SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – In a move prepping for Major League Soccer’s visit to the area, Sacramento Republic FC announced that local businessman Kevin Nagle is now the team’s majority owner.
MLS representatives will be visiting Sacramento in the coming weeks, looking into whether the region could support an expansion team.
Sac Republic FC was quick to note their enthusiasm in Nagle and how it positions the team for the MLS bid.
“Kevin’s leadership and investment in Republic FC positions us as one of the top ownership groups in the sport,” said Republic FC President Warren Smith.
Nagle is the co-founder and CEO of Envision RX, a pharmaceutical company based in Sacramento.
“Early on, I admired Republic FC’s success and efforts to galvanize this region; its bid for MLS is not only about sports, but also a shared vision for Sacramento,” Nagle said in a release from Sac Republic FC. “I am honored to work side-by-side with Mayor Kevin Johnson and Republic FC President Warren Smith to procure MLS for Sacramento and demonstrate why this region is built for MLS.”
Nagle is also part-owner of the Sacramento Kings and is credited with being one of the organizing forces that helped keep the team from leaving the city.
“Kevin’s success in business speaks for itself. But his love of this community – borne out by his heroics during the Kings fight, and now, his bold action on MLS, speak volumes to how much he believes in Sacramento and how ready he is to play to win,” Mayor Johnson said in a release.
According to Sac Republic FC, MLS officials are scheduled to visit Sacramento on September 18.