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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 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 Defeats Orange County SC 4-0

Republic FC secure three points at home behind a brace from Sammy Ochoa and goals from Wilson Kneeshaw and Harry Williams to defeat Orange County SC 4-0 in front of a sold out Papa Murphy’s Park crowd. 

Orange County SC nearly opened the scoring in the 5th minute after enjoying much of the possession. Midfielder Carlos Alvarez found space in the box and tried to send a redirected header on goal that nearly grazed the crossbar and went out of play. Midfielder Gustavo Villalobos almost had the first goal a minute later after an impressive counter attack from the visiting team, but the Villalobos effort went just wide. Republic FC keeper Evan Newton was called into action in the 12th minute to make a crucial save and stop a threatening attack from OC forward Duke Lacroix. 

After withstanding an offensive onslaught from OC, Republic FC broke through first in the 23rd minute. Midfielder Agustin Cazarez came away with a steal in the middle of the pitch and laid it of to captain Danny Barrera who then looked up field to find Wilson Kneeshaw.  The forward was flying up the left wing, beat the defense and ran onto the ball, before sending a shot on goal, which was blocked away by OC keeper Charlie Lyon. Kneeshaw stuck with the play and ran onto the rebound before taking another shot on goal, which Lyon was again able to parry away. Republic FC forward Sammy Ochoa followed the whole play and was in perfect position to secure the rebound and rifle and one-touch, right-footed scorcher through all of the traffic and into the back of the net to put Republic FC ahead 1-0 going into the break.

Ochoa would double the lead in the 60th minute as he tapped in a perfect pass across the face of goal from Wilson Kneeshaw. Ochoa was in prime position to score as he was waiting far post for a cross that Kneeshaw had initially gotten to and sent a shot that ricocheted off the near post. Kneeshaw followed the ball and beat the keeper before sliding a ball across the face of goal for Ochoa to finish, putting Republic FC ahead 2-0.

 Wilson Kneeshaw added a third goal for Republic FC in the 68th minute when he smashed a volley into the back of the net off of a perfectly looped cross from midfielder Tyler Blackwood.

 Second-half substitute forward Harry Williams would add a fourth and final goal in stoppage time.  The forward was played free with a long pass down the middle of the field from Daniel Trickett-Smith.  Williams then headed the ball past the onrushing Lyon and then slotted the ball into the empty net, ending the match 4-0 for Republic FC.

“Tonight we showed what a good team we can be this season,” said Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle. “I am very pleased with four goals and I am very pleased with a clean sheet.”

 Republic FC begins a three-match stretch of road matches that will take them to Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Kansas City before returning home on Apr. 22.  Republic FC will face Tulsa Roughnecks FC on Saturday, Apr. 8 to begin the road stretch. Kickoff is 5 p.m. PT. Tickets for the next home match are available at Ticketmaser.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Ties FC Cincinnati 2 2-2

FC Cincinnati score late in stoppage time to finish the preseason friendly with Sacramento Republic FC 2-2.

Although tonight’s match up was scheduled as a friendly, both USL clubs played as if points were at stake in the first meeting of these two USL clubs.

Republic FC forward Trevin Caesar saw the first chance of the match in the 5th minute after getting behind the defense. Caesar sprinted onto the ball and tried to flick a shot over the oncoming defender, but the shot was deflected out of play by the defense. The ensuing corner kick led to a curling shot opportunity from midfielder Adam Moffat, which was caught by FC Cincinnati keeper Mitch Hildebrandt.

Republic FC had another chance on goal in the 18th minute when Caesar streaked past the defense again. The new Republic FC forward drew two defenders with him as he wisely dropped a pass back for Sammy Ochoa who could not get a shot off as the ball rolled past him. Tyler Blackwood was in good position to send the loose ball into the net with a curling, left-footed shot that was saved by Hildebrandt.

FC Cincinnati tallied shortly after that in the 21st minute when they were awarded a penalty kick after a disputed foul was called in the box on a free kick from Aodhan Quinn. The midfielder then stepped up to the spot and converted a left-footed penalty strike past a diving Republic FC keeper Evan Newton to give the visitors the 1-0 lead.

Republic FC midfielder Jeremy Hall almost capitalized on a loose clearance from FC Cincinnati in the 34th minute, but his shot on goal went right into the waiting chest of Hildebrandt. Danny Barrera, Blackwood and Caesar also had chances in the waning minutes of the first half, but FC Cincinnati was able to hold off the barrage of attacks and maintain their one goal lead.

Republic FC equalized in the 65th minute in the form of a goal by defender James Kiffe. The defender was the beneficiary of a superb layoff pass from Caesar to set him up for the goal. Kiffe calmly slotted a right-footed shot past Hildebrandt to tie up the score at 1-1.

Second half substitute Wilson Kneeshaw put Republic FC up in the 82nd minute when he tapped in a rebound opportunity after a fantastic shot from Harry Williams. Kneeshaw’s tap-in gave Republic FC a one-goal lead that lasted until the waning seconds of stoppage time. In a last gasp effort for the visitors, defender Paul Nicholson was able to send a perfect cross into the middle of the box to find an airborne Harrison Delbridge, who made no mistake with his header finish. Delbridge, a former Republic FC defender, rescued a draw for FC Cincinnati with the last action of the match, which ended 2-2.

“It’s a preseason friendly but we’re really preparing and that’s why we have this match,” said Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle. “We wanted to treat it like a USL game and it’s going to be very difficult if this [officiating] is going to continue because even at the end when there’s three minutes of added time, the games over, and [it ended after] 4:30. I know it sounds like sour grapes, but it’s important when they’re pushing to salvage something from a game that should have been dead and buried. But I’m very pleased with the way we’ve come together.

“I am very pleased with the way we have come together so quickly,” continued Buckle. “It’s a big night for all the debutantes. I think you can see from tonight that hopefully we are going to be a force…and of course, the bench is very strong. It is a real plus.”

Republic FC will return to action on Saturday, Mar. 11 when they travel to Reno, Nev. to take on the newest addition to USL, Reno 1868 FC. Kickoff is 4 p.m.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FCMedia 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

Sacramento Republic FC Defeats Sacramento State 1-0

The match started quickly with the Sacramento State Men’s Soccer Team trying to gain an early lead on Sacramento Republic FC.

In just the 4th minute Sacramento State forward Cylus Sandoval had the first real chance of the match. Midfielder Bert Corona found Sandoval on a looping cross from the right side to the top left corner of the box. Sandoval controlled the ball, beat a defender and sent a shot toward the right side of the goal, but his shot was just wide of the goal, keeping the match scoreless.

Republic FC took control of the half soon after and in the 13th minute gained a lead. Recently signed forward Harry Williams received the ball in the middle of the pitch, fought off a defender and sent the ball toward Max Alvarez. The midfielder quickly played a spinning one-touch pass that sprung Williams up the right side. Williams took a few touches, then buried a right-footed strike putting Republic FC ahead 1-0.

In the 25th minute Republic FC would get their next chance on goal when Alvarez took the ball down the right side of the pitch. Alvarez sent the ball back to the middle to midfielder Joaquin Rivas who controlled the ball and send a looping left footed shot toward the upper left corner of the goal, but the shot went just inches over the bar keeping the score 1-0 at the half.

The second half started slowly, with neither team earning definitive control of the match. However, Republic FC had two back-to-back looks on goal in the 54th and 55th minutes when substitute forward Mackenzie Pridham got free at the top of the box, but neither ended in goals.

The Hornets best chance of the half came on Trevor Jackson’s free kick in the 75th minute. Jackson stepped up on a free kick just off the left corner of the box. Jackson took a strong shot on goal but it was right on a well positioned Dominik Jakubek, keeping the score 1-0.

Republic FC looked as if they might double their lead late when defender Emrah Klimenta raced the ball up the right hand side of the pitch to the endline. Klimenta then sent a cross to the middle which found the head of trialist forward Richie Cardozo who connected on a diving header, but Bru was there again for the save keeping the score 1-0.

Republic FC earned a free kick in the 89th minute, but Danny Barrera’s shot ricocheted off the crossbar ending the match as a 1-0 win for Republic FC.

Sacramento Republic FC are in action again on Saturday, Feb. 27 when they travel to Santa Rosa, Calif. to take on the Sonoma County Sol. Kickoff is 6:30 p.m. at Santa Rosa High School. Tickets to the match are available on SonomaCountySol.com.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Sign Forward Harry Williams

20-year-old forward comes to the United States after playing professionally in England.

SACRAMENTO, Calif.Sacramento Republic FC have agreed to a contract with forward Harry Williams for the 2016 USL season. Williams played most recently with Cheltenham Town FC, a National League club in Gloucestershire, England.

“Harry is a young player that fits into our development group,” said Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle. “Already, he has proven that he is capable of playing at our level. He holds the ball up very well and he can finish. He is a very good prospect for our club.”

Williams appeared in 14 matches with Cheltenham Town after joining the senior team in 2013. Williams began with Cheltenham Town Academy as an 8-year-old, progressing through the academy system and joining the first team at 17 years old.

The forward spent most of his time with Cheltenham Town on loan to other clubs. Williams had two loan stints with Farnborough FC, appearing in a combined 17 matches and scoring 10 goals. He also had two loan stints with Gloucester City AFC, appearing in a combined 16 matches and scoring seven goals. Williams was also loaned to Evesham United FC, appearing in 11 matches and scoring five goals.

Sacramento Republic FC continue their preseason when they face Sacramento State Men’s Soccer Team today, Wednesday, Feb. 24 at Hornet Field. Kickoff is at 3 p.m. Tickets are on sale at csus.edu/hornettickets.

The USL regular season kicks off March 25 when Republic FC travel to Tukwila, Wash. to face Seattle Sounders FC 2. Single match tickets for Republic FC’s 2016 USL home matches at Bonney Field go on sale March 1. For more information, including Williams’ full profile, visit SacRepublicFC.com.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations