Regional Digest: Republic FC to play preseason matches in Turlock, Davis

Published: Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 - 12:00 am

Republic FC will play preseason matches in March against the San Jose Earthquakes and UC Davis.

Republic FC, Sacramento’s new USL Pro franchise, will play the Earthquakes at Cal State Stanislaus in Turlock on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Republic FC has an affiliation agreement with the Earthquakes of Major League Soccer. The $25 tickets will be available at the gate on game day. A limited number of tickets also are available to Republic FC season-ticket holders by emailing or calling (916) 307-6100.

The preseason game against the Aggies will be March 16 at 4 p.m. at Aggie Soccer Field in Davis. Tickets, priced from $4 to $7, are available at the campus ticket office or by calling (530) 752-2471.

Republic FC opens its first USL Pro season with five matches on the road, starting March 29 against L.A. Galaxy II. The home opener will be April 26 against the Harrisburg City Islanders. Home matches are expected to be played at an 8,000-seat facility at Cal Expo, pending approval of the Cal Expo board of directors and completion of the facility. If the Cal Expo facility isn’t approved or isn’t completed in time, home matches will be played at Hughes Stadium at Sacramento City College.

Deposits for season tickets are being accepted through Friday. Season tickets include 14 regular-season matches, three friendlies played during the season and three playoff games.

– Bee Sports staff

CBS coach reportedly

up for Clovis West job

George Petrissans, who last fall led Christian Brothers to its first football playoff victory since the 1986 season, is the “recommended candidate” for the highly regarded Clovis West job in Fresno, according to CBS director of communications Kristen McCarthy.

McCarthy said Clovis West administrators urged Petrissans not to comment on any potential coaching news. The Clovis Unified School District is in the process of forwarding its pick to the district’s governing board, according to the Fresno Bee. The next meeting is March 12.

A Los Banos native, Petrissans went 1-9, 6-5 and 9-4 in his three seasons as head coach at CBS after working the previous nine seasons as an assistant coach. CBS in 2013 upset top-seeded American Canyon in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs.

Clovis West is one of the state’s top football programs, posting a 251-76-6 record with 17 league championships and eight Central Section titles from 1981 to 2008. That marked the most dominant run in the section’s 120-year history. But Clovis West has struggled in recent years, going 8-24 the previous three seasons.

– Joe Davidson

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