SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — The Sacramento Republic have sold out their final two regular season games and their playoff opener, the team announced on Wednesday.
The Republic (26-6-4, 52 pts) has consistently sold out games at both its new home at Bonney Field and the larger venue Hughes Stadium. Earlier this season, it set a USL Pro record for highest attendance in a season.
The team is undefeated in its USL Pro games at home this season and is currently second in the USL Pro standings to Orlando City SC (18-4-4, 58 pts), a team moving to Major League Soccer next season. The Republic also has a goal of moving to MLS and will meet with officials later this month.
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The Republic will play OKC Energy FC (8-13-5, 29 pts), on Thursday, a team it beat last month at home, but lost twice to on the road earlier in the season. The regular season wraps up with a game against the Republic’s first opponent of the season, LA Galaxy II (14-7-6, 27 pts). The Republic have won twice against the Galaxy II and tied once.
Avaya Stadium features the largest outdoor bar in North America with more than 40 beers on tap, and while grabbing a pint, fans can also power up their cellphones with solar charging stations.
Warren Smith says MLS pays close attention to social media trends. The league is set to add Atlanta, Los Angeles, Minneapolis as it expands to 24 teams by the end of the decade. The league is already talking about expansion beyond that.
With the Republic's 7-3 drubbing of Chula Vista FC, the defending USL Pro champions will face the San Jose Earthquakes in the fourth round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
Among other cities that have expressed interest are Austin, Texas; Sacramento, California; St. Louis; and San Antonio; and to a lesser extent El Paso, Texas; Indianapolis; and Las Vegas.
A Vacaville soccer player has a special connection to the Sacramento Republic. He didn’t make the team, but he’s won over the Republic family after surviving a violent ordeal.
Even with the USL Pro Sacramento Republic’s record-setting crowds, an ownership group pledging several hundred million dollars for an MLS team and plans for a privately financed stadium, MLS opted for Minneapolis’s larger market for its new franchise.
MLS has planned to expand to 24 teams by 2020, and only two spots remained going into this year—one had already been promised to David Beckham’s ownership group in Miami, despite their issues trying to land a stadium deal.
Mayor Carolyn Goodman received a letter from MLS Commissioner Don Garber saying the city would not be considered, because of " uncertainty as to when we might be able to move forward." As a result, the city says its $200 million stadium proposal is dead.
The Grant Napear Show - February 3, 2015 - Seg 3KHTKplaypause Kevin Nagle, the majority owner of Sacramento Republic Football Club, joined Grant during the show’s third segment. The two discussed the possibility of Major […]
At Sacramento’s State of the City address on Thursday, Mayor Kevin Johnson introduced San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York as the latest investor in the USL Pro champion team. That came a day after Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive announced he would be investing in the team as well.