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Soccer notes: Republic FC’s new uniforms generate positive buzz

New-look Sacramento Republic FC jerseys.
New-look Sacramento Republic FC jerseys.

Republic FC’s 3-0 win over the Seattle Sounders 2 on Saturday night at Bonney Field, generated lots of buzz, but so has the team’s new eggshell and white kit.

Players Emrah Klimenta, Cameron Iwasa, Gilberto, Thomas Stewart and Octavio Guzman modeled the new uniforms during a photo shoot unveiling last Wednesday at the Sacramento Railyards that has generated more than 1,000 likes on the team’s Facebook page.

The players will debut the new uniforms during their U.S. Open Cup opener May 20 at Bonney Field.

The new kit features Republic FC’s eggshell crest color combined with white horizontal stripes. The kit-sponsoring UC Davis Children’s Hospital logo is positioned across the front of the jersey with a team crest on the left side. A star above the crest symbolizes the club’s 2014 USL Championship.

The sleeves are eggshell in color and feature the club’s slogan “Urbs Indomit” (Indomitable City) on the right sleeve and the USL league logo on the left sleeve. The shorts are eggshell with the exception of a black stripe down the sides. The shorts feature the player’s numbers on the right leg.

While he had fun with the photo shoot, Klimenta said he wasn’t about to quit his day job as Republic FC’s outside defender to begin a modeling career. But he agreed the new uniforms look every bit as sharp as the team’s original white away and red home kits.

“The new uniforms are beautiful,” he said. “I love them. The gold and white look is amazing, and it symbolizes last season because we ultimately got the gold.”

Thompson World Cup-bound – Former Granite Bay High School star Tommy Thompson of the San Jose Earthquakes has been selected by coach Tab Ramos to represent the USA in the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand May 30 through June 20.

The 19-year-old Loomis native, who played nine matches with Republic FC while on loan from San Jose last season, already has 16 caps with the U-20s.

He most recently played for the USA April 18-26 in Austria and had a key role in his team qualifying for the World Cup at the CONCACAF championship in Jamaica. Thompson, a forward, started in all six matches and helped the USA finish 4-1-1.

Players are scheduled to start reporting to the National Training Center in Carson on Thursday. The USA departs Saturday for training in Australia.

Last season Thompson played in 13 matches and started eight for San Jose but has seen limited time this season under new coach Dominic Kinnear. He has appeared in five matches and played 127 minutes. He got his first start Friday night and played 72 minutes in San Jose’s 1-1 tie at the Colorado Rapids.

Another Grizzly honored – Granite Bay High School graduate Corban Anderson, a teammate of Tommy Thompson’s with the Grizzlies in 2012, has been named the Gatorade California Boys Soccer Player of the Year for 2014-2015.

The award recognizes outstanding athletic, academic and civic achievement.

The 5-foot-11 midfielder, who graduated from Granite Bay in December, is enrolled at Washington where he will play in the fall on scholarship, He scored six goals and had nine assists in leading the Grizzlies to 19-2 overall record and the Sierra Foothill League championship. Anderson, a two-time SFL MVP, helped lead the Grizzlies to a section championship in 2013.

Anderson joins former area stars Adam Jahn (Jesuit, Stanford, San Jose Earthquakes), Jalil Anibaba (Davis, North Carolina, Sporting Kansas City) and Seth Casiple (Rocklin HS, Cal and Portland Timbers FC 2) as former state players of the year.

Giving the Irish an assist – Sacramento State men’s assistant soccer head coach Matt McDougall served as the goalkeeper coach for the Republic of Ireland during Sunday’s friendly won 3-0 by the U.S. Women’s National Team at Anaya Stadium in San Jose.

McDougall is a former Sac State goalkeeper who is entering his 10th season as a coach with the Hornets.

Republic FC players honored – Republic FC midfielder Rodrigo Lopez and defender Nemanja Vukovic were named to the USL Team of the Week after helping lead Republic FC to a 3-0 win over the Seattle Sounders 2. Lopez had a goal and assisted on Vukovic’s header goal.

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