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Sacramento Republic FC Transfer Mike da Fonte To Colorado Rapids

Da Fonte will join the MLS club for the 2017 season

SACRAMENTO, Calif.Sacramento Republic FC have completed arrangements by which defender Mike da Fonte will be sent to MLS club, the Colorado Rapids for an undisclosed sum.

“Based on our club values, we have always supported our players and do our best to provide them opportunities to play at a higher level,” said Republic FC Director of Football Graham Smith. “In this case, Mike da Fonte has been presented with an opportunity to play with an MLS club and we are excited for the opportunity this presents to him and his future by playing with Coach Mastroeni. Mike has developed tremendously in this past year under the guidance of Paul [Buckle] and his staff, and that development is seen in the offer to him from Colorado. But, this is an opportunity that also benefits Republic FC by receiving value back that we can use to invest in our roster and continue the development of talent going into the 2017 season.”

Da Fonte joined Republic FC prior to the 2016 season, after spending the 2015 season with New York Red Bulls II. The defender made 19 USL appearances for Republic FC, including 18 starts and scored four USL goals.

Republic FC will return to action on Saturday, Mar. 18, when they travel to San Francisco to take on the San Francisco Deltas (NASL). Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Kezar Stadium. Republic FC will return home on Wednesday, Mar. 22 when they host MLS side the San Jose Earthquakes in a preseason friendly. Tickets to the Earthquakes friendly are on sale at Ticketmaster.com.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Falls To San Jose Earthquakes 4-1

Three late goals propel the San Jose Earthquakes past Sacramento Republic FC in the first of two preseason friendly matches.

The match began with both teams feeling each other out, but neither gaining a clear advantage. Republic FC would find the first great look at goal in the 7th minute when forward Tyler Blackwood stole a bad pass near the top of the box. Blackwood then had a one-on-one situation with Quakes goalkeeper David Bingham. Blackwood attempted to slide the ball to the far right corner of the goal, but Bingham was quick to the ground, deflecting the ball away from goal, but only as far as forward Trevin Caesar who was following the play on the right side of the box. Caesar then sent a centering pass to Sammy Ochoa who was in the middle of the box. Ochoa took his own shot on goal, but a Quakes defender was there to block the shot and clear it from danger, keeping the match scoreless.

The Quakes would strike first in the 15th minute. After multiple attempts to throw the ball in from the top of the far right side were thwarted by defender James Kiffe, Quakes defender Nick Lima found a streaking Tommy Thompson on the right side of the box. Thompson leaped to connect with the throw and sent his one-touch pass to the center of the box, finding midfielder Shea Salinas who fought off his mark and flicked the ball into the goal giving the Quakes a 1-0 lead which would hold until half.

Republic FC came out of the break with a renewed sense of energy and began to relentlessly pressure the Quakes backline in hopes of finding an equalizer. Republic FC found their chance in the 53rd minute. Jeremy Hall fought off his man while running down the right side of the box before sending a pass back to Danny Barrera who had found open space at the top right corner of the box. Barrera took a touch before sending a strike toward goal that was blocked by a sliding Anibal Godoy. The defender however was judged to have blocked the shot with his hand giving Republic FC a penalty. Newly-signed forward Sammy Ochoa stepped up and calmly placed the ball in the lower right corner as Bingham dove left, leveling the score 1-1.

Republic FC, playing in just their third preseason match of 2017, would make several substitutions following the goal, as Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle looked to try new lineups and formations before the start of the season.

In the 66th minute the Quakes would regain their lead. Substitute forward Darwin Ceren intercepted a pass in the middle the field. Ceren then played the ball down the middle of the field to midfielder Simon Dawkins who had found space. Dawkins drove the ball down the middle before sending a low shot to the left of the goal, just past the outstretched hand of substitute goalkeeper Dominik Jakubek, giving the Quakes 2-1 lead.

Despite a strong effort by Republic FC to equalize, the Quakes would add two late goals in the 79th and 90th minutes to ensure a 4-1 victory. Midfielder Jahmir Hyka would score the Quakes’ third goal after Godoy received a long ball on the right side and slid a pass to Hyka who was streaking down the middle of the box. Hyka redirected Godoy’s pass into the net for the 3-1 lead. Danny Hoesen would score the final goal of the match after receiving a long pass from Andres Imperiale in the middle of the field. Hoesen took a few touches before sending the ball into the bottom right corner giving the Quakes the 4-1 win.

Republic FC will return to action when they take on Sacramento State Men’s Soccer Team on Wednesday, Mar. 1 at Hornet Field. Kickoff is 3 p.m. Tickets are available on the Sacramento State athletics website.

Republic FC will return home on Mar. 4 when they take on FC Cincinnati at Bonney Field. Kickoff is 5:30 p.m. Tickets for the match are available at Ticketmaster.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC To Host Colorado Rapids In Friendly Match On February 13

Friendly match will take place at Bonney Field and will be a part of the 2016 Season Ticket Package

SACRAMENTO, Calif.Sacramento Republic FC and the Colorado Rapids (MLS) will face off in a friendly match at Bonney Field on February 13, 2016. The match will be included in the Sacramento Republic FC season ticket package. Kickoff time will be announced at a later date.

“We are honored to host the Colorado Rapids, one of MLS’s most storied clubs and MLS Cup winner,” said Sacramento Republic FC President Warren Smith. “After hosting the Rapids reserve squad for the 2014 season, we are honored to now host their first team and compete at a higher level. This friendly not only provides our fans with the opportunity to watch Sacramento Republic FC play an MLS club, but supports the Rapids and our team as they prepare for the 2016 season.”

Founded in 1996, the Colorado Rapids were one of the original ten MLS franchises and have been one of the league’s most successful clubs, winning the MLS Cup in 2010, reaching the MLS Cup in 1997 and qualifying for the MLS playoffs in 12 of their 20 seasons. The Rapids also hosted the 2015 AT&T MLS All-Star Game this past July.

Sacramento Republic FC is an incredible organization and one of the best-run clubs in USL,” said Colorado Rapids President, Tim Hinchey. “It is essential that we begin our year on the right foot and I believe this friendly match will do just that. I am confident that Sacramento Republic FC will help us prepare as we look ahead towards the 2016 season.”

Sacramento Republic FC played the Colorado Rapids Reserves in the inaugural match at Bonney Field on June 20, 2014. Sacramento Republic FC came away with a 4-3 victory and Justin Braun scored the first Sacramento Republic FC goal in Bonney Field history. Five players from the Rapids Reserve team that played Sacramento Republic FC were members of the 2015 Rapids, including goal scorers Gabriel Torres, Charles Eloundou and Marlon Hairston who recorded an assist.

Today marks the third anniversary of the club’s founding. On December 3, 2012, the club and USL announced Sacramento as an expansion city. The club celebrates the anniversary each year with significant news or an event, including today’s announcement of the Rapids friendly.

Sacramento Republic FC will begin their 2016 training camp on February 1, 2016. Additional details on kick off times and tickets to be released in January 2016. For more information on the 2016 season, visit SacRepublicFC.com.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Legends Announced As Project Manager For New Sacramento MLS Stadium

Photo by Shawn Jonas

Nationally renowned firm will lead development of proposed downtown stadium for Sacramento Republic FC.

SACRAMENTO, Calif.Sac Soccer and Entertainment Holdings (SSEH) announced today, the hiring of Legends as project manager for the development of a new soccer-specific stadium in downtown Sacramento. SSEH is the parent company of USL franchise Sacramento Republic FC.

The announcement represents a significant step forward in ‘Operation Turnkey,’ an initiative launched by Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and Republic FC Lead Investor Kevin Nagle to strengthen Sacramento’s bid for a Major League Soccer (MLS) expansion franchise. Plans for a new, privately-financed stadium are 100 percent on track, pending the award of MLS expansion rights to Sacramento, and can be ready to open as soon as the 2018 MLS season.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Legends to Operation Turnkey,” said Mayor Johnson. “Sacramento is laser-focused on bringing MLS to our community, and today’s news shows just how serious we are about putting the ball into the back of the net.”

“A strong team just got stronger,” said Republic FC Lead Investor Kevin Nagle. “Legends brings tremendous credibility, expertise, passion and commitment to our group. They understand our market and share our vision for building a world-class stadium worthy of both the MLS and our incredible fans.”

The Legends team will bring both global reach and local expertise to the stadium effort. Current partners include the New York Yankees, Dallas Cowboys and Manchester City FC. Locally, Legends partnered in 2010 with the San Francisco 49ers to launch Levi’s Stadium and in 2014 with the Sacramento Kings on a groundbreaking food and beverage program for the upcoming Golden 1 Center. Both the York Family of the 49ers and Kings are key investors in Republic FC on the MLS-level..

“We are extremely excited to have been hired to manage this project,” said Shervin Mirhashemi, President and COO, Legends. “We look forward to working closely with all of the key stakeholders to deliver the visionary stadium that befits all that the City of Sacramento and Republic FC stand for.”

Industry veteran Dale Koger, Legends Senior Vice President of Project Development, will lead Legends’ work on the stadium. Koger and his team will provide extensive experience in key areas of design, planning, engineering, and related activities in stadium predevelopment.

For more information, please visit SacRepublicFC.com.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations