By Cecilio Padilla

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Sacramento will have to wait an extra year to join Major League Soccer.

Republic FC announced on Friday that MLS has pushed Sacramento’s inaugural season from 2022 to 2023.

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Officials say they decided on a delay so that the new club could address the challenges brought by the coronavirus pandemic.

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“It is important for each club to take the necessary time to launch their inaugural MLS seasons the way their fans and communities deserve,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber in a statement.

Republic FC says the brand-new Railyards stadium is now scheduled to break ground this coming fall. The stadium’s project schedule will have it ready for a full 2023 season, the team says, with the design being updated in light of COVID-19.

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The delay also means that the Republic FC will stay in the United Soccer League’s Championship division through the 2022 season.