout streak for Republic FC. Defenders Emrah Klimenta, Mickey Daly and Nemanja Vuković and defensive midfielder Ivan Mirković lead the club in minutes and appearances. Each has played over 2,000 USL minutes this season and appeared in over 25 matches. Klimenta, Daly and Vuković have all appeared in over 50 USL matches as members of Republic FC over two seasons, the only other player to reach that mark is Lopez.

LA Galaxy II enter the match after defeating Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC 1-0 on Saturday, September 19. Forward Ariel Lassiter scored in the 10th minute and then was sent off right before halftime. The short-handed Galaxy II was able to hold on to the lead and clinch the fifth seed in the Western Conference Playoffs.

Due to the red card Lassiter will be suspended for the match, leaving Los Dos without their leading forward from the regular season. Lassiter leads the club in goals (11) and points (23) during the regular season.

Los Dos has plenty of firepower to make up for the loss of Lassiter. Forward Jack McBean and midfielders Andre Auras and Raul Mendiola have been important contributors all season. McBean is second on the club in goals (6) and assists (5), while Mendiola leads the club with eight assists and has added four goals. Auras has three goals and four assists on the season.

The winner of the match will travel to Southern California to take on Orange County Blues FC in the Western Conference Semifinals.

The match will be streamed live at SacRepublicFC.com/matchday via the USL YouTube channel. Updates of the match will be provided via Twitter @SacRepublicFC or using #SACvLA. Tickets to the match are still available at Ticketmaster.com.

Match Preview Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Ties Colorado Springs Switchbacks 3-3

Colorado Springs, CO. – After an hour and twenty minute lightning delay, Republic FC wasted no time in making a strong offensive statement, taking the lead in just the 2nd minute. Midfielder Danny Barrera sends ball from the right side across the top of the box to Thomas Stewart who took a strong left-footed strike past a diving Devala Gorrick and into the upper left corner of the goal, putting Republic FC ahead 1-0.


Switchbacks FC answered back quickly after Republic FC defender Nemanja Vuković was given a yellow card for a handball in the box in the 19th minute. Switchbacks FC midfielder Luke Vercollone stepped up to the penalty spot in the 21st minute and sent a hard shot into the upper right corner of the goal and past Patrick McLain, who dove left.

Switchbacks FC took the lead in the 38th minute after forward Mike Seth threaded a ball past the offside trap to a streaking Vercollone. The midfielder went one-on-one against McLain and after the keeper dove to his left, slotted home a goal, putting Switchbacks FC ahead 2-1 going into the half.

Republic FC came out attacking in the second half, but it was Switchbacks FC who would strike again in the 78th minute. Vercollone took a strong shot at the top of the box, but had his shot blocked. The rebound bounced perfectly to Chandler Hoffman on the right side of the box. Hoffman then sent a low shot to the left corner of the goal and past a diving McLain, putting Switchbacks FC ahead 3-1.


Republic FC was not done however, and in the 82nd minute pulled within a goal. Substitute defender Derek Foran protected the ball in the middle of the box before passing the ball to his right to fellow defender Mickey Daly. Daly sent a one-touch rocket past Gorrick. making the score 3-2.

Near the end of regulation time, Switchbacks substitute forward Davy Armstrong was sent off after a hard tackle and the ensuing scuffle. Republic FC, now up a man, took advantage soon after, and a minute into stoppage time an Ivan Mirković long ball into the box found its way into the top right corner of the net, equalizing the score 3-3. The goal was Mirković’s first as a member of Republic FC.

Republic FC goalkeeper McLain recorded nine saves on the night, a franchise USL record. McLain also held the previous record of seven saves, which he recorded against Tulsa Roughnecks FC on June 25.

Republic FC return to action on Saturday, August 22, when they take on Real Monarchs SLC at Bonney Field at 8:00 p.m. The match will be broadcast live on CW31. Tickets are still available on Ticketmaster.com.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations


Sacramento Republic FC Falls to Colorado Springs Switchbacks 0-1

Sacramento, California – Switchbacks FC started the match off with a bang in the 3rd minute. Midfielder Rony Argueta controlled the ball on the left side of the pitch at midfield and proceeded down the middle of the Republic FC defense. Argueta looked up and sent a right-footed shot from 25 yards out on goal. Republic FC keeper Patrick McLain dove to his left but Argueta placed the shot into the upper right corner of the net for the early 1-0 lead for Switchbacks FC.

Republic FC thought they deserved a penalty kick twice in the 37th minute after it appeared midfielder Max Alvarez was tackled inside the box after a short corner was played by the home team. After the referee motioned to play on, Republic FC played a through ball into the box for Alvarez. Again, it appeared that Alvarez was dragged down in the box but again a foul was not called. Rodrigo Lopez was issued a yellow card shortly after for arguing with the referee.

Republic FC dominated the possession of the ball in the second half, but could not find the finishing touch. The best chance came in the 59th minute when second half substitute Kaleemullah got on the end of a Lopez corner kick. Kaleemullah sent his shot low and on-target but Switchbacks FC keeper Devala Gorrick was able to dive and parry the shot away for clearance.

The final half hour saw a barrage of crosses from Republic FC players, namely James Kiffe and Danny Barrera. Unfortunately, Republic FC could not get any shots off from those crosses and the match ended in a 1-0 defeat.

“We wanted to come out in the first half with momentum and their goal killed it“, said Republic FC Head Coach Paul Buckle after the match. “I have to say it was a very good goal. We just didn’t have enough in the final third to open them up. I thought we had 75% of the possession and it’s just very difficult when a team camps in.”

Republic FC won’t have to wait long to try to avenge the loss, playing Switchbacks FC again, Friday, August 14 in Colorado Springs, Colo. Kickoff is 6:00 p.m. PDT. The match will be streamed live at SacRepublicFC.com/matchday.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations