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Republic Roster: December Signings (Updated)

Sacramento Republic GM Todd Dunivant made his first off-season roster moves this week, taking up contract options on three players: Polish attacking midfielder Dariusz Formella, U.S. defender Matt Mahoney and El Salvadoran international defender Juan Barahona.

The club also announced it would not be exercising options on defenders Elliott Hord and Charalampos Chantzopoulos; and midfielders Ray Saari and Hayden Partain.

Here’s what the roster now looks like as the team builds not just for its seventh USL season but also looks towards MLS in 2022:

No. Position Player
2 Defender Shannon Gomez (TTO)
4 Defender Mitchell Taintor (USA)
5 Defender Matt Mahoney (USA)
6 Defender Charalampos Chantzopoulos (DEU)
7 Midfielder Hayden Partain (USA)
9 Midfielder Dariusz Formella (POL)
10 Midfielder Keven Alemán (CAN)
11 Midfielder Sam Werner (USA)
12 Midfielder Drew Skundrich (USA)
15 Defender Juan Barahona (SLV)
18 Goalkeeper Rafael Díaz (DOM)
20 Midfielder Villyan Bijev (BGR)
21 Defender Dekel Keinan (ISR)
23 Forward Thomas Enevoldsen (DNK)
24 Midfielder Jaime Villarreal (USA)
25 Midfielder Ray Saari (USA)
26 Defender Elliott Hord (USA)
29 Forward Stefano Bonomo (USA)
30 Defender Jordan McCrary (USA)
31 Forward Cameron Iwasa (USA)
46 Midfielder Mario Penagos (USA) (Academy player)
47 Defender Hayden Sargis (USA) (Academy player)
48 Defender Eddy Berumen (USA) (Academy player)

BOLD = Signed for 2020 season
Strikethrough = Released

There is no word on the appointment of a new Head Coach, however.

UPDATE: 12/3/2019 Republic announced that all-time leading goal scorer, Cameron Iwasa has been resigned by the club.

UPDATE: 12/4/2019 Republic announced the return of central midfielder Jaime Villarreal and winger Sam Werner for a second season with the club.

UPDATE: 12/5/2019 Republic announced the return of Bulgarian playmaker Villyan Bijev, a member of the team since 2017, and Trinidad & Tobago international Shannon Gomez – now fit after knee surgery in August.

UPDATE: 12/6/2019 Republic announced the return of Dominican Republic born goalkeeper Rafael Diaz, who joined the team in early 2018 and is currently the only ‘keeper on the roster, and U.S. central midfielder Drew Skundrich for a second season in Sacramento.

UPDATE: 12/10/2019 Republic announced the return of veteran Israeli international defender Dekel Keinan for a second season with the club.

Republic Out, Storm In

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When the Sacramento Republic move into the new downtown Railyards Stadium for their debut MLS season in 2022, a new lead tenant will take over 11,500 seat Papa Murphy’s Park at Cal Expo: the California Storm women’s team. The question now is whether they will be competing in the professional National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) when they do.

Signs are suggesting the answer is, yes. The Storm organization currently is part of the second tier Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) and has been highly successful, but recently added former USWNT stars Leslie Osborne and Brandi Chastain, as well as Brazilian legend Sissi to the team’s Board of Directors, as well as filing trademark registrations. This points to bigger ambitions.

They also have the backing of Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, who said at a recent City Council meeting, “Building off of the Major League Soccer excitement, I believe our city has another once-in-a-lifetime opportunity — let’s bring women’s professional soccer to Sacramento. We are all currently working on it together, and, personally, if and when we are collectively successfully, this is something, I believe, will truly be another game-changer for Sacramento.”

There would still be many hurdles to cross before an NWSL franchise is awarded but being backed by the Mayor and being an affiliate of the Sacramento Republic organization certainly puts them in a strong position. We’ll be following this story closely in the coming months.

Sacramento Republic: Stadium Construction Change

The Sacramento City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a change to the MLS stadium construction deal with Sacramento Republic. The City will now loan $27.2 million up front to pay for infrastructure development in the Railyards area, rather than recouping the money through taxes after the stadium opens.

“Instead of allowing the folks investing in the railyards to collect the $27 million over time, we would loan them the resources upfront so they can get a faster start,” Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg. said. “And then, we get paid back dollar for dollar the money we have loaned. So, it’s zero risk for the city.”

If those costs exceed the $27.2 million loan the Republic investment group would pay for the overages, making it a low risk investment according to the Mayor.
“You have to invest in order to increase the tax base and that’s exactly what we’re doing with the soccer (stadium) and the Railