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.
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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.
During Thursday night's State of the City speech, San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York was introduced as a new investor in the USL Pro team. The announcement comes one day after Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive announced he was joining the team's ownership group.
Vivek Ranadive will not become a majority owner in the USL Pro team, but he and the Kings are investing in the Republic in its bid to become a Major League Soccer franchise.
The move sends a message to Major League Soccer, which is considering Sacramento among three potential cities for an expansion team. Two groups from Minnesota and one from Las Vegas are also in the running.
Don Garber revealed that deciding whether to expand to Sacramento, Minneapolis, or Las Vegas will need extra time, though it will be discussed at Saturday's Board of Governors meeting.
The proposal was first made in May. A vote has been postponed several times, with council members balking at using public money.