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Sacramento Republic FC Shut Out By Real Monarchs SLC 2-0

Real Monarchs SLC use two goals in the first five minutes of the second half and strong goalkeeping to shutout Sacramento Republic FC 2-0.

 The match began with back and forth play for both sides in the first 20 minutes. Trevin Caesar and Agustin Cazarez were active early for Republic FC and Chandler Hoffman nearly broke free multiple times for Real Monarchs SLC. Republic FC captain Emrah Klimenta did his part to keep Hoffman in check early.

 Republic FC keeper Evan Newton was also busy in the first half. Newton made three saves, two on dangerous long distance efforts from Juan Mare and Taylor Peay. Newton also made a key grab in the air on a threatening cross in the 25th minute from Hoffman. Newton and Republic FC did well to stifle the Monarchs attack to keep the match scoreless in the first half.

 The Monarchs came out firing to start the second half as they jumped on the score sheet twice in the first five minutes. Mare tallied the first goal in the 47th minute, tapping in his own rebound shot after Newton made the initial save.

 Hoffman scored the second in the 49th minute after receiving a perfect through ball from Max Lachowecki that beat the Republic FC defense. Hoffman lofted a one-touch chip shot up and over a charging Newton as it bounced into the open net for a Monarch two-goal lead.

 Sammy Ochoa and James Kiffe nearly linked up for a goal in the 57th minute. Kiffe attacked up his normal left wing, beating a defender before whipping in a left-footed cross. Ochoa made a strong near-post run but his redirected header missed the target wide. Ochoa was able to earn a penalty in the 90th minute but he could not put it away as he took the kick himself only to have it saved by Putna in stoppage time.

 “We let ourselves down early in the second half,” said Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle. “It is going to be a fight to get into the playoffs but it is good for us to have a fight. We did a lot of things right and I am very positive for Saturday.”

 Republic FC will host Phoenix Rising FC in their final home match of the season on Saturday, Sept. 30.  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 Ties Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC 2-2

Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC equalize in stoppage time to earn a 2-2 draw with Sacramento Republic FC.

 James Kiffe, who made his 100th all-competitions appearance for Sacramento Republic FC in the match, and Tyler Blackwood, looked very dangerous on the left wing early and often. Kiffe hooked in numerous crosses for Blackwood in the box, including two corner kicks that made the Switchbacks nervously clear the ball away. Blackwood was rewarded for his strong play with an assist, when he slid a cross into the box in the 37th minute for Agustin Cazarez. The midfielder rifled a one-time left-footer through traffic and past Switchbacks keeper Moise Poutay for the first goal of the match.

 The Switchbacks wasted no time equalizing, scoring in the 38th minute.  Midfielder Masta Kacher received the ball in the middle of the pitch before sending it through to Luke Vercollone who had got in behind the defense. Vercollone’s shot beat Newton knotting the score at 1-1.

 Republic FC would reclaim the lead just before halftime after a goal kick by Poutay went right to Trevin Caesar who quickly attacked the goal. Caesar forced Poutay to come off his line before knocking a back-heel ball back to the center for Matt Wiesenfarth. The forward sent the ball past two defenders and into the open net putting Republic FC ahead 2-1 going into the half.  The goal was Wiesenfarth’s first as a professional.

 Blackwood continued to be a menace in the second half, causing problems for the right side of the Switchbacks defense. He nearly bagged a goal in the 58th minute on a cross from Caesar. Blackwood sent a powerful header towards the near post as it went just wide and out of play. Cazarez had a strong second half as well as he nearly scored again the 68th minute. From 30 yards out, Cazarez sent a left-footed shot screaming towards the far post that whistled just wide.

 The Switchbacks would find their second equalizer of the match in stoppage time of the second half. Kacher hooked a corner kick into the box at the far post where Pascal Eboussi leapt to redirect the header back on goal. The shot took a deflection and went up and over Newton and into the back of the net to tie the score at 2-2. The match would end soon after in a draw.

 “I expect better,” said Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle. “We controlled the game for long spells, but we didn’t put the ball in the net with the chances we had. We absolutely deserved to win the game in terms of chances.”

 Republic FC will travel south to take on Rio Grande Valley FC Toros on Saturday, Sept. 9. Kickoff is 5:30 p.m. at H-E-B Park.  The match will be streamed live at SacRepublicFC.com/matchday-guide.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations 

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 Defeats Portland Timbers 2 1-0

Wilson Keeshaw’s 14th minute goal is enough for Sacramento Republic FC to earn their fourth road victory of the season, while the defense extend their shutout streak to 329 minutes in the 1-0 win over Portland Timbers 2. The win also extends Republic FC’s unbeaten streak to seven straight.

