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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

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