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Sacramento Republic FC Defeats Seattle Sounders FC 2 2-1

Sacramento Republic FC dominate possession and score two second half goals to win their USL season opener over Seattle Sounders FC 2 for the second consecutive season.

Sounders FC 2 came out of the gate strong, applying solid pressure on the Republic FC defense who were able to stifle most of the early chances. S2 would break through however in the 5th minute on an Irvin Parra free kick. After a foul about 35 yards away from goal, Parra stepped up and sent a short free kick that bounced a few times before finding defender Brian Nana-Sinkam who drove a shot on goal that skipped up right in front of goal, hit the bottom of the post before bouncing against the ground and up again into the top of the net, giving S2 the early 1-0 lead.

Republic FC seemed energized following the goal and went on to dominate the possession for the remainder of the half, owning 55 percent of the ball in the first half. Republic FC had one of their best looks on goal of the first half in the 23rd minute after an interception by Sammy Ochoa. The forward moved the ball down the middle of the field before laying it off to midfielder Adam Moffat who had come up in support. Moffat then took a strong shot toward the far side of the goal, but a diving Bryan Meredith was there to knock the ball away from goal and keep S2’s narrow 1-0 lead.

In the 32nd minute Ochoa would instigate another Republic FC attack. Ochoa took the ball down the right side of the field almost to the goal line before picking out forward Tyler Blackwood who was all alone on the left side of the box. Blackwood settled the ball before sending a curling shot toward the top right corner of the goal, but the shot missed just high and wide of the goal keeping the match 1-0 at half.

Republic FC continued their dominance on the ball in the second half and were rewarded in the 65th minute. Midfielder Agustin Cazarez knocked down a short clearance by S2 right to the feet of defender James Kiffe at the top of the box. Kiffe took a strong left footed strike toward goal that deflected off Ochoa who was perfectly placed in the box. Ochoa’s deflection beat Meredith and found the goal just inside the far post, leveling the score 1-1.

In the 70th minute it looked as though Republic FC might have taken the lead. Moffat found a loose ball near the top of the box and one-touched a left-footed strike that hit the inside of the far post, rolled along the line, hit the near post and then looked to be in the goal, but was judged to have not crossed the line as Meredith ran quickly to retrieve the ball.

Republic FC would find the go-ahead, and ultimately winning goal, in the 83rd minute. After a barrage of shots by Republic FC, the ball was cleared, but only as far as Ochoa on the right side of the box. The forward tapped the ball back to substitute defender Emrah Klimenta, playing in his first USL match since tearing his ACL in a match against S2 on July 2, 2016. Klimenta took a touch forward before blasting a grounded shot toward the far post, that got under the arm of a diving Meredith and into the back of the net giving Republic FC the 2-1 lead.

Republic FC dominated the possession in the match, earning 61 percent of the possession and outshooting S2 28 to eight. 28 shots is a record in a single USL match for Republic FC, beating the previous mark of 24 against Arizona United SC on Sept. 19, 2015. Republic FC also tied their record for most shots in a single half with 15 in the second half, tying their second half performance against Orange County Blues FC on Aug. 17, 2014.

Republic FC will return to Sacramento for their Opening Night at Papa Murphy’s Park on Saturday, Apr. 1. They will take on Orange County SC with kickoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com.

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 Announce 2016 USL Schedule

2016 USL regular season schedule includes 30 total matches against Western Conference opponents.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The United Soccer League (USL) released the 2016 regular season schedule including a 30-match line-up against Western Conference opponents for Sacramento Republic FC. The 2014 USL Champions will kick off their USL regular season on the road against Seattle Sounders FC 2 on Mar. 25.

Sacramento Republic FC’s home opener will be held on Saturday, Apr. 2, against Arizona United SC at Bonney Field. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. Sacramento Republic FC went undefeated against Arizona last season, winning the first matchup 2-1 and playing to a scoreless draw in the second match.

During the 2016 season, Sacramento Republic FC will face every team in the newly reconfigured USL Western Conference at least once. Sacramento Republic FC will play LA Galaxy II and Orange County Blues FC four times; Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2, Seattle Sounders FC 2 and Real Monarchs SLC three times; Arizona United SC, Portland Timbers 2, Rio Grande Valley FC and Saint Louis FC twice and Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC, Tulsa Roughnecks FC, Oklahoma City Energy FC, Swope Park Rangers KC and the yet-to-be-named San Antonio team once.

The last home match for Sacramento Republic FC will be against their rivals, LA Galaxy II on Saturday, Sept. 17. Sacramento Republic FC’s 2016 USL regular season will conclude on the road versus the Tulsa Roughnecks FC on Saturday, Sept. 24.

The schedule includes a season-long four-match home stretch from May 14 through June 7 for the boys in Old Glory Red and their longest road stretch at five matches, beginning July 10 and running through Aug. 2. Sacramento Republic FC will play an away match versus Real Monarchs on June 11 in Reno, Nev. at the Aces Ballpark.

The television and radio schedule for Sacramento Republic FC will be announced at a later date. Single match tickets go on sale to the general public via Ticketmaster.com on Tuesday, Mar. 1. The schedule may be viewed and downloaded at SacRepublicFC.com/schedule.

Sacramento Republic FC 2016 USL Season Breakdown:

Home Dates by Day of the Week: Wednesday (2), Saturday (13)
Road Dates by Day of the Week: Tuesday (1), Wednesday (1), Friday (1), Saturday (8), Sunday (4)
Home Dates by Month: April (3), May (2), June (3), July (2), August (3), September (2)
Road Dates by Month: March (1), April (2), May (1), June (2), July (4), August (3), September (2)
Opponents Played Twice at Home: Seattle Sounders FC 2, Real Monarchs SLC, LA Galaxy II, Orange County Blues FC
Opponents Played Once at Home: San Antonio, Swope Park Rangers, Arizona United SC, Portland Timbers 2, Rio Grande Valley FC, Saint Louis FC, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2
Opponents Played Twice on Road: Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2, LA Galaxy II, Orange County Blues FC
Opponents Played Once on Road: Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC, Tulsa Roughnecks FC, Oklahoma City Energy FC, Arizona United SC, Portland Timbers 2, Rio Grande Valley FC, Saint Louis FC, Seattle Sounders FC 2, Real Monarchs SLC

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 with Orange County Blues 0-0

 Sacramento Republic FC battle Orange County Blues FC to a scoreless draw, their third consecutive shutout to end the season.

Both sides came out slow as they tried to find their footing. Republic FC had the first serious chance on goal in the 16th minute. Defender James Kiffe sent a cross from the left side of the pitch toward the near post. Forward Justin Braun made a run and was able to get his head on the ball, but his shot went just over the crossbar.

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The Blues best chance came in the 40th minute after winning a free kick in the middle of the pitch. Midfielder Milton Blanco sent the free kick toward the left side of the box. Defender Brenton Griffiths fought through his defender and headed a shot toward the near post, but Republic FC keeper Dominik Jakubek was there for the save and kept the score even at the half.

 

The second half was much like the first, with both sides coming out slowly. Republic FC’s best chance of the night came in the 68th minute when midfielder Rodrigo Lopez held the ball up in the middle of the field to allow the attack to catch up. Lopez then sent a brilliant through ball to substitute Gabe Gissie who was streaking down the right side. Gissie sent a cross toward the box, but Blues keeper Pepe Miranda was able to clear the ball away from danger.

Republic FC’s defense dominated most of the night, winning the ball and keeping the Blues from having many serious chances. In the 73rd minute, the Blues had their best chance of the second half when forward Chris Cortez won a free ball at the top of the box and sent a low, driven shot toward the goal, but Jakubek was there for a diving punch save.

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Republic FC would get one final chance at goal in the 78th minute when forward Mark Sherrod intercepted a pass and went one-on-one with Miranda. Sherrod took a powerful shot, but sent it right into the keeper’s chest and was called for a foul as he fought for the rebound, keeping the match scoreless.

 

 

 

“I think over the last two games we have had enough chances to at least win one game, but we haven’t done it,” said Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle following the match. “I am very proud of the way that we defended, we just couldn’t open them up and that has been the story in the last two games.”

Republic FC will host LA Galaxy II on Saturday, September 26, at Bonney Field in the USL Western Conference Quarterfinals. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. PDT. Tickets to the match go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, September 23, at 10 a.m. PDT on Ticketmaster.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC To Host LA Galaxy II In First Round Playoff Match

Sacramento Republic FC will host Los Dos in Quarterfinal Match on Saturday, September 26, at Bonney Field.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento Republic FC (13-8-7, 46 pts.) battled Orange County Blues FC (14-9-5, 47 pts) to a scoreless draw on Tuesday, September 22, finishing their season in fourth place in the USL Western Conference. Republic FC will host LA Galaxy II in a USL Western Conference Quarterfinal match on Saturday, September 26, at Bonney Field. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.

Republic FC has faced their rivals nine times in the last two seasons and holds a 6-2-1 record all-time against LA Galaxy II. Republic FC defeated Los Dos 3-2 in the USL Semifinals on September 20, 2014, during last season’s playoffs.

Tickets to Republic FC’s first round playoff match go on sale to the general public Wednesday, September 23, at 10 a.m. on Ticketmaster.com.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Defeats Portland Timbers II 3-0

A Justin Braun brace and Rodrigo Lopez’s tenth goal of the season propels Republic FC past Portland Timbers 2 and into third place in the USL Western Conference.

Sacramento Republic FC started strong dominating possession and testing the Portland Timbers 2 backline. Republic FC would strike first in the 13th minute. Forward Thomas Stewart sent a cross from the right side of the field. While Timbers 2 cleared the cross, it only only went to the top of the box where it fell softly to Rodrigo Lopez who sent a laser to the top right side of the goal putting Republic FC ahead 1-0.

September 12, 2015; Portland, OR, USA; Jake Gleeson (90) enters the field at Providence Park. Photo: David Blair - Portland Timbers FC
September 12, 2015; Portland, OR, USA; Jake Gleeson (90) enters the field at Providence Park. Photo: David Blair – Portland Timbers FC

Republic FC would strike again in the 33rd minute when midfielder Danny Barrera sent a cross into the box. Barrera’s cross found the head of forward Justin Braun, who was positioned well in the middle of the box. Braun flicked the header over the onrushing T2 keeper Jake Gleeson, putting Republic FC ahead 2-0.

Braun would strike again just two minutes later stealing, the ball in the middle of the pitch. Braun showed fancy footwork as he flicked the ball around the T2 defender and then sent the ball under the onrushing Gleeson on the ensuing one-on-one opportunity. The goal was Braun’s second of the match and fourth in the last two matches. Braun has now scored eight goal this season, doubling his output from last season and putting Republic FC ahead 3-0.

The best chance for T2 came in the 43rd minute after Ivan Mirković was cautioned after taking down Fatawu about 25 yards away. Fatawu stepped up and sent the ensuing free kick toward the left corner of the goal. Republic FC goalkeeper Dominik Jakubek was there for the save however, skiing high to knock the ball away from goal, keeping the match 3-0 going into the half.

September 12, 2015; Portland, OR, USA; Jeanderson (15) takes a shot on goal at Providence Park. Photo: David Blair - Portland Timbers FC
September 12, 2015; Portland, OR, USA; Jeanderson (15) takes a shot on goal at Providence Park. Photo: David Blair – Portland Timbers FC

T2 came out stronger in the second half, controlling more of the possession and getting the first strong look on goal in the 51st minute when Kharlton Belmar beat the defense down the right side of the box. Jakubek elected to stay on his line, making a kneeling save to keep Belmar’s shot out of the net and preserve his shutout.

Republic FC had their best chance of the half in the 55th minute when Braun beat the offside trap. Braun took a hard touch on the ball but was able to get to it and go one-on-one with Gleeson and sent a shot to the keeper’s right. Gleeson was up the task however keeping the score 3-0.

With the win, Republic FC moved into third place in the USL Western Conference and moved into a position to win the conference should they win their remaining two matches of the regular season. Republic FC will travel to Orange County, Calif. to take on Orange County Blues FC on Wednesday, September 16. Kickoff is 7:00 p.m.

Republic FC will play their final home match on Saturday, September 19 against Arizona United SC. The match is sold out, but a limited number of tickets remain for the match through the Greater Sacramento Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Tickets purchased through the website RelentlessRepublic650.org benefit LLS.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Regular Season Finale Sold Out

A limited number of tickets to the match are still available through the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Greater Sacramento Chapter

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento Republic FC announced that their final regular season match on September 19 against Arizona United SC is sold out. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. at Bonney Field. The match is presented by UC Davis Children’s Hospital and Raley’s.

The match will be Republic FC’s 26th consecutive USL match sellout. The only non-sellout USL match in Republic FC history was on May 3, 2014 vs Orange County Blues FC at Hughes Stadium with a crowd of 17,414.

With the sellout Republic FC will have a regular season attendance of 158,516, breaking the USL single-season attendance record which they set last season with a regular season attendance of 158,107.

A limited number of tickets are available for the match through a fundraising effort by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Greater Sacramento Chapter. LLS is selling tickets in Endline D via RelentlessRepublic650.org. Tickets include a rally towel in addition to a ticket to the match.

Proceeds from the tickets benefit LLS – the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding research, finding cures and ensuring access to treatments for blood cancer patients.

The match will be broadcast live on CW31 and KHTK Sports 1140 AM and will be streamed live at SacRepublicFC.com/matchday.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Falls 2-1 To Orange County Blues FC

April 24, 2015 10:15 PM PT

 Courtesy of Sacramento Republic FC Media Relation

Match Recap: Sacramento Republic FC 1, Orange County Blues FC 2

A relentless Republic FC attack could not equalize late despite Orange County Blues FC being down a man.

Sacramento Republic FC started quickly the scoring in the 7th minute. Defender James Kiffe beat his man down the left side of the pitch and then promptly sent the ball low and into the box where forward Justin Braun slid and sent a one-touch left-footed flick shot into the back of the net for the early 1-0 lead.

Orange County Blues FC would answer with a goal in the 43rd minute. Forward Denzel Slager got behind the defense with speed and got a one-on-one situation with Republic FC keeper Patrick McLain. Slager’s strong shot got the ball past McLain even with the keeper getting a hand to it, capitalizing on the counterattack opportunity. The match would remain tied 1-1 going into the half.

The Blues wasted no time and in the 46th minute took the lead. The Blues got the ball into the box and after a weak deflection just outside the box. Midfielder Didier Crettenand charged and sent a one-touch screamer past McLain for the 2-1 lead.

Sacramento Republic FC gained an advantage in the 60th minute when Blues midfielder Luka Petričević was sent off with a straight red card after a hard tackle. Republic FC would pressure The Blues for the final half hour of the match but, unfortunately would not be able to capitalize on a number of late chances including an unmarked shot from captain Justin Braun that sailed over the crossbar and out of play.

“It’s good to be back,” said Republic FC forward Thomas Stewart, playing in his first USL match in 2015 after offseason surgery. “It’s a feeling of relief, coming back quicker than I expected. Unfortunately, we lost that game.”

Republic FC will be back in action on Wednesday, April 29 when they take on Real Monarch SLC in Salt Lake City, Utah. The match will be streamed live on SacRepublicFC.com/matchday.

Sacramento Republic FC 1:2 Orange County Blues FC
USL Match
Bonney Field – Sacramento, CA
April 23, 2015 – Attendance: 11,242

Scoring Summary: SRFC – Justin Braun (James Kiffe) 7; OCB – Denzel Slager (Didier Crettenand) 38, Didier Crettenand 45

Misconduct Summary: OCB – Romeo Filipovic (caution) 41, Christopher Ramirez (caution) 53, Luka Petricevic (ejection) 60, Jacob Barron (caution) 83; SRFC – Justin Braun (caution) 88

Orange County Blues FC – Pepe Miranda; Josh Suggs, Romeo Filipovic, Brenton Griffiths, Jimmy Turner, Luka Petricevic, Didier Crettenand, Junior Burgos (Jacob Barron 55), Denzel Slager, Nikola Ilich, Christofer Ramirez (Amani Walker 84).

Subs Not Used: Billy Thompson, Alberto Navarro, Seung Ju Kim, Jiovanni Santana, Christopher Santana

Stats: Shots: 9, Shots on Goal: 3, Saves: 3, Fouls: 13, Corner Kicks: 1, Offside: 3.

Sacramento Republic FC – Patrick McLain; Emrah Klimenta, Mickey Daly (Derek Foran 36), Nemanja Vuković, James Kiffe (Agustin Cazarez 45); Max Alvarez (Gilberto 45), Ivan Mirković, Octavio Guzman (Thomas Stewart 64), Rodrigo Lopez; David Estrada, Justin Braun.

Subs Not Used: Dominik Jakubek, Zev Taublieb, Joaquin Rivas.

Stats: Shots: 11, Shots on Goal: 4, Saves: 1, Fouls: 6, Corner Kicks: 5, Offside: 3.