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 Sacramento Republic FC Defeat Seattle Sounders FC 2 2-0

Sacramento Republic FC earn an important three points with commanding 2-0 victory over Seattle Sounders FC 2 at Papa Murphy’s Park.

 Sacramento Republic FC capitalized on heavy early possession with a goal in the 16th minute. Strong buildup play led to forward Sammy Ochoa turning on the ball to find time, space and an open teammate. Ochoa picked his head up and found Trevin Caesar in the box. Caesar swung his right foot through the cross and blasted his volley through the hands of Seattle Sounders FC 2 keeper Sam Fowler, putting Republic FC ahead 1-0.

 S2 came within inches of an equalizer in the 26th minute when forward Irvin Parra sent a screaming right-footed shot from just outside the box. Parra’s strike went just wide of the far post. Parra linked up with Shandon Hopeau just moments later with a dangerous cross into the box. Parra sent a far-post cross that found the head of Hopeau rising above the Republic FC defense. Hopeau redirected his header back across the face of goal, but Republic FC keeper Evan Newton was in perfect position to block the shot away to preserve the 1-0 lead going into the half.

 Republic FC nearly doubled up their lead in the 51st minute when Wilson Kneeshaw wreaked havoc on the left wing. Kneeshaw danced through the defense before sliding a cross into the box for Tyler Blackwood, who was making a near post run. Blackwood trapped the ball at his feet and Blackwood poked the ball far post but Sam Fowler was able to make a diving save.

 Blackwood would put Republic FC up 2-0 with his wonder strike in the 60th minute. Newton’s goal kick sailed into the attacking zone for Sammy Ochoa, who flicked the header into the path of a streaking Blackwood. The speedy forward charged the S2 defense, getting all the way to the touchline. Blackwood seemed as though he was sending a cross towards the far post, but the ball beat Fowler and snuck in the side netting for the improbable second goal.

 Back and forth play from both sides led to some acrobatic and timely saves from Fowler and Newton. The keepers traded strong saves in the 71st and 72nd minutes, with Newton making numerous crucial stops. Both sides had minor chances in the final 20 minutes but the score line would hold for a 2-0 victory for Republic FC.

 “It’s important when you’re not at your very best that you find a way to win the game,” said Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle. “We got in great positions. We need more and the players know that.”

 Republic FC will return to action on Saturday, Aug. 5, when they host Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2.  Kickoff is 8 p.m. at Papa Murphy’s Park.  Tickets are available at SacRepublicFC.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the  Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Tie Seattle Sounders FC 2 2-2

Tyler Blackwood’s last second goal earns Sacramento Republic FC a point on the road as they draw 2-2 with Seattle Sounders FC 2. 

Sacramento Republic FC came out very strong against Seattle Sounders FC 2, pressing the S2 backline and dominating possession.  In the 12th minute Republic FC would have their first real chance of the match. Defender James Kiffe had the ball on the left side of the field before sliding the ball to forward Trevin Caesar at the top left corner of the box.  Caesar cut inside to beat the defender, freeing himself for a low shot toward the inside post, but S2 keeper Tyler Miller was quick to get down to keep the match scoreless early.

Republic FC would have another good chance in the 26th minute.  Kiffe was again involved in the play, this time battling Denso Ulysse on the left side.  The ball popped away from the two players in the corner, finding midfielder Agustin Cazarez who was trailing the play.  Cazarez sent a lofted cross toward the back post where it found Elliott Hord, but the defender’s ball across the front of the goal was grabbed by a diving Miller. 

S2 had their best chance of the half in the 38th minute.  Midfielder Ray Saari took the ball nearly the length of the field before laying the ball off to David Olsen at the top right corner of the box. Olsen took a bad touch on the pass, but was still able to send a cross on the volley.  Olsen’s cross toward the back post and Saari was able to connect with a header toward goal, but the ball went just over the bar keeping the match scoreless going into the half.

The second half started much the same way the first did, with Republic FC dominating both the possession and chances.  The constant pressure finally paid off in the 59th minute.  Midfielder Danny Barrera had the ball in the middle of the pitch and had enough space to lift his head up and pick up Caesar making a run down the middle.  Barrera played Caesar open and into a one-on-one situation with Miller.  Caesar chested the ball down before sending a strike that beat Miller and found the far side of the net, putting Republic FC ahead 1-0. 

S2 would equalize in the 78th minute.  Midfielder Zach Mathers was brought down on the right side of the field near the edge of the box, earning a free kick.  Mathers took the ensuing free kick, sending an arced ball toward the back post.  Defender Brian Nana-Sinkam was able to get behind his defender and head the ball past goalkeeper Dominik Jakubek and into the goal, leveling the score at 1-1.

In the 86th minute S2 looked to have sealed a victory.   Substitute midfielder Charles Bimbe-Renken, making his first appearances with S2, sent a cross from the far right side of the field toward the back post.  Midfielder David Olsen was able to get a head on Bimbe-Renken’s cross and nod the ball past the onrushing Jakubek and into the goal, putting S2 ahead 2-1.

Republic FC was able to find a very late equalizer on the last play of the match.  After a corner was not fully cleared by S2, the ball was played to the right and fell to Daniel Trickett-Smith.  The substitute midfielder played the ball to the left to Hord who took a second before sending the ball into the box.  The ball was knocked around in the box before Cazarez was able to tap the ball a few yards to his right where substitute forward Tyler Blackwood was waiting with an open look at goal.  Blackwood touched the ball down with his right foot before blasting a shot with his left that beat the keeper, salvaging a point for Republic FC.

Republic FC will return home on Wednesday, May 31, to take on Reno 1868 FC in the Third Round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.  Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. at Papa Murphy’s Park.  Tickets to the U.S. Open Cup match are available at Ticketmaster.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC  Media Relations

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 Re-Sign Defender Chris Christian

Christian will rejoin Republic FC for second season in 2017.

SACRAMENTO, Calif.Sacramento Republic FC have agreed to a one-season contract with defender Chris Christian, pending league and federation approval. Christian will begin training with the club on Monday, Mar. 27 and will not be available for selection for Sunday’s match against Seattle Sounders FC 2.

“We are delighted to have Chris back for another season,” said Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle. “There was total transparency at the end of last season for Chris to view other options in Europe, while we kept the door open for him to make the return. This is a great move for us, especially with our situation at center back. We welcome someone back who we know very, very well and who our fans know well.”

The defender made 28 USL appearances for Republic FC in 2016, all starts. Christian was one of only three Republic FC players to play over 2,500 USL minutes in 2016. Prior to Republic FC, Christian played for Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC and Atlanta Silverbacks FC (NASL), as well as Ghana Premier League club Liberty Professionals FC and Moto Lubin, a Polish team.

Christian will rejoin Republic FC on Monday, Mar. 27 and is anticipated to be available for selection beginning with Republic FC’s Opening Night match against Orange County SC on Saturday, Apr. 1 at Papa Murphy’s Park.

Press Release 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

Sacramento Republic FC Win 3-2 AT Home Over The Seattle Sounders FC2

May 9, 2015 11:52 PM PT

Match Recap: Sacramento Republic FC 3, Seattle Sounders FC 2 0

Sacramento Republic FC use a three-goal onslaught and a man advantage to secure three points in home victory over Seattle Sounders FC 2.

Republic FC started the scoring early in the 19th minute when midfielder Rodrigo Lopez sent a right-footed free kick into the box from just inside the left touchline. Defender Nemanja Vuković was left wide-open at the 6 yard box and calmly flicked a header past S2 keeper Charlie Lyon and into the back of the net for an early 1-0 lead that would hold until halftime.

Tensions between the two sides grew hotter in the 26th minute when Mickey Daly was called for a foul after a push on S2 forward Andy Craven just outside the box. Both teams engaged in a shouting match with a few jersey grabs mixed in before the referee intervened and gave a yellow card to Daly and S2 midfielder Giuliano Frano. Frano would later receive a second yellow card and an ejection for a slide tackle in the 65th minute.

Both goalkeepers were tested in a frantic five-minute span starting with Patrick McLain in the 50th minute. Craven sent a ball down the wing to Darwin Jones who took a curling shot on goal that McLain made a diving save on. McLain was called into action again in the 52nd minute when he had to make another diving save, this time to his right. S2 keeper Lyon then made a diving save of his own on a Lopez shot in the 54th minute.

Republic FC would add a second goal in the 63rd minute after a strong build-up from defender James Kiffe and midfielder Gilberto, who then sent a low cross to Lopez just outside the box. Lopez quickly sent a give-and-go ball to Max Alvarez who one-touched it back to Lopez in behind the defense. Lopez took one touch toward goal and promptly slotted a left-footed shot past Lyon and into the side netting for a 2-0 lead.

The home side added a third goal with the man advantage in the form of second-half substitute Adnan Gabeljic. After a clearance from a Seattle defender deflected right to him, Gabeljic controlled the ball and sent a bullet left-footed shot through a defender and past Lyon for a decisive 3-0 score line, which would hold for the final score.

“I thought the guys fought really hard and we made it really tough on their guys,” Lopez said after the match. “We were able to find some gaps and we did our job on the field. We can’t just play well against the top teams, we have to do this against every team.”

Republic FC will travel to Carson, Calif. to take on LA Galaxy II on Sunday, May 17. Kickoff is 4:15 p.m. PDT. The match will be streamed live at SacRepublicFC.com/matchday.

Sacramento Republic FC 3:0 Seattle Sounders FC 2
USL Match
Bonney Field – Sacramento, CA
May 9, 2015 – Attendance: 11,242 (sellout)

Scoring Summary: SRFC – Nemanja Vuković (Rodrigo Lopez) 19, Rodrigo Lopez (Max Alvarez) 62, Adnan Gabeljic 78

Misconduct Summary: SRFC – Mickey Daly (caution) 26, SEA – Giuliano Frano (caution) 26, Damion Lowe (caution) 34, SRFC – Ivan Mirković (caution) 43, SEA – Duncan McCormick (caution) 58, SEA- Giuliano Frano (caution/ejection) 65

Seattle Sounders FC 2 – Charlie Lyon; Jimmy Ockford (Choong Sil Lim 72), Aaron Long, Damion Lowe, Nicholas Miele; Amadou Sanyang (Duncan McCormick 16), Giuliano Frano, Sam Garza (Victor Mansaray 78), Darwin Jones (Aaron Kovar 57), Pablo Rossi, Andy Craven

Subs Not Used: Saif Kerawala, Lorenzo Ramos, Qudus Lawal

Stats: Shots: 12, Shots on Goal: 4, Saves: 6, Fouls: 14, Corner Kicks: 5, Offside: 1.

Sacramento Republic FC – Patrick McLain; Emrah Klimenta, Mickey Daly, Nemanja Vuković, Agustin Cazarez (James Kiffe 44); Gilberto, Ivan Mirković (Derek Foran 88), Max Alvarez (Adnan Gabeljic 64), Rodrigo Lopez; Justin Braun (Joaquin Rivas 88), David Estrada (Thomas Stewart 70).

Subs Not Used: Dominik Jakubek, Zev Taublieb.

Stats: Shots: 17, Shots on Goal: 11, Saves: 4, Fouls: 9, Corner Kicks: 4, Offside: 0.