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Sacramento Republic FC Sign First Academy Product, 16-Year-Old Roberto Hategan

Hategan becomes the first player to be signed from Republic FC’s U.S. Soccer Development Academy.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Sacramento Republic FC have agreed to a two-year USL contract, with a club option for the 2019 season, with 16-year-old midfielder Roberto Hategan.  Hategan becomes the first player in Republic FC’s history to be signed directly from the club’s own U.S. Soccer Development Academy.

“Signing our first Academy player to a professional contract, especially at such a young age, shows just how much faith we have in Roberto,” said Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle. “We look forward to developing him as a player and have faith in his potential.  This signing is another positive step for the club and would not be possible without the investment and shared vision of our ownership group, led by Kevin Nagle, to provide the talented youth of our region a pathway to the professional game.”

Hategan has scored 20 goals in the last two seasons playing with Republic FC’s Academy teams. In addition, the midfielder was honored with a call-up in April 2016 to the U.S. National Team U-16 Boys’ Team. Hategan appeared in two matches with the National Team, including an appearance in the Delle Nazioni Tournament against England. 

“Hategan highlights the immense talent in the Sacramento region and will be one of many future Academy signings,” said Republic FC Owner Kevin Nagle. “Today’s signing is not just an accomplishment for our Academy coaches and staff, but is a tribute to the strength of the youth competitive leagues in the region. We’ve always known Sacramento to be a leader in youth participation, but signings such as Roberto also reaffirm our club’s commitment to develop this talent and grow the beautiful game to support our team now and at the MLS level in the future.”   

Hategan played with San Juan Soccer Club prior to joining Republic FC’s Academy in the 2015-16 season.  Sacramento’s youth soccer programs have developed numerous talented players that have gone on to play in Major League Soccer, and professionally around the world, including current MLS players: Jalil Anibaba (Houston Dynamo), Connor Hallisey (Sporting KC), Niko Hansen (Columbus Crew) Ryan Hollingshead (FC Dallas), Cameron Iwasa (Sporting KC), Adam Jahn (Columbus Crew), Amobi Okugo (Portland Timbers) and Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes).

Current Republic FC goalkeeper Dominik Jakubek and former Republic FC players Iwasa, Thompson, Jahn and Matt LaGrassa are all players who grew up and played youth soccer in the Sacramento region before representing their hometown on the Republic FC roster. Hategan is the second Republic FC Academy player to sign a professional contract following Ryley Kraft who signed with Orlando City B prior to the start of this season.    

Hategan will be available for Republic FC’s next match on July 1 at Papa Murphy’s Park. Tickets for the match are available at SacRepublicFC.com. Kickoff is 8 p.m. To view the entire Republic FC roster, visit sacrepublicfc.com/republicfc-roster.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Will Play MLS Club LA Galaxy On June 28 In Fifth Round Of Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup

Republic FC, one of three non-MLS teams remaining in the Open Cup, will travel to LA for their first-ever Fifth Round match.

 SACRAMENTO, Calif.  – Sacramento Republic FC will travel south to take on MLS side LA Galaxy on Wednesday, Jun. 28 in the Fifth Round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. at the StubHub Center Track Stadium. This is the first time that Republic FC has advanced to the Fifth Round.  They are one of just three non-MLS clubs to reach the Round of 16 in this year’s competition, joining FC Cincinnati (USL) and Miami FC (NASL).

 This will be the first-ever competitive match between Republic FC and LA Galaxy.  The winner of the match will travel to face the winner of the San Jose Earthquakes-Seattle Sounders FC matchup.

 Republic FC is no stranger to LA Galaxy, having faced their USL side LA Galaxy II 14 times in the last three years, including twice in the USL playoffs.  Republic FC holds a 7-3-4 all-time record against LA Galaxy II, with all previous matches being played against former Los Dos and current LA Galaxy head coach Curt Onalfo. Most significantly, Republic FC defeated Los Dos 3-2 in the USL Cup Semifinals in a match dubbed “The Miracle at Bonney” on their way to their 2014 USL Championship.

Tickets will be available for purchase for Republic FC fans and supporters that plan to travel to the match.  Tickets on-sale date and time to be announced soon. 

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Falls To San Jose Earthquakes 4-1

Three late goals propel the San Jose Earthquakes past Sacramento Republic FC in the first of two preseason friendly matches.

The match began with both teams feeling each other out, but neither gaining a clear advantage. Republic FC would find the first great look at goal in the 7th minute when forward Tyler Blackwood stole a bad pass near the top of the box. Blackwood then had a one-on-one situation with Quakes goalkeeper David Bingham. Blackwood attempted to slide the ball to the far right corner of the goal, but Bingham was quick to the ground, deflecting the ball away from goal, but only as far as forward Trevin Caesar who was following the play on the right side of the box. Caesar then sent a centering pass to Sammy Ochoa who was in the middle of the box. Ochoa took his own shot on goal, but a Quakes defender was there to block the shot and clear it from danger, keeping the match scoreless.

The Quakes would strike first in the 15th minute. After multiple attempts to throw the ball in from the top of the far right side were thwarted by defender James Kiffe, Quakes defender Nick Lima found a streaking Tommy Thompson on the right side of the box. Thompson leaped to connect with the throw and sent his one-touch pass to the center of the box, finding midfielder Shea Salinas who fought off his mark and flicked the ball into the goal giving the Quakes a 1-0 lead which would hold until half.

Republic FC came out of the break with a renewed sense of energy and began to relentlessly pressure the Quakes backline in hopes of finding an equalizer. Republic FC found their chance in the 53rd minute. Jeremy Hall fought off his man while running down the right side of the box before sending a pass back to Danny Barrera who had found open space at the top right corner of the box. Barrera took a touch before sending a strike toward goal that was blocked by a sliding Anibal Godoy. The defender however was judged to have blocked the shot with his hand giving Republic FC a penalty. Newly-signed forward Sammy Ochoa stepped up and calmly placed the ball in the lower right corner as Bingham dove left, leveling the score 1-1.

Republic FC, playing in just their third preseason match of 2017, would make several substitutions following the goal, as Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle looked to try new lineups and formations before the start of the season.

In the 66th minute the Quakes would regain their lead. Substitute forward Darwin Ceren intercepted a pass in the middle the field. Ceren then played the ball down the middle of the field to midfielder Simon Dawkins who had found space. Dawkins drove the ball down the middle before sending a low shot to the left of the goal, just past the outstretched hand of substitute goalkeeper Dominik Jakubek, giving the Quakes 2-1 lead.

Despite a strong effort by Republic FC to equalize, the Quakes would add two late goals in the 79th and 90th minutes to ensure a 4-1 victory. Midfielder Jahmir Hyka would score the Quakes’ third goal after Godoy received a long ball on the right side and slid a pass to Hyka who was streaking down the middle of the box. Hyka redirected Godoy’s pass into the net for the 3-1 lead. Danny Hoesen would score the final goal of the match after receiving a long pass from Andres Imperiale in the middle of the field. Hoesen took a few touches before sending the ball into the bottom right corner giving the Quakes the 4-1 win.

Republic FC will return to action when they take on Sacramento State Men’s Soccer Team on Wednesday, Mar. 1 at Hornet Field. Kickoff is 3 p.m. Tickets are available on the Sacramento State athletics website.

Republic FC will return home on Mar. 4 when they take on FC Cincinnati at Bonney Field. Kickoff is 5:30 p.m. Tickets for the match are available at Ticketmaster.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC To Host Nor Cal Rival San Jose Earthquakes In Preseason Friendly On Mar. 22

Match will be the second of two meetings between the clubs in the 2017 preseason.

SACRAMENTO, Calif.Sacramento Republic FC will host the San Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday, Mar. 22, in the second of two 2017 preseason friendlies between the Northern California rivals. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Bonney Field. Tickets for the match go on sale Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 10 a.m.

“We look forward to bringing the Earthquakes to Sacramento for the third consecutive preseason,” said Republic FC President and Co-Founder Warren Smith. “After three years of affiliation, the real fun begins this year as we will look to propel our rivalry to the next level both this year and for years to come in the MLS.”

The two clubs will meet for their first friendly this preseason today, Feb. 25 at Avaya Stadium before completing their preseason home-and-home series on Mar. 22. This will be the third consecutive season that Republic FC has hosted San Jose with the Quakes winning each of the last two matches by a single goal.

Despite being rivals, the clubs have worked closely and were affiliates from 2014-2016. As a part of the affiliations multiple Earthquakes players were loaned to Republic FC, including Sacramento-area natives Tommy Thompson and Adam Jahn. Republic FC midfielder JJ Koval was also loaned to Republic FC on several occasions before eventually signing with the USL club prior to the 2016 season.

The two preseason friendlies will be the sixth and seventh meetings between Republic FC and the Quakes since 2014. The clubs have met in preseason friendlies as well as in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, most memorably in 2015 when the two clubs battled for 120 minutes only to have the match decided in penalties.

The match is a part of the 2017 Republic FC Season Ticket Package. Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28 on Ticketmaster.com. For more information on the 2017 season, visit SacRepublicFC.com.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Sign Top 10 USL Goal-Scorer Sammy Ochoa

Ochoa led Tulsa Roughnecks FC in scoring in each of the last two seasons.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento Republic FC have agreed to a contract with Sammy Ochoa for the 2017 USL season, pending league and federation approval. Ochoa was the leading scorer for Tulsa Roughnecks FC in each of the last two seasons.

“Sammy is an experienced, proven goal scorer,” said Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle. “He is someone who has demonstrated a willingness and a desire to be with Republic FC, both in training and in our friendly matches to date. I am thrilled to have him and I think our fans will love the fact that when the ball is delivered into the box, nine times out of ten Ochoa will be there. His physical presence will be a valuable addition to our forward line.”

Ochoa has been an offensive force since coming into the USL in 2014. Ochoa led Wilmington Hammerheads FC in 2014 in goals and assists, scoring six goals and adding five assists in 25 appearances. Ochoa then moved to Tulsa Roughnecks FC where he led the club in scoring in both 2015 and 2016, scoring a combined 20 goals, adding nine assists.

Ochoa broke into professional soccer in 2006, playing with Mexican club Estudiantes Tecos before joining Seattle Sounders FC in 2011. The forward appeared in 17 MLS matches between 2011 and 2013, scoring three goals and adding an assist. Ochoa also made three playoff appearances with Sounders FC.

Republic FC will be in action again when they travel to San Jose to take on their Northern California rivals the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday, Feb. 25. Kickoff is 2 p.m. The match will not be streamed, but updates will be available via Twitter @SacRepublicFC or using #SJvSAC.

Republic FC will return home on Mar. 4 when they take on FC Cincinnati at Bonney Field. Tickets for both the FC Cincinnati and Earthquakes matches are available at Ticketmaster.com.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Match Recap: Sacramento Republic FC 1, San Jose Earthquakes 2

Sacramento Republic FC fell 2-1 to the San Jose Earthquakes at Bonney Field in their second preseason friendly of 2016.

All photos by Shawn Jonas

The Quakes enjoyed possession in the first few minutes of the match, but it was Republic FC who would get on the score sheet first when in just the 8th minute midfielder Max Alvarez sped up the right wing and sent in a flat cross for forward Mackenzie Pridham, who sent the ball into the back of the net to put Republic FC ahead 1-0.

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The Earthquakes responded by slowing down the pace of the match trying to break through Republic FC’s defense but Sacramento did well to absorb the pressure and stop any dangerous plays from San Jose.

In the 18th minute Republic FC had their second serious attack of the match. On a counter attack Pridham found midfielder Octavio Guzman with a through ball. Guzman then sent a cross to forward Thomas Stewart, but his shot was just wide of Earthquakes goalkeeper David Bingham. During the play, Earthquakes’ midfielder Cordell Cato went down with no contact and had to be subbed off in the 20th minute, with midfielder Tommy Thompson coming on in his place.

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In the second half, San Jose came out revitalized looking for the equalizer. The Earthquakes’ continuous pressure paid off in the 51st minute when Thompson shook off Republic FC’s defense and sent in a great cross to forward Quincy Amarikwa who tapped the ball past Republic FC goalkeeper Evan Newton to tie the game 1-1.

In the 55th minute, Thompson again slipped past the Republic FC defense, but this time the backline was able to clear the ball out of danger. Republic FC responded right after, with defender Emrah Klimenta finding an unmarked Guzman right outside the 18-yard box but Guzman’s shot went straight to Bingham.

Both teams had a few good looks on goal afterwards, with a great chance for Republic FC in the 71st minute when San Jose’s defense failed to clear a ball and Alvarez found himself unmarked just outside the 18-yard box but the Republic FC midfielder couldn’t get a good shot on goal.

The Earthquakes would take the lead in the 86th minute when Amarikwa sent in a powerful header past Newton after a cross from Earthquakes’ defender Kip Colvey. The score put the Quakes ahead 2-1 for good.

“It felt good to get my first goal at Bonney Field in front of the fans,” said Pridham following the match. “I think our team put on a good performance and showed what we are building for the season.”

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Republic FC is back in action on Wednesday, Feb. 24, when they take on Sacramento State. The match will be played at Hornet Field on the campus of Sacramento State and kicks off at 3 p.m. Tickets are on sale at csus.edu/hornettickets.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Sign Goalkeeper Evan Newton; Former San Jose Earthquakes Player Returns To California

SACRAMENTO, Calif.Sacramento Republic FC have agreed to a contract with goalkeeper Evan Newton. The goalkeeper returns to California for the first time since playing with the San Jose Earthquakes from 2012-2013.

“Evan is someone we have had our eye on,” said Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle. “He had other options, so we couldn’t be more thrilled that a player of his experience is joining us. We have two really good experienced goalkeepers to work with next season. He will fit in perfectly with Dom and the two will work brilliantly together in the 2016 campaign. We welcome Evan to the club.”

Newton spent the last two seasons in the USL, playing the 2015 season with Oklahoma City Energy FC and the 2014 season with Arizona United SC. Newton has appeared in 55 matches, recording 200 saves and allowing 80 goals. In 2015, Newton’s 1.22 GAA ranked third among goalies with 2,000 or more minutes played.

“Sacramento is a top level club both on and off the field,” said Newton. “I’m really excited and blessed to join Republic FC and look forward to playing in front of some amazing fans and working to bring another championship to the capital city.”

Newton was the all-time leader in saves (254) and shutouts (36) at Old Dominion University and helped lead the Monarchs to three NCAA Championship berths. He began his professional career with the Houston Dynamo before signing with the San Jose Earthquakes, where he spent two seasons.

Earlier today, Republic FC stated that they have declined the option on 2015 goalkeeper Patrick McLain’s contract. Sacramento Republic FC training camp will commence on February 1, 2016. For more information, including Newton’s full bio, visit SacRepublicFC.com.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Inaugural Rosters Released for Sacramento Republic FC Academy Republic FC Academy teams begin 30-match season on Saturday, September 5 versus the San Jose Earthquakes Academy.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Sacramento Republic FC released their Inaugural Academy rosters for the 2015-16 U.S. Soccer Academy season. The Republic FC Academy will field U13/14, U15/16 and U17/18 boys teams in their inaugural season. All three academy teams began training on Tuesday, August 5, to prepare for the upcoming season.

“The Republic FC Academy is a critical step in showcasing and improving the level of talent in the Sacramento region,” said Republic FC Academy Director Rod Underwood. “Through the Republic FC Academy and others like it, U.S. Soccer hopes to increase the level of competition and play in both the domestic leagues and national teams.”

The Academy season is ten months long, with an average of three games per month. The U15/16 and U17/18 teams will compete in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Northwest Division against academies from the San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders FC, Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Portland Timbers FC. The U13/14 team will also compete in the Northwest Division, but will play mostly regional clubs.

The Republic FC Academy is comprised of 67 players on three different teams. The players represent 14 different youth soccer clubs and 43 different schools.

The U17/18 team will be lead by former U.S. Boy’s U14/15 National Team coach Benjamin Ziemer. The inaugural U17/18 roster includes 25 players from seven local soccer clubs and 22 local high schools.

Brian Willey, a former Sacramento State and American River College assistant coach and San Juan Academy head coach, will lead the U15/16 team. The U15/16 roster has 25 players from nine different local soccer clubs, representing 21 high schools.

Simon Elliott, who has experience as both an MLS player and as a coach with UC Davis, will lead the U13/14 team. The U13/14 roster includes 17 players from eight local soccer clubs, 12 high schools and 3 middle schools.

More information about the Academy, including complete rosters and schedule can be found at SacRepublicFC.com/football-club/academy.

Inaugural Roster Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

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’s Offense Explodes Beat Chula Vista FC 7-3; Advance To Fourth-Round Of US Open Cup

Sacramento, Calif. – Sacramento Republic FC explode for seven goals, including a hat-trick from Adnan Gabeljic, as they beat Chula Vista FC 7-3 and advance to the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup.

Republic FC started the scoring early in the match, scoring first in the 9th minute. Midfielder Max Alvarez took advantage of a free kick just outside the box and sent in a left-footed, in-swinging cross. Octavio Guzman beat his man to the spot, went airborne and finished the play with a powerful header into the back of the net past a diving Chula Vista FC keeper Sebastian Ortiz.

Chula Vista FC pulled even after a foul was called on Republic FC in the penalty box. Midfielder Francis Ramirez stepped up to the spot and struck the ball to Jakubek’s right, as the keeper dove to his left. The goal pulled the teams even at 1-1 in the 40th minute.

Republic FC would answer quickly after the penalty kick with a goal in the 43rd minute. Forward Adnan Gabeljic dispossessed a Chula Vista FC defender and took two touches towards goal. Gabeljic then sent a laser of a left-footed shot into the low corner of the net to Ortiz’s left. The 2-1 Republic FC advantage would hold until halftime.

Republic FC forward Thomas Stewart would add a third goal for the home side in the 53rd minute. Stewart controlled a Matthias Bonvehi pass just outside the box and sent a left-footed strike on net. The shot took a slight deflection off of a diving Cula Vista FC defender, but still had enough pace to beat Ortiz for the goal. The goal was Stewart’s fourth in the 2015 U.S. Open Cup, currently leading the competition.

Gabeljic scored his second goal in the 59th minute after some beautiful build up play from Rodrigo Lopez and Stewart. Lopez sent a through ball into the box for Stewart who held up his man and one-touched the ball back to a charging Lopez. The midfielder was taken down but the ball found Gabeljic who controlled the box and sent a right-footed curling shot into the upper right corner of the net to put Republic FC up 4-1.

Republic FC midfielder Zev Taublieb tallied in the 73rd minute off of a Lopez rebound opportunity. On the ensuing kickoff, Chula Vista FC Alberto Diaz sent a deep through ball that second half-substitute Joey Estrada ran onto. Jakubek came off his line but could not get there in time as Estrada lifted the ball over him and it rolled into the back of the net. Forward Mario Rubio would beat Jakubek in the 80th minute as well to push the scoreline to 5-3 in favor of Republic FC.

Lopez got into the scoring act in the 85th minute sending a Gabe Gissie cross into the back of the net. In the 89th minute, Gabeljic finished off his hat-trick as he received a Gissie pass in the middle of the box and sent a bullet shot past Ortiz making the score 7-3.

“It’s good to get back out there and get another 90 minutes under my belt,” said Stewart after the match. “It’s just about winning games. I’m happy to have contributed.”

Republic FC will face the San Jose Earthquakes in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday, June 16 at Avaya Stadium. Details on tickets for Republic FC designated seating at the fourth round match will be announced soon.

 

Match recap Courtesy of Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations