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Sacramento Republic FC Fall 1-0 To Swope Park Rangers In The Western Conference Semifinals

Swope Park Rangers came out dominating possession in the first five minutes, but it was the visiting Sacramento Republic FC that would earn the first scoring chance in the match after Jeremy Hall was clipped down right outside the box in the 6th minute, Emrah Klimenta and Chris Christian stood over the ball a yard outside the box. It was Klimenta who tried sending a right-footed shot up and over the wall, but could not clear the defenders as the ball was cleared away.

 The Rangers had two chances of their own in the 18th minute after Luis Espino blocked away Colton Storm’s cross for a corner kick for the home side. Lebo Moloto’s cross was dangerous in the middle of the box as James Musa tried to get a head to it but the Republic defense was able to narrowly clear it out for another corner kick. The second time around, Rangers defender Amer Didic went airborne and sent a powerful header back across goal but it hit the corner of the post before being cleared away for good.

 Republic FC’s best chances came in the 29th minute after a sloppy turnover from the Rangers defense. Forward Sammy Ochoa pounced on a lazy pass back to keeper Adrian Zendejas but the ball got caught under his feet and he couldn’t get a shot off before the defense recovered and cleared the ball away for a corner. James Kiffe’s ensuing far post corner sailed all the way through as Luis Espino and Christian both whiffed on simultaneous shots keeping the match scoreless into the half.

 The Rangers found the breakthrough goal just after halftime in the 46th minute. After a long, lopping ball led Rangers forward Tyler Pasher on towards goal, Pasher poked a shot that Republic FC keeper Evan Newton was able to parry. The Rangers star forward Kharlton Belmar pounced on the rebound chance and wasted no time in putting the go-ahead goal in the back of the net.

 Republic FC had their best chance in the 71st minute. Kiffe had the ball on the left side with space before sending a cross into the middle, but it was deflected.  The deflection went back to Villyan Bijev who hit the ball on the volley, but his shot went just wide left of the post keeping the match 1-0.

 Despite a flurry of chances for Republic FC in the last 20 minutes, they were unable to find an equalizer and Swope Park would win 1-0.  The loss ends the season for Republic FC.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

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 Sign Former Atlas FC Youth Player Luis Espino

Midfielder joins Republic FC for the remainder of the 2017 USL season.

 SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento Republic FC have agreed to a USL contract with midfielder Luis Espino for the remainder of the club’s 2017 season.

 The signing of Luis is demonstrative of the good relationships that we have built with the CESIFUT Academy in Mexico,” said Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle. “Since losing Danny Barrera to injury earlier this season, we have been looking for a number ten and I believe that Espino is just that player.  He is very creative with the ball at his feet and will be a valuable asset for us the rest of the season.”

 Espino joins Republic FC after spending the Clausura 2017 season with Atlas FC’s second division team and their U20s. The midfielder scored a goal in 15 appearances, including nine starts between the two teams.  Prior to joining Atlas, Espino played at Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas. In the 2015-16 season Espino scored two goals in 12 appearances, including 10 starts while helping Tuzos UAZ earn promotion to the second division in Mexico. Espino and fellow Republic FC teammate Carlos Rodriguez are both products of the CESIFUT Academy in Torreón, Mexico.

 Espino has joined the club and will be available for selection in Republic FC’s match versus LA Galaxy II on Saturday, Sept. 16.  Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. at Papa Murphy’s Park.  The match will be streamed live at SacRepublicFC.com/matchday-guide.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations