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Sacramento Republic FC Ties With Reno 1868 FC 3-3

Goals from Trevin Caesar, Tyler Blackwood and Sammy Ochoa put Republic FC ahead early, but a late trio of goals, including a brace from former Republic FC forward Mackenzie Pridham, salvaged a draw for Reno 1868 FC.

Republic FC started the game quickly, keeping possession and seeing many good looks on goal. Republic FC would open the scoring in the 17th minute. Defender James Kiffe took the ball toward goal on the top left side of the box, before sending it back to midfielder Tyler Blackwood who was making a run behind him. Blackwood then played a one-two with forward Sammy Ochoa at the corner of the box, receiving the ball back on the left side of the box. Blackwood then played the ball across goal to forward Trevin Caesar who was making a run in the middle of the box and just flicked the ball with the outside of his foot and past goalkeeper Matt Bersano, putting Republic FC ahead 1-0.

In the 20th minute, Blackwood stole the ball in the middle of the field and took a few touches down the middle of the pitch. Blackwood then unleashed a strong right-footed shot that beat Bersano, making the score 2-0 in favor of Republic FC.

Republic FC would increase their lead again in the 25th minute. After a corner went long, defender Elliott Hord stole the ball, taking it from box-to-box before laying the ball off to Caesar who was sprinting down the middle of the field. Caesar was then taken down in the box as he attempted a shot, earning a penalty. Ochoa stepped up and calmly slid the ball into the left side of the goal, while Bersano dove right, putting Republic FC ahead 3-0.

Reno 1868 FC would get a goal back in the 41st minute. Midfielder Antoine Hoppenot received the ball in the middle of the field before sending the ball wide to forward Dane Kelly who was making a run on the right side of the box. Kelly then sent a grounded ball to forward Mackenzie Pridham who was open in the middle of the box. Pridham settled the ball and then sent the ball into the goal, making the score 3-1 going into the half.

The second half started much like the first with Republic FC maintaining a majority possession. In the 67th minute Republic FC would see their best chance to increase their lead in the second half. Substitute forward Wilson Kneeshaw was played open by a long ball down the left side from Kiffe. Kneeshaw then went one-on-one with Bersano, but the keeper was quick to the ground and blocked the shot, clearing it from danger.

1868 FC would counter the Kneeshaw shot with a goal to pull themselves within one. After the ball was cleared, Pridham received the ball in the middle of the field. The former Republic FC forward took a few touches toward goal before sending a strike on goal. Goalkeeper Evan Newton was able to block Pridham’s shot, but only as far as Kelly who was following the play and tapped the ball into the net making the score 3-2.

Reno would score their third and final goal of the night in the 88th minute. Former Republic FC midfielder Matt LaGrassa sent a long ball to the middle of the box, toward forward Brian Brown. The substitute forward chested the ball to Pridham who had found space behind the defense and send a strong shot past Newton and into the back of the net, ending the match in a 3-3 draw.

“We knew it would be a tough game,” said Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle. “It was wonderful to see so many of our supporters make the trip here and we thank them for that. For a preseason friendly to have so many fans travel for us is remarkable.”

Republic FC will return to action on Saturday, Mar. 18 when they travel to San Francisco to take on the San Francisco Deltas in their final road friendly of the preseason. Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Kezar Stadium. Republic FC will return to Papa Murphy’s Park on Wednesday, Mar. 22 when they take on the San Jose Earthquakes. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Ties With San Antonio FC 1-1

Octavio Guzman’s stoppage time penalty kick goal gives Republic FC a 1-1 draw with San Antonio FC at a sold out Bonney Field.

Sacramento Republic FC attacked San Antonio FC early and saw there first chance on goal in the 7th minute when Cameron Iwasa was able to use some nifty footwork to get around his defender. Iwasa pushed his touch a bit too close to San Antonio FC keeper Josh Ford as the forward’s chipped shot attempt was blocked away by Ford, keeping the match scoreless early.

San Antonio broke the deadlock in the 15th minute after a turnover in the Republic defensive end. Midfielder Rafa Castillo recovered the loose ball and drove towards goal before dropping the ball back to Sebastien Thuriere. The midfielder then rocketed a shot on goal, forcing Republic FC keeper Evan Newton to make a diving safe. Though he made the difficult save, forward Cesar Elizondo followed the shot and finished the rebound chance, blasting the ball into the back of the net and putting San Antonio FC ahead 1-0.

Republic FC nearly equalized twice before halftime, both of them supplied by Tommy Thompson. In the 30th minute, Thompson attacked up the right flank, got to the touchline and sent a low, driven cross into the feet of forward Cameron Iwasa. With two defenders closing in, Iwasa drilled a one-touch shot up and over the keeper Ford but couldn’t beat the crossbar as it whizzed out of play. In the 38th minute, Thompson sent a dangerous cross into the box for defender Mike da Fonte. Beating his mark to the ball, da Fonte sent a powerful header on net, only to have Ford make another timely, acrobatic save preserving San Antonio FC’s 1-0 lead into the break.

Republic FC continued to chase the equalizing goal and nearly found it in the 55th minute when defender James Kiffe struck a menacing right-footed shot from 20 yards out. The shot curled to the far post but San Antonio keeper Josh Ford was up to the task and made another clean save.

Republic FC continued to pressure for the second half searching for a goal. About four minutes into stoppage time, James Kiffe earned a penalty kick after being taken down in the box chasing after a through ball. Midfielder Octavio Guzman stepped up to the spot and sent a right-footed shot to Ford’s right hand side. Ford guessed right on the penalty and was able to deflect the ball, but the shot had too much pace on it as it squeezed underneath Ford and into the net for the late equalizer for Guzman.

In the last seconds of the match, second-half substitute Mackenzie Pridham had one more chance for a Republic FC winner. Pridham attacked across the face of goal, just outside the 18-yard box. The forward then sent a left-footed strike through three defenders and past a diving Ford. Unfortunately, the shot rolled inches past the far post and out of play. Pridham’s shot would serve as the last play of the match, as it ended in a 1-1 draw.

“I love that this team never gives in”, said Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle after the 1-1 draw. “It’s a side that keeps going. The fans keep us going. I thought we created the most chances in the game and I feel that’s the best we moved the football in a long time.”

Republic FC will go back on the road to take on Saint Louis FC on Saturday, August 13. Kickoff is 5:30 p.m. The match will be streamed live at SacRepublicFC.com/matchday.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Falls To Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC 1-0

A late goal by JJ Greer proves the difference as Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC defeat Sacramento Republic FC 1-0 at Switchbacks Stadium.

Sacramento Republic FC started the match very strong, seeing their first real chance on goal just 30 seconds in to the match. Midfielder Danny Barrera received the ball near the top of the box after Republic FC won the ball away in the Switchbacks half. Barrera took a few touches forward before sending a grounded shot toward the back post. Switchbacks goalkeeper Devala Gorrick was able to get down to his side quickly however and knock the ball away, keeping the match scoreless early.

July 16, 2016; Colorado Springs, CO, USA; Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC forward Martin Maybin (9) and Sacramento Republic FC defender Chris Christian (8) battle for the ball in the first half at Switchbacks Stadium. Credit: Isaiah J. Downing/Switchbacks FC
July 16, 2016; Colorado Springs, CO, USA; Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC forward Martin Maybin (9) and Sacramento Republic FC defender Chris Christian (8) battle for the ball in the first half at Switchbacks Stadium. Credit: Isaiah J. Downing/Switchbacks FC

The Switchbacks controlled the possession after the early chance for Republic FC. Despite the large possession time, the Switchbacks first strong chance on goal came in the 35th minute. Defender Josh Suggs ran the ball down the middle of the field before sending forward Marty Maybin through with a great pass around the defense. Maybin looked to be in but a sliding Derek Foran deflected his shot before Republic FC keeper Evan Newton punched the ball away from danger.

July 16, 2016; Colorado Springs, CO, USA; Sacramento Republic FC defender Kip Colvey (27) and Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC defender Josh Suggs (5) battle for the ball in the first half at Switchbacks Stadium. Credit: Isaiah J. Downing/Switchbacks FC
July 16, 2016; Colorado Springs, CO, USA; Sacramento Republic FC defender Kip Colvey (27) and Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC defender Josh Suggs (5) battle for the ball in the first half at Switchbacks Stadium. Credit: Isaiah J. Downing/Switchbacks FC

Republic FC had their strongest look on goal in the 39th minute. Forward Cameron Iwasa had the ball in the middle of the park before lofting a pass over the defense to substitute midfielder Max Alvarez who had beat the offside trap. Alvarez then went one-on-one with Gorrick but the onrushing goalkeeper was able to disrupt Alvarez enough as the midfielder’s chipped shot landed just outside the right post.

The best chance of the half for the Switchbacks came on the last play of the first half. After a missed clearance by Republic FC, forward Mike Seth played the ball into the middle to fellow forward Miguel Gonzalez who was streaking along the top of the box. Gonzalez touched the ball forward before sending a left-footed strike toward the upper left corner of the goal, but Newton was there as he sprung high and to the left to block the shot away and keep the match scoreless at the break.

Republic FC came out as the aggressor in the second half and controlled most of the possession. In the 68th minute Republic FC had their first strong look of the second half. Iwasa played the ball down the left side of the box before sending the ball back toward the middle. Alvarez touched Iwasa’s cross down to defender James Kiffe who was making a run down the middle of the box. Kiffe’s ensuing left-footed shot would curve just high and wide of the right corner of the goal however, keeping the match tied at 0-0.

The best chance of the half for Republic FC came in the 79th minute. Substitute forward Mackenzie Pridham took the ball down the right side of the box before beating his man on the dribble, setting up a one-on-one with Gorrick. Pridham charged the keeper before sending a rocket toward goal, but a sliding Gorrick was able to deflect the ball off his right shoulder and away from danger.

The Switchbacks would finally break the deadlock in the 83rd minute. Substitute forward Aaron King ran down a long ball before taking a shot that Newton deflected away for a corner. Suggs took the ensuing corner and sent it toward the back post. Defender JJ Greer was waiting at the back post and sprung up to meet the ball, sending a powerful header toward the top left side of the goal. Newton was able to get a finger on the ball, but the header was too powerful and sailed into the back of the net, giving the Switchbacks a 1-0 lead.

Despite a valiant effort in the final minutes, Republic FC was unable to find an equalizer giving Colorado Springs the 1-0 victory. Republic FC will continue their five-match road stretch as they travel to Vancouver to take on Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 on Sunday, July 24. Kickoff is 2 p.m. at Thunderbird Stadium on the campus of the University of British Columbia. The match will be streamed live at SacRepublicFC.com/matchday.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Ties Orange County Blues FC 3-3

Sacramento Republic FC earn a road point after four goals are scored in the final 20 minutes of a dramatic affair with Orange County Blues FC.

Orange County Blues FC controlled most of the possession in the first 20 minutes of the match, but it was Sacramento Republic FC who struck first on a corner kick in the 21st minute. Midfielder Danny Barrera played a short corner to Alfonso Motagalvan, who sprinted toward the corner flag. Motagalvan then played the ball back to Barrera, who sent a cross to the far post toward Mike da Fonte. The defender sent a one-touch, right-footed volley that hit the inside of the right post and found the back of the net to give Republic FC an early 1-0 lead, which would hold until halftime.

The second half started with Republic FC as the aggressor, but this time it was the Blues that struck first. The Blues drew a penalty in the 50th minute after defender Brenton Griffiths was brought down in the box while attempting to get his head on a corner kick. Midfielder Didier Crettenand stepped up to the take the penalty, rolling the ball into the right corner of the goal while goalkeeper Evan Newton dove left, leveling the score at 1-1.

The Blues found the net again in the 72nd minute. Former Republic FC midfielder Ivan Mirković played a ball through on the left side to substitute forward Akwafei Ajeakwa, who settled the ball on the far left side of the box before sending a cross toward the back post. Trevin Caesar jumped in the air and sent a right-footed volley past Newton to put the Blues ahead 2-1.

Republic FC wasted no time in responding, finding an equalizer in the 79th minute. Barrera took a corner again, this time playing it to the near post. Forward Cameron Iwasa beat his man to the ball, jumping high in the air to head the ball into the goal, to even the score to 2-2.

The Blues once again took the lead in the 81st minute. About 20 yards from goal, near the top of the penalty area on the left side, Ajeakwa was taken down for a free kick. Two Blues players created a slight opening in the wall on Crettenand’s ensuing free kick, which the midfielder used as he hit a hard shot into the top right corner of the goal, giving the Blues a 3-2 lead.

Republic FC once again responded quickly, finding another equalizer in the 83rd minute. Defender James Kiffe played the ball up the left side of the field to Max Alvarez. The substitute midfielder took the pass and immediately crossed the ball into the box, bouncing pas Iwasa and finding substitute forward Mackenzie Pridham. Pridham’s left-footed volley found the upper left corner of the goal and past the diving Josh Cohen making the score 3-3.

Republic FC will continue their five-match road stretch when they travel to Colorado Springs, Colo. and take on Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC on July Saturday, 16. Kickoff is 6 p.m. The match will be streamed live at SacRepublicFC.com/matchday.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Defeats Sonoma County 4-0

Three second-half goals propel Republic FC past Sonoma County in their fourth preseason friendly of 2016.

Sacramento Republic FC came out of the gates strong, attacking the Sonoma County Sol defense relentlessly. In the 5th minute their pressure paid off when Octavio Guzman was brought down in the box trying to settle a rebound. Forward Thomas Stewart stepped up to the spot sending his shot to the right as Sonoma County keeper Arturo Orneales dove left. Stewart’s goal made the score 1-0.

Sonoma County would have their only clear chance of the match in the 30th minute when midfielder Pedro Guerrero got free in the middle of the park. Guerrero gathered himself before sending a 35-foot strike toward goal. Republic FC goalkeeper Dominik Jakubek moved quickly to his right to make the save preserving the 1-0 lead.

Republic FC continued to pressure the Sonoma County defense and in the 36th minute they seemed to break through again when forward Mackenzie Pridham broke free on the left side. Pridham sent a low cross toward the middle that was parried away by Orneales, but fell right at the feet of Stewart who sent the ball into the net. However, Stewart was deemed offside, keeping the score 1-0 going into the half.

Republic FC continued to attack in the second half, scoring their second goal early in the half. In the 51st minute, Pridham received a lofted ball in the right side of the box. Pridham settled the ball and while keeping a defender on his back dropped the ball back to a streaking Emrah Klimenta who sent a rocket past substitute keeper Sean Taufer, putting Republic FC ahead 2-0.

Republic FC would add another goal in the 62nd minute. Midfielder Max Alvarez used some fancy footwork to get open on the right side before crossing the ball toward Stewart in the middle of the box. Stewart volleyed the cross past Taufer increasing Republic FC’s lead to 3-0.

Defender James Kiffe would end the match on a high note for Republic FC with his goal in the 86th minute. Kiffe played the ball into the middle to trialist Manny Cazares who played the ball back to Kiffe who went one-on-one with Taufer. With the keeper rushing to close the gap Kiffe sent a left-footed chip that cleared Taufer’s reach and settled into the right side of the goal putting Republic FC ahead 4-0 for good.

“We certainly upped our game tonight,” said Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle after the match. “We looked very good, we have not trained on astroturf, so to come here and perform that was really good. I am very, very pleased with the attitude of the players and our passing was excellent tonight.”

Republic FC will be back in action again on Thursday, Mar. 3 when they travel to Fresno, Calif. to take on the Fresno Fuego (PDL). Kickoff is 6:30 p.m. at Chukchansi Park. Tickets to the match are available online at FresnoFuego.com

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Defeats Sacramento State 1-0

The match started quickly with the Sacramento State Men’s Soccer Team trying to gain an early lead on Sacramento Republic FC.

In just the 4th minute Sacramento State forward Cylus Sandoval had the first real chance of the match. Midfielder Bert Corona found Sandoval on a looping cross from the right side to the top left corner of the box. Sandoval controlled the ball, beat a defender and sent a shot toward the right side of the goal, but his shot was just wide of the goal, keeping the match scoreless.

Republic FC took control of the half soon after and in the 13th minute gained a lead. Recently signed forward Harry Williams received the ball in the middle of the pitch, fought off a defender and sent the ball toward Max Alvarez. The midfielder quickly played a spinning one-touch pass that sprung Williams up the right side. Williams took a few touches, then buried a right-footed strike putting Republic FC ahead 1-0.

In the 25th minute Republic FC would get their next chance on goal when Alvarez took the ball down the right side of the pitch. Alvarez sent the ball back to the middle to midfielder Joaquin Rivas who controlled the ball and send a looping left footed shot toward the upper left corner of the goal, but the shot went just inches over the bar keeping the score 1-0 at the half.

The second half started slowly, with neither team earning definitive control of the match. However, Republic FC had two back-to-back looks on goal in the 54th and 55th minutes when substitute forward Mackenzie Pridham got free at the top of the box, but neither ended in goals.

The Hornets best chance of the half came on Trevor Jackson’s free kick in the 75th minute. Jackson stepped up on a free kick just off the left corner of the box. Jackson took a strong shot on goal but it was right on a well positioned Dominik Jakubek, keeping the score 1-0.

Republic FC looked as if they might double their lead late when defender Emrah Klimenta raced the ball up the right hand side of the pitch to the endline. Klimenta then sent a cross to the middle which found the head of trialist forward Richie Cardozo who connected on a diving header, but Bru was there again for the save keeping the score 1-0.

Republic FC earned a free kick in the 89th minute, but Danny Barrera’s shot ricocheted off the crossbar ending the match as a 1-0 win for Republic FC.

Sacramento Republic FC are in action again on Saturday, Feb. 27 when they travel to Santa Rosa, Calif. to take on the Sonoma County Sol. Kickoff is 6:30 p.m. at Santa Rosa High School. Tickets to the match are available on SonomaCountySol.com.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Match Recap: Sacramento Republic FC 1, San Jose Earthquakes 2

Sacramento Republic FC fell 2-1 to the San Jose Earthquakes at Bonney Field in their second preseason friendly of 2016.

All photos by Shawn Jonas

The Quakes enjoyed possession in the first few minutes of the match, but it was Republic FC who would get on the score sheet first when in just the 8th minute midfielder Max Alvarez sped up the right wing and sent in a flat cross for forward Mackenzie Pridham, who sent the ball into the back of the net to put Republic FC ahead 1-0.

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The Earthquakes responded by slowing down the pace of the match trying to break through Republic FC’s defense but Sacramento did well to absorb the pressure and stop any dangerous plays from San Jose.

In the 18th minute Republic FC had their second serious attack of the match. On a counter attack Pridham found midfielder Octavio Guzman with a through ball. Guzman then sent a cross to forward Thomas Stewart, but his shot was just wide of Earthquakes goalkeeper David Bingham. During the play, Earthquakes’ midfielder Cordell Cato went down with no contact and had to be subbed off in the 20th minute, with midfielder Tommy Thompson coming on in his place.

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In the second half, San Jose came out revitalized looking for the equalizer. The Earthquakes’ continuous pressure paid off in the 51st minute when Thompson shook off Republic FC’s defense and sent in a great cross to forward Quincy Amarikwa who tapped the ball past Republic FC goalkeeper Evan Newton to tie the game 1-1.

In the 55th minute, Thompson again slipped past the Republic FC defense, but this time the backline was able to clear the ball out of danger. Republic FC responded right after, with defender Emrah Klimenta finding an unmarked Guzman right outside the 18-yard box but Guzman’s shot went straight to Bingham.

Both teams had a few good looks on goal afterwards, with a great chance for Republic FC in the 71st minute when San Jose’s defense failed to clear a ball and Alvarez found himself unmarked just outside the 18-yard box but the Republic FC midfielder couldn’t get a good shot on goal.

The Earthquakes would take the lead in the 86th minute when Amarikwa sent in a powerful header past Newton after a cross from Earthquakes’ defender Kip Colvey. The score put the Quakes ahead 2-1 for good.

“It felt good to get my first goal at Bonney Field in front of the fans,” said Pridham following the match. “I think our team put on a good performance and showed what we are building for the season.”

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Republic FC is back in action on Wednesday, Feb. 24, when they take on Sacramento State. The match will be played at Hornet Field on the campus of Sacramento State and kicks off at 3 p.m. Tickets are on sale at csus.edu/hornettickets.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations