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Sacramento Republic FC Transfer Veterans Nemanja Vuković And Justin Braun To Indy Eleven

Vuković and Braun will join the NASL club for the 2016 season.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Sacramento Republic FC have completed arrangements by which defender Nemanja Vuković and forward Justin Braun will be sent to the NASL club Indy Eleven for an undisclosed sum.

“Both Nemanja and Justin have been pivotal in the club’s success, but the time was right for them to move on to other opportunities,” said Sacramento Republic FC Director of Football Graham Smith. “They have been with us since day one and played a major role in the club; both gave us 100 percent and nothing less in their dedication and effort to the club. The transactions also provide us with roster flexibility and an opportunity to develop future talent. Nemanja, Justin and their families will always be a part of the Sacramento Republic FC family and we wish them nothing but the best.”

Vuković and Braun were two of the earliest signings with Sacramento Republic FC during their inaugural season and played in the 2014 USL Championship match. Vuković appeared in 52 USL matches for the club, scoring two goals and recording three assists from his defensive position. Vuković scored two goals in Sacramento Republic FC’s 4-1 quarterfinal victory over Wilmington Hammerheads FC in the 2014 USL playoffs. Vuković is second all-time in USL minutes played for Sacramento Republic FC.

Braun was named the first captain in club history and served as captain through the 2015 season. He appeared in 43 USL matches, scoring 12 goals and recording an assist. He scored the first goal in club history against LA Galaxy II on Mar. 29, 2014.

The club will begin training camp on Feb. 1. For more information visit SacRepublicFC.com.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Match Preview: Sacramento Republic FC Vs. LA Galaxy II

Sacramento Republic FC (13-8-7, 46 pts) take on LA Galaxy II (14-11-3, 45 pts) in a USL Western Conference Quarterfinal on Saturday, September 26. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. PDT at Bonney Field.

The match will be the fifth time that Republic FC and LA Galaxy II will meet in 2015. Republic FC won the first three matchups before Los Dos claimed their lone victory over Republic FC on July 11. Republic FC hold a 6-2-1 all-time record against LA Galaxy II.

Republic FC and Los Dos met in last year’s USL Playoffs on September 20, 2014, in a semifinal now dubbed by Republic FC fans as the Miracle at Bonney. LA Galaxy II forward Charlie Rugg scored a first half brace, giving Los Dos the 2-0 halftime lead. Republic FC midfielder Rodrigo Lopez then scored a second half, set piece hat trick converting two penalties and a stoppage time free kick to give Republic FC a 3-2 victory and advance them into the USL Championship match.

Republic FC enter the match undefeated in their last seven matches after playing to their second consecutive scoreless draw on Tuesday. Republic FC recorded back-to-back scoreless draws for the first time in franchise history.

Goalkeeper Dominik Jakubek recorded his third consecutive shutout against Orange County Blues FC on Tuesday. The shutout was the ninth this season by Republic FC, tying the mark that they set last season. Jakubek has allowed only one goal in his four USL starts this season, and has not allowed a goal in 294 consecutive minutes.

The back line has been a crucial part of the shutout streak for Republic FC. Defenders Emrah Klimenta, Mickey Daly and Nemanja Vuković and defensive midfielder Ivan Mirković lead the club in minutes and appearances. Each has played over 2,000 USL minutes this season and appeared in over 25 matches. Klimenta, Daly and Vuković have all appeared in over 50 USL matches as members of Republic FC over two seasons, the only other player to reach that mark is Lopez.

LA Galaxy II enter the match after defeating Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC 1-0 on Saturday, September 19. Forward Ariel Lassiter scored in the 10th minute and then was sent off right before halftime. The short-handed Galaxy II was able to hold on to the lead and clinch the fifth seed in the Western Conference Playoffs.

Due to the red card Lassiter will be suspended for the match, leaving Los Dos without their leading forward from the regular season. Lassiter leads the club in goals (11) and points (23) during the regular season.

Los Dos has plenty of firepower to make up for the loss of Lassiter. Forward Jack McBean and midfielders Andre Auras and Raul Mendiola have been important contributors all season. McBean is second on the club in goals (6) and assists (5), while Mendiola leads the club with eight assists and has added four goals. Auras has three goals and four assists on the season.

The winner of the match will travel to Southern California to take on Orange County Blues FC in the Western Conference Semifinals.

The match will be streamed live at SacRepublicFC.com/matchday via the USL YouTube channel. Updates of the match will be provided via Twitter @SacRepublicFC or using #SACvLA. Tickets to the match are still available at Ticketmaster.com.

Match Preview Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Ties Arizona United SC 0-0

Jakubek posts his second consecutive clean sheet but Sacramento Republic FC cannot find a goal in a scoreless draw with Arizona United SC.

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Republic FC threatened the Arizona goal early and often in the first half. The home side dominated both possession and scoring chances. Captain Justin Braun, forward Thomas Stewart and defender Mickey Daly all had chances inside the box, right in front of the goal but could not convert any of them. Arizona keeper Carl Woszczynski was forced to make a few difficult saves on the scoring chances for Republic FC, especially Stewart’s chance. The half would finish scoreless, despite Republic FC outshooting Arizona 14-1.

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It was more of the same for Republic FC in the second half. Stewart had the best chance of the half after he broke through the Arizona defense and received a through ball from Rodrigo Lopez in the 74th minute. Stewart took a touch towards goal and tried to wrap the ball around the oncoming Wosczyznski. The Arizona keeper came off his line and again made a difficult diving stop on Stewart’s shot.

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Republic FC keeper Dominik Jakubek was not to be outdone by his counterpart. Jakubek made three crucial saves in the final half hour of the match, including a diving save of his own in the 78th minute on a driven shot from Arizona forward Aaron Dennis.

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Defender Nemanja Vuković and midfielder Gabe Gissie both had scoring chances in the waning moments of the match. Vuković was able to push up the field in the 87th minute and send a left-footed bullet of a shot to the upper left corner of the net. Woszczynski again came up with the diving save, one of his seven in the match, as he parried the shot out of danger. Gissie saw his shot roll across the face of goal untouched in the 89th minute when he attacked up the right flank.

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Unfortunately, Republic FC could not find the back of the net, despite outshooting Arizona 24-6.

“Of course I’m disappointed that we haven’t won the game”, said Republic FC Head Coach Paul Buckle after the draw. “When you create that many chances in a game, you expect to score at minimum one goal. We had some unbelievable chances and right to the 95th minute, it wouldn’t go in. Hopefully we get that good fortune next Tuesday and into the playoffs.”

With the draw, Republic FC clinch at least one home playoff match, with one more regular season match to be played. Republic FC will travel south to play Orange County Blues FC in a rescheduled match on Tuesday. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. PDT at Anteater Stadium on the campus of UC Irvine. The match will be streamed live on SacRepublicFC.com/matchday.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Ties Colorado Springs Switchbacks 3-3

Colorado Springs, CO. – After an hour and twenty minute lightning delay, Republic FC wasted no time in making a strong offensive statement, taking the lead in just the 2nd minute. Midfielder Danny Barrera sends ball from the right side across the top of the box to Thomas Stewart who took a strong left-footed strike past a diving Devala Gorrick and into the upper left corner of the goal, putting Republic FC ahead 1-0.

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Switchbacks FC answered back quickly after Republic FC defender Nemanja Vuković was given a yellow card for a handball in the box in the 19th minute. Switchbacks FC midfielder Luke Vercollone stepped up to the penalty spot in the 21st minute and sent a hard shot into the upper right corner of the goal and past Patrick McLain, who dove left.

Switchbacks FC took the lead in the 38th minute after forward Mike Seth threaded a ball past the offside trap to a streaking Vercollone. The midfielder went one-on-one against McLain and after the keeper dove to his left, slotted home a goal, putting Switchbacks FC ahead 2-1 going into the half.

Republic FC came out attacking in the second half, but it was Switchbacks FC who would strike again in the 78th minute. Vercollone took a strong shot at the top of the box, but had his shot blocked. The rebound bounced perfectly to Chandler Hoffman on the right side of the box. Hoffman then sent a low shot to the left corner of the goal and past a diving McLain, putting Switchbacks FC ahead 3-1.

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Republic FC was not done however, and in the 82nd minute pulled within a goal. Substitute defender Derek Foran protected the ball in the middle of the box before passing the ball to his right to fellow defender Mickey Daly. Daly sent a one-touch rocket past Gorrick. making the score 3-2.

Near the end of regulation time, Switchbacks substitute forward Davy Armstrong was sent off after a hard tackle and the ensuing scuffle. Republic FC, now up a man, took advantage soon after, and a minute into stoppage time an Ivan Mirković long ball into the box found its way into the top right corner of the net, equalizing the score 3-3. The goal was Mirković’s first as a member of Republic FC.

Republic FC goalkeeper McLain recorded nine saves on the night, a franchise USL record. McLain also held the previous record of seven saves, which he recorded against Tulsa Roughnecks FC on June 25.

Republic FC return to action on Saturday, August 22, when they take on Real Monarchs SLC at Bonney Field at 8:00 p.m. The match will be broadcast live on CW31. Tickets are still available on Ticketmaster.com.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

 

Sacramento Republic FC Falls to NewCastle United 1-0

Sacramento Republic FC fall 1-0 to English Premier League side Newcastle United on own-goal.

Sacramento Republic FC came out strong in the first half and had two scoring chances off of free kicks, the first coming in the 33rd minute. Midfielder Max Alvarez drew a foul just outside the box, Rodrigo Lopez stepped up and hooked a right-footed shot near-post. The shot was destined for the corner of the goal, but Newcastle keeper Tim Krul got a glove to it and pushed it out of play.

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Alvarez had a chance of his own in the 43rd minute. He stepped up from about 30 yards out and sent a left-footed shot low and to the left of Krul, who promptly parried the ball out of play for a corner kick.

Republic FC defenders Mickey Daly and Nemanja Vuković both had to come to the aid of keeper Patrick McLain in the first half as he was forced off his line numerous times. Daly and Vuković both made goal-saving headers and clearances, respectively, with Daly saving two scoring opportunities keeping the match scoreless at the half.

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Newcastle United would take the lead early in the second half. In the 47th minute Republic FC defender James Kiffe sent a Newcastle cross into his own net for own goal and a 1-0 lead for the Magpies.

Republic FC thought they had a quick answer in the 51st minute. Midfielder Danny Barrera took a shot from distance that was saved by Newcastle substitute keeper Freddie Woodman. Forward Thomas Stewart sent the rebound off the post and David Estrada sent that rebound into the goal, but was called offside, disallowing the goal and keeping the score 1-0.

Republic FC would gain a man advantage in the 65th minute when Newcastle defender Massadio Haïdara was sent off with a straight red for a dangerous tackle to the upper body of Barrera.

Republic FC had a scoring chance in the 85th minute when second-half substitute Cameron Iwasa sent a shot on goal, Newcastle keeper Woodman blocked the shot and was unable to catch the shot, but Republic FC could not reach the ball before Woodman collected the rebound.

“I am proud of everyone of our players, staff and fans”, said Republic FC Head Coach Paul Buckle after the match. “I thought tonight that our levels were higher than when we played Sunderland. It was a proper Premiership performance from them, but we still caused them a lot of problems.”

Republic FC will return to USL action on Saturday, August 1, when the take on Seattle Sounders FC 2 at Bonney Field. Kickoff is 8:00 p.m. Tickets for the match may be purchased at Ticketmaster.com.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Falls to LA Galaxy II 0-4 in Preski’s Last Match as Head Coach

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Despite some early chances for Sacramento Republic FC, LA Galaxy II got on the score sheet first in the 18th minute. Midfielder Alejandro Covarrubias received the ball in the middle of the field and attacked the center of the defense. Republic FC defender Nemanja Vuković stepped up to try to make a tackle in the box, but Covarrubias was able to slide a pass to Jamie Villareal on the left wing. Villareal took one touch and sent a shot near post and past keeper Patrick McLain for an early 1-0 Los Dos lead.

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Republic FC were relentless going into halftime, with a flurry of chances coming from Max Alvarez, Emrah Klimenta, David Estrada and Justin Braun. A few missed shots and a diving save from LA Galaxy II keeper Clement Diop kept the scoreline 1-0 in favor of Los Dos going into halftime.

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LA Galaxy II came out firing in the second half, scoring in the 47th minute. After a giveaway in the middle of the field, Los Dos swung the ball out wide to Jack McBean, who sent a cross into the box for midfielder Ariel Lassiter. Lassiter skied over the defense and drilled a header off of McLain’s glove which then hit the bottom of the crossbar and down past the line for a goal.

LA Galaxy II added another goal in the 50th minute when midfielder Andre Auras bent a free kick over the wall and past a diving McLain, who got a glove to it, and into the back of the net for a 3-0 lead.

LA Galaxy II forward McBean scored Los Dos’ fourth and final goal in the 76th minute. The goal pushed the final score line to 4-0 in favor of the visitors.

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“Sometimes that is football”, said Republic FC Head Coach Preki. “You just don’t get the result you are looking for. I am really proud of our effort.”

Republic FC will be back in action on Tuesday, July 14, when they take on English Premier League side, Sunderland AFC at Bonney Field. Kickoff is 8:00 p.m. Tickets for the match are still available and may be purchased at Ticketmaster.com.

Game Recap Courtesy to the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Ties Austin Aztex 0-0

Sacramento Republic FC earns a point on the road on short rest, recording their fifth shutout of the season.

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

Sacramento Republic FC Austin Aztecs (0-1)

All Photos by Shawn Jonas

Despite outshooting the Austin Aztex 20-4, the Sacramento Republic FC fall, 1-0, at home in front of a sold-out crowd at Bonney Field.

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In a scoreless first half between Republic FC and the Austin Aztex, both keepers were active. Aztex keeper Devin Perales was called into action early in the 7th minute when Republic FC defender Emrah Klimenta sent a shot on goal. Defender Nemanja Vuković had a heading chance in the 13 minute, but his shot went over the crossbar. In the 20th minute, Cameron Iwasa had a goal disallowed after scoring a back-heel goal in an offside position.

Republic FC keeper Patrick McLain was active late in the first half. In the 44th minute McLain was forced to come off of his line to stop a breakaway opportunity. McLain made a diving save on a shot from Aztex midfielder Guaraci just before halftime in the 45th minute.

Republic FC had their best scoring chance of the match in the 56th minute when Iwasa sent a header on goal only to have it saved by a diving Perales. Soon after, in the 58th minute the Aztex used a strong build-up to send the ball out wide to defender Max Gunderson who found his defensive mate Travis Golden open in the box. Golden sent a one-touch left-footed shot to McLain’s right. McLain was able to get a hand on it but the shot deflected right into the back of the net for a 1-0 Aztex lead.

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Despite a number of chances in the final half hour, Republic FC could not find an equalizer. Shots from Gilberto and forward Justin Braun could not find the target and crosses from new acquisition Danny Barrera could not find a finish. Republic FC outshot the Austin Aztex 20-4 but they were only able to put 4 of those shots on goal. The match ended in a 1-0 defeat for Republic FC, the team’s second loss at home in USL play in 2015.

“It just doesn’t seem to be going our way and I thought tonight we pushed hard,” said Republic FC captain Justin Braun following the match. “Unfortunately, they get one chance and score the goal. The league is definitely better this year than last.”

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Republic FC will be in action again June 13 when they take on Arizona United SC in Scottsdale, Ariz. The match will be streamed live at SacRepublicFC.com.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC, Real Monarchs SLC Ends In Tie 1-1; Cards Fly In Chippy Match

All Photos By Shawn Jonas

SACRAMENTO, Calif.Sacramento Republic FC and Real Monarchs SLC play to a 1-1 draw in a physical match, in front of a sold-out crowd at Bonney Field.

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Real Monarchs SLC started the scoring early, capitalizing on a penalty in the 7th minute, after Republic FC defender Mickey Daly was called for a foul in the box. Real Monarchs forward Max Rauhofer stepped up to the spot and sent a screamer past Republic FC keeper Patrick McLain for the early 1-0 lead.

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Republic FC would find an equalizer in the 19th minute. Strong build up play from the midfield led to Ivan Mirković darting up the right side of the defense and into the box. Mirković advanced all the way to the 6-yard box and blasted the ball across the face of goal. Forward David Estrada was set up at the far post and redirected the ball into the back of the net to tie the match 1-1.

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Republic FC forward Justin Braun had a chance to put Republic FC ahead in the 37th minute after Cameron Iwasa was taken down in the box. Braun stepped up to the spot and sent a shot toward the left side of the goal but Real Monarchs goalkepper Emilio Orozco guessed right and kept the score 1-1 going into the half.

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Both sides saw their share of opportunities in the second half. Real Monarchs had a breakaway chance in the 71st minute that was snuffed out by McLain coming off his line to clear the ball. McLain was called into action again in the 77th minute when Real Monarchs forward Emery Welshman sprinted past the defense with the ball as McLain charged at him and made the save.

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Republic FC had the majority of the chances in the second half, including a few after Emilio Orozco was sent off with his second yellow card in the 89th minute. Cameron Iwasa had a breakaway chance in the 68th minute that was unsuccessful. Republic FC had two headers in the final 10 minutes of the match, including one from defender Nemanja Vuković that hit the goal post and went out of play.

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The best chance for Republic FC came in the 87th minute when second-half substitute Thomas Stewart got a header opportunity, but unfortunately could not put it on goal. Despite the chances for both sides, the match ended in a 1-1 tie.

“A lot of good plays in the first half with a lot of good chances. It’s disappointing to not get the three points,” said Republic FC Head Coach Preski following the match. “The amount of chances we create is incredible. We had enough chances to win this game.”

Republic FC will be back in action on Saturday, June 6, when they take on the Austin Aztex. Kickoff is 8:00 p.m. The match will be broadcast live on CW 31.

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Sacramento Republic FC 1:1 Real Monarchs SLC
USL Match
Bonney Field – Sacramento, CA
May 30, 2015 – Attendance: 11,442

Scoring Summary: SLC – Max Rauhofer (penalty) 7; SRFC – David Estrada (Ivan Mirković) 19

Misconduct Summary: SLC – Emilio Orozco (caution) 15, Max Rauhofer (caution) 70, Adolfo Ovalle (caution) 76, Emilio Orozco (ejection) 89; SRFC – Nemanja Vuković (caution) 65, Ivan Mirković (caution) 87

Real Monarchs SLC – Eric Osswald; Riley McGovern, Lennon LeLostino, Tyler Arnorne, Emilio Orozco; Adolfo Ovalle, Alec Sundly (Lucas Baldin 41), Sebastian Saucedo (Maikon Orellana 74), Ricardo Velasco (Darion Copeland 90); Emery Welshman (Garett Losee 90), Max Rauhofer (Etiando Tavares 82)

Subs Not Used: Victor Rodriguez, Darion Copeland, Jose Navarro, Garrett Losee

Stats: Shots: 5, Shots on Goal: 2, Saves: 7, Fouls: 16, Corner Kicks: 3, Offside: 1.

Sacramento Republic FC – Patrick McLain; Emrah Klimenta, Mickey Daly, Nemanja Vuković, Agustin Cazarez (James Kiffe 56); Octavio Guzman (Max Alvarez 59), Ivan Mirković, Zev Taublieb (Thomas Stewart 73), Justin Braun (Derek Foran 82); David Estrada, Cameron Iwasa (Adnan Gabeljic 70).

Subs Not Used: Dominik Jakubek, Gabe Gissie

Stats: Shots: 18, Shots on Goal: 8, Saves: 1, Fouls: 16, Corner Kicks: 5, Offside: 2.

Match recap Courtesy of Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations