Major League Soccer
A group of hopefuls tried out for a spot on what could be Sacramento’s first Major League Soccer team.
A key cornerstone to the plan to bring an MLS team to Sacramento may already be under construction in downtown Sacramento. After years of uncertainty whether the Kings would stay in town, the city put together a plan to keep the team in Sacramento
Sacramento and two other cities will be making their case for a Major League Soccer expansion team come Thursday.
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and Republic FC officials are New York City where they met with Major League Soccer executives, hoping to convince them Sacramento is ready for a league expansion team.
The Sacramento Republic won the USL Pro championship in the team’s inaugural on Saturday with a 2-0 win over the Harrisburg City Islanders.
Not willing to completely bask in the glow of Saturday night’s USL Pro Championship, Republic FC is rolling out a new campaign.
Major League Soccer executives learned more about site plans for a professional soccer field at the downtown rail yards on Friday.
“We’re very excited about learning about Sacramento and what’s been happening with soccer here,” Abbott said.
The city dressed in purple for an NBA visit in 2011 to help keep the Sacramento Kings in Sacramento. Now the city is ready to dazzle again, this time for a professional soccer team.
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.
Elk Grove is hoping to score a professional soccer team after the city bought a huge plot of land, but it’s facing stiff competition from Sacramento.
With sellout after sellout by the Sacramento Republic at Bonney Field, Elk Grove wants to get in the game. Though it’s 20 minutes south of Sacramento, city leaders believe they have a strong shot at scoring a team.