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San Francisco Giants Aquire Cincinnati Reds RHP Mike Leake In Exchange for River Cats Adam Duvall And RHP Keury Mella

All photos by Shawn Jonas

West Sacramento, Calif. – Late in the game, news broke that the San Francisco Giants had acquired right-handed pitcher Mike Leake from the Cincinnati Reds. Shortly after, infielder Adam Duvall was pulled from the game for the Sacramento River Cats. It was confirmed after the game had concluded that Duvall was included in a trade to the Reds to bring Leake to San Francisco. The Giants also included RHP Keury Mella in the deal.

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Adam Duvall posted excellent numbers for the River Cats in 2015, hitting .279 with 26 homers (2nd in the PCL) and 80 RBI in 100 games. He had a hot July, hitting .346 with 10 home runs and 30 RBIs coming into tonight’s game. He also started at first base for the PCL All-Star team earlier this month.

Solid Start By Black Burn Yet River Cats Offense Can’t Get Going Fall To Nashville Sounds 5-0

May 25, 2015 4:53 PM PT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – 9,447 gathered at Raley Field on Memorial Day to watch as the Sacramento River Cats welcomed the Nashville Sounds (Oakland Athletics) to West Sacramento for the first time in two years. Clayton Blackburn kept the River Cats close, but the offense couldn’t find their footing as Sacramento was shut out for just the second time this season, 5-0.

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A day after recording one hit in six innings, the River Cats offense again sputtered. They scattered four hits across the first four innings and erased any potential threats by grounding into two double plays. Darren Ford was also picked off trying to steal in the first. The River Cats were unable to muster any kind of offense after that, going hitless with just three baserunners – a hit by pitch, a walk, and reached on a fielder’s choice – in the fifth through ninth innings.

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One of Sacramento’s hits belonged to Adam Duvall, who extended his hit streak to nine games with his second-inning single. Duvall is still carrying a .322 average (15th in the PCL) through 45 games this season, to go with a league-leading 26 extra-base hits.

Blackburn was solid for Sacramento, keeping the River Cats in the game and really only running into trouble in the fourth inning. Two walks and two singles led to a 2-0 Nashville lead and loaded the bases, but Blackburn got the Sounds’ Joey Wendle to ground out to end the inning. He kept the Sounds scoreless otherwise before exiting after the fifth. He threw 97 pitches in the outing, 65 for strikes.

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The Sounds continued to add on to their lead, scoring once in the sixth and again in the seventh against River Cats’ reliever Juan Gutierrez. They knocked in their fifth run in the ninth, stretching their lead to five. First baseman and former River Cat Anthony Aliotti was 3-for-5 with 2 RBIs and a run scored for Nashville.

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Blackburn took the loss on the afternoon and is now 1-3 with a 5.06 ERA. Sounds’ reliever Jim Fuller (1-0) picked up the win for Nashville while Brock Huntzinger notched the three-inning save, his first of the season.

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After starting the season 5-0 in day games, the River Cats have won just two of their last seven matinee contests. They’ll have another chance in Thursday’s 12:05 p.m. finale with the Sounds.

Before then, the River Cats will face former Giant and River Cats star Barry Zito (1-4, 5.29) tomorrow night. The veteran lefty will be making his first start at Raley Field since 2000. Opposing him will be Sacramento’s RHP Robert Coello (5-2, 3.44) as he goes for his league-leading sixth win. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

*All Photos by Shawn Jonas

 

Sacramento Republic FC To Host Mexican Liga MX’s Atlas FC On July 8th At Bonney Field

SACRAMENTO, Calif. –Sacramento Republic FC will host Mexican Liga MX’s Atlas FC on July 8, 2015 in a friendly match at Bonney Field. Kickoff is currently scheduled for 8:00 p.m.

This marks the second time that Republic FC and Atlas FC will meet in a friendly match with the two clubs playing on July 6, 2014. Atlas FC won the match 2-1 on goals from Sergio Ponce Villegas and Luis Nery Caballero. Republic FC midfielder Max Alvarez scored a goal in the 40th minute in the loss.

Atlas FC was founded on August 15, 1916 by a group of young men with the objective of bringing professional soccer to Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Atlas FC won the 1951 Mexican League, four Mexico Cup titles and operates one of the most important soccer academies in Mexico for the development of young talent. Atlas FC plays at the 60,000-seat Jalisco Stadium that has hosted matches in both the 1970 and 1986 FIFA World Cups. Brazil’s semi-final and quarterfinal victories in 1970 World Cup were played in Jalisco Stadium. In 2013, Grupo Salinas acquired the club. Atlas FC is currently a member of Liga MX, the first division of the Mexican football league system.

This friendlyis included in the Republic FC season ticket package. Details will be distributed to Season Ticket Holders on which special match ticket to use. Single match tickets will go on-sale to the general public at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 9 via Ticketmaster.com.

This will be the first in a series of midseason friendlies at Bonney Field. Future friendlies will be announced. For a full schedule and additional details visit SacRepublicFC.com

 

Rodrigo Lopez Scores Both Goals In Sacramento Republic FC’s 2-0 Win Over Vancouver Whitecaps 2

April 15, 10:24 PM PT

Sacramento Republic FC, fueled by Rodrigo Lopez’s brace, secure 3 points with a home victory over Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2.  The victory was in front of 10,906 faithful fans, another sold-out crowd at Bonney Field.

After a slow start to the first half for Republic FC, seeing minimal possession, the home team kicked into gear in the 16th minute. Forward David Estrada and midfielder Rodrigo Lopez had a give-and-go right outside the box. Estrada flipped the ball over the defense to Lopez who got a shot off, but it was saved by Whitecaps FC 2 keeper Spencer Richey.

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Photos by Shawn Jonas

Republic FC would find the back of the net in the 32nd minute when Lopez stole the ball in the middle of the pitch and sent a pass to Estrada out wide. Estrada drew the defense toward him and calmly slid the ball back to Lopez in the middle who sent the shot right into the back of the net for the 1-0 lead.

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In the 41st minute Whitecaps FC 2 forward Victor Blasco streaked past the Republic FC defense and after a great through ball had a one-on-one opportunity against Republic FC goalkeeper Patrick McLain. Blasco got a clear shot at goal but McLain made a fantastic diving save with his right hand keeping Republic FC ahead 1-0 heading into halftime.

Republic FC keeper McLain was called into action again at the start of the second half. In the 58th minute, Whitecaps FC 2 forward Mackenzie Pridham sent a driven shot to McLain’s right that the keeper had to dive for and parry away for a corner, which he promptly snared in the air.

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Photo By Shawn Jonas 

In the 71st minute Republic FC would strike again. After solid build up play from the defense, Lopez received the ball just behind the midfield line. Lopez put his eyes on the goal and saw that Richey was playing outside of the 18-yard box and without hesitation sent a right-footed strike toward goal. Richey could not get back to his line fast enough and the shot went perfectly into the back of the net putting Republic FC up 2-0.

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“I said at halftime, the wind was blowing pretty hard and I told Justin [Braun], I’m going to see if the goalie’s cheating to see if I could catch him off his line,” Lopez said of his second half goal. “I looked up and I went for it and it went in. One of the best goals of my career, for sure.”

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“Overall I thought the first half, we didn’t start too well, but then we picked up the tempo,” said Republic FC head coach Preki. “In the last 25 minutes we were pretty good.”

Sacramento Republic FC moves to 3-2-0 in the USL season and remains unbeaten at home. They will be back in action on Saturday April 18 when they take on Portland Timbers FC 2 at Bonney Field.

Sacramento Republic FC 2:0 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2
USL Match
Bonney Field – Sacramento, CA
April 15, 2015 – Attendance: 10,906

Scoring Summary: SRFC – Rodrigo Lopez (David Estrada) 32, Rodrigo Lopez 71.

Misconduct Summary: SRFC – James Kiffe (caution) 20, Mickey Daly (caution) 47; VAN – Tim Parker (caution) 19.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 – Spencer Richey; Jordan Haynes, Tim Parker, Craig Nitti, Chris Serban; Mitch Piraux (Tyler Roselund 66), Ben McKendry, Victor Blasco (Jovan Blagojevic 79), Sahil Sandhu; Mackenzie Pridham (Caleb Clarke 66), Billy Schuler (Brett Levis 66).

Subs Not Used: Marco Caducci, Jackson Farmer.

Stats: Shots: 8, Shots on Goal: 5 , Saves: 7 , Fouls: 12, Corner Kicks: 5, Offside: 4.

Sacramento Republic FC – Patrick McLain; Emrah Klimenta, Mickey Daly, Derek Foran (Nemanja Vuković 45), James Kiffe; Zev Taublieb (Max Alvarez 59), Ivan Mirković, Octavio Guzman, Rodrigo Lopez (Gabe Gonzalez 74); David Estrada (Cameron Iwasa 74), Justin Braun (Adnan Gabeljic 63).

Subs Not Used: Dominik Jakubek, Joaquin Rivas.

Stats: Shots: 14, Shots on Goal: 9, Saves: 5, Fouls: 16, Corner Kicks: 4, Offside: 2.

Match Recap: Courtesy of Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

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

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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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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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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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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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“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

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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

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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.