Stefano Bonomo

Stefano Bonomo celebrates after a goal in the Republic FC’s game against Tulsa.

Cameron Iwasa and Stefano Bonomo both recorded braces to lead Republic FC to a 6-0 rout of Tulsa Roughnecks FC in what was the club’s largest-ever margin of victory.

After an initial surge from the visitors, Republic FC’s offense took full control of the match, and their relentlessness in front of goal resulted in an early corner kick that led to the opener for the boys in Old Glory Red.

Winger Villyan Bijev whipped in a right-footed cross that defender Mitchell Taintor buried into the back of the net to put Sacramento ahead in the eighth minute.

Republic FC doubled their lead at the close of the first half after Cameron Iwasa, wearing the captain’s armband on the night, volleyed home a deflected cross from Jordan McCrary.

Sacramento made it 3-0 shortly after the restart when Stefano Bonomo coolly slotted home a one-timer from a few short yards out to beat Tulsa goalkeeper Mason Stajduhar. Iwasa was credited with the assist after playing the striker through on goal for his first goal of the season in league play.

Twelve minutes later, Iwasa netted his second brace in consecutive league games, heading home another Bijev cross to bring his season tally to a team-high nine goals.

The scoring didn’t stop there. Bonomo bagged a brace of his own in the 74th minute after chesting home a Sam Werner cross from a free kick to make it 5-0.

Werner rounded out the historic rout with the team’s sixth and final goal, completing the largest margin of victory in Republic FC’s history.

With the win, the boys in Old Glory Red leap up to sixth place in the Western Conference standings with 23 points, level with Reno 1868 FC but with a superior goal difference.

Fittingly, Republic FC travel to Nevada next weekend to take on their regional rivals on Saturday, June 29. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Greater Nevada Field.

Sacramento Republic FC has launched “#WatchMe,” a community initiative to empower women and girls to join, lead and benefit from actively participating in sports. To kick off the initiative, Republic FC will host an all-girls 4 vs 4 soccer tournament on Saturday, June 29, at Papa Murphy’s Park in Cal Expo.

Sacramento Republic FC also announced it will host the Under-20 side of Mexican Giants Club América in an international friendly on Tuesday, July 16, the club announced on June 20. The match will be held at Papa Murphy’s Park in Cal Expo with kickoff at 8 p.m. Tickets to the game include free admission to the California State Fair on July 16 and go on sale to the public via starting today at noon.

“We’re excited to welcome Club América to Sacramento and continue our club’s history of hosting international club exhibitions,” said Ben Gumpert, Republic FC President and COO. “These types of games are a great opportunity to bring people in our community together from diverse backgrounds, a cornerstone of our club, and introduce new fans to what the Republic experience is all about.”

Founded in 1916, Club América is one of Liga MX’s most popular and decorated teams, and one of only two Liga MX teams to have never been relegated to the second division. The Mexico City-based club has won a record 13 league titles, as well as a record six Copa MX cups and a record seven Concacaf Champions League titles. “The Eagles” will be the fourth-ever Liga MX affiliated side Republic FC face in an international friendly after previously hosting Atlas FC (twice), C.D. Guadalajara (Chivas) and C.F. Pachuca over the past five seasons.

“Mexico and California are more than neighbors and friends—we are family,” said Liliana Ferrer, Consul General of Mexico in Sacramento. “Sports brings out the best in us.  In the case of the California-Mexico relationship, it helps highlight the fact that it is a testament of true friendship, mutual respect and solidarity.”

“Thrilled about this exciting announcement!” said Sacramento Vice Mayor Eric Guerra. “In today’s political climate, this is a positive event to bring unity and create friendships. Soccer is a universal sport for many people around the world. We may be from different countries and cultures, but with soccer, we are one people. In keeping with the tradition of welcoming everyone to our city, we are looking forward to hosting Club América and to an exciting match!”

In the lead-up to the friendly, Republic FC will host free youth soccer clinics across the region featuring bilingual staff with an emphasis on providing access to children in underserved communities. More information on the clinic times and locations will be announced at a later date.

The friendly against Club América is included in the Republic FC season ticket member package.  A limited number of walk up tickets will be available on the day of the match when gates open at 6:30 p.m.

Sacramento Republic FC has launched “#WatchMe,” a community initiative to empower women and girls to join, lead and benefit from actively participating in sports. To kick off the initiative, Republic FC will host an all-girls 4x4 soccer tournament on Saturday, June 29, at Papa Murphy’s Park in Cal Expo.

“At the core of our mission is to use the power of sport to impact communities and drive positive change,” said Ben Gumpert, Republic FC President and COO.  “We’re proud to launch #WatchMe to provide more opportunities for girls and women in our community to have access to sports, to training, to leaders and to each other.  It is an underserved need in Sacramento and we are going to work to change that.”

“Getting girls in the game and keeping them playing is paramount to our growth as a community,” said Scott Moak, Republic FC VP of Community Investment. “#WatchMe is going to create opportunities for girls to play, learn and belong to something bigger, and we couldn’t be more excited.”

“This initiative resonates with me, not just because I’m a mother and the only woman on the City Council, but because I believe this is the right thing to do,” said Mayor Pro Tem Angelique Ashby. “I couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with Republic FC to be an ambassador of the #WatchMe program and to help champion the cause of further empowering women and girls.”

According to a recent report by the Women’s Sport Foundation, girls drop out of playing sports by age 14 at a rate 1.5x faster than boys because they do not have a sense that they belong and don’t see a future in sports. Similar data from another survey that found that over half of all girls will have quit sports by age 17.

Decreased participation in sports can play a significant role in preventing girls from achieving their potential. A recent study conducted by the EY Women Athletes Business Network and ESPNW showed that 94 percent of women executives in the C-suite played a sport growing up.

Republic FC’s “#WatchMe” initiative is composed of three parts—Train, Lead and Inspire—with each focusing on different areas of growth to combat the trend of decreased female participation in sports and empower female athletes of all ages.

“Watch Me: Train” will help develop stronger female players on and off the field through an ongoing series of all-girls soccer camps and clinics. Programming will include full-day skills and drills sessions, conditioning games, tournaments and guest speakers.

“Watch Me: Lead” will focus on developing more female role models in youth sports. Republic FC will offer educational courses throughout the year for women who are interested in becoming a coach or taking their coaching to the next level via U.S. Soccer coaching certification.

“Watch Me: Inspire” will provide a platform to inspire the next generation of female leaders. The program will include a speakers bureau and symposium, among other #WatchMe initiatives to help young women and girls harness their power to lead.

– Omar Gonzalez