NEW YORK (CBS13) –Republic FC fans were out in force in New York City as Sacramento makes its best and last pitch to gain one of two available Major League Soccer expansion franchises.

Sac Republic FC is one of four finalists trying to convince the MLS to give the city a team.

The team and the City of Sacramento are making their case before the league in NYC.

Republic FC has been pushing for this moment for months – and it’s been quite a journey.

The club went through ownership disputes and worked to strike a stadium deal. In fact, the city has already begun moving dirt at the railyards site in anticipation of being granted a franchise.

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg said last week that he’s ready for this moment.

“You play to your strengths. And you go into these conversations with confidence,” Steinberg said.

Steinberg will use his previous experience as a state leader when he went to bat for the Sacramento Kings organization in front of NBA executives.

Meg Whitman, a former CEO at HP and one time GOP candidate for Cailfornia governor, also joined the Republic FC ownership group, the team announced Wednesday morning. The move appears to further strengthen Sacramento’s bid, which already includes 49ers owner Jed York as well.

MLS reportedly likes to make its announcements in the home cities of those getting the franchises.

The other finalists are Cincinnati, Detroit and Nashville.

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