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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 Hosts Premier League Club Sunderland AFC on July 14 at Bonney Field

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento Republic FC will host English Premier League Club Sunderland AFC on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 in a friendly at Bonney Field. Kickoff is currently scheduled for 8:00 p.m.

This will be one of two matches that Republic FC will play against an EPL opponent this year. On July 18, Republic FC will play Sunderland rival, Newcastle United, at Bonney Field.

Sunderland AFC was founded in 1879 by schoolteachers and originally named Sunderland and District Teachers Association Football Club. After the first year non-schoolteachers were allowed to join and the team got its permanent name, Sunderland Association Football Club. Sunderland has won the FA Cup twice (1937, 1973) and the First Division title six times (1891-1892, 1892-1893, 1894-1895, 1901-1902, 1912-1913, 1935-1936). They play their home matches at Stadium of Light, a 49,000-seat stadium that has hosted multiple England National Team matches.

In addition to the match against Republic FC, Sunderland will face Liga MX’s Club de Fútbol Pachuca in a separate friendly at Bonney Field. Pachuca finished seventh in Liga MX this season. The two clubs will play on Friday, July 17. Kickoff is currently scheduled for 8:00 p.m.

Both friendlies are not included in the Republic FC season ticket package. Republic FC Season Ticket Holders may secure first rights to their seats in a presale. Single match tickets will go on-sale to the general public on Wednesday, June 17 at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster.com. Both matches will take place during the California State Fair.

The Republic FC versus Sunderland friendly will be broadcast on KHTK Sports 1140 AM and live streamed at SacRepublicFC.com/matchday. Updates will also be available via Twitter at @SacRepublicFC. For more information about the upcoming friendlies and the full Republic FC schedule visit SacRepublicFC.com.

Press Release Courtesy of Sacramento Republic FC