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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 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

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

Thomas Stewart Scores Both Goals To Give Sacramento Republic FC A 2-0 Win Over Seattle Sounders FC 2

Sacramento, California – Sacramento Republic FC capture a win in Buckle’s USL debut behind a brace from Thomas Stewart.

After an even first half hour in the match, with both teams seeing their fair share of possession, Seattle saw the first real chance of the match in the 30th minute. Midfielder Aaron Kovar got behind the Republic FC defense on a long through ball in the air and had a one-on-one encounter with Mickey Daly in the box. Daly was called for a foul after Kovar went to ground. Kovar then stepped up to the penalty spot and pushed his shot wide of the post keeping the match scoreless.


Republic FC got on the score sheet shortly after in the 37th minute when midfielder Rodrigo Lopez sent a threatening through ball up the middle for forward Thomas Stewart. The target-man Stewart was able to run onto the ball and send a first-touch howler on goal. Seattle keeper Charlie Lyon dove to his right and was able to deflect the ball, but Stewart’s shot had too much pace on it as it hit the inside of the far post and into the back of the net for a 1-0 Republic FC lead.

With the assist on Stewart’s first-half goal, Rodrigo Lopez became the all-time USL assists leader. The goal was Stewart’s first in USL play in 2015 and his sixth in all competitions.


The match came to halt in the 76th minute when Seattle defender Amadou Sanyang went in dangerously with a tackle on Republic FC midfielder Octavio Guzman. Sanyang was shown a straight red card and Guzman was subbed out with a right knee injury.

Republic FC would add a second goal in the 83rd minute when Stewart beat an offside trap and ran onto a long through ball from midfielder Danny Barrera. Stewart was by himself and only had the keeper to beat as he initially tried to chip the oncoming Lyon. The Seattle keeper blocked it right back to Stewart, who took two more touches towards the empty net and slotted home his second goal of the match, putting Republic FC ahead 2-0.

“We really contained them well and in open play they didn’t really expose us”, said Sacramento Republic FC Head Coach Paul Buckle after his first USL victory. “I was really pleased with that. We looked very dangerous.”

“It was very important to get the victory after a few weeks not playing in the league”, said Stewart. “It’s always nice to score goals. It’s my job as a striker and I’m a goal-scorer. It’s what I do best.”

The win was snaps a three-match winless streak for Republic FC and moves them within three points of first place LA Galaxy II. Republic FC keeper Patrick McLain recorded his sixth shutout of the season, the fourth at Bonney Field.

Republic FC will be back in action again on Saturday, August 8 when they take on Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC at Bonney Field. Kickoff is 8:00 p.m. and tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations