Sacramento Republic FC, continuing to build its case for an expansion spot in Major League Soccer, announced a major sponsorship agreement Friday with UC Davis. The UC Davis Health System agreed to sponsor Republic FC’s jerseys should the team graduate to MLS status.
Harry Williams and Daniel Trickett-Smith are 20-year-old Englishmen far from home for the first time while playing for Republic FC. They are adapting to Sacramento’s sizzling summer heat while juggling the nuances of a different culture. Both have endured frustrating injuries. Both also have learned to develop new skills beyond soccer.
Danny Barrera leads the USL in assists and has helped Sacramento to an 8-4-5 (29 points) record in the Western Conference and tied for second place. Last Sunday, Barrera recorded his fifth and sixth assists on the season against the Orange County Blues. The team’s captain also extended his club record by recording an assists in five consecutive matches. The team plays tonight at the Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC.
Friday marked the one-year anniversary of Paul Buckle’s arrival as Republic FC coach. The Englishman’s first American coaching gig has been a challenging but positive experience since he replaced Preki on July 8, 2015.
Sacramento Republic FC coach Paul Buckle talks about his first year as coach and manager of the USL club after a training session on Tuesday, July 5, 2016. After replacing popular coach Preki last July 8, Buckle has helped the Republic FC establish a soccer academy that is needed with the team's expected move to Major League Soccer. Goalkeeper Dominik Jakubek says Buckle has been outstanding for the team.
Ricardo Velazco scored a goal, had an assist and caused a stoppage time own goal to rally the Real Monarchs SLC to a 3-2 win over Republic FC and end Sacramento’s nine game unbeaten streak in front of an announced sellout crowd of 11,569 Wednesday night at Bonney Field.
The San Jose Earthquakes are not only making forward Adam Jahn and midfielder Tommy Thompson available again for Wednesday night’s game against the Real Monarchs SLC at Bonney Field, the MLS team is sending rookie defender Kip Colvey to help bolster Sacramento’s back line.