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Sacramento Republic FC Defender Emrah Klimenta And Forward Trevin Caesar Earn National Team Call-ups For World Cup Qualifying Matches

Klimenta earns his third call-up this season while Caesar earns his second.

 SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento Republic FC defender Emrah Klimenta has been called up to the Montenegro National Team, while forward Trevin Caesar has been called up to the Trinidad and Tobago National Team.  Both players joined their national teams on Sunday and will remain with them through Oct. 10.  Both will also miss Republic FC’s matches against Orange County SC on Oct. 4 and Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC on Oct. 7.

 Klimenta and Caesar join midfielder Jeremy Hall as Republic FC players to receive international call-ups during their tenure with the club.  In addition, current forward Lamin Suma (Sierra Leone) and former Republic FC players Jake Gleeson (New Zealand), Kip Colvey (New Zealand), Justin Braun (USA), Carlton Cole (England), Kaleemullah (Pakistan) and Alvas Powell (Jamaica) have all represented their respective national teams, although not during their time with the club.

 This is the fourth national team call up for Klimenta. The defender previously joined the Montenegro National Team from May 20 – 29, 2016 for a friendly match against Turkey, from May 24 – Jun. 10 for a World Cup Qualifying Match against Armenia and from Aug. 27 – Sept. 5 for World Cup Qualifying Matches against Kazakhstan and Romania.

 Klimenta and the Montenegro National Team entered camp on Oct. 1 and will play in World Cup Qualifying Matches against Denmark on Oct. 5 and Poland on Oct. 8.  Klimenta will rejoin Republic FC on Oct. 10.

 Caesar will join Trinidad and Tobago National Team for the first time since joining Republic FC.  The forward was previously called up in late August, but due to Hurricane Harvey in Houston, was unable to get a flight to join the team. Caesar will join the national team for their World Cup Qualifying Matches against Mexico on Oct. 6 and the United States on Oct. 10.  Caesar will rejoin Republic FC on Oct. 11.

 For a full schedule and roster please visit SacRepublicFC.com.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Transfer Veterans Nemanja Vuković And Justin Braun To Indy Eleven

Vuković and Braun will join the NASL club for the 2016 season.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Sacramento Republic FC have completed arrangements by which defender Nemanja Vuković and forward Justin Braun will be sent to the NASL club Indy Eleven for an undisclosed sum.

“Both Nemanja and Justin have been pivotal in the club’s success, but the time was right for them to move on to other opportunities,” said Sacramento Republic FC Director of Football Graham Smith. “They have been with us since day one and played a major role in the club; both gave us 100 percent and nothing less in their dedication and effort to the club. The transactions also provide us with roster flexibility and an opportunity to develop future talent. Nemanja, Justin and their families will always be a part of the Sacramento Republic FC family and we wish them nothing but the best.”

Vuković and Braun were two of the earliest signings with Sacramento Republic FC during their inaugural season and played in the 2014 USL Championship match. Vuković appeared in 52 USL matches for the club, scoring two goals and recording three assists from his defensive position. Vuković scored two goals in Sacramento Republic FC’s 4-1 quarterfinal victory over Wilmington Hammerheads FC in the 2014 USL playoffs. Vuković is second all-time in USL minutes played for Sacramento Republic FC.

Braun was named the first captain in club history and served as captain through the 2015 season. He appeared in 43 USL matches, scoring 12 goals and recording an assist. He scored the first goal in club history against LA Galaxy II on Mar. 29, 2014.

The club will begin training camp on Feb. 1. For more information visit SacRepublicFC.com.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC To Host Colorado Rapids In Friendly Match On February 13

Friendly match will take place at Bonney Field and will be a part of the 2016 Season Ticket Package

SACRAMENTO, Calif.Sacramento Republic FC and the Colorado Rapids (MLS) will face off in a friendly match at Bonney Field on February 13, 2016. The match will be included in the Sacramento Republic FC season ticket package. Kickoff time will be announced at a later date.

“We are honored to host the Colorado Rapids, one of MLS’s most storied clubs and MLS Cup winner,” said Sacramento Republic FC President Warren Smith. “After hosting the Rapids reserve squad for the 2014 season, we are honored to now host their first team and compete at a higher level. This friendly not only provides our fans with the opportunity to watch Sacramento Republic FC play an MLS club, but supports the Rapids and our team as they prepare for the 2016 season.”

Founded in 1996, the Colorado Rapids were one of the original ten MLS franchises and have been one of the league’s most successful clubs, winning the MLS Cup in 2010, reaching the MLS Cup in 1997 and qualifying for the MLS playoffs in 12 of their 20 seasons. The Rapids also hosted the 2015 AT&T MLS All-Star Game this past July.

Sacramento Republic FC is an incredible organization and one of the best-run clubs in USL,” said Colorado Rapids President, Tim Hinchey. “It is essential that we begin our year on the right foot and I believe this friendly match will do just that. I am confident that Sacramento Republic FC will help us prepare as we look ahead towards the 2016 season.”

Sacramento Republic FC played the Colorado Rapids Reserves in the inaugural match at Bonney Field on June 20, 2014. Sacramento Republic FC came away with a 4-3 victory and Justin Braun scored the first Sacramento Republic FC goal in Bonney Field history. Five players from the Rapids Reserve team that played Sacramento Republic FC were members of the 2015 Rapids, including goal scorers Gabriel Torres, Charles Eloundou and Marlon Hairston who recorded an assist.

Today marks the third anniversary of the club’s founding. On December 3, 2012, the club and USL announced Sacramento as an expansion city. The club celebrates the anniversary each year with significant news or an event, including today’s announcement of the Rapids friendly.

Sacramento Republic FC will begin their 2016 training camp on February 1, 2016. Additional details on kick off times and tickets to be released in January 2016. For more information on the 2016 season, visit SacRepublicFC.com.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Ties with Orange County Blues 0-0

 Sacramento Republic FC battle Orange County Blues FC to a scoreless draw, their third consecutive shutout to end the season.

Both sides came out slow as they tried to find their footing. Republic FC had the first serious chance on goal in the 16th minute. Defender James Kiffe sent a cross from the left side of the pitch toward the near post. Forward Justin Braun made a run and was able to get his head on the ball, but his shot went just over the crossbar.

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The Blues best chance came in the 40th minute after winning a free kick in the middle of the pitch. Midfielder Milton Blanco sent the free kick toward the left side of the box. Defender Brenton Griffiths fought through his defender and headed a shot toward the near post, but Republic FC keeper Dominik Jakubek was there for the save and kept the score even at the half.

 

The second half was much like the first, with both sides coming out slowly. Republic FC’s best chance of the night came in the 68th minute when midfielder Rodrigo Lopez held the ball up in the middle of the field to allow the attack to catch up. Lopez then sent a brilliant through ball to substitute Gabe Gissie who was streaking down the right side. Gissie sent a cross toward the box, but Blues keeper Pepe Miranda was able to clear the ball away from danger.

Republic FC’s defense dominated most of the night, winning the ball and keeping the Blues from having many serious chances. In the 73rd minute, the Blues had their best chance of the second half when forward Chris Cortez won a free ball at the top of the box and sent a low, driven shot toward the goal, but Jakubek was there for a diving punch save.

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Republic FC would get one final chance at goal in the 78th minute when forward Mark Sherrod intercepted a pass and went one-on-one with Miranda. Sherrod took a powerful shot, but sent it right into the keeper’s chest and was called for a foul as he fought for the rebound, keeping the match scoreless.

 

 

 

“I think over the last two games we have had enough chances to at least win one game, but we haven’t done it,” said Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle following the match. “I am very proud of the way that we defended, we just couldn’t open them up and that has been the story in the last two games.”

Republic FC will host LA Galaxy II on Saturday, September 26, at Bonney Field in the USL Western Conference Quarterfinals. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. PDT. Tickets to the match go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, September 23, at 10 a.m. PDT on Ticketmaster.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Ties Arizona United SC 0-0

Jakubek posts his second consecutive clean sheet but Sacramento Republic FC cannot find a goal in a scoreless draw with Arizona United SC.

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Republic FC threatened the Arizona goal early and often in the first half. The home side dominated both possession and scoring chances. Captain Justin Braun, forward Thomas Stewart and defender Mickey Daly all had chances inside the box, right in front of the goal but could not convert any of them. Arizona keeper Carl Woszczynski was forced to make a few difficult saves on the scoring chances for Republic FC, especially Stewart’s chance. The half would finish scoreless, despite Republic FC outshooting Arizona 14-1.

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It was more of the same for Republic FC in the second half. Stewart had the best chance of the half after he broke through the Arizona defense and received a through ball from Rodrigo Lopez in the 74th minute. Stewart took a touch towards goal and tried to wrap the ball around the oncoming Wosczyznski. The Arizona keeper came off his line and again made a difficult diving stop on Stewart’s shot.

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Republic FC keeper Dominik Jakubek was not to be outdone by his counterpart. Jakubek made three crucial saves in the final half hour of the match, including a diving save of his own in the 78th minute on a driven shot from Arizona forward Aaron Dennis.

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Defender Nemanja Vuković and midfielder Gabe Gissie both had scoring chances in the waning moments of the match. Vuković was able to push up the field in the 87th minute and send a left-footed bullet of a shot to the upper left corner of the net. Woszczynski again came up with the diving save, one of his seven in the match, as he parried the shot out of danger. Gissie saw his shot roll across the face of goal untouched in the 89th minute when he attacked up the right flank.

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Unfortunately, Republic FC could not find the back of the net, despite outshooting Arizona 24-6.

“Of course I’m disappointed that we haven’t won the game”, said Republic FC Head Coach Paul Buckle after the draw. “When you create that many chances in a game, you expect to score at minimum one goal. We had some unbelievable chances and right to the 95th minute, it wouldn’t go in. Hopefully we get that good fortune next Tuesday and into the playoffs.”

With the draw, Republic FC clinch at least one home playoff match, with one more regular season match to be played. Republic FC will travel south to play Orange County Blues FC in a rescheduled match on Tuesday. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. PDT at Anteater Stadium on the campus of UC Irvine. The match will be streamed live on SacRepublicFC.com/matchday.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Defeats Portland Timbers II 3-0

A Justin Braun brace and Rodrigo Lopez’s tenth goal of the season propels Republic FC past Portland Timbers 2 and into third place in the USL Western Conference.

Sacramento Republic FC started strong dominating possession and testing the Portland Timbers 2 backline. Republic FC would strike first in the 13th minute. Forward Thomas Stewart sent a cross from the right side of the field. While Timbers 2 cleared the cross, it only only went to the top of the box where it fell softly to Rodrigo Lopez who sent a laser to the top right side of the goal putting Republic FC ahead 1-0.

September 12, 2015; Portland, OR, USA; Jake Gleeson (90) enters the field at Providence Park. Photo: David Blair - Portland Timbers FC
September 12, 2015; Portland, OR, USA; Jake Gleeson (90) enters the field at Providence Park. Photo: David Blair – Portland Timbers FC

Republic FC would strike again in the 33rd minute when midfielder Danny Barrera sent a cross into the box. Barrera’s cross found the head of forward Justin Braun, who was positioned well in the middle of the box. Braun flicked the header over the onrushing T2 keeper Jake Gleeson, putting Republic FC ahead 2-0.

Braun would strike again just two minutes later stealing, the ball in the middle of the pitch. Braun showed fancy footwork as he flicked the ball around the T2 defender and then sent the ball under the onrushing Gleeson on the ensuing one-on-one opportunity. The goal was Braun’s second of the match and fourth in the last two matches. Braun has now scored eight goal this season, doubling his output from last season and putting Republic FC ahead 3-0.

The best chance for T2 came in the 43rd minute after Ivan Mirković was cautioned after taking down Fatawu about 25 yards away. Fatawu stepped up and sent the ensuing free kick toward the left corner of the goal. Republic FC goalkeeper Dominik Jakubek was there for the save however, skiing high to knock the ball away from goal, keeping the match 3-0 going into the half.

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September 12, 2015; Portland, OR, USA; Jeanderson (15) takes a shot on goal at Providence Park. Photo: David Blair – Portland Timbers FC

T2 came out stronger in the second half, controlling more of the possession and getting the first strong look on goal in the 51st minute when Kharlton Belmar beat the defense down the right side of the box. Jakubek elected to stay on his line, making a kneeling save to keep Belmar’s shot out of the net and preserve his shutout.

Republic FC had their best chance of the half in the 55th minute when Braun beat the offside trap. Braun took a hard touch on the ball but was able to get to it and go one-on-one with Gleeson and sent a shot to the keeper’s right. Gleeson was up the task however keeping the score 3-0.

With the win, Republic FC moved into third place in the USL Western Conference and moved into a position to win the conference should they win their remaining two matches of the regular season. Republic FC will travel to Orange County, Calif. to take on Orange County Blues FC on Wednesday, September 16. Kickoff is 7:00 p.m.

Republic FC will play their final home match on Saturday, September 19 against Arizona United SC. The match is sold out, but a limited number of tickets remain for the match through the Greater Sacramento Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Tickets purchased through the website RelentlessRepublic650.org benefit LLS.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Defeats Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1

Sacramento Republic FC clinch a playoff spot with a road victory against Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 behind a brace from captain Justin Braun.

Republic FC started the game strong, possessing the ball and getting the majority of the positive opportunities in the first half. Despite their start, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 had the first strong opportunity on goal in the 25th minute. Midfielder Tyler Rosenlund sent a well-weighted ball from the right side of the box to Marco Bustos who settled the pass and sent a shot on goal. However, Republic FC goalkeeper Dominik Jakubek proved he was up to the task, making a sliding save on the shot.

06 September 2015:  Action during a game between Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 and Sacramento Republic FC in United Soccer League (USL) action at Thunderbird Stadium on the campus of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, Canada.  ****(Photo by Bob Frid - Vancouver Whitecaps 2015 -  All Rights Reserved)
06 September 2015: Action during a game between Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 and Sacramento Republic FC in United Soccer League (USL) action at Thunderbird Stadium on the campus of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, Canada. ****(Photo by Bob Frid – Vancouver Whitecaps 2015 – All Rights Reserved)

Republic FC would open the scoring shortly after in the 29th minute. Midfielder Rodrigo Lopez played a ball into the box to Tommy Thompson who turned with the ball and made the short pass to Justin Braun. Taking the ball from the middle to the right side of the six-yard box, Braun sent a hard right footed shot past Whitecaps FC 2 keeper Paolo Tornaghi. The goal put Republic FC ahead 1-0, a lead that would hold until after halftime.

Whitecaps FC came out the aggressor in the second half and found an equalizing goal in the 66th minute. Substitute midfielder Victor Blasco wove around the Republic FC defense in the midfield before sending a through ball to Bustos, who was streaking down the middle of the field. Bustos touched Blasco’s pass around an onrushing Jakubek and then sent a left footed strike into an open net, tying the score 1-1.

06 September 2015:  Action during a game between Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 and Sacramento Republic FC in United Soccer League (USL) action at Thunderbird Stadium on the campus of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, Canada.  ****(Photo by Bob Frid - Vancouver Whitecaps 2015 -  All Rights Reserved)
06 September 2015: Action during a game between Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 and Sacramento Republic FC in United Soccer League (USL) action at Thunderbird Stadium on the campus of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, Canada. ****(Photo by Bob Frid – Vancouver Whitecaps 2015 – All Rights Reserved)

Republic FC quickly answered with a second goal from their captain. In the 71st minute defender Emrah Klimenta won the ball on the right wing then rushed around the defense and down the endline to the right edge of the box. Klimenta then sent a low, driven cross toward the goal. Braun, standing nearpost, redirected the cross into the goal with his right foot, putting Republic FC ahead 2-1.

With the win, Republic FC clinched a playoff berth in the 2015 USL Playoffs and moved into fifth place in the Western Conference. Despite their fifth place standing, Republic FC sits just two points out of first place. Republic FC will look to better their playoff position when they are back in action again on Saturday, September 12 in Portland, Ore. against Portland Timbers 2. Kickoff is 7 p.m. PDT.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Ties With Real Monarchs SC 1-1

Justin Braun scores his fourth USL goal of the year, but Real Monarchs equalize late as Republic FC settles for 1-1 draw.

Republic FC enjoyed most of the possession early in the match. Forward Thomas Stewart had the first real chance of the match in the 34th minute. Stewart sent a header on goal from inside the six-yard box after a Rodrigo Lopez cross was deflected. Real Monarchs keeper Eduardo Fernandez was there to block it away however and kept the match scoreless going into the half.

Republic FC continued to dominate possession to begin the second half and in the 67th minute it would pay off. Midfielder Rodrigo Lopez attacked with the ball on the left flank and got into the box. Lopez then picked up his target, Justin Braun, and drilled a cross through the air that found the forward’s head. Braun calmly redirected the cross into a wide open net after Fernandez was forced to defend the threat of Lopez. The goal was Braun’s 4th in USL play in 2015 and the assist adds to Rodrigo Lopez’s all-time USL record.

Real Monarchs capitalized on a counterattack opportunity in the 86th minute. Second-half substitute Lucas Baldin sprinted up the left flank of the Republic FC defense and received a through ball from forward Emery Welshman. Baldin continued towards goal and was able to wrap a right-footed curler around oncoming Republic FC keeper Patrick McLain for the equalizing goal.

Republic FC forward Gabe Gissie, in his first USL start of the season, had a chance for a winner in stoppage time, but his left-footed side-volley went just high keeping the score 1-1.

“We’ve only got ourselves to blame,” Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle said after the match. “We haven’t been beaten, we have to take positives from it, but we are disappointed.”

Republic FC will be back in action again on Saturday, August 22, when they take on Tulsa Roughnecks FC at Bonney Field. Kickoff is 8:00 pm. A limited number of tickets are still available at Ticketmaster.com.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Title Changes For Sacramento Republic FC Football Personnel

Republic FC Head Coach Paul Buckle will assume technical director, Graham Smith to become director of football.

SACRAMENTO, Calif.  – Sacramento Republic FC has announced that Head Coach Paul Buckle will add the title and duties of club technical director. Graham Smith, the club’s current technical director will assume the new title of director of football. Assistant Coach Chris Malenab will take up a new role with the first team and academy as a video analyst. In addition to his role as video analyst, Malenab will lead the curriculum for Republic FC camps and clinics. The position changes will take place immediately.

“At this critical point of Republic FC’s maturation it is imperative that we give the title of head coach and technical director to Paul because of his vast experience not only as a head coach, but because of his extensive experience as a coaching educator,” said Republic FC President and Co-Founder Warren Smith. “This multifaceted responsibility will enable the Republic FC Academy staff to benefit in every way from his knowledge and coaching philosophy. His ability to form the bridge between the first team and youth is undoubted.”

Buckle was hired by the club following the departure of Preki, the club’s first head coach. He has since led Republic FC to a victory over Premier League side Sunderland AFC and won his first USL match 2-0 over Seattle Sounders FC 2. Buckle began his coaching career at the renowned Exeter City FC Academy before being appointed by Alex Inglethorpe (currently Liverpool FC academy director) as assistant manager for City’s first team. The second division English club’s academy is known for several high-profile signings, including, most recently, Matt Grimes to Swansea City for £1.75 million. In addition to his extensive managerial career in England, Buckle also led the Metropolitan Oval Academy in New York as technical director. Buckle’s extensive experience at all levels of the sport will apply in his new title as he will now oversee all first team roster changes, academy development and call-ups.

Smith was named the club’s first technical director in May 2013. The club’s on-field success is due in large part to Smith’s hiring of Republic FC coaching staff and signing of veteran MLS players Rodrigo Lopez and Justin Braun. Smith will continue many of his current responsibilities as director of football, including overseeing football personnel.

Malenab joined Republic FC as an assistant coach prior to the club’s first season. Malenab will transition to the video analyst position in which he will break down film of Republic FC matches and practices as well as prepare film studies of opponents. In addition to his video analyst role, Malenab will work to enhance Republic FC Camps and Clinics, presented by Raley’s, through the development of curriculum, implementation of club philosophies and creation of environments that allow local youth to have first team experiences.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Falls to LA Galaxy II 0-4 in Preski’s Last Match as Head Coach

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Despite some early chances for Sacramento Republic FC, LA Galaxy II got on the score sheet first in the 18th minute. Midfielder Alejandro Covarrubias received the ball in the middle of the field and attacked the center of the defense. Republic FC defender Nemanja Vuković stepped up to try to make a tackle in the box, but Covarrubias was able to slide a pass to Jamie Villareal on the left wing. Villareal took one touch and sent a shot near post and past keeper Patrick McLain for an early 1-0 Los Dos lead.

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Republic FC were relentless going into halftime, with a flurry of chances coming from Max Alvarez, Emrah Klimenta, David Estrada and Justin Braun. A few missed shots and a diving save from LA Galaxy II keeper Clement Diop kept the scoreline 1-0 in favor of Los Dos going into halftime.

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LA Galaxy II came out firing in the second half, scoring in the 47th minute. After a giveaway in the middle of the field, Los Dos swung the ball out wide to Jack McBean, who sent a cross into the box for midfielder Ariel Lassiter. Lassiter skied over the defense and drilled a header off of McLain’s glove which then hit the bottom of the crossbar and down past the line for a goal.

LA Galaxy II added another goal in the 50th minute when midfielder Andre Auras bent a free kick over the wall and past a diving McLain, who got a glove to it, and into the back of the net for a 3-0 lead.

LA Galaxy II forward McBean scored Los Dos’ fourth and final goal in the 76th minute. The goal pushed the final score line to 4-0 in favor of the visitors.

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“Sometimes that is football”, said Republic FC Head Coach Preki. “You just don’t get the result you are looking for. I am really proud of our effort.”

Republic FC will be back in action on Tuesday, July 14, when they take on English Premier League side, Sunderland AFC at Bonney Field. Kickoff is 8:00 p.m. Tickets for the match are still available and may be purchased at Ticketmaster.com.

Game Recap Courtesy to the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations