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Sacramento Republic FC Loses A HeartBreaker 2-1 To The Portland Timbers 2

April, 2, 2015 9:53PM

Courtesy of Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations,

Photo Courtesy:Portland Timbers 2

Former Republic FC loan player Steven Evans scored late goal to propel Timbers 2 to the 2-1 win.

The match started with both teams trying to maintain possession and control the midfield. Both sides had some good chances early but were unable to convert in the first half.

In the 41st minute Republic FC got their best look on goal in the first half when defender Emrah Klimenta sent a ball to midfielder Rodrigo Lopez in the middle of the field. Lopez trapped the ball and took two dribbles forward to the top of the box before sending a left-footed strike towards goal, but the ball sailed just over the crossbar.

Four minutes later, T2 got their best opportunity of the first half. In the 44th minute a poor clearance by Republic FC left T2 forward Schillo Tshuma open and behind the defense. Tshuma tried to chip the onrushing Patrick McLain but sent the ball just wide left of the goal, keeping the match at 0-0 going into the break.

Republic FC started the second half quickly, winning three corners in the first three minutes of the half. In the 48th minute forward Cameron Iwasa made a move to get behind the defense and had a one-on-one with T2 keeper and former Republic FC loan player Jake Gleeson but was unable to get the ball past the onrushing Gleeson.

In the 61st minute Republic FC was able to find a goal. Second half substitute Joaquin Rivas received the ball at the top of the box, behind the defense, settled the ball and sent a pass back to Iwasa who was running on the right side of Rivas. Iwasa was able to shoot the ball into an open net since Gleeson had rushed forward to block a possible shot from Rivas.

T2 took no time in finding an equalizer just a minute later, made the score 1-1. Defender Taylor Peay ran the ball up the right side of the field and sent a low cross to forward Kharlton Belmar who was behind the defense. Belmar then poked the ball past McLain who was not able to react in time to save the ball.

In the 87th minute Republic FC cleared a weak shot by T2, but the clear went right to the feet of Steven Evans at the top of the box. Evans ran onto the ball and with his first touch sent a rocket into the top right corner of the box and put T2 ahead 2-1.

“It felt good to get the first one out of the way and see the ball go in the net,” said Iwasa of his first professional goal. “Overall the result was definitely disappointing especially giving up the lead and then giving up the late winner as well. We had our chances and could have put the game away but didn’t take advantage of them.”

Republic FC will return home to take on LA Galaxy II at their Bonney Field Opening Night on Saturday, April 11. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. The match is sold out, but fans may purchase tickets to the next Republic FC match, on April 15, at Ticketmaster.com.

Portland Timbers 2 2:1 Sacramento Republic FC
USL Match
Merlo Field – Portland, OR
April 2, 2015 – Attendance: 2,501

Scoring Summary: SRFC – Cameron Iwasa (Joaquin Rivas) 61, POR – Kharlton Belmar (Taylor Peay) 62, Steven Evans 87.

Misconduct Summary: SRFC – Derek Foran (caution) 35, Mickey Daly (caution) 59; POR – Taylor Peay (caution) 69.

Sacramento Republic FC – Patrick McLain; Emrah Klimenta, Mickey Daly, Derek Foran, James Kiffe; Octavio Guzman, Ivan Mirković, Gabe Gonzalez (Joaquin Rivas 59), Rodrigo Lopez; Cameron Iwasa (Adnan Gabeljic 77), David Estrada.

Subs Not Used: Dominik Jakubek, Agustin Cazarez, Gabe Gissie, Alfonso Motagalvan.

Stats: Shots: 11, Shots on Goal: 5, Saves: 2, Fouls: 9, Corner Kicks: 8, Offside: 5.

Portland Timbers 2 – Jake Gleeson; Taylor Peay, Harrison Delbridge, Rennico Clarke, Andy Thoma; Tim Payne, Blair Gavin (Matt Rose 85), Nick Besler; Rundell Winchester (Steven Evans 77), Kharlton Belmar (Fatawu Safiu 71), Schillo Tshuma

Subs Not Used:

Stats: Shots: 7, Shots on Goal: 4, Saves: 4, Fouls: 18, Corner Kicks: 4, Offside: 3.

Sacramento Republic FC Takes Down Los Angeles Galaxy II 3-2

March 28, 2015 10:37 PM

Courtesy of Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Photo Courtesy : The LA Galaxy II

Match Recap: Sacramento Republic FC 3, LA Galaxy II 2

Rodrigo Lopez scores match-winning goal late in stoppage time to propel Republic FC to their second straight stoppage-time win over LA Galaxy II, a 3-2 victory.

The match started quickly with both side coming out strong and pressing the defenses. In just the 8th minute LA Galaxy II would put themselves ahead on a free kick. Midfielder Raul Mendiola, on loan from LA Galaxy, squared up a 25-yard free kick from the right side of the pitch. The in-swinger found the head of defender Daniel Steres, who flicked the ball into the right side of the net to put Los Dos ahead 1-0.

Republic FC took no time in responding, quickly making plays on the counterattack in an attempt to equalize. In the 12th minute, Republic FC forward David Estrada was taken down in the box, setting up a penalty. Midfielder Octavio Guzman calmly stepped up to the spot, then sent an elevated shot into the left side of the net and past the outstretched hand of Los Dos keeper, Clement Diop, who had guessed right. The penalty evened the score 1-1.

12 minutes later, Republic FC earned a second penalty kick in the 24th minute when forward Cameron Iwasa was fouled in the box, earning Republic FC their second penalty. Guzman again stepped up to the spot and, after a quick stutter-step toward the left side, sent an elevated ball into the left side of the net, this time fooling Diop, who dove to the right. The half would end with Republic FC leading 2-1.

The match continued at a high pace in the second half, with both sides eager for another goal. In the 66th minute, Mendiola would again set up a Los Dos goal, this time in the run of play. Mendiola received a perfect pass up the right side of the pitch and send a low cross in front of the goal where it met the foot of Travis Bowen, who was able to poke the ball past the Republic FC defense and equalize the match to 2-2.

The final 24 minutes of the match were a flurry, with each side trying to find a winning goal and capitalize on mistakes in the other side’s defensive third. It wasn’t until the final minute of stoppage time that Republic FC would find their winning goal. A lofted pass ahead to Estrada set up the match-winner. Estrada, who streaked up the far side of the pitch with the ball with second-half substitution Rodrigo Lopez nearby. The pair exploited the two-on-one situation as Estrada sent a perfect square ball across the face of goal to an oncoming Lopez, who simply tapped the ball into the net from about three yards out to clinch the 3-2 victory for Republic FC.

The win is the first for Republic FC in the 2015 USL season and their fifth all-time against Los Dos. Republic FC won’t have long to think about the win however as they play Portland Timbers 2 on Thursday, April 2 in the first matchup against the former affiliates. The match will take place at Merlo Field on the campus of the University of Portland. Kickoff is 7:00 p.m.

LA Galaxy II 2:3 Sacramento Republic FC
USL Match
StubHub Center – Carson, CA
March 28, 2015 – Attendance: 1,292

Scoring Summary: LA – Daniel Steres (Raul Mendiola) 8, Travis Bowen (Raul Mendiola) 66; SRFC – Octavio Guzman (penalty) 13, Octavio Guzman (penalty) 25, Rodrigo Lopez (David Estrada) 90.

Misconduct Summary: LA – Alejandro Covarrubias (caution) 22, Andre Auras (caution) 35, Jason Bli (caution) 37; SRFC – Joaquin Rivas (caution) 54, Octavio Guzman (caution) 77, Ivan Mirković (caution) 84.

Sacramento Republic FC – Patrick McLain; Emrah Klimenta, Mickey Daly, Derek Foran, James Kiffe; Gabe Gonzalez (Adnan Gabeljic 69), Ivan Mirković, Octavio Guzman, Joaquin Rivas (Gabe Gissie 64); Cameron Iwasa (Rodrigo Lopez 58), David Estrada .

Subs Not Used: Dominik Jakubek, Agustin Cazarez, Alfonso Motagalvan

Stats: Shots: 17, Shots on Goal: 7, Saves: 1, Fouls: 18, Corner Kicks: 5, Offside: 7.

LA Galaxy II – Clint Diop; Daniel Steres, Lee Nishanian, Jason Bli (David Romney 81), Joe Franco; Andre Auras (Elijah Martin 58), Raul Mendiola, Jaime Villarreal (Ryo Fujii 45), Alejandro Covarrubias (Kainoa Bailey 73); Adonis Amaya (Jack McBean 58), Travis Bowen.

Subs Not Used: Nick Shackleford.

Stats: Shots: 6, Shots on Goal: 3, Saves: 2, Fouls: 4, Corner Kicks: 1, Offside: 1.

Sacramento Republic FC Releases Statement To MLS “Going Beyond 24 Teams”

March 16, 2015 1:49 PM PT

Courtesy Of Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC released the following statement in response to MLS news today on “going beyond 24 teams”:

“Less than a year ago, Sacramento wasn’t on the map for Major League Soccer,” said Sacramento Republic FC Lead Investor Kevin Nagle. “In that short time period, we have demonstrated a market, assembled one of the best ownership groups in sports and secured a site and funding for a downtown soccer specific stadium. We are in the best position of any market for the next MLS franchise and look forward to continuing our full pitch to MLS on why the time is right for Sacramento.”

 

Champs!

Sacramento Republic FC Won The 2014 USL Pro Championship

Photo By Shawn Jonas

The MLS Released This Statement on MLS.COM

MLS confirms “advanced discussions” with Minnesota on expansion, will evaluate going beyond 24 teams

Late last week, news broke in several outlets, including The Pioneer Press and SI.com, that Minnesota’s bid for a Major League Soccer expansion club had been accepted.

The league confirmed on Monday afternoon that it is in “advanced discussions” with representatives from Minnesota United FC, though the final decision is not ready to be announced.

“We are in advanced discussions with Bill McGuire and his partners in Minnesota to bring a Major League Soccer expansion club to the Twin Cities and are particularly excited about their plans for a new soccer-specific stadium that will serve as the club’s home,” MLS Commissioner Don Garber said in a statement released by the club. “We remain on track to announce the next MLS expansion market in the next 30-45 days, though no specific date for an announcement has been set.”

The Minnesota United bid is one of several vying for an MLS team, a list that also includes a second Minneapolis group backed by the NFL’s Vikings, and groups from Sacramento and Las Vegas. In addition, San Antonio and St. Louis have made pitches for future expansion.

Minnesota United, who currently play in the NASL, appear to have received a boost from their plans to build an outdoor stadium in downtown Minneapolis that reportedly could cost between $100 and $150 million.

“As announced by Major League Soccer, we are in discussions with the league and remain hopeful that they will award an expansion team to Minnesota,” Minnesota United FC said in a statement. “MLS leadership is well aware that the passionate soccer fans in Minnesota combined with a world-class, soccer-specific stadium make the Twin Cities and our state a perfect home for the next MLS expansion team.”

MLS, which this year grew to 20 clubs with the addition of Orlando City SC and New York City FC, has previously stated its plan to expand to 24 clubs by 2020. Along with Miami, the next MLS expansion club would fulfill the original plan.

However, on Monday, Garber stated that the league will evaluate its expansion plans.

“Over the course of 2015, we plan to evaluate potential expansion beyond 24 clubs,” he said.

Sacramento Republic FC Fell to The New York Cosmos 3-1 In Front Of Sold Out Crowd

February 28, 2015 – Attendance: 20,231

Hughes Stadium-Sacramento, CA

Shawn Jonas

Courtesy of Sacramento Republic FC’s Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC fell to the New York Cosmos in front of a sold-out crowd at Hughes Stadium in final home preseason friendly, 3-1.

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Photo by Shawn Jonas

In a scoreless first half, Republic FC saw the majority of its chances against the visiting New York Cosmos. During the 12th minute Sacramento saw its first real opportunity, as Gabe Gonzalez got behind the defense and took on the charging Cosmos goal-keeper James Maurer.  However, Gonzalez was unable to score as the Cosmos defense came to Maurer’s aid.

Republic FC’s got another chance in the 26th minute when defender Emrah Klimenta made an attacking run up the right side and sent a driven cross into the near post. Forward Justin Braun made the near post run and sent a powerful header on goal, only to have it saved by Maurer, who made a quick reaction save to his left and sent it out of play for a Republic FC corner.

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Photo by Shawn Jonas

The second half started with a number of Republic FC’s substitutes on the field. Even though it was looking much like the first half early with neither side able to get a strong chance on goal. In the 68th minute the Cosmos broke the tie when midfielder Marcos Senna sent a free kick to the far post from 25 yards out. Republic FC keeper Patrick McLain wasn’t able to secure the ball and the defense let the ball bounce to the endline where Cosmos defender Samuel Caceres chased the ball down and sent the ball back into the box where newly signed Striker Raul Gonzalez Blanco was in perfect position. He then sent a driven header on goal as McLain scurried to get back into position and was unable to save the shot before it got past the goal line giving the Cosmos 1-0 lead.

The Cosmos would add on two more goals, the first coming in the 76th minute by Leonardo Fernandes  and in the 81st by substitute midfielder Andres Flores.  He capitalized on a mistake from the Republic FC defense giving Flores a breakaway chance that he put into the net given the Cosmos a 3-0 lead.

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Photo by Shawn Jonas

In the 86th minute the Cosmos looked poised to score after Mads Stokkelien was taken down in the box. Republic FC’s Keeper Patrick McClain made a great save on Stokkelien’s  penalty kick .

During the 89th minute Sacramento would get on the board when second-half substitute forward Joaquin Rivas sent a left-footed curler into the far post . He side-netted it past a the Cosmos substitute keeper Brian Holt.

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Photo By Shawn Jonas

“I was extremely happy with the first half performance, I thought we created many opportunities and were really unfortunate to not score a goal or two,” said Republic FC Head Coach Preki. “Then we made a lot of changes at the half and it was a totally different game. That helps us though because we got to see new players because we have decisions to make.”

Republic FC will round out their preseason on March 14 when they take on UC Davis men’s soccer team. The match will be at the UC Davis Soccer Stadium and a part of a triple-header. Tickets may be purchased at UCDavisAggies.com.

Sacramento Republic FC 1:3 New York Cosmos
Friendly Match
Bonney Field – Sacramento, CA
February 28, 2015 – Attendance: 20,231

Scoring Summary: NYC – Raúl (Samuel Caceres) 68, Leonardo Fernandes 76, Andres Flores 81; SRFC – Joaquin Rivas 89

Misconduct Summary: none.

New York Cosmos – James Maurer (Brian Holt 88); Hunter Freeman (Jimmy Mulligan 52), Hunter Gorskie, Carlos Mendes, Samuel Caceres; Raúl (Mads Stokkelien 77), Daniel Szetela (Adam Moffat 77), Walter Restrepo (Andreas Flores 77), Leonardo Fernandes (Hagop Chirishian 82), Marcos Senna (David Diosa 83); Lucky Mksoana (Sebastián Guenzatti 63)

Subs Not Used: Jeremy Figler, Dennis Chin

Stats: Shots: 10, Shots on Goal: 10 , Saves: 2, Fouls: 12, Corner Kicks: 5, Offside: 1.

Sacramento Republic FC – Patrick McLain; Emrah Klimenta, Mickey Daly, Sola Abolaji, Bilal Duckett (Chad Bartlomé 45); Ivan Mirković (Agustin Cazarez 45), Octavio Guzman (Ahmad Hatifie 45), Gabe Gonzalez (Alfonzo Motagalvan 45), Rodrigo Lopez (Gabe Gissie 45); Adnan Gabeljic (Joaquin Rivas 45), Justin Braun (Richie Cardozo 45)

Subs Not Used: Dominik Jakubek

Sacramento Republic FC vs New York Cosmos Match Sold Out

February 26, 2015

Shawn Jonas

Courtesy of Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC vs New York Cosmos Match Sold Out

Match will be the fourth time that Republic FC has sold out Hughes Stadium

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (February 26, 2015) – Sacramento Republic FC has sold out their match against the New York Cosmos on Saturday, February 28 at Hughes Stadium. Hughes Stadium attendance capacity for a soccer event is 20,231. The match will be the fourth overall sellout by Republic FC at Hughes Stadium. Kickoff is 7:00 p.m. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.

There will be no ticket sales on site or walk-up sales available due to the sellout. Pre-match activities include food trucks, beer garden, inflatables, live music by Epislona and games for all ages. Tailgating is not permitted on campus or in the parking lot.

Because of limited parking on site, Republic FC highly recommends that fans take public transportation or carpool to the match. Regional Transit will provide additional trains post match and staff to assist crowds. Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates (SABA) will be operating a free bike valet near the west parking lot on the Sacramento City College campus. Bike riders are encouraged to avoid Freeport Blvd. Additional details on matchday activities, including parking and bike maps, are available on SacRepublicFC.com.

Parking is $10. Parking lots and will call open at 5:00 p.m.

Champs!

Photos by Shawn Jonas

ABOUT SACRAMENTO REPUBLIC FC
Sacramento Republic FC are the 2014 USL Champions. The club hosts its home matches at Bonney Field located on the grounds of Cal Expo. The club’s commitment to position Sacramento as an “indomitable city” is evident through its community investments and efforts to procure an MLS franchise. The club is “Built for MLS” with the highest caliber of talent, both on and off the field, including 2014 USL PRO Coach of the Year Predrag “Preki” Radosavljević. The club’s motto is urbs indomita – Indomitable City. Indomitable Club. For more information, visit SacRepublicFC.com.

Sacramento Republic FC Falls To The San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 In Front Of Record Crowd

Febraury 21, 2015 

Bonney Field-Sacramento, CA

Shawn Jonas

Sacramento Republic FC wasn’t able to score on the MLS San Jose Earthquakes. The Earthquakes lone goal was enough to get  their third straight win against their MLS affiliate .

In the Republic FC’s first home game of 2015, and their first game back at Bonney Field since winning the USL Pro Championship, Sacramento set a new record with a crowd of 9,974. There was excitement in the air about the new season.  The region and team officials are making a strong case for an MLS franchise.

San Jose started the match strong, earning a corner kick within the first six minutes. Republic FC settled down and worked hard for more possessions. Neither team threatened to score very much in the first half.

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Patrick McLain, Sacramento’s newest signing, had a couple of great saves and was able to keep it scoreless at the half.

During the 36th minute, Republic FC forward Thomas Stewart crossed to a running Adnan Gabelijic, but San Jose goalkeeper David Bingham made a sliding save to keep the game scoreless.

In the 51st minute San Jose was able to get  a shot past McLain and score the first and lone goal of the match. The Earthquakes Matias Perez Garcia got his shot past McLain to put San Jose ahead 1-0.

Republic FC set the tempo for most of the second half,  but couldn’t break through the Earthquakes defense to get a goal.

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“I saw a lot of good things on the field. Obviously we made a couple mistakes, and we got punished for one,” said Republic FC head coach Preki. “We kept the ball really well against an MLS team and that’s all we need. That shows you that our guys are pretty capable,” Coach Preki added.

Sacramento Republic FC 0:1 San Jose Earthquakes

Friendly Match
Bonney Field – Sacramento, CA
Febraury 21, 2015 – Attendance: 9,794

Scoring Summary: SJ- Matias Perez Garcia (Chris Wondolowski) 51

Misconduct Summary: Shea Salinas (caution) 25; SRFC – Bilal Duckett (caution) 28, Rodrigo Lopez (caution) 48, Ivan Mirković (caution) 59, Emrah Klimenta (caution) 76.

San Jose Earthquakes – David Bingham; Marvell Wynne (Brandon Barklage 72), Victor Bernardez (Mike Fucito 72), Clarence Goodson (Paulo Renato 64), Jordan Stewart (Shaun Francis 64); JJ Koval, Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi, Matias Perez Garcia (Tommy Thompson 64); Sanna Nyassi (Cordell Cato 69), Chris Wondolowski (Adam Jahn 72), Shea Salinas (Leandro Barrera 64).

Subs Not Used: Bryan Meredith, Ty Harden, Cameron Iwasa, Kris Tyrpak.

Stats: Shots: 14, Shots on Goal: 4, Saves: 6, Fouls: 12, Corner Kicks: 5, Offside: 4.

Sacramento Republic FC – Patrick McLain; Emrah Klimenta, Mickey Daly, Bilal Duckett (Matthias Bonvehi 85), James Kiffe (Sola Abolaji 45); Octavio Guzman (Agustin Cazarez 71), Ivan Mirković, Justin Braun (Joaquin Rivas 71), Rodrigo Lopez (Gabe Gissie 71); Thomas Stewart (Gabe Gonzalez 71), Adnan Gabeljic (Richie Cardozo 76).

Subs Not Used: Dominik Jakubek, Chad Bartlomé.

Stats: Shots: 10, Shots on Goal: 6, Saves: 3, Fouls: 15, Corner Kicks: 1, Offside: 2.