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Sacramento Republic FC Ties Austin Aztex 0-0

Sacramento Republic FC earns a point on the road on short rest, recording their fifth shutout of the season.

Sacramento Republic FC Defeats Tulsa Roughnecks FC 3-1

Photo by Shawn Jonas

A brace by Rodrigo Lopez and two assists from Octavio Guzman lead Sacramento Republic FC past Tulsa Roughnecks FC and into first place in the Western Conference.

The match started slow for Republic FC as they looked to settle into the match. In the 9th minute, Tulsa Roughnecks FC got their first real chance at goal. Forward Sammy Ochoa received a well-played through ball in front of the net, but Republic FC goalkeeper Patrick McLain came sliding in to make the save.

Republic FC seemed to take over after the 15th minute, dominating possession and constantly pressuring the Roughnecks’ backline. In the 20th minute, Republic FC broke through the line to take the lead. Midfielder Octavio Guzman received right outside of the box from Gilberto. Guzman took the ball to the right edge of the box before sending a grounded, square cross in front of goal. Forward Justin Braun stepped over the ball, leaving it for David Estrada, who made a run toward the ball off the back post. Estrada took a one-touch shot with his right foot from about three yards out, putting Republic FC ahead 1-0.

Republic FC continued to pressure the Roughnecks in the second half as they looked to double their lead. In the 37th minute, Guzman was again the crucial playmaker for Republic FC earning his second assist on the night. Guzman took the ball through an open midfield before sending a great through ball to Rodrigo Lopez who sent a right footed strike under Roughnecks goalkeeper Zac Lubin and into the lower left corner of the goal to put Republic FC ahead 2-0.

The Roughnecks had one final chance at goal in the 45th minute after a foul in the middle of the field. Former Republic FC midfielder Chad Bond stepped up for the Roughnecks and sent a looping ball toward the back post, but the header went straight to McLain who made the save to keep the score 2-0 going into the half.

Republic FC would start the second half slowly, with the Roughnecks taking early control of the half. In the 48th minute, the Roughnecks would get their first real chance of the second half when midfielder Iarfhlaith Davoren sent a cross to Steven Miller whose header went off the bar. The Roughnecks would gather the rebound but the ensuing shot was deflected just wide left of the goal.

The Roughnecks would find the net in the 72nd minute. Newly signed Tulsa native Cristian Mata scored after receiving a perfectly weighted pass over the top of the defense by forward Sammy Ochoa. Mata, who had come on in the 50th minute cut the Republic FC lead in half, making it 2-1.

However, Republic FC would respond quickly to the goal. Midfielder Danny Barrera took a strong run down the middle of the field before being taken down about 25 yards from goal in the 75th minute. Lopez stepped up the ball and sent a textbook bending shot into the left side of the goal for his second goal of the match, giving Republic FC a 3-1 lead over the Roughnecks.

In stoppage time, Republic FC forward Kaleemullah Khan almost increased the lead further after making a nice touch near midfield. Kaleemullah then took the ball straight through the middle of the defense before sending an open shot toward goal, but Lubin was able to deflect the ball away keeping the score 3-1.

Republic FC defender Emrah Klimenta needed to be helped off the field after coming down awkwardly on his left ankle in the 69th minute. Klimenta will be evaluated over the next day to further evaluate the extent of the injury.

Republic FC will travel to Austin, Texas and take on the Austin Aztex in their next match on Saturday, June 27. Kickoff is 5:30 p.m. PDT. The match will be streamed live at SacRepublicFC.com/matchday.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relatio

Sacramento Republic FC Defeat Oklahoma City Energy FC 2-1

Sacramento, California – Sacramento Republic FC won its first match at Bonney Field since May 9th, defeating Oklahoma City Energy FC 2-1 on Saturday night.

Despite creating several chances in the opening minutes of the match, Republic FC conceded on a set piece in the 19th minute. Energy FC captain Michael Thomas headed the free kick past the Republic FC back line to Danni König, who sent it past Republic FC goalkeeper Patrick McLain and into the lower left corner, putting Energy FC up 1-0.

Republic FC continued to control possession and created several scoring opportunities throughout the first half, most notably when Rodrigo Lopez found forward Cameron Iwasa in the center of the box but Iwasa failed to finish his chip attempt as Energy FC goalkeeper Evan Newton’s was there to keep Iwasa’s shot off target.

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Republic FC found an equalizer in the 39th minute, when Octavio Guzman’s cross from the right wing was deflected by Energy FC defender Coady Andrews past Newton near post, and into his own net, tying the score at 1-1 going into halftime.

Newly signed forward Kaleemullah Khan entered for Republic FC in the 66th minute making what is believed to be the first appearance for a Pakistani-born player in a United States professional match. Kaleemullah immediately made an impact, using impressive speed down the middle and creating chances.

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In the 80th minute substitute forward Gabe Gissie broke the tie, scoring his first professional goal. Gissie took the ball down the right wing and slotted his shot into the lower left corner of the goal, putting Republic FC up 2-1 for good.

“WOAH!” said Republic FC forward Gissie when asked about his first professional goal.

Republic FC is back in action on Thursday, June 25th when they travel to Tulsa, Oklha. to face Tulsa Roughnecks FC. Kickoff is 5:30 p.m. PDT. The match will be streamed live at SacRepublicFC.com/matchday.

Game Recap/Photos Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Sign Forward Kaleemullah Khan

SACRAMENTO, Calif.Sacramento Republic FC have agreed to a contract with forward Kaleemullah Khan. The Pakistani National Team captain is believed to be the first Pakistani-born player to sign a contract with a professional U.S.-based soccer club, based on current record keeping.

“The signing of Kaleemullah demonstrates the continued mission of Republic FC to bring the best players from around the world to our Capital City,” said Republic FC Technical Director Graham Smith. “His scoring prowess is well documented, but it may also still take a little time for him to both learn the style of play in the U.S. in addition to Preki’s coaching style.”

Kaleemullah joins Republic FC after spending last season with Dordoi Bishkek of the Shoro Top League, the Kyrgyz First Division. He appeared in 17 matches for Dordoi Bishkek, who went on to win the Shoro Top League title. Kaleemullah was the MVP and Golden Boot winner after leading the league in scoring with 18 goals in 2014. Prior to his one-year stint in Kyrgyzstan, Kaleemullah appeared in 94 matches in five Pakistan Premier League seasons, scoring 72 goals. He won the Pakistan Premier League Golden Boot after setting the record for goals (31) and hat tricks (7) in a single season in 2013.

In 2014, Kaleemullah was named captain of the Pakistani Men’s National Team. He has appeared in 25 matches for Pakistan since 2011, scoring four goals.

With the signing of Kaleemullah, Republic FC players now represent 12 different countries, from five different continents.

For full player bios and stats, visit SacRepublicFC.com.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations