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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 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 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 Falls To Real Monarchs SLC 3-2

Real Monarchs SLC score three goals in the final 20 minutes to steal three points and a 3-2 victory over Sacramento Republic FC at Bonney Field.

Republic FC dominated the scoring chances department in the first 25 minutes of the match. Forward Adam Jahn had the first scoring chance for Republic FC in the 10th minute when he sprinted past the defense and onto a dangerous through ball from midfielder Octavio Guzman. Jahn was able to flick the ball past oncoming Real Monarchs keeper Eduardo Fernandez, but still had to beat two defenders. Jahn fought off one defender and sent a shot at the goal but could not find the far post as the shot rolled wide and out of play.

Real Monarchs nearly scored in the 27th minute when midfielder Maikon Orellana got on the end of a looping cross. Republic FC keeper Dominik Jakubek had to come off his line to deal with the cross but could not get a glove to the ball. Orellana barely got a touch to the ball as he sent it back across the face of the wide open net, but it rolled all the way to defender Kip Colvey who was able to clear the ball away, keeping the match scoreless into the break.

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Republic FC broke the tie in the 54th minute when forward Cameron Iwasa was fouled just outside the box on the left wing. Midfielder Danny Barrera then stepped up to send a left-footed, out-swinging free kick into the box. Defender Mike da Fonte beat his marker to the ball and drilled a header past Fernandez and into the back of the net. The goal marks consecutive games that da Fonte has scored for Republic FC and the assist marks the fourth consecutive game Barrera has assisted a goal, extending his own club record.

Barrera added to the score line with some more set-piece magic in the 57th minute. The Republic FC captain sent a left-footed, in-swinging free-kick from the right wing. The free-kick inexplicably sailed through a parade of bodies and Fernandez could not find the ball in the chaos. The ball ended up in the side of the net for the 2-0 lead for Republic FC.

Real Monarchs pulled one back in the 72nd minute thanks to a wonder strike from captain Ricardo Velazco. The midfielder found space on the left wing and sent a right-footed curling shot from just outside the box. Jakubek tried to get a glove to the shot as he dove to his left but Velazco’s strike was perfectly placed as it got up and over Jakubek and into the upper corner of the net, making the score 2-1.

Velazco would help pull the Monarchs even in the 82nd minute when he sent a flicked through ball header past the defense. Second-half substitute forward Kevaughn Frater ran onto the ball and send a one-time, left-footed side-volley on goal. Frater’s shot sailed past Jakubek and into the back of the net for the equalizer.

The Monarchs would get the deciding goal in stoppage time. Velazco was the aggressor again for the visitors as he attacked up the left wing, He cut inside and sent a shot on goal, with Republic FC defender Derek Foran marking him. Foran attempted to use his head to block the shot away, but instead deflected the ball past into the back of the net for a stoppage-time own goal to decide the match.

“Any loss is hard to take”, said Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle after the defeat. “In football, as we all know, you don’t always get what you deserve. We didn’t deserve that. It’s important now that we start another good run.”

Republic FC will begin a stretch of five straight road matches when they travel to Orange County to take on Orange County Blues FC on Sunday, July 10. Kickoff is 4 p.m. The match will be streamed at SacRepublicFC.com/matchday.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Signs Free Agent Mike Da Fonte

Da Fonte served as captain for New York Red Bulls II in 2015.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento Republic FC have agreed to a contract with defender Mike Da Fonte for the 2016 USL season. Da Fonte served as the captain of New York Red Bulls II during their inaugural season in 2015.

“Michael will be an outstanding new addition to the squad and fill a position that was needed,” said Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle. “I’ve gotten to know Michael, as a person as well as a player, and I really like him and his values. He served as captain of New York Red Bulls II, and as such, will bring great leadership qualities to the club.”

Da Fonte spent the 2015 season with New York Red Bulls II. Da Fonte led Red Bulls II in minutes (2,003), games started (23) and was second in games played (25) in 2015. He also appeared in both of the club’s two USL playoff matches. Da Fonte was named to the USL Team of the Week for his performance in Week 13.

Prior to joining Red Bulls II, Da Fonte spent two seasons playing in Portugal, making 23 appearances with Espinho and 23 appearances with Pedras Salgadas, both of the Terceira Divisão Portuguesa (Portuguese third division). Da Fonte then returned to the United States and made the Red Bulls II roster through a tryout hosted prior to the season.

Sacramento Republic FC training camp will commence on February 1, 2016. For more information, including Da Fonte’s full profile, visit SacRepublicFC.com.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations