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Sacramento Republic FC Falls To Oklahoma City FC 3-1

Oklahoma City Energy FC use two early goals to defeat Sacramento Republic FC 3-1 at Papa Murphy’s Park.

 Energy FC started the match on the front foot, scoring just 45 seconds into the match. After a long ball down the right side found Jon Brown, the midfielder slid a cross into the box that Miguel Gonzalez ran over leaving Jose Angulo wide open in the middle of the box. The forward simply turned his right foot and redirected the cross past Dominik Jakubek putting Energy FC in the lead 1-0 early. It was the second consecutive match that an opponent scored in the first minute against Republic FC.

 Energy FC would double their lead just eight minutes later. This time it was Angulo returning the favor and finding Brown for the goal.  After a long throw in from Kyle Hyland, Angulo attacked down the middle of the pitch.  The forward got to about 25 yards from goal before sliding the ball to his right where Brown was positioned.  Brown took a touch before firing a right-footed shot on the ground that beat Jakubek and snuck inside the far post for a 2-0 lead for Energy FC before the 10-minute mark of the match.

 Republic FC settled down and looked more dangerous as the half rolled on.  In the 42nd minute they had their best look of the half with James Kiffe attacking down the left side.  The defender cut inside before sending a cross near the back post.  Energy FC defender Sam Fink headed the ball away, but only as far as Emrah Klimenta who was positioned perfectly to take possession.  Klimenta brought the ball down with a quick touch of his right foot before sending a strong strike on goal, but Cochran made a quick dive to his right and was able to deflect the ball away from danger, keeping the score 2-0 going into the half.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Falls To Oklahoma City Energy FC 0-1

Sacramento Republic FC drop first match of the season 1-0 to Oklahoma City Energy FC after playing with just 10-men after receiving their first red card of the season.  Miguel Gonzalez’ bicycle kick goal proved to be the difference, despite Republic FC dominating possession.

 Republic FC started the match very strong, attacking the Oklahoma City Energy FC defense early and often.  Republic FC saw their first strong chance just 30 seconds into the match after a play down the left side where midfielder Daniel Trickett-Smith received the ball around 30 yards out and unleashed a powerful shot.  Trickett-Smith’s shot looked destined for the near post, but Energy FC goalkeeper Cody Laurendi was there for the sliding save.

Despite Republic FC enjoying over 60 percent of the possession in the first half, it was Energy FC who would break through first in the 30th minute.  Defender Michael Harris made an impressive flip throw from near the centerline that deflected off the head of a Republic FC player toward the middle of the box.  Midfielder Miguel Gonzalez was in the right place at the right time as he redirected the deflection with a beautiful bicycle kick past Republic FC keeper Evan Newton and into the bottom left corner of the goal, giving Energy FC the 1-0 lead going into halftime.

Republic FC continued their pressure on the Energy FC defense in the second half, seeing their first chance on goal in the 57th minute.  Defender James Kiffe threw the ball in to forward Tyler Blackwood on the left side of the box.  Blackwood immediately played the ball back to Kiffe who split the defense before laying it off to forward Wilson Kneeshaw.  The forward chased the ball back toward the middle before playing it back to Trickett-Smith who hit a strong shot from about 25 yards out in the middle of the field, but Laurendi was there again for the save maintaining Energy FC’s 1-0 lead.

In the 82nd minute Republic FC was reduced to just 10-men.  Defender Chris Christian was shown a second yellow card for a hard tackle on Miguel Gonzalez near the middle of the pitch.  The red card was the first for Republic FC in 2017, but their third in Oklahoma City since 2014.

Republic FC battled hard for the final eight minutes despite being down a man, getting one of their best looks at goal three minutes into stoppage time.  Kiffe made a good move down the left side of the field, splitting the two-man defense near the edge of the box, before sending a cross toward the back post.  Substitute forward Trevin Caesar made a good run to be in position, but his header went high.

Republic FC moves to 3-1-0 on the season and are still atop the Western Conference table.  They will continue their road stretch on Saturday, Apr. 15 when they take on Swope Park Rangers KC.  Kickoff is 5 p.m. PT.  Republic FC will return to Papa Murphy’s Park on Saturday Apr. 22 when they take on Portland Timbers 2.  Tickets are available on Ticketmaster.com.

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