Coach: Republic FC should be higher in standings

04/26/2014 2:11 PM

04/26/2014 7:52 PM

Entering tonight's 7:30 sellout home opener at Hughes Stadium, Sacramento Republic FC is tied for third place in the United Soccer League PRO Division standings.

But Republic FC coach Predrag "Preki" Radosavljevic thinks the first-year team should be better than its 2-2-1 record.

"We have done a decent job," Preki said. "In saying that, we felt we have allowed quite a few points to skip away from us. We should have four to six points more.

"But we always knew that this was going to be a long, hard process."

Defending champion Orlando City FC, headed next season for Major League Soccer, is tied with the Los Angeles Galaxy II with 11 points, though LA has played one more match.

Republic FC has seven points along with the Dayton Dutch Lions, though the Lions have played one less match than Sacramento.

Republic FC has an impressive 3-0 win and a 1-1 draw with Galaxy II but lost matches to the Orange County Blues and Arizona United SC.

In both losses, Republic FC had to play a man down because players received red cards.

"It frustrates me that we're making silly little mistakes," Preki said. "We have to be a little bit more disciplined and not get carried away and get silly yellow cards and red cards."

Injury woes - Forwards Jake Braun and Mike Fucito and goalkeeper Jake Gleeson are arguably three of the team's leading marquee players, but all have battled injuries early and been forced to miss games.

Braun, the MLS veteran, pulled a right hamstring just before halftime in the win over Galaxy II and missed last week's match against Arizona FC. Fucito, on loan from the San Jose Earthquakes, also sat out the Arizona match with a right hamstring injury and was rehabbing this week in San Jose.

Both will not play tonight, according to club officials.

Gleeson, on loan from the Portland Timbers, suffered a right groin injury in a collision with an Orange County player and hasn't played since. He's a game-time decision tonight.

"It is was it is," Preki said. "(Injuries) never frustrate me. You have to worry about the personnel you have available to you. You can't worry about something you can't control."

Slow-starting foe - Tonight's opponent, the Harrisburg City Islanders, have been a member of the United Soccer League since 2004 and the franchise's biggest claims to fame were beating MLS' New England Revolution and the New York Red Bulls in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in 2008 and 2010, respectively.

But despite having five players listed on their roster on loan from the MLS Philadelphia Union, the Islanders are 0-2-1 and in last place among the league's 14 teams. Harrisburg lost 4-1 to Orange County on Thursday but got its first goal of the season from the Union's Cris Hernandez.

Injury woes - Forwards Jake Braun and Mike Fucito and goalkeeper Jake Gleeson are arguably three of the team’s leading marquee players, but all have battled injuries early and been forced to miss games.

Braun, the MLS veteran, pulled a right hamstring just before halftime in the win over Galaxy II and missed last week’s match against Arizona FC. Fucito, on loan from the San Jose Earthquakes, also sat out the Arizona match with a right hamstring injury and was rehabbing this week in San Jose.

Both will not play tonight, according to club officials.

Gleeson, on loan from the Portland Timbers, suffered a right groin injury in a collision with an Orange County player and hasn’t played since. He’s a game-time decision tonight.

“It is was it is,” Preki said. “(Injuries) never frustrate me. You have to worry about the personnel you have available to you. You can’t worry about something you can’t control.”

Slow-starting foe - Tonight’s opponent, the Harrisburg City Islanders, have been a member of the United Soccer League since 2004 and the franchise’s biggest claims to fame were beating MLS’ New England Revolution and the New York Red Bulls in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in 2008 and 2010, respectively.

But despite having five players listed on their roster on loan from the MLS Philadelphia Union, the Islanders are 0-2-1 and in last place among the league’s 14 teams. Harrisburg lost 4-1 to Orange County on Thursday but got its first goal of the season from the Union’s Cris Hernandez.

Into the fire - Forward Adam Jahn, the former Jesuit High School and Stanford star who joined Republic FC from the San Jose Earthquakes in midweek, is scheduled to start tonight.

The Davis native appeared in 22 matches and scored four goals for the Earthquakes last season.

But with veterans Chris Wondolowski, Aaron Gordon and Steven Lenhart healthy, Jahn has played in only one match for the Quakes.

Hughes logistics - Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. There will be no ticket sales on site or walk-up tickets available due to the sell out.

Pre-match activities include food trucks, barbecue, beer garden, face painters, inflatables, live music by City of Vain and games for all ages. Tailgating is not permitted on campus or in the parking lot. Parking is $10.

Because of limited parking on site, Republic FC officials recommend that fans take public transportation or carpool to the match. They say regional transit will be operating until at least 11 p.m. at City College Station.

More than 1,000 free passes are being distributed for ticket holders. Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates will operate two free bike valets; one on campus and one in Curtis Village.

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