Republic FC and T2 went back and forth early in the match, but Republic FC would strike first in the 14th minute.  Following a restart near midfield, James Kiffe sent a long ball to the top of the box where Matt Wiesenfarth stood.  The forward, making his first appearance for Republic FC, nodded the ball into the air, before bringing the ball down and with his second touch finding Wilson Kneeshaw, who touched the ball past the defense.  Kneeshaw, now in a one-on-one situation with T2 keeper Kendall McIntosh, struck a right-footed shot across the face of goal and into the bottom left corner of the goal giving Republic FC the early 1-0 lead.

 T2 seemed to be energized by the goal and maintained a strong control on the possession for most of the first half.  Despite the possession, the Republic FC defense held strong, with the best look of the half for T2 coming on a 26th minute free kick. Midfielder Jack Barmby stepped up to take a free kick, sending a curling left-footed shot over the wall and toward the bottom left corner of the goal.  Republic FC keeper Evan Newton was in good position however, and was there quickly to make the save keeping the match 1-0, which would hold until halftime.

 The second half started in a very similar way as the first half ended, with T2 controling possession, but Republic FC holding strong defensively and not allowing many good looks on goal.  In the 50th minute T2 had their strongest look on goal in the second half.  Barmby started the play on the right side with some fancy footwork to get around the defense before finding Omar Mohamed at the top of the box.  Mohamed then turned and took a few touches before sending a strong left-footed strike on goal, but the ball sailed just wide to the left.

 Republic FC would gain an advantage in the 85th minute when T2 defender Harold Hanson received his second yellow card in the match after shoving Republic FC forward Christian Chaney over the field signs following a ball going out of play. 

 Republic FC looked to have capitalized on their advantage in the 88th minute following a Newton save.  Tyler Blackwood sprung a counter attack down the right side of the pitch.  Blackwood hit the top of the box before slowing and sending a centering ball to substitute forward Trevin Caesar in the middle.  Caesar attempted to fire a one-touch shot on goal, but has it deflected right back to him.  The forward then lined up a second shot with the keeper off his line, but his second shot was again deflected, this time by defender Michael Amick.  Republic FC would then maintain their defense and see the match out, earning the 1-0 road victory, extending their unbeaten streak to seven straight matches and moving back into fifth place in the Western Conference standings.

 Republic FC return home when they host Reno 1868 FC on Saturday, Aug. 19.  Kickoff is 8 p.m. at Papa Murphy’s Park.  Tickets are still available at SacRepublicFC.com.

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 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 Fall To Real Monarchs SLC 2-0

Sacramento Republic FC end their second three-match road stretch of the season, falling 2-0 to Real Monarchs SLC at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.

Real Monarchs SLC came out firing on all cylinders to start the game, putting constant pressure on Sacramento Republic FC’s backline and trying to get the early goal.  Despite a couple of chances and four corners in the first 15 minutes, Republic FC was able to weather the early storm and stay strong defensively.

In the 27th minute, Republic FC had their best chance of the half after forward Trevin Caesar was brought down mere inches outside of the box on the right side.  Midfielder Danny Barrera stepped up to take the free kick and drove a low shot toward the back post, but a Monarchs’ defender was able to stick his leg out just enough to deflect the ball.  The deflection however went right back to Barrera who attempted a one-touch strike on the rebound, but his attempt ended up far wide left of the post.

The Monarchs would break the tie in the 38th minute.  Midfielder Sebastian Velasquez played the ball wide to defender Max Lachowecki who was making an overlapping run on the left side.  Lachowecki sent a cross into the box that found Andrew Brody on the right side of the box.  Brody chested the ball down before sending a strike on goal, that goalkeeper Evan Newton was able to deflect, but the ball hit right off the face of defender Julius James and fell perfectly at the feet of Daniel Haber who was following the play.  Haber then blasted the ball into the roof of the net from about two yards away from goal, putting Real Monarchs ahead 1-0 going into the half.

Republic FC came out the stronger team to start the second half, putting pressure on the Monarch’s backline as they searched for an equalizer. Republic FC would see their best chance of the half in the 49th minute.  Midfielder Agustin Cazarez played a long ball from the middle of the field to the right side where substitute midfielder Elliott Hord was making a run.  Hord took the ball almost to the endline before sending a grounded cross toward the near post where forward Tyler Blackwood was making a run.  Blackwood’s shot was blocked by a sliding defender, but fell right to the feet of defender James Kiffe who was following the play.  Kiffe took a touch before taking a right-footed shot, but it went right to goalkeeper Connor Sparrow for the save. 

The Monarchs would double their lead in the 58th minute.  After a Republic FC corner, the ball was headed back and forth in Republic FC’s attacking half.  The Monarchs’ Kyle Curringa took the final header, that went all the way to the midfield where Chandler Hoffman flicked it on, putting Velasquez in a foot race with Republic FC’s defense. Velasquez won the race, going one-on-one with Newton and sliding a grounded shot past the keeper and into the far side of the goal, putting Real Monarchs up 2-0.

Cazarez had the best look for Republic FC to answer back with his shot in the 90th minute.  After a run by Blackwood was knocked out of bounds, Barrera sent a short corner to Cazarez who was wide open at the top right corner of the box, but the midfielder sent his strong shot just wide left and high of the goal.

 Republic FC will return home on Wednesday, May 17, when they enter the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in a Second Round match against FC Anahuac.  Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. at Papa Murphy’s Park.  Tickets are still available at Ticketmaster.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Ties Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 0-0

Sacramento Republic FC end their three-match losing streak as they battle Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 to a scoreless draw in the first of three straight road matches. 

Sacramento Republic FC dominated much of the first half, controlling 55 percent of the possession and creating almost all of the chances. Republic FC forced Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 keeper Spencer Richey to make five saves in the first half, while Republic FC goalie Evan Newton was not required to make a single save.

Republic FC forced Richey to make his first save of the match in just the 6th minute.  Defender James Kiffe sent a free kick from near the centerline toward the top of the box that was cleared, but only as far midfielder Danny Barrera a few yards away.  Barrera nodded the ball down to Wilson Kneeshaw who touched the ball down before sending a shot on goal, but Richey was there for the save.

Republic FC would create three consecutive chances in the 13th, 15th and 16th minutes.  The first chance was created after a WFC2 giveaway in their half of the field.  Barrera intercepted the ball before playing forward Tyler Blackwood into a one-on-one situation with Richey.  Blackwood sent a low shot on goal, but he was unable to get the ball over the sliding Richey.  The second chance was again started by Barrera who laid the ball off to forward Sammy Ochoa who was at the top right corner of the box.  Ochoa unleashed a strike that looked destined for goal, but Richey was able to deflect the ball just enough that it skidded off the top of the bar and out.

The third chance for Republic FC came in the 16th minute after a cross by midfielder Agustin Cazarez was cleared.  Kiffe was sitting unmarked near the top left corner of the box and waited for the ball to make a perfect bounce before sending a left-footed curling volley toward goal, but a diving save by Richey kept the match scoreless, which would hold going into halftime. 

Republic FC continued to control the possession in the second half, holding 65 percent of the ball.  They would get their first chance of the second half in the 57th minute after Barrera again intercepted the ball in the middle of the pitch. The midfielder then played a through ball to Ochoa who did well to keep his man at bay before sending a low shot toward goal.  Ochoa’s shot beat the sliding Richey, but skipped just wide left of the goal keeping the match scoreless.

Despite being virtually untested in the first half, Newton was ready when called upon in both the 62nd and 72nd minutes.  The first chance came as David Norman Jr. made a run down the left side of the field.  The midfielder then hit a curling ball that found a streaking Gloire Amanda near the top of the box.  Amanda attempted a volleyed shot that looked destined for goal, but Newton was able to make a tremendous diving save.

The second chance for WFC2 also came from the right side, but this time it was Andy Thoma making a curled pass to the middle.  Substitute forward Thomas Sanner was open as he tried to redirect the pass with his right foot toward goal, but Newton was again there for the save, sliding in at the last second.

Republic FC had a few late chances at goal, but none better than a shot by Kiffe in the 77th minute.  Kiffe had found space on the left side of the field before hitting what looked to be a cross toward the box.  The ball, however took a different trajectory as it began to travel toward the top left corner of the goal.  Richey was quick to recover and knocked the ball over the bar and safely away for WFC2.

The draw ends a three-match losing streak for Republic FC and earns them valuable points on the road as they begin their second three-match road stretch of the season.  Republic FC will be back in action on Saturday, May 6 as they take on the USL Western Conference-leading San Antonio FC.  Kickoff is 5:30 p.m. at Toyota Field.  The match will be streamed live at SacRepublicFC.com/matchday-guide and in the USLSoccer.com Match Center.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations