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Republic FC picks up options for rookie duo

Sacramento Republic FC forward Cameron Iwasa, left, has his pass blocked by Atlas F.C. defender Walter Kannemann in a friendly at Bonney Field on Wednesday, July 8, 2015, in Sacramento.
Sacramento Republic FC forward Cameron Iwasa, left, has his pass blocked by Atlas F.C. defender Walter Kannemann in a friendly at Bonney Field on Wednesday, July 8, 2015, in Sacramento. jvillegas@sacbee.com

Republic FC has picked up the contract options on forward Cameron Iwasa and midfielder Joaquin Rivas for the 2016 season. Both were USL rookies last season who Sacramento coach Paul Buckle said have huge upside.

“Next season is a big season for both Iwasa and Rivas,” Buckle said in a news release. “These two exciting prospects had a taste of first team football in Sacramento. The development in their game has been tremendous. They are players that I am looking forward to pushing on and commanding a regular place on our team. Both showed glimpses of magic when they played, and I like that they are attack-minded players.”

Iwasa, a Sacramento native who starred at Jesuit High School, appeared in 22 matches and scored two goals, including the match winner in a 1-0 upset of English Premier League club Sunderland AFC in a friendly at Bonney Field in July. The former UC Irvine standout also tallied a USL goal in an April match against the Portland Timbers 2.

Rivas, a native of El Salvador who grew up Las Vegas, played in 19 matches, including 13 in league play. The former UNLV player scored a goal in a friendly against the New York Cosmos at Hughes Stadium in late February.

Bill Paterson: 916-326-5506, @SacBee_BillP

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