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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento Republic FC opened its 2017 training camp today in Sinaloa, Mexico, and announced its complete seven-game preseason schedule as it builds toward the 2017 USL regular season. Sacramento will face a pair of MLS opponents in the New York Red Bulls and San Jose Earthquakes, and will also meet FC Cincinnati, Reno 1868 FC, San Francisco Deltas, Fresno Fuego and Sacramento State Men’s Soccer before kicking off the regular season on March 26 against Seattle Sounders FC 2.
“The preseason is a great device to bring together all of the work that was done in the offseason and help us find our identity as a team and as individuals,” said Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle. “Mexico will begin our team bonding and help put together our tactical approach. The trip will also bring the new players up to speed with the players that are returning. There is no better way in my mind to bring the players together then to take the players away and put us in a place where we can get better.”
Republic FC’s signed players and selected trialists reported to Cosumnes River College on Monday, Jan. 22 for preseason physicals and fitness testing. The club trained in Sacramento for two days before traveling to Sinaloa, Mexico for an intensive weeklong training session. The club is training at the same facility used by Liga MX clubs Santos Laguna, Club Tijuana and Ascenso MX club Dorados de Sinaloa. The club will return to Sacramento on Monday, Feb. 6.
Republic FC’s will open its preseason slate against the Red Bulls on Feb. 10 at Bonney Field before the club visits the Earthquakes on Feb. 25 at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif. Those contests will be separated by a visit to face the Fuego on Feb. 18 at Chukchansi Park.
Games against Sacramento State (March 1), FC Cincinnati (March 4), Reno 1868 FC (March 11) and SF Deltas (March 18) will conclude the preseason schedule.
“The preseason friendly matches provide an opportunity to iron out as many problems as we can to get prepared for the new season,” continued Buckle. “We will be looking to win the games and put together everything that we are working on the training field, while also get much-needed minutes into the players’ legs.”
Sacramento Republic FC 2017 Preseason Schedule
Feb. 10 – New York Red Bulls, Bonney Field
Feb. 18 – at Fresno Fuego, Chukchansi Park
Feb. 25 – at San Jose Earthquakes, Avaya Stadium
March 1 – at Sacramento State University, Hornet Field
March 4 – FC Cincinnati, Bonney Field
March 11 – at Reno 1868 FC, Greater Nevada Field
March 18 – at SF Deltas, Kezar Stadium