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Sacramento Republic FC Announces Facility Naming Rights Partnership With Papa Murphy’s For Their Facility And Home Pitch On The Grounds Of Cal Expo

Papa Murphy’s Park will be home pitch for USL club Sacramento Republic FC in multi-year deal.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento Republic FC announced today the naming of its facility and home pitch as Papa Murphy’s Park. The multi-year partnership between Republic FC and Papa Murphy’s is rooted in shared core values by both organizations and common connection to the sport of soccer.

“We are thrilled to partner with Papa Murphy’s, a brand that is synonymous with families, quality and community,” said Republic FC President and Co-Founder Warren Smith. “Just as soccer and pizza gather people together, so does Papa Murphy’s Park. Our home pitch has always been an intimidating place for opponents and that will continue under the banner of Papa Murphy’s.”

Formerly known as the Bonney Field, Papa Murphy’s Park is a privately funded facility and private-public collaboration among Comcast Spectacor, Republic FC and Cal Expo. It opened in June 2014 with a capacity of 8,000 seats and later expanded in 2015 to its current capacity. The facility holds over 11,500 for sporting events and as high as 14,000 for concerts.

Located on the grounds of Cal Expo, Papa Murphy’s Park provides one of the largest grass pitches in the country for a professional soccer club and was the site of the 2014 USL Championship match. The pitch has also hosted the likes of international clubs CD Guadalajara, Atlas FC, Newcastle United F.C., Sunderland AFC, West Bromwich Albion F.C., Rangers F.C. and Liverpool FC U21. It has also been host to USA Rugby, Pro Rugby, various concerts including City of Trees and a Bernie Saunders rally of more than 14,000 in 2016. It has been the site of numerous attendance records for USL including sellouts of all but one regular season match for Republic FC.

“This is an incredible opportunity to partner with a growing sports enterprise that has huge potential for our brand and fits wonderfully into the Greater Sacramento area,” said Papa Murphy’s Co-op President Greg Wellington. “Republic FC couldn’t be a better partnership and we are looking forward to activating it on various levels over the coming years.”

The multi-year naming rights arrangement will consist of a variety of marketing elements beyond the naming of Papa Murphy’s Park. Papa Murphy’s will be featured on various marketing materials, advertising in broadcasts, signage at the site and in a series of promotions and events. In alignment with their core values and commitment to the Sacramento region, Papa Murphy’s and Republic FC will also be engaging in a variety of community activities that include but are not limited to underserved youth and families.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Exercise Options on Cameron Iwasa and Joaquin Rivas

Iwasa and Rivas will return for second year after playing rookie seasons with Republic FC.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento Republic FC announced that they have exercised the contract options on forward Cameron Iwasa and midfielder Joaquin Rivas. Both players will return to Republic FC for the 2016 USL season.

“Next season is a big season for both Iwasa and Rivas,” said Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle. “These two exciting prospects had a taste of first team football in Sacramento. The development in their game has been tremendous. They are players that I am looking forward to pushing on and commanding a regular place on our team. Both showed glimpses of magic when they played and I like that they are attack-minded players.”

Iwasa, a Sacramento native, appeared in 22 matches for Republic FC in 2015, his rookie season. He scored two goals and recorded two assists in all competitions, including a match-winning goal against English Premier League club Sunderland AFC on July 14, 2015. Iwasa scored his first professional goal against Portland Timbers 2 on April 2.

Rivas also spent his rookie season with Republic FC, appearing in 19 matches in all competition, including 13 USL appearances in 2015. Rivas’ first professional assist resulted in Iwasa’s first professional goal on April 2. Rivas scored a goal in a friendly against the New York Cosmos (NASL) at Hughes Stadium on February 28 and played the second most minutes (745) of any rookie for Republic FC this season, trailing only Iwasa (815).

Republic FC’s first round of open tryouts take place October 31 – November 1, at Cosumnes River College. Those interested in trying out may register at SacRepublicFC.com. For more information on tryouts or to view full biographies and statistics, visit SacRepublicFC.com.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Title Changes For Sacramento Republic FC Football Personnel

Republic FC Head Coach Paul Buckle will assume technical director, Graham Smith to become director of football.

SACRAMENTO, Calif.  – Sacramento Republic FC has announced that Head Coach Paul Buckle will add the title and duties of club technical director. Graham Smith, the club’s current technical director will assume the new title of director of football. Assistant Coach Chris Malenab will take up a new role with the first team and academy as a video analyst. In addition to his role as video analyst, Malenab will lead the curriculum for Republic FC camps and clinics. The position changes will take place immediately.

“At this critical point of Republic FC’s maturation it is imperative that we give the title of head coach and technical director to Paul because of his vast experience not only as a head coach, but because of his extensive experience as a coaching educator,” said Republic FC President and Co-Founder Warren Smith. “This multifaceted responsibility will enable the Republic FC Academy staff to benefit in every way from his knowledge and coaching philosophy. His ability to form the bridge between the first team and youth is undoubted.”

Buckle was hired by the club following the departure of Preki, the club’s first head coach. He has since led Republic FC to a victory over Premier League side Sunderland AFC and won his first USL match 2-0 over Seattle Sounders FC 2. Buckle began his coaching career at the renowned Exeter City FC Academy before being appointed by Alex Inglethorpe (currently Liverpool FC academy director) as assistant manager for City’s first team. The second division English club’s academy is known for several high-profile signings, including, most recently, Matt Grimes to Swansea City for £1.75 million. In addition to his extensive managerial career in England, Buckle also led the Metropolitan Oval Academy in New York as technical director. Buckle’s extensive experience at all levels of the sport will apply in his new title as he will now oversee all first team roster changes, academy development and call-ups.

Smith was named the club’s first technical director in May 2013. The club’s on-field success is due in large part to Smith’s hiring of Republic FC coaching staff and signing of veteran MLS players Rodrigo Lopez and Justin Braun. Smith will continue many of his current responsibilities as director of football, including overseeing football personnel.

Malenab joined Republic FC as an assistant coach prior to the club’s first season. Malenab will transition to the video analyst position in which he will break down film of Republic FC matches and practices as well as prepare film studies of opponents. In addition to his video analyst role, Malenab will work to enhance Republic FC Camps and Clinics, presented by Raley’s, through the development of curriculum, implementation of club philosophies and creation of environments that allow local youth to have first team experiences.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Head Coach Preki Accepts Position in UK; Will Coach Last Match in Sacramento on July 11; English football manager Paul Buckle will lead as the club’s new head coach.

July 8, 2015 – 11:08 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento Republic FC announced today that Head Coach PredragPrekiRadosavljević has accepted a position in the United Kingdom and will relinquish his duties as the club’s head coach. Preki will coach his last match for the USL club on July 11 when Republic FC takes on rival LA Galaxy II.

“Republic FC has been one of the best experiences in my entire career,” said Head Coach Preki. “Our players have worked harder than any I know. The fans, city and soccer community opened their hearts to the club as well as to me. This was not a decision I made lightly. The opportunity ahead is a lifetime dream for me and a chance to challenge myself at the highest level of the game.”

Paul Buckle will serve as Republic FC’s new head coach effective July 12. His experience extends to both playing and coaching football/soccer in England, including a 20-year playing career and over a dozen years and 320 matches as a club manager. He led Luton Town in the defeat of Premier League club Norwich City in the 2013 FA Cup, the first time since 1986 that a non-league club achieved such as victory and the first time in FA Cup history a club achieved such a victory at an away stadium.

Buckle has already reported to Sacramento, Calif. and is working closely with Technical Director Graham Smith, Preki, Academy Director Rod Underwood and the entire coaching staff on a transition of duties. His first match as Republic FC’s head coach will be July 14 when the club hosts Premier League’s Sunderland AFC.

“Paul is a coach that has excelled in challenging situations and led squads above and beyond their potential,” said Technical Director Graham Smith. “In addition to his leadership of the first team, Paul’s commitment to develop talent and support the development of future players is one of the many reasons we believe he is the right fit for Sacramento. Our organization cannot thank Preki enough for what he has done to position the club where it is today. We wish him nothing but the best in his new role.”

Preki served as Republic FC’s inaugural head coach and led the club to a 2014 USL Championship. He was named 2014 USL Coach of the Year following an 17-7-4 regular season record and a second place finish in USL standings. Preki’s coaching record during his U.S. tenure is 72-53-35. He is the only coach in U.S. Soccer history to win both MLS and USL Coach of the Year honors.

Republic FC currently sits second in the Western Conference with 30 points and a record of 9-6-3 through 18 matches played. Ten matches remain in the club’s 2015 USL regular season schedule along with three friendlies featuring match-ups versus Atlas FC (Liga MX) on July 8, Sunderland AFC (EPL) on July 14 and Newcastle United (EPL) on July 18. To view a full schedule, visit SacRepublicFC.com.

Announcement Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Hosts Premier League Club Sunderland AFC on July 14 at Bonney Field

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento Republic FC will host English Premier League Club Sunderland AFC on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 in a friendly at Bonney Field. Kickoff is currently scheduled for 8:00 p.m.

This will be one of two matches that Republic FC will play against an EPL opponent this year. On July 18, Republic FC will play Sunderland rival, Newcastle United, at Bonney Field.

Sunderland AFC was founded in 1879 by schoolteachers and originally named Sunderland and District Teachers Association Football Club. After the first year non-schoolteachers were allowed to join and the team got its permanent name, Sunderland Association Football Club. Sunderland has won the FA Cup twice (1937, 1973) and the First Division title six times (1891-1892, 1892-1893, 1894-1895, 1901-1902, 1912-1913, 1935-1936). They play their home matches at Stadium of Light, a 49,000-seat stadium that has hosted multiple England National Team matches.

In addition to the match against Republic FC, Sunderland will face Liga MX’s Club de Fútbol Pachuca in a separate friendly at Bonney Field. Pachuca finished seventh in Liga MX this season. The two clubs will play on Friday, July 17. Kickoff is currently scheduled for 8:00 p.m.

Both friendlies are not included in the Republic FC season ticket package. Republic FC Season Ticket Holders may secure first rights to their seats in a presale. Single match tickets will go on-sale to the general public on Wednesday, June 17 at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster.com. Both matches will take place during the California State Fair.

The Republic FC versus Sunderland friendly will be broadcast on KHTK Sports 1140 AM and live streamed at SacRepublicFC.com/matchday. Updates will also be available via Twitter at @SacRepublicFC. For more information about the upcoming friendlies and the full Republic FC schedule visit SacRepublicFC.com.

Press Release Courtesy of Sacramento Republic FC