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Sacramento Republic FC Defeats LA Galaxy II 2-1

Sacramento Republic FC use goals from Luis Espino and Villyan Bijev to erase an early deficit and defeat LA Galaxy II 2-1 in front of sold-out crowd at Papa Murphy’s Park.

 Los Dos started the match out with a bang. Forward Ethan Zubak scored in the first 10 seconds, a USL record for fastest goal, beating the previous held record of Jordan Hamilton’s 18th second strike for Wilmington Hammerheads FC in 2014. Midfielder Alejandro Covarrubias took the opening kickoff and sent it long to Zubak who headed the ball down and sent a dipping shot from about 25 yards out that went up and over Dominik Jakubek and into the back of the net.

 Republic FC would answer back with a goal in the 26th minute. Forward Sammy Ochoa attacked down the right side, getting all the way to the touchline. Ochoa dragged the ball back to his left foot and sent a curling cross to the far post. Midfielder Luis Espino, making his Republic FC debut tonight, went unmarked at the far post as he sent his header into the back of the net for the equalizer.  The score would remain 1-1 going into the half.

 Tyler Blackwood had a glorious chance to put Republic FC up a goal in the 59th minute when he used his speed to blow past the Los Dos defense. Blackwood took three touches towards keeper Eric Lopez, who had to come off his line to stop the attack. Blackwood blasted a low shot, but Lopez slid and deflected the breakaway chance out of harm’s way.

 Republic FC would find the go-ahead goal in the 61st minute. Midfielder Villyan Bijev had the ball at his feet in the center of the pitch, 25 yards away from goal. He picked his head up and curled a right-footed shot past the defenders in his way and a diving Lopez for his second goal for Republic FC and putting the home side ahead 2-1.

 Second-half substitute Harry Williams nearly added a third goal in the 89th minute. Williams ran onto a long through ball and beat the defense as he headed for goal. Lopez came rushing off his line to cut down the angle for Williams to shoot at. Williams sent a left-footed shot on goal, but Lopez went to ground to make the save. The match ended a few minutes later with Republic FC securing the three points with a 2-1 victory over their rivals LA Galaxy II.

 “We looked dangerous and we deserved to win,” said Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle after the victory. “We have shown great character this season. To come back when you fall behind, it shows character and we’ve got that. There are no easy games in this league.”

 Republic FC continues their four-match home stand when they host Oklahoma City Energy FC on Saturday, Sept. 23.  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 Defeat LA Galaxy II 3-2

Sacramento Republic FC power past LA Galaxy II behind goals from Jeremy Hall, Tyler Blackwood and Trevin Caesar and a big save from Evan Newton.

 Sacramento Republic FC picked up right where they left off coming out strong against LA Galaxy II.  In just the 10th minute, Republic FC would earn their first chance in the form of a penalty.  Defender James Kiffe drove past his mark before taking the ball all the way down the left side to the touchline and sending a left-footed cross toward the middle.  Kiffe’s cross did not find a Republic FC player, but instead found the hand of a Los Dos defender, earning Republic FC an early penalty.  Midfielder Jeremy Hall stepped up to take the penalty, hitting a low driven shot toward the right side of the goal.  Los Dos keeper Eric López guessed right and was able to get his hand on the ball, but Hall hit the shot too hard, powering the ball past López and into the net, putting Republic FC ahead 1-0 early.

 Republic FC continued to press, doubling their lead just three minutes later.  Midfielder Agustin Cazarez found space on the left side of the field before sending a looping cross toward a streaking Tyler Blackwood in the middle of the box.  The cross bent around the Los Dos defense allowing Blackwood to just stick his foot out and poke the ball into the right side of the net to put Republic FC ahead 2-0.

Defender Elliott Hord helped set up Republic FC’s third goal of the night in just the 18th minute.  Hord drove past the defense on the right side before sending a ball into the box.  Forward Wilson Kneeshaw was able to run onto the ball, sending a one-touch backheel pass to Trevin Caesar, who was trailing the play.  Caesar one-touched his left-footed shot toward the near post past a diving López and into the back of the net to give Republic FC the 3-0 lead.

On the ensuing kickoff Los Dos looked to have struck back.  A long ball seemed to have played Raul Mendiola into a one-on-one situation with Evan Newton.  The Republic FC keeper beat Mendiola to the ball, but was only able to knock the ball.  Newton was quick to his feet and was able to deflect the ball off Tyler Turner who was following the play.  The deflection fell to Adonis Amaya whose shot was blocked by Chris Christian, but the ball found the feet of Justin Dhillon.  The forward’s shot was deemed to have touched the hand of Christian giving Los Dos a penalty.  Amaya stepped up to take the penalty, driving a low left-footed shot just to the left of Newton, but the keeper got down quick to make what proved to be a huge save in the match keeping the score 3-0, which would hold going into the half.

Despite Republic FC coming out strong again in the second half, it was Los Dos who were able to get a goal back in the 54th minute.  After a long clearance was batted around in the middle of the field, Amaya was able to recover the ball and play Dhillon free and into a one-on-one scenario with Newton.  Dhillon opted to keep his shot low, beating the on-rushing Newton and into the back of the net, making the score 3-1.

In the 70th minute, Jonathan Hernandez found space on the right side near the center circle before sending a long ball forward ahead of the defense.  Hord was unable to clear the ball away and substitute forward Adrián Vera ran onto the ball into the box, flicking it up and over Newton and into the goal making the score 3-2.

Republic FC looked as though they might put the game away in the 89th minute after substitute forward Gabe Gissie shook off a defender to put himself in a one-on-one situation with López.  Gissie unleashed a rocket shot that beat the keeper, but defender Jean Engola had recovered to cover the back post and was able to slide and deflect the ball away.

Republic FC would finish out the match and move into sole possession of third place in the USL standings.  Republic FC will remain in Southern California as they take on LA Galaxy (MLS) in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Wed. Jun. 28.  Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. at the StubHub Center Track Stadium.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Will Play MLS Club LA Galaxy On June 28 In Fifth Round Of Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup

Republic FC, one of three non-MLS teams remaining in the Open Cup, will travel to LA for their first-ever Fifth Round match.

 SACRAMENTO, Calif.  – Sacramento Republic FC will travel south to take on MLS side LA Galaxy on Wednesday, Jun. 28 in the Fifth Round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. at the StubHub Center Track Stadium. This is the first time that Republic FC has advanced to the Fifth Round.  They are one of just three non-MLS clubs to reach the Round of 16 in this year’s competition, joining FC Cincinnati (USL) and Miami FC (NASL).

 This will be the first-ever competitive match between Republic FC and LA Galaxy.  The winner of the match will travel to face the winner of the San Jose Earthquakes-Seattle Sounders FC matchup.

 Republic FC is no stranger to LA Galaxy, having faced their USL side LA Galaxy II 14 times in the last three years, including twice in the USL playoffs.  Republic FC holds a 7-3-4 all-time record against LA Galaxy II, with all previous matches being played against former Los Dos and current LA Galaxy head coach Curt Onalfo. Most significantly, Republic FC defeated Los Dos 3-2 in the USL Cup Semifinals in a match dubbed “The Miracle at Bonney” on their way to their 2014 USL Championship.

Tickets will be available for purchase for Republic FC fans and supporters that plan to travel to the match.  Tickets on-sale date and time to be announced soon. 

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Announce 2016 USL Schedule

2016 USL regular season schedule includes 30 total matches against Western Conference opponents.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The United Soccer League (USL) released the 2016 regular season schedule including a 30-match line-up against Western Conference opponents for Sacramento Republic FC. The 2014 USL Champions will kick off their USL regular season on the road against Seattle Sounders FC 2 on Mar. 25.

Sacramento Republic FC’s home opener will be held on Saturday, Apr. 2, against Arizona United SC at Bonney Field. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. Sacramento Republic FC went undefeated against Arizona last season, winning the first matchup 2-1 and playing to a scoreless draw in the second match.

During the 2016 season, Sacramento Republic FC will face every team in the newly reconfigured USL Western Conference at least once. Sacramento Republic FC will play LA Galaxy II and Orange County Blues FC four times; Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2, Seattle Sounders FC 2 and Real Monarchs SLC three times; Arizona United SC, Portland Timbers 2, Rio Grande Valley FC and Saint Louis FC twice and Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC, Tulsa Roughnecks FC, Oklahoma City Energy FC, Swope Park Rangers KC and the yet-to-be-named San Antonio team once.

The last home match for Sacramento Republic FC will be against their rivals, LA Galaxy II on Saturday, Sept. 17. Sacramento Republic FC’s 2016 USL regular season will conclude on the road versus the Tulsa Roughnecks FC on Saturday, Sept. 24.

The schedule includes a season-long four-match home stretch from May 14 through June 7 for the boys in Old Glory Red and their longest road stretch at five matches, beginning July 10 and running through Aug. 2. Sacramento Republic FC will play an away match versus Real Monarchs on June 11 in Reno, Nev. at the Aces Ballpark.

The television and radio schedule for Sacramento Republic FC will be announced at a later date. Single match tickets go on sale to the general public via Ticketmaster.com on Tuesday, Mar. 1. The schedule may be viewed and downloaded at SacRepublicFC.com/schedule.

Sacramento Republic FC 2016 USL Season Breakdown:

Home Dates by Day of the Week: Wednesday (2), Saturday (13)
Road Dates by Day of the Week: Tuesday (1), Wednesday (1), Friday (1), Saturday (8), Sunday (4)
Home Dates by Month: April (3), May (2), June (3), July (2), August (3), September (2)
Road Dates by Month: March (1), April (2), May (1), June (2), July (4), August (3), September (2)
Opponents Played Twice at Home: Seattle Sounders FC 2, Real Monarchs SLC, LA Galaxy II, Orange County Blues FC
Opponents Played Once at Home: San Antonio, Swope Park Rangers, Arizona United SC, Portland Timbers 2, Rio Grande Valley FC, Saint Louis FC, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2
Opponents Played Twice on Road: Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2, LA Galaxy II, Orange County Blues FC
Opponents Played Once on Road: Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC, Tulsa Roughnecks FC, Oklahoma City Energy FC, Arizona United SC, Portland Timbers 2, Rio Grande Valley FC, Saint Louis FC, Seattle Sounders FC 2, Real Monarchs SLC

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 Academy Defender David Burns Selected For U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team Camp

Burns reports to camp today and will play in four matches as a part of the 10-day camp.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento Republic FC U-17/18 Academy defender David Burns has been selected to participate in a U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team Camp, taking place from January 4-14 in Miami. Burns is the second Republic FC Academy player to have been selected for a national team camp during their inaugural season. U-15/16 Academy goalkeeper Mason Finnell was selected to attend a U-15 camp in November 2015.

“This is another fantastic moment for the club,” said Sacramento Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle. “Burns is someone high on our list at the club, which is one reason he experienced first team action in the LA Galaxy II friendly back in November. We are beyond excited that he has been picked for the U-20 camp and I want to congratulate him and his family for this proud moment.”

Burns has been a key player for Sacramento Republic FC’s U-17/18 Academy team (6-3-5, 23 pts) which currently sits in third place in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy’s Northwest Division. Burns has appeared in nine matches this season, starting eight and has been a part of four of the U-17/18’s five shutouts this season. Burns is a student at Charter University Prep in El Dorado, Calif. and played for San Juan Soccer Club before joining the Republic FC Academy this season. Burns has committed to play soccer at the University of California, Berkley next season.

The U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team camp begins today, January 4, and will run through January 14. The players will compete in four matches during the camp. The first two matches will take place on January 8 and the final two will be played on January 12. The players at the camp will be competing for a spot on the U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team during the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Korea Republic. The U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team is coached by former U.S. MNT and MLS player, Tab Ramos.

The Republic FC Academy is a member of the U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy, which was formed to provide education, resources and support to clubs, helping develop world-class players. The USSDA also connects National Team coaches directly with Academy clubs to develop and identify players and coaches for future National Teams.

The full U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team camp roster is the following:

Goalkeepers: Jonathan Klinsmann (Cal), JT Marcinkowski (Georgetown), Mason Stajduhar (Orlando City SC), Justin Vom Steeg (UC Santa Barbara)

Defenders: Danny Acosta (Real Salt Lake), Hugo Arrellano (LA Galaxy), Jonathan Bell (DC United), Marcello Borges (Michigan), David Burns (Sacramento Republic FC), Aaron Herrera (University of New Mexico), Malcolm Jones (UCLA), Andrew Lombard (Northeastern), Mauricio Pineda (Chicago Fire), Miles Robinson (Syracuse), Tommy Redding (Orlando City SC), Diego Silva (University of Maryland)

Midfielders: Amir Bashti (Stanford), Joshua Doughty (Manchester United), Cameron Lindley (Indiana Fire), Lucas Mendes (DC United), Matt Olosunde (New York Red Bulls), Martin Salas (University of North Carolina), Yosef Samuel (Philadelphia Union), Evan Waldrep (Creighton), Eryk Williamson (University of Maryland), Jackson Yueill (UCLA), Alex Zendejas (FC Dallas)

Forwards: Coy Craft (FC Dallas), Jeremy Ebobisse (Duke), Sebastian Elney (University of Maryland), Juan Flores (Houston Dynamo), Victor Mansaray (Seattle Sounders), Josh Perez (AFC Fiorentina), Emmanuel Sabbi (Chicago Magic), Abu Winter (Philadelphia Union), Isaiah Young (PDA)

For more information on the U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team camp visit USSoccer.com. For more information on the Republic FC Academy visit SacRepublicFC.com.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Match Preview: Sacramento Republic FC Vs. LA Galaxy II

Sacramento Republic FC (13-8-7, 46 pts) take on LA Galaxy II (14-11-3, 45 pts) in a USL Western Conference Quarterfinal on Saturday, September 26. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. PDT at Bonney Field.

The match will be the fifth time that Republic FC and LA Galaxy II will meet in 2015. Republic FC won the first three matchups before Los Dos claimed their lone victory over Republic FC on July 11. Republic FC hold a 6-2-1 all-time record against LA Galaxy II.

Republic FC and Los Dos met in last year’s USL Playoffs on September 20, 2014, in a semifinal now dubbed by Republic FC fans as the Miracle at Bonney. LA Galaxy II forward Charlie Rugg scored a first half brace, giving Los Dos the 2-0 halftime lead. Republic FC midfielder Rodrigo Lopez then scored a second half, set piece hat trick converting two penalties and a stoppage time free kick to give Republic FC a 3-2 victory and advance them into the USL Championship match.

Republic FC enter the match undefeated in their last seven matches after playing to their second consecutive scoreless draw on Tuesday. Republic FC recorded back-to-back scoreless draws for the first time in franchise history.

Goalkeeper Dominik Jakubek recorded his third consecutive shutout against Orange County Blues FC on Tuesday. The shutout was the ninth this season by Republic FC, tying the mark that they set last season. Jakubek has allowed only one goal in his four USL starts this season, and has not allowed a goal in 294 consecutive minutes.

The back line has been a crucial part of the shutout streak for Republic FC. Defenders Emrah Klimenta, Mickey Daly and Nemanja Vuković and defensive midfielder Ivan Mirković lead the club in minutes and appearances. Each has played over 2,000 USL minutes this season and appeared in over 25 matches. Klimenta, Daly and Vuković have all appeared in over 50 USL matches as members of Republic FC over two seasons, the only other player to reach that mark is Lopez.

LA Galaxy II enter the match after defeating Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC 1-0 on Saturday, September 19. Forward Ariel Lassiter scored in the 10th minute and then was sent off right before halftime. The short-handed Galaxy II was able to hold on to the lead and clinch the fifth seed in the Western Conference Playoffs.

Due to the red card Lassiter will be suspended for the match, leaving Los Dos without their leading forward from the regular season. Lassiter leads the club in goals (11) and points (23) during the regular season.

Los Dos has plenty of firepower to make up for the loss of Lassiter. Forward Jack McBean and midfielders Andre Auras and Raul Mendiola have been important contributors all season. McBean is second on the club in goals (6) and assists (5), while Mendiola leads the club with eight assists and has added four goals. Auras has three goals and four assists on the season.

The winner of the match will travel to Southern California to take on Orange County Blues FC in the Western Conference Semifinals.

The match will be streamed live at SacRepublicFC.com/matchday via the USL YouTube channel. Updates of the match will be provided via Twitter @SacRepublicFC or using #SACvLA. Tickets to the match are still available at Ticketmaster.com.

Match Preview Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC To Host LA Galaxy II In First Round Playoff Match

Sacramento Republic FC will host Los Dos in Quarterfinal Match on Saturday, September 26, at Bonney Field.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento Republic FC (13-8-7, 46 pts.) battled Orange County Blues FC (14-9-5, 47 pts) to a scoreless draw on Tuesday, September 22, finishing their season in fourth place in the USL Western Conference. Republic FC will host LA Galaxy II in a USL Western Conference Quarterfinal match on Saturday, September 26, at Bonney Field. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.

Republic FC has faced their rivals nine times in the last two seasons and holds a 6-2-1 record all-time against LA Galaxy II. Republic FC defeated Los Dos 3-2 in the USL Semifinals on September 20, 2014, during last season’s playoffs.

Tickets to Republic FC’s first round playoff match go on sale to the general public Wednesday, September 23, at 10 a.m. on Ticketmaster.com.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Thomas Stewart Scores Both Goals To Give Sacramento Republic FC A 2-0 Win Over Seattle Sounders FC 2

Sacramento, California – Sacramento Republic FC capture a win in Buckle’s USL debut behind a brace from Thomas Stewart.

After an even first half hour in the match, with both teams seeing their fair share of possession, Seattle saw the first real chance of the match in the 30th minute. Midfielder Aaron Kovar got behind the Republic FC defense on a long through ball in the air and had a one-on-one encounter with Mickey Daly in the box. Daly was called for a foul after Kovar went to ground. Kovar then stepped up to the penalty spot and pushed his shot wide of the post keeping the match scoreless.

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Republic FC got on the score sheet shortly after in the 37th minute when midfielder Rodrigo Lopez sent a threatening through ball up the middle for forward Thomas Stewart. The target-man Stewart was able to run onto the ball and send a first-touch howler on goal. Seattle keeper Charlie Lyon dove to his right and was able to deflect the ball, but Stewart’s shot had too much pace on it as it hit the inside of the far post and into the back of the net for a 1-0 Republic FC lead.

With the assist on Stewart’s first-half goal, Rodrigo Lopez became the all-time USL assists leader. The goal was Stewart’s first in USL play in 2015 and his sixth in all competitions.

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The match came to halt in the 76th minute when Seattle defender Amadou Sanyang went in dangerously with a tackle on Republic FC midfielder Octavio Guzman. Sanyang was shown a straight red card and Guzman was subbed out with a right knee injury.

Republic FC would add a second goal in the 83rd minute when Stewart beat an offside trap and ran onto a long through ball from midfielder Danny Barrera. Stewart was by himself and only had the keeper to beat as he initially tried to chip the oncoming Lyon. The Seattle keeper blocked it right back to Stewart, who took two more touches towards the empty net and slotted home his second goal of the match, putting Republic FC ahead 2-0.

“We really contained them well and in open play they didn’t really expose us”, said Sacramento Republic FC Head Coach Paul Buckle after his first USL victory. “I was really pleased with that. We looked very dangerous.”

“It was very important to get the victory after a few weeks not playing in the league”, said Stewart. “It’s always nice to score goals. It’s my job as a striker and I’m a goal-scorer. It’s what I do best.”

The win was snaps a three-match winless streak for Republic FC and moves them within three points of first place LA Galaxy II. Republic FC keeper Patrick McLain recorded his sixth shutout of the season, the fourth at Bonney Field.

Republic FC will be back in action again on Saturday, August 8 when they take on Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC at Bonney Field. Kickoff is 8:00 p.m. and tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Head Coach Preki Accepts Position in UK; Will Coach Last Match in Sacramento on July 11; English football manager Paul Buckle will lead as the club’s new head coach.

July 8, 2015 – 11:08 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento Republic FC announced today that Head Coach PredragPrekiRadosavljević has accepted a position in the United Kingdom and will relinquish his duties as the club’s head coach. Preki will coach his last match for the USL club on July 11 when Republic FC takes on rival LA Galaxy II.

“Republic FC has been one of the best experiences in my entire career,” said Head Coach Preki. “Our players have worked harder than any I know. The fans, city and soccer community opened their hearts to the club as well as to me. This was not a decision I made lightly. The opportunity ahead is a lifetime dream for me and a chance to challenge myself at the highest level of the game.”

Paul Buckle will serve as Republic FC’s new head coach effective July 12. His experience extends to both playing and coaching football/soccer in England, including a 20-year playing career and over a dozen years and 320 matches as a club manager. He led Luton Town in the defeat of Premier League club Norwich City in the 2013 FA Cup, the first time since 1986 that a non-league club achieved such as victory and the first time in FA Cup history a club achieved such a victory at an away stadium.

Buckle has already reported to Sacramento, Calif. and is working closely with Technical Director Graham Smith, Preki, Academy Director Rod Underwood and the entire coaching staff on a transition of duties. His first match as Republic FC’s head coach will be July 14 when the club hosts Premier League’s Sunderland AFC.

“Paul is a coach that has excelled in challenging situations and led squads above and beyond their potential,” said Technical Director Graham Smith. “In addition to his leadership of the first team, Paul’s commitment to develop talent and support the development of future players is one of the many reasons we believe he is the right fit for Sacramento. Our organization cannot thank Preki enough for what he has done to position the club where it is today. We wish him nothing but the best in his new role.”

Preki served as Republic FC’s inaugural head coach and led the club to a 2014 USL Championship. He was named 2014 USL Coach of the Year following an 17-7-4 regular season record and a second place finish in USL standings. Preki’s coaching record during his U.S. tenure is 72-53-35. He is the only coach in U.S. Soccer history to win both MLS and USL Coach of the Year honors.

Republic FC currently sits second in the Western Conference with 30 points and a record of 9-6-3 through 18 matches played. Ten matches remain in the club’s 2015 USL regular season schedule along with three friendlies featuring match-ups versus Atlas FC (Liga MX) on July 8, Sunderland AFC (EPL) on July 14 and Newcastle United (EPL) on July 18. To view a full schedule, visit SacRepublicFC.com.

Announcement Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations