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Sacramento Republic FC Falls To Oklahoma City FC 3-1

Oklahoma City Energy FC use two early goals to defeat Sacramento Republic FC 3-1 at Papa Murphy’s Park.

 Energy FC started the match on the front foot, scoring just 45 seconds into the match. After a long ball down the right side found Jon Brown, the midfielder slid a cross into the box that Miguel Gonzalez ran over leaving Jose Angulo wide open in the middle of the box. The forward simply turned his right foot and redirected the cross past Dominik Jakubek putting Energy FC in the lead 1-0 early. It was the second consecutive match that an opponent scored in the first minute against Republic FC.

 Energy FC would double their lead just eight minutes later. This time it was Angulo returning the favor and finding Brown for the goal.  After a long throw in from Kyle Hyland, Angulo attacked down the middle of the pitch.  The forward got to about 25 yards from goal before sliding the ball to his right where Brown was positioned.  Brown took a touch before firing a right-footed shot on the ground that beat Jakubek and snuck inside the far post for a 2-0 lead for Energy FC before the 10-minute mark of the match.

 Republic FC settled down and looked more dangerous as the half rolled on.  In the 42nd minute they had their best look of the half with James Kiffe attacking down the left side.  The defender cut inside before sending a cross near the back post.  Energy FC defender Sam Fink headed the ball away, but only as far as Emrah Klimenta who was positioned perfectly to take possession.  Klimenta brought the ball down with a quick touch of his right foot before sending a strong strike on goal, but Cochran made a quick dive to his right and was able to deflect the ball away from danger, keeping the score 2-0 going into the half.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Defeats LA Galaxy II 2-1

Sacramento Republic FC use goals from Luis Espino and Villyan Bijev to erase an early deficit and defeat LA Galaxy II 2-1 in front of sold-out crowd at Papa Murphy’s Park.

 Los Dos started the match out with a bang. Forward Ethan Zubak scored in the first 10 seconds, a USL record for fastest goal, beating the previous held record of Jordan Hamilton’s 18th second strike for Wilmington Hammerheads FC in 2014. Midfielder Alejandro Covarrubias took the opening kickoff and sent it long to Zubak who headed the ball down and sent a dipping shot from about 25 yards out that went up and over Dominik Jakubek and into the back of the net.

 Republic FC would answer back with a goal in the 26th minute. Forward Sammy Ochoa attacked down the right side, getting all the way to the touchline. Ochoa dragged the ball back to his left foot and sent a curling cross to the far post. Midfielder Luis Espino, making his Republic FC debut tonight, went unmarked at the far post as he sent his header into the back of the net for the equalizer.  The score would remain 1-1 going into the half.

 Tyler Blackwood had a glorious chance to put Republic FC up a goal in the 59th minute when he used his speed to blow past the Los Dos defense. Blackwood took three touches towards keeper Eric Lopez, who had to come off his line to stop the attack. Blackwood blasted a low shot, but Lopez slid and deflected the breakaway chance out of harm’s way.

 Republic FC would find the go-ahead goal in the 61st minute. Midfielder Villyan Bijev had the ball at his feet in the center of the pitch, 25 yards away from goal. He picked his head up and curled a right-footed shot past the defenders in his way and a diving Lopez for his second goal for Republic FC and putting the home side ahead 2-1.

 Second-half substitute Harry Williams nearly added a third goal in the 89th minute. Williams ran onto a long through ball and beat the defense as he headed for goal. Lopez came rushing off his line to cut down the angle for Williams to shoot at. Williams sent a left-footed shot on goal, but Lopez went to ground to make the save. The match ended a few minutes later with Republic FC securing the three points with a 2-1 victory over their rivals LA Galaxy II.

 “We looked dangerous and we deserved to win,” said Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle after the victory. “We have shown great character this season. To come back when you fall behind, it shows character and we’ve got that. There are no easy games in this league.”

 Republic FC continues their four-match home stand when they host Oklahoma City Energy FC on Saturday, Sept. 23.  Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. at Papa Murphy’s Park.  Tickets are available at SacRepublicFC.com.

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 Tie Seattle Sounders FC 2 2-2

Tyler Blackwood’s last second goal earns Sacramento Republic FC a point on the road as they draw 2-2 with Seattle Sounders FC 2. 

Sacramento Republic FC came out very strong against Seattle Sounders FC 2, pressing the S2 backline and dominating possession.  In the 12th minute Republic FC would have their first real chance of the match. Defender James Kiffe had the ball on the left side of the field before sliding the ball to forward Trevin Caesar at the top left corner of the box.  Caesar cut inside to beat the defender, freeing himself for a low shot toward the inside post, but S2 keeper Tyler Miller was quick to get down to keep the match scoreless early.

Republic FC would have another good chance in the 26th minute.  Kiffe was again involved in the play, this time battling Denso Ulysse on the left side.  The ball popped away from the two players in the corner, finding midfielder Agustin Cazarez who was trailing the play.  Cazarez sent a lofted cross toward the back post where it found Elliott Hord, but the defender’s ball across the front of the goal was grabbed by a diving Miller. 

S2 had their best chance of the half in the 38th minute.  Midfielder Ray Saari took the ball nearly the length of the field before laying the ball off to David Olsen at the top right corner of the box. Olsen took a bad touch on the pass, but was still able to send a cross on the volley.  Olsen’s cross toward the back post and Saari was able to connect with a header toward goal, but the ball went just over the bar keeping the match scoreless going into the half.

The second half started much the same way the first did, with Republic FC dominating both the possession and chances.  The constant pressure finally paid off in the 59th minute.  Midfielder Danny Barrera had the ball in the middle of the pitch and had enough space to lift his head up and pick up Caesar making a run down the middle.  Barrera played Caesar open and into a one-on-one situation with Miller.  Caesar chested the ball down before sending a strike that beat Miller and found the far side of the net, putting Republic FC ahead 1-0. 

S2 would equalize in the 78th minute.  Midfielder Zach Mathers was brought down on the right side of the field near the edge of the box, earning a free kick.  Mathers took the ensuing free kick, sending an arced ball toward the back post.  Defender Brian Nana-Sinkam was able to get behind his defender and head the ball past goalkeeper Dominik Jakubek and into the goal, leveling the score at 1-1.

In the 86th minute S2 looked to have sealed a victory.   Substitute midfielder Charles Bimbe-Renken, making his first appearances with S2, sent a cross from the far right side of the field toward the back post.  Midfielder David Olsen was able to get a head on Bimbe-Renken’s cross and nod the ball past the onrushing Jakubek and into the goal, putting S2 ahead 2-1.

Republic FC was able to find a very late equalizer on the last play of the match.  After a corner was not fully cleared by S2, the ball was played to the right and fell to Daniel Trickett-Smith.  The substitute midfielder played the ball to the left to Hord who took a second before sending the ball into the box.  The ball was knocked around in the box before Cazarez was able to tap the ball a few yards to his right where substitute forward Tyler Blackwood was waiting with an open look at goal.  Blackwood touched the ball down with his right foot before blasting a shot with his left that beat the keeper, salvaging a point for Republic FC.

Republic FC will return home on Wednesday, May 31, to take on Reno 1868 FC in the Third Round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.  Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. at Papa Murphy’s Park.  Tickets to the U.S. Open Cup match 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 Defeat FC Anahuac 4-0

Sacramento Republic FC advance to the Third Round of the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup with a 4-0 victory over FC Anahuac behind a brace from Harry Williams and a goal each from Wilson Kneeshaw and Daniel Trickett-Smith.

Sacramento Republic FC broke through in the 12th minute after dominating possession from the start. Midfielder Elliott Hord was able to find space on the right flank and send a low driven cross into the box for forward Harry Williams who got a flick touch onto the ball, sending it inside the far post and into the side netting for the opening goal.

Three minutes later, Hord would again link up with Williams on a very similar cross, which the forward was able to knock past FC Anahuac keeper Angel Octavio Alvarez and into the back of the net for Williams’ second goal of the match, putting Republic FC ahead 2-0.

FC Anahuac had a decent chance on goal in the 37th minute when forward Ismael Santana was able to beat Republic FC keeper Dominik Jakubek to a ball in the air. Santana chested the ball down and had to turn to face goal as he sent a shot right at Jakubek who was able to parry it away to a defender.

Republic FC forward Sammy Ochoa had a good look on goal in the 43rd minute as he blasted a right-footed shot on goal. Alvarez was in a good position to make the save and push the ball out of play. Republic FC would go into a halftime with a 2-0 lead. 

Williams nearly had his hat trick goal in the 53rd minute, once again getting behind a cross from Hord, but Alvarez was able to make a key save again. Forward Sammy Ochoa had a breakaway chance snuffed out by Alvarez just a few minutes later. Williams had two more chances to snatch his hat trick before he was substituted off for Wilson Kneeshaw.

Kneeshaw converted a penalty kick, an appropriate birthday gift to himself, in the 66th minute after he was clipped in the box by FC Anahuac defender Christian Esnal Fernandez. Kneeshaw calmly placed the ball in the bottom left corner of the goal, past a diving Alvarez, putting Republic FC ahead 3-0.

Second half substitute Daniel Trickett-Smith would score Republic FC’s fourth in the 85th minute when he drilled home a rocket, side-winding volley. Forward Trevin Caesar attacked up the left side and sent a shot on goal that was deflected straight up in to the air. Trickett-Smith was in perfect position to send his volley on net as he found the back of the net to give Republic FC a 4-0 lead, which they would carry to the final whistle.

“No game is a gimme“, said Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle. “We stuck together and we got a good result tonight.”

Republic FC will host Reno 1868 FC on Wednesday, May 31, in the Third Round of the U.S. Open Cup. Location and kickoff TBD.

Republic FC return to USL play when they host Tulsa Roughnecks FC on Saturday, May 20 at Papa Murphy’s Park.  Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are still available at Ticketmaster.com.

Match Recap 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 Defeats Tulsa Roughnecks FC 2-1

Goals from Wilson Kneeshaw and Tyler Blackwood prove to be enough as Republic FC extend their record unbeaten streak to 14 consecutive matches and makes them 3-0-0 on the season. 

The match was very well contested from the start with neither team asserting their dominance over the other. Roughnecks FC would have the first good look at goal in the 11th minute.  Modou Jadama played Cristian Mata open down the middle of the pitch, giving Mata the one-on-one situation with Dominik Jakubek. Republic FC’s keeper did well though to cut off the angle and push Mata wide right, making the forward’s shot a difficult one.  Mata took a strong shot from the right side of the box, but it went into the side of the net keeping the match scoreless early.

Republic FC had their best chance of the first half in the 36th minute on a counter attack led by Tyler Blackwood and Wilson Kneeshaw.  Blackwood pushed the ball down the middle from the midline all the way to the top of the box before laying the ball off to Kneeshaw on his right.  The forward had a good look at goal from the right side, but a sliding Roughnecks FC defender was there to block the ball away.  A poor clearance gave Republic FC another chance however, with Danny Barrera attempting a header from the left side, but goalkeeper Bryan Byars was there for the save, keeping the match scoreless going into the half.

Republic FC came out quickly to begin the second half, scoring in the 48th minute.  Kneeshaw received the ball near the top right corner of the box before sending it out wide to Hord who was making an overlapping run.  Hord then sent a long ball into the box to Sammy Ochoa who jumped and headed back to top of the six-yard box where Kneeshaw chested down and slotted the ball past Byars and into the back of the net putting Republic FC ahead 1-0.

 Republic FC continued their strong pressure in the second half and were rewarded again in the 67th minute.  Danny Barrera had the ball on the right side on the break before sending a cross toward the middle where Ochoa found himself open.  After a bounce, Ochoa hit a one-touch right-footed blast toward goal that looked destined for the near post, that Byars’ saved but only to the waiting feet of Blackwood who followed the play perfectly and the forward simply tapped the ball into the goal, giving Republic FC the 2-0 lead.

Roughnecks FC would pull back a goal in the 80th minute.  A corner by Juan Pablo Caffa was cleared after a play in the box, but only as far as Brady Ballew about 30 yards out in the middle of the pitch.  Ballew hit a strong shot that hit the right corner of the cross bar, but fortunately for the Roughnecks, fell right to the feet of Joey Callistri who hit a strong shot back across goal and into the right side of the net making the score 2-1.

 Despite a strong effort by Roughnecks FC to equalize, Republic FC’s defense held strong to see out the 2-1 victory and therefore remaining at the top of the USL Western Conference table.  Republic FC continue their road stretch as they travel to take on Oklahoma City Energy FC on Tuesday, Apr. 11.  Kickoff is 5 p.m. PT at Taft Stadium.  The match will be streamed live at SacRepublicFC.com/match-guide. Updates will also be provided via Twitter @SacRepublicFC and using #OKCvSAC.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Ties With San Francisco Deltas 0-0

Goalkeeper Dominik Jakubek and Sacramento Republic FC’s defense hold the San Francisco Deltas scoreless as the two Northern California sides play to a draw in Deltas’ first home match at Kezar Stadium.

The first half of the match was hotly contested with both sides trying to make their mark on the match. The San Francisco Deltas would have the first strong look at a goal in the 9th minute following a giveaway in the middle of the pitch. Midfielder Kyle Bekker had a one-on-one opportunity with Republic FC keeper Dominik Jakubek, but Jakubek was able to get to a knee quickly to block Bekker’s shot. The forward was there to collect the rebound however, and looked to loft a shot over Jakubek who was still on the ground, but the keeper was there again to save the second shot, corralling the rebound to keep the match scoreless.

Republic FC would see their best chance of the half in the 20th minute. Midfielder Danny Barrera took a corner that found fellow midfielder Adam Moffat at the back corner of the box. Moffat took a few touches before laying the ball off to midfielder Agustin Cazarez who sent a beautifully curling cross toward the back post. Deltas’ keeper Romuald Peiser was forced to make a leaping deflection, but only as far as Barrera who was backing up the play. Barrera, however, was called offside, ending the play and leaving the match scoreless at the half.

Republic FC came out as the aggressor in the second half, attacking the defense early and often. In the 47th minute they would have their first strong chance on goal. After driving the ball toward the right corner of the box, Barrera laid the ball off to defender Emrah Klimenta who was making an overlapping run on the right side. Klimenta then fired a low cross into the box that found Trevin Caesar but the forward’s shot was deflected high off the goal.

The Deltas’ best look of the second half came in the 65th minute. Midfielder Jackson received the ball near the right corner of the box following a few back and forth passes on the right side. Jackson found a clear shot on goal, but Jakubek, who covered his inside post perfectly, saved the midfielder’s strong effort.

Despite a push by Republic FC’s substitutes in the final quarter of the match, neither defense would yield a goal, ending the match in a scoreless draw.

Republic FC will return to Papa Murphy’s Park on Wednesday, Mar. 22 when they take on the San Jose Earthquakes. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Ties Sacramento State University 0-0

A young Sacramento Republic FC squad, including five academy players, battle Sacramento State Men’s Soccer Team to a scoreless draw. Match also marked the return of Republic FC defender Emrah Klimenta, who played in his first minutes since ACL surgery in July 2016.

Despite Republic FC enjoying much of the possession in the first half, it was Sacramento State that had the first serious chance at a goal in the 9th minute. After an attack by Republic FC, Sac State started a counter attack that saw the collegiate team earning a 3-on-2 attack. Midfielder Paul Geyer played down the middle of the field before laying the ball off to Alejandro Renteria who was running wide right. Renteria took a few touches before striking a low shot toward goal, but Republic FC Dominik Jakubek was quick to a knee to save the shot and preserve the shutout.

Republic FC had their strongest looks on goal in the 40th and 44th minutes, after dominating more of the first half possession. In the 40th minute it was Daniel Trickett-Smith who found space in the middle of the field around 30 yards from goal and fired a strike toward goal. The shot looked destined for goal, but Sac State goalkeeper James Del Curto was able to jump and parry the ball out of danger.

In the 44th minute Lamin Suma took the ball out wide left and went one-on-one with his defender. After beating his man, Suma sent a cross toward the middle where forward Christian Chaney was making a run. Chaney was able to get a head on the ball, but only able to flick it back to Gabe Gissie who was making a run on the right side of the box. Gissie was able to hit a shot toward goal, but the ball went just wide right, keeping the match scoreless at the break.

The second half saw much of the same for the young Republic FC team. They would find their first good look at goal in the 47th minute after Academy defender Matteo Sorrentino stole the ball near the midline. Sorrentino drove down the middle of the field before laying the ball off to Trickett-Smith who was running parallel on the right side. Trickett-Smith took a few touches before sending a looping shot toward goal, but his shot went over the right corner of the goal.

In the 75th minute Wilson Kneeshaw would create another good look for Republic FC. Kneeshaw showed some fancy footwork, beating multiple defenders as he drove down the right side of the field. The forward then played the ball back to Academy midfielder Roberto Hategan, who sent a perfect left-footed cross toward the middle of the box. Forward Harry Williams fought off his man as he leapt for the cross, connecting with the ball and sending a headed shot toward goal. The shot however was just high and over the ball as the match would end in a scoreless draw.

The match marked a special moment for Republic FC defender Emrah Klimenta who returned to action for the first time since injuring the ACL on his left knee on July 2, 2016. Klimenta played 27 minutes against Sac State before being subbed off and greeted to a standing ovation from his teammates on the bench.

“It felt great to get out on the field after such a long time, even if it was just for a few minutes,” said Klimenta about his return. “I have been looking forward to this moment since the day that I got injured and it finally happened. I was happy that all the hard work that myself and the training staff put in has paid off. All in all it was a happy moment for me.”

The match also provided an opportunity for Republic FC Academy players to earn minutes with the first team. Republic FC U-18 Academy members Sorrentino, Giovanni Aguilar and Francis Avoce and U-16 Academy members Hategan and Oscar Govea all saw action against Sac State. All five Academy players were on the field for the final 17 minutes of the match.

Republic FC will return to Bonney Field on Saturday, Mar. 4 when they take on FC Cincinnati in a friendly match that pits two of the top teams in the USL against each other. Kickoff is 5:30 p.m. Tickets to the match are still available and may be purchased at Ticketmaster.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations