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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 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 Ties With San Antonio FC 1-1

Octavio Guzman’s stoppage time penalty kick goal gives Republic FC a 1-1 draw with San Antonio FC at a sold out Bonney Field.

Sacramento Republic FC attacked San Antonio FC early and saw there first chance on goal in the 7th minute when Cameron Iwasa was able to use some nifty footwork to get around his defender. Iwasa pushed his touch a bit too close to San Antonio FC keeper Josh Ford as the forward’s chipped shot attempt was blocked away by Ford, keeping the match scoreless early.

San Antonio broke the deadlock in the 15th minute after a turnover in the Republic defensive end. Midfielder Rafa Castillo recovered the loose ball and drove towards goal before dropping the ball back to Sebastien Thuriere. The midfielder then rocketed a shot on goal, forcing Republic FC keeper Evan Newton to make a diving safe. Though he made the difficult save, forward Cesar Elizondo followed the shot and finished the rebound chance, blasting the ball into the back of the net and putting San Antonio FC ahead 1-0.

Republic FC nearly equalized twice before halftime, both of them supplied by Tommy Thompson. In the 30th minute, Thompson attacked up the right flank, got to the touchline and sent a low, driven cross into the feet of forward Cameron Iwasa. With two defenders closing in, Iwasa drilled a one-touch shot up and over the keeper Ford but couldn’t beat the crossbar as it whizzed out of play. In the 38th minute, Thompson sent a dangerous cross into the box for defender Mike da Fonte. Beating his mark to the ball, da Fonte sent a powerful header on net, only to have Ford make another timely, acrobatic save preserving San Antonio FC’s 1-0 lead into the break.

Republic FC continued to chase the equalizing goal and nearly found it in the 55th minute when defender James Kiffe struck a menacing right-footed shot from 20 yards out. The shot curled to the far post but San Antonio keeper Josh Ford was up to the task and made another clean save.

Republic FC continued to pressure for the second half searching for a goal. About four minutes into stoppage time, James Kiffe earned a penalty kick after being taken down in the box chasing after a through ball. Midfielder Octavio Guzman stepped up to the spot and sent a right-footed shot to Ford’s right hand side. Ford guessed right on the penalty and was able to deflect the ball, but the shot had too much pace on it as it squeezed underneath Ford and into the net for the late equalizer for Guzman.

In the last seconds of the match, second-half substitute Mackenzie Pridham had one more chance for a Republic FC winner. Pridham attacked across the face of goal, just outside the 18-yard box. The forward then sent a left-footed strike through three defenders and past a diving Ford. Unfortunately, the shot rolled inches past the far post and out of play. Pridham’s shot would serve as the last play of the match, as it ended in a 1-1 draw.

“I love that this team never gives in”, said Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle after the 1-1 draw. “It’s a side that keeps going. The fans keep us going. I thought we created the most chances in the game and I feel that’s the best we moved the football in a long time.”

Republic FC will go back on the road to take on Saint Louis FC on Saturday, August 13. Kickoff is 5:30 p.m. The match will be streamed live at SacRepublicFC.com/matchday.

Match Recap 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 Defeats Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1

Sacramento Republic FC clinch a playoff spot with a road victory against Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 behind a brace from captain Justin Braun.

Republic FC started the game strong, possessing the ball and getting the majority of the positive opportunities in the first half. Despite their start, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 had the first strong opportunity on goal in the 25th minute. Midfielder Tyler Rosenlund sent a well-weighted ball from the right side of the box to Marco Bustos who settled the pass and sent a shot on goal. However, Republic FC goalkeeper Dominik Jakubek proved he was up to the task, making a sliding save on the shot.

06 September 2015:  Action during a game between Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 and Sacramento Republic FC in United Soccer League (USL) action at Thunderbird Stadium on the campus of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, Canada.  ****(Photo by Bob Frid - Vancouver Whitecaps 2015 -  All Rights Reserved)
06 September 2015: Action during a game between Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 and Sacramento Republic FC in United Soccer League (USL) action at Thunderbird Stadium on the campus of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, Canada. ****(Photo by Bob Frid – Vancouver Whitecaps 2015 – All Rights Reserved)

Republic FC would open the scoring shortly after in the 29th minute. Midfielder Rodrigo Lopez played a ball into the box to Tommy Thompson who turned with the ball and made the short pass to Justin Braun. Taking the ball from the middle to the right side of the six-yard box, Braun sent a hard right footed shot past Whitecaps FC 2 keeper Paolo Tornaghi. The goal put Republic FC ahead 1-0, a lead that would hold until after halftime.

Whitecaps FC came out the aggressor in the second half and found an equalizing goal in the 66th minute. Substitute midfielder Victor Blasco wove around the Republic FC defense in the midfield before sending a through ball to Bustos, who was streaking down the middle of the field. Bustos touched Blasco’s pass around an onrushing Jakubek and then sent a left footed strike into an open net, tying the score 1-1.

06 September 2015:  Action during a game between Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 and Sacramento Republic FC in United Soccer League (USL) action at Thunderbird Stadium on the campus of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, Canada.  ****(Photo by Bob Frid - Vancouver Whitecaps 2015 -  All Rights Reserved)
06 September 2015: Action during a game between Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 and Sacramento Republic FC in United Soccer League (USL) action at Thunderbird Stadium on the campus of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, Canada. ****(Photo by Bob Frid – Vancouver Whitecaps 2015 – All Rights Reserved)

Republic FC quickly answered with a second goal from their captain. In the 71st minute defender Emrah Klimenta won the ball on the right wing then rushed around the defense and down the endline to the right edge of the box. Klimenta then sent a low, driven cross toward the goal. Braun, standing nearpost, redirected the cross into the goal with his right foot, putting Republic FC ahead 2-1.

With the win, Republic FC clinched a playoff berth in the 2015 USL Playoffs and moved into fifth place in the Western Conference. Despite their fifth place standing, Republic FC sits just two points out of first place. Republic FC will look to better their playoff position when they are back in action again on Saturday, September 12 in Portland, Ore. against Portland Timbers 2. Kickoff is 7 p.m. PDT.

Game Recap 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