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Sacramento Republic FC Falls To Los Angeles FC 1-0

MLS side LAFC defeat Sacramento Republic FC 1-0 in preseason friendly at Papa Murphy’s Park.

Sacramento Republic FC and Los Angeles Football Club both came out attacking and feeling each other out. Republic FC saw its first real scoring chance in the 13th minute when Wilson Kneeshaw attacked up the right side. Kneeshaw got all the way to the touchline before slicing a cross into the box. The cross was deflected by the defense and bounced to the near post where Hayden Partain had been making a run. Partain flung his body at the ball, trying to redirect it into the net, but the ball took a hard bounce and it was cleared away from danger.

 Republic FC had another strong chance in the 25th minute when Christian Eissele and Cameron Iwasa nearly linked up for a spectacular goal. Eissele laid off a long ball to a streaking Iwasa just outside the box. Iwasa wasted no time volleying a shot through LAFC’s defense, but it was just wide of the goal. The two would link up again in the 31st minute, but Eissele’s shot was saved by LAFC keeper Tyler Miller.

 LAFC did not see many chances in the first half, but Marcos Ureña nearly put LAFC ahead in the 31st minute. The forward found open space in the box and the ball crossed to his feet. He tried to beat Republic FC keeper Josh Cohen to the far post, but his shot went just wide and out of play. The match would remain scoreless through halftime.

 The visitors had a bevy of chances early in the second half as they had four consecutive shots in the 53rd minute. LAFC put five men in the box and had every one of their shots either blocked by Cohen or deflected by a Republic FC defender. The home side was able to withstand the 20-second flurry and ultimately clear the ball away.

 LAFC would finally break through in the 60th minute with a goal from João Moutinho. The MLS side capitalized on extended offensive pressure to start the second half, as Moutinho beat the defense and received a pass from Carlos Vela. Moutinho promptly beat Cohen with a well-placed far-post strike for the goal.

 Cohen kept Republic FC within striking distance with an excellent diving save in the 68th minute. Marcos Ureña again was open in the box and again Cohen was able to block away his shot. Rafa Diaz, who came on for Cohen late in the second half, also made a key stop in the 83rd minute. Despite the best efforts of the home side to equalize, the match ended in a 1-0 victory for LAFC.

 “They have good players and they move the ball well,” said Republic FC Head Coach Simon Elliott of LAFC. “We always try to do our homework before games. I thought our defending deeper was decent and I thought we could have done better defending higher.”

 Republic FC will continue their 2017 preseason when they take on USL newcomers Fresno FC in a friendly match on Sunday, Mar. 4.  Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Stanislaus State University.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Receive Defender Jeremy Hall On Loan From Tampa Bay Rowdies

Puerto Rican international brings seven years and over 125 matches of MLS experience to Republic FC.

SACRAMENTO, Calif.  Sacramento Republic FC have completed arrangements by which the club will receive defender Jeremy Hall on loan from the Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL).

“We are pleased to welcome Jeremy to the club. It is obvious that we needed strength in the back after losing Emrah to injury and Jeremy is someone that provides that for us,” said Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle. “He is someone that is very experienced and that we hope will hit the ground running. He will need some time to acclimate to us, but a player with his experience should fit in well and begin contributing quickly.”

Hall played seven seasons in MLS with the New York Red Bulls, Portland Timbers, FC Dallas, Toronto FC and New England Revolution. He made 127 appearances in his seven seasons including 108 starts. Hall scored two goals and recorded six assists in 9,782 career MLS minutes.

Hall has also made three appearances with the Puerto Rica Men’s National Team. Most recently he started and played a full 90 minutes against the United States Men’s National Team on May 22, 2016.

Hall has joined Republic FC prior to their match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 on July 24. The match will be the third in a stretch of five consecutive road matches for Republic FC. Kickoff is 2 pm. The match will be streamed live at SacRepublicFC.com/matchday.

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

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

Tied 2-2 San Jose Earthquakes Complete The Comeback Over The Sacramento Republic FC With 6-5 Edge In Penalties

San Jose, California – Sacramento Republic FC got off to a quick start and in just the 5th minute were awarded a penalty after defender Emrah Klimenta was tripped in the box. Midfielder Rodrigo Lopez, playing in his first match since May 27, stepped up the box in the 6th minute and sent a hard shot into the right side of the goal, past San Jose keeper Bryan Meredith who dove left.

San Jose took control of the match following the early Republic FC goal and had chances in the 10th, 14th, 22nd and 29th minutes. Republic FC goalkeeper Patrick McLain made two saves and two shots were just wide as San Jose looked to close the gap quickly.

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Republic FC would find a few more looks at goal in the half, tying San Jose with five shots in the first half. The strongest look for a second Republic FC goal came in the 44th minute when forward Cameron Iwasa got behind the defense and sent a low cross to the middle of the box. Forward Justin Braun received the cross, but his shot was blocked by the San Jose defense. Lopez sent the rebound on goal as well, but against the defense stood strong keeping the match 1-0 going into the half.

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Republic FC again came out strong in the second half and doubled their lead in the 54th minute. Klimenta took a lofted pass from Lopez in the back corner of the box, balancing himself before sending a low hard hit ball under the diving Meredith and into the back of the net to put Republic FC ahead 2-0.

San Jose would roar back, however, late in regulation. In the 74th minute San Jose defender Victor Bernardez sent a cross into the middle of the box that found forward Mike Fucito. McLain was able to block the shot by Fucito but an onrushing Chris Wondolowski cleaned up the rebound making the score 2-1.

Wondolowski would strike again in the 79th minute to even the match. Defender Marvell Wynne fought his way past the defense and sent a hard cross into the box which Wondolowski was able to head past a diving McLain, pulling the Earthquakes even 2-2.

The match would remain tied at the end of 90 minutes forcing extra time. Both clubs has chances to scoring in overtime, including open looks for Republic FC substitute forward Adnan Gabeljic and Wondolowski, but neither team could find the net forcing a penalty shootout.

The first two penalties were goals for each side with Lopez and Nemanja Vuković scoring for Republic FC and Wondolowski and Bernardez scoring for San Jose. In the third round both keepers recorded saves. In the fourth round McLain would make a save while Gilberto converted for Republic FC making it a must-make penalty for San Jose midfielder, and Granite Bay native, Tommy Thompson. Thompson would score setting up Klimenta with a chance to win the match for Republic FC. Klimenta sent a low driven shot toward the left side of the goal, but Meredith guessed correctly and made the save forcing the match into sudden death penalties.

The sixth and seventh round of penalties looked much like the first two rounds with David Estrada and Gabeljic converting for Republic FC, while Koval and Barrera converted for San Jose. Defender Shaun Francis scored in the eighth round, putting the pressure on Republic FC defender James Kiffe, who skied his attempt over the crossbar ending the match with San Jose winning 6-5 on penalties.

“I’m incredibly proud of my guys,” said Sacramento Republic FC head coach Preki following the match. “The most important thing is to measure ourselves against MLS teams because that is where we want to be.”

Republic FC will return to USL action on Saturday, June 20, in a battle of top Western Conference teams, when they take on Oklahoma City Energy FC at Bonney Field. Kickoff is 8:00 p.m. The match will be broadcast on CW31, KHTK Sports 1140 AM and streamed live at SacRepublicFC.com/matchday. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations