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Sacramento Republic FC Ties Colorado Springs Switchbacks 3-3

Colorado Springs, CO. – After an hour and twenty minute lightning delay, Republic FC wasted no time in making a strong offensive statement, taking the lead in just the 2nd minute. Midfielder Danny Barrera sends ball from the right side across the top of the box to Thomas Stewart who took a strong left-footed strike past a diving Devala Gorrick and into the upper left corner of the goal, putting Republic FC ahead 1-0.

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Switchbacks FC answered back quickly after Republic FC defender Nemanja Vuković was given a yellow card for a handball in the box in the 19th minute. Switchbacks FC midfielder Luke Vercollone stepped up to the penalty spot in the 21st minute and sent a hard shot into the upper right corner of the goal and past Patrick McLain, who dove left.

Switchbacks FC took the lead in the 38th minute after forward Mike Seth threaded a ball past the offside trap to a streaking Vercollone. The midfielder went one-on-one against McLain and after the keeper dove to his left, slotted home a goal, putting Switchbacks FC ahead 2-1 going into the half.

Republic FC came out attacking in the second half, but it was Switchbacks FC who would strike again in the 78th minute. Vercollone took a strong shot at the top of the box, but had his shot blocked. The rebound bounced perfectly to Chandler Hoffman on the right side of the box. Hoffman then sent a low shot to the left corner of the goal and past a diving McLain, putting Switchbacks FC ahead 3-1.

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Republic FC was not done however, and in the 82nd minute pulled within a goal. Substitute defender Derek Foran protected the ball in the middle of the box before passing the ball to his right to fellow defender Mickey Daly. Daly sent a one-touch rocket past Gorrick. making the score 3-2.

Near the end of regulation time, Switchbacks substitute forward Davy Armstrong was sent off after a hard tackle and the ensuing scuffle. Republic FC, now up a man, took advantage soon after, and a minute into stoppage time an Ivan Mirković long ball into the box found its way into the top right corner of the net, equalizing the score 3-3. The goal was Mirković’s first as a member of Republic FC.

Republic FC goalkeeper McLain recorded nine saves on the night, a franchise USL record. McLain also held the previous record of seven saves, which he recorded against Tulsa Roughnecks FC on June 25.

Republic FC return to action on Saturday, August 22, when they take on Real Monarchs SLC at Bonney Field at 8:00 p.m. The match will be broadcast live on CW31. Tickets are still available on Ticketmaster.com.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

 

Sacramento Republic FC Release Forward David Estrada

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Forward David Estrada has been released by Sacramento Republic FC by mutual consent of the club and the player.

Republic FC signed Estrada on March 20, the day before their first USL match of the 2015 season. Estrada appeared in 20 matches for Republic FC, including 18 USL matches. He recorded three goals and three assists in 1,360 USL minutes.

Player Releasing Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Falls to Colorado Springs Switchbacks 0-1

Sacramento, California – Switchbacks FC started the match off with a bang in the 3rd minute. Midfielder Rony Argueta controlled the ball on the left side of the pitch at midfield and proceeded down the middle of the Republic FC defense. Argueta looked up and sent a right-footed shot from 25 yards out on goal. Republic FC keeper Patrick McLain dove to his left but Argueta placed the shot into the upper right corner of the net for the early 1-0 lead for Switchbacks FC.

Republic FC thought they deserved a penalty kick twice in the 37th minute after it appeared midfielder Max Alvarez was tackled inside the box after a short corner was played by the home team. After the referee motioned to play on, Republic FC played a through ball into the box for Alvarez. Again, it appeared that Alvarez was dragged down in the box but again a foul was not called. Rodrigo Lopez was issued a yellow card shortly after for arguing with the referee.

Republic FC dominated the possession of the ball in the second half, but could not find the finishing touch. The best chance came in the 59th minute when second half substitute Kaleemullah got on the end of a Lopez corner kick. Kaleemullah sent his shot low and on-target but Switchbacks FC keeper Devala Gorrick was able to dive and parry the shot away for clearance.

The final half hour saw a barrage of crosses from Republic FC players, namely James Kiffe and Danny Barrera. Unfortunately, Republic FC could not get any shots off from those crosses and the match ended in a 1-0 defeat.

“We wanted to come out in the first half with momentum and their goal killed it“, said Republic FC Head Coach Paul Buckle after the match. “I have to say it was a very good goal. We just didn’t have enough in the final third to open them up. I thought we had 75% of the possession and it’s just very difficult when a team camps in.”

Republic FC won’t have to wait long to try to avenge the loss, playing Switchbacks FC again, Friday, August 14 in Colorado Springs, Colo. Kickoff is 6:00 p.m. PDT. The match will be streamed live at SacRepublicFC.com/matchday.

Game Recap 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.

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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.

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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

Sacramento Republic FC Falls to NewCastle United 1-0

Sacramento Republic FC fall 1-0 to English Premier League side Newcastle United on own-goal.

Sacramento Republic FC came out strong in the first half and had two scoring chances off of free kicks, the first coming in the 33rd minute. Midfielder Max Alvarez drew a foul just outside the box, Rodrigo Lopez stepped up and hooked a right-footed shot near-post. The shot was destined for the corner of the goal, but Newcastle keeper Tim Krul got a glove to it and pushed it out of play.

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Alvarez had a chance of his own in the 43rd minute. He stepped up from about 30 yards out and sent a left-footed shot low and to the left of Krul, who promptly parried the ball out of play for a corner kick.

Republic FC defenders Mickey Daly and Nemanja Vuković both had to come to the aid of keeper Patrick McLain in the first half as he was forced off his line numerous times. Daly and Vuković both made goal-saving headers and clearances, respectively, with Daly saving two scoring opportunities keeping the match scoreless at the half.

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Newcastle United would take the lead early in the second half. In the 47th minute Republic FC defender James Kiffe sent a Newcastle cross into his own net for own goal and a 1-0 lead for the Magpies.

Republic FC thought they had a quick answer in the 51st minute. Midfielder Danny Barrera took a shot from distance that was saved by Newcastle substitute keeper Freddie Woodman. Forward Thomas Stewart sent the rebound off the post and David Estrada sent that rebound into the goal, but was called offside, disallowing the goal and keeping the score 1-0.

Republic FC would gain a man advantage in the 65th minute when Newcastle defender Massadio Haïdara was sent off with a straight red for a dangerous tackle to the upper body of Barrera.

Republic FC had a scoring chance in the 85th minute when second-half substitute Cameron Iwasa sent a shot on goal, Newcastle keeper Woodman blocked the shot and was unable to catch the shot, but Republic FC could not reach the ball before Woodman collected the rebound.

“I am proud of everyone of our players, staff and fans”, said Republic FC Head Coach Paul Buckle after the match. “I thought tonight that our levels were higher than when we played Sunderland. It was a proper Premiership performance from them, but we still caused them a lot of problems.”

Republic FC will return to USL action on Saturday, August 1, when the take on Seattle Sounders FC 2 at Bonney Field. Kickoff is 8:00 p.m. Tickets for the match may be purchased at Ticketmaster.com.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Legends Announced As Project Manager For New Sacramento MLS Stadium

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Nationally renowned firm will lead development of proposed downtown stadium for Sacramento Republic FC.

SACRAMENTO, Calif.Sac Soccer and Entertainment Holdings (SSEH) announced today, the hiring of Legends as project manager for the development of a new soccer-specific stadium in downtown Sacramento. SSEH is the parent company of USL franchise Sacramento Republic FC.

The announcement represents a significant step forward in ‘Operation Turnkey,’ an initiative launched by Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and Republic FC Lead Investor Kevin Nagle to strengthen Sacramento’s bid for a Major League Soccer (MLS) expansion franchise. Plans for a new, privately-financed stadium are 100 percent on track, pending the award of MLS expansion rights to Sacramento, and can be ready to open as soon as the 2018 MLS season.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Legends to Operation Turnkey,” said Mayor Johnson. “Sacramento is laser-focused on bringing MLS to our community, and today’s news shows just how serious we are about putting the ball into the back of the net.”

“A strong team just got stronger,” said Republic FC Lead Investor Kevin Nagle. “Legends brings tremendous credibility, expertise, passion and commitment to our group. They understand our market and share our vision for building a world-class stadium worthy of both the MLS and our incredible fans.”

The Legends team will bring both global reach and local expertise to the stadium effort. Current partners include the New York Yankees, Dallas Cowboys and Manchester City FC. Locally, Legends partnered in 2010 with the San Francisco 49ers to launch Levi’s Stadium and in 2014 with the Sacramento Kings on a groundbreaking food and beverage program for the upcoming Golden 1 Center. Both the York Family of the 49ers and Kings are key investors in Republic FC on the MLS-level..

“We are extremely excited to have been hired to manage this project,” said Shervin Mirhashemi, President and COO, Legends. “We look forward to working closely with all of the key stakeholders to deliver the visionary stadium that befits all that the City of Sacramento and Republic FC stand for.”

Industry veteran Dale Koger, Legends Senior Vice President of Project Development, will lead Legends’ work on the stadium. Koger and his team will provide extensive experience in key areas of design, planning, engineering, and related activities in stadium predevelopment.

For more information, please visit SacRepublicFC.com.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Falls to LA Galaxy II 0-4 in Preski’s Last Match as Head Coach

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Despite some early chances for Sacramento Republic FC, LA Galaxy II got on the score sheet first in the 18th minute. Midfielder Alejandro Covarrubias received the ball in the middle of the field and attacked the center of the defense. Republic FC defender Nemanja Vuković stepped up to try to make a tackle in the box, but Covarrubias was able to slide a pass to Jamie Villareal on the left wing. Villareal took one touch and sent a shot near post and past keeper Patrick McLain for an early 1-0 Los Dos lead.

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Republic FC were relentless going into halftime, with a flurry of chances coming from Max Alvarez, Emrah Klimenta, David Estrada and Justin Braun. A few missed shots and a diving save from LA Galaxy II keeper Clement Diop kept the scoreline 1-0 in favor of Los Dos going into halftime.

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LA Galaxy II came out firing in the second half, scoring in the 47th minute. After a giveaway in the middle of the field, Los Dos swung the ball out wide to Jack McBean, who sent a cross into the box for midfielder Ariel Lassiter. Lassiter skied over the defense and drilled a header off of McLain’s glove which then hit the bottom of the crossbar and down past the line for a goal.

LA Galaxy II added another goal in the 50th minute when midfielder Andre Auras bent a free kick over the wall and past a diving McLain, who got a glove to it, and into the back of the net for a 3-0 lead.

LA Galaxy II forward McBean scored Los Dos’ fourth and final goal in the 76th minute. The goal pushed the final score line to 4-0 in favor of the visitors.

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“Sometimes that is football”, said Republic FC Head Coach Preki. “You just don’t get the result you are looking for. I am really proud of our effort.”

Republic FC will be back in action on Tuesday, July 14, when they take on English Premier League side, Sunderland AFC at Bonney Field. Kickoff is 8:00 p.m. Tickets for the match are still available and may be purchased at Ticketmaster.com.

Game Recap Courtesy to 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, Real Monarchs SLC Ends In Tie 1-1; Cards Fly In Chippy Match

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SACRAMENTO, Calif.Sacramento Republic FC and Real Monarchs SLC play to a 1-1 draw in a physical match, in front of a sold-out crowd at Bonney Field.

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Real Monarchs SLC started the scoring early, capitalizing on a penalty in the 7th minute, after Republic FC defender Mickey Daly was called for a foul in the box. Real Monarchs forward Max Rauhofer stepped up to the spot and sent a screamer past Republic FC keeper Patrick McLain for the early 1-0 lead.

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Republic FC would find an equalizer in the 19th minute. Strong build up play from the midfield led to Ivan Mirković darting up the right side of the defense and into the box. Mirković advanced all the way to the 6-yard box and blasted the ball across the face of goal. Forward David Estrada was set up at the far post and redirected the ball into the back of the net to tie the match 1-1.

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Republic FC forward Justin Braun had a chance to put Republic FC ahead in the 37th minute after Cameron Iwasa was taken down in the box. Braun stepped up to the spot and sent a shot toward the left side of the goal but Real Monarchs goalkepper Emilio Orozco guessed right and kept the score 1-1 going into the half.

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Both sides saw their share of opportunities in the second half. Real Monarchs had a breakaway chance in the 71st minute that was snuffed out by McLain coming off his line to clear the ball. McLain was called into action again in the 77th minute when Real Monarchs forward Emery Welshman sprinted past the defense with the ball as McLain charged at him and made the save.

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Republic FC had the majority of the chances in the second half, including a few after Emilio Orozco was sent off with his second yellow card in the 89th minute. Cameron Iwasa had a breakaway chance in the 68th minute that was unsuccessful. Republic FC had two headers in the final 10 minutes of the match, including one from defender Nemanja Vuković that hit the goal post and went out of play.

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The best chance for Republic FC came in the 87th minute when second-half substitute Thomas Stewart got a header opportunity, but unfortunately could not put it on goal. Despite the chances for both sides, the match ended in a 1-1 tie.

“A lot of good plays in the first half with a lot of good chances. It’s disappointing to not get the three points,” said Republic FC Head Coach Preski following the match. “The amount of chances we create is incredible. We had enough chances to win this game.”

Republic FC will be back in action on Saturday, June 6, when they take on the Austin Aztex. Kickoff is 8:00 p.m. The match will be broadcast live on CW 31.

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Sacramento Republic FC 1:1 Real Monarchs SLC
USL Match
Bonney Field – Sacramento, CA
May 30, 2015 – Attendance: 11,442

Scoring Summary: SLC – Max Rauhofer (penalty) 7; SRFC – David Estrada (Ivan Mirković) 19

Misconduct Summary: SLC – Emilio Orozco (caution) 15, Max Rauhofer (caution) 70, Adolfo Ovalle (caution) 76, Emilio Orozco (ejection) 89; SRFC – Nemanja Vuković (caution) 65, Ivan Mirković (caution) 87

Real Monarchs SLC – Eric Osswald; Riley McGovern, Lennon LeLostino, Tyler Arnorne, Emilio Orozco; Adolfo Ovalle, Alec Sundly (Lucas Baldin 41), Sebastian Saucedo (Maikon Orellana 74), Ricardo Velasco (Darion Copeland 90); Emery Welshman (Garett Losee 90), Max Rauhofer (Etiando Tavares 82)

Subs Not Used: Victor Rodriguez, Darion Copeland, Jose Navarro, Garrett Losee

Stats: Shots: 5, Shots on Goal: 2, Saves: 7, Fouls: 16, Corner Kicks: 3, Offside: 1.

Sacramento Republic FC – Patrick McLain; Emrah Klimenta, Mickey Daly, Nemanja Vuković, Agustin Cazarez (James Kiffe 56); Octavio Guzman (Max Alvarez 59), Ivan Mirković, Zev Taublieb (Thomas Stewart 73), Justin Braun (Derek Foran 82); David Estrada, Cameron Iwasa (Adnan Gabeljic 70).

Subs Not Used: Dominik Jakubek, Gabe Gissie

Stats: Shots: 18, Shots on Goal: 8, Saves: 1, Fouls: 16, Corner Kicks: 5, Offside: 2.

Match recap Courtesy of Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations