Republic FC will hold the Second Annual Sacramento Soccer Day today at Bonney Field at Cal Expo, highlighted by its friendly with English Premier League West Bromwich Albion FC.
The activities will include a 5 p.m. “Futures Match” for area up-and-coming men’s players; a 7 p.m. ceremony honoring the region’s boys and girls and men’s and women’s soccer championship teams; followed by the 7:30 p.m. rematch with West Bromich Albion. The Baggies defeated Republic FC 1-0 on Monday.
The Sacramento Spirit Award will be presented at halftime to the pioneers that help built the area’s soccer community. A State Fair fireworks show will follow the match at 10 p.m. Gates open at 4:30 p.m.
Gold needs win to host NPSL finals
It will require a couple of upsets, but the Sacramento Gold has a chance to be the home team in the National Premier Soccer League championship game if it wins its tournament semifinal match at 4:30 p.m. Saturday against host Chattanooga, Tenn.
Under a revised tournament format initiated last year by the semi-pro league, the Aug. 2 title game will be played at the the remaining high seed after this weekend’s semifinals. Chattanooga FC is seeded second and Sacramento third. No. 4 Lansing United of Michigan visits the top-seeded New York Red Bulls on Sunday.
The Gold, which plays its home games at River City High School in West Sacramento, won the NPSL title in 2010, its inaugural season. But on Saturday the Gold may be without high-scoring forward Manolo Pina. Coach Ruben Mora Jr. said Pina suffered a high-ankle sprain in last week’s West Region final against the Sonoma Sol.
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Cameron Park’s Pereira leads at Pacific Coast
• Corey Pereira of Cameron Park shot his second consecutive 8-under-par 62 to open a five-stroke lead heading into today’s final round of the Pacific Coast Amateur in Flagstaff, Ariz.
• Andreas Halvorsen of Norway beat Roseville’s Josh Sedeno 2 up Thursday in the second round of match play at the U.S. Junior Amateur in The Woodlands, Texas.
Bee Sports staff