Soccer notes: Earthquakes coach credits Republic FC with assist

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 2:16 AM

C. United on Saturday at Avaya Stadium, and Earthquakes coach Dominic Kinnear credited their time on loan recently with Republic FC for the assist.

Soccer notes: Earthquakes coach credits Republic FC with assist

Adam Jahn and Tommy Thompson played huge roles in the San Jose Earthquakes’ 1-1 tie with D. C. United on Saturday at Avaya Stadium, and Earthquakes coach Dominic Kinnear credited their time on loan recently with Republic FC for the assist.

Jahn entered in the eightieth min and scored the tying goal eight minutes later, and Thompson excelled with an energetic ninety minutes to assistance hold San Jose undefeated at home.

The former area high school stars played for Republic FC in its USL opener, a 1-0 triumph over the Seattle Sounders FC two on March twenty-five, when San Jose was on international break.

“I know something love that helps them,” Kinnear said after the match. “I thought both of them looked very sharp in practice this week. … I think any time you obtain game minutes it gives you more confidence, and I thought they'd a excellent tiny bounce in their step this week in practice, and I think it’s the reason why they looked confident stepping on the field tonight.”

Jahn said the time with Sacramento also prepared him well for his big-stage moment.

“Absolutely. It’s a excellent level over there,” he told SJEarthquakes. com of his time with Republic FC. “You can train all you want, but nothing can obtain you prepared for games like games.”

Republic FC coach Paul Buckle said Jahn’s and Thompson’s performances indicate the affiliation works well for both sides.

“I’m delighted that they were both able to contribute,” Buckle said. “They are two very excellent players, excellent pros, who came here and fit in perfectly with what we’re doing, and obviously I conveyed that to Dominic. It’s been kind that the ’Quakes could assistance us and in turn we perceive we’ve played a tiny portion in helping them back.”

Forward Label Sherrod played on loan from San Jose latest week and started and played sixty-nine minutes in Saturday night’s 1-0 win over AZ United SC in Republic FC’s residence opener. Sherrod rejoined Republic FC on Wednesday and is expected to travel with the team for Sunday’s match at the Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2.

– Republic FC will host a second-round match in the one hundred-third Lamar Hunt U. S. Open Cup on May eighteen at Bonney Field.

Sacramento will play the winner of the May eleven match between San Francisco City FC and Oakland’s CD Aguiluchos UNITED STATES OF AMERICA in San Francisco.

The U. S. Open Cup, which features ninety-two teams this year, is the oldest ongoing national soccer contest in the United States.

– Republic FC forward Cameron Iwasa, who scored Saturday’s winning goal in the eighty-fourth minute, credited defender James Kiffe for making it happen.

“On the goal, that was ninety % james getting up the wing,” Iwasa said. “James is always working tough and getting up the left side, creating chances.”

When Kiffe’s first attempt to pass into Iwasa was blocked close the left sideline, he quickly gathered the rebound, dribbled nearly ten yards toward Iwasa at the top of the box, then laid the ball off just as his legs were taken out by an AZ United defender.

Buckle said it’s a plus having two exterior defenders – Emrah Klimenta plays on the right side – who have such a keen attacking mindset.

“James is improving all the time,” Buckle said. “There is still a lot of room for improvement, and I think he’d be the first to declare that. But when Kiffe gets on the ball presently in wide areas, he’s very positive, just love Emrah on the other side.”

– With Saturday’s Bonney Field record crowd of 11.569, Republic FC extended its USL regular-season sellout streak to twenty-seven matches. Including USL playoffs, the club has sold out thirty-one of its thirty-two USL matches. The only non-sellout was May three, two thousand fourteen, when Sacramento played the Orange County Blues FC in front of 17.414 fans at Hughes Stadium. That was one of four matches at the 20.000-plus Sacramento City College stadium before the club moved to its Cal Expo stadium.

Sacramento will have a excellent shot at surpassing latest year’s Bonney Field and USL regular-season records, and not just because of the additional one hundred twenty-seven seats. The USL expanded the regular season to thirty matches this season, giving Republic FC fifteen residence matches instead of the fourteen it played in two thousand-fourteenth and 2015.

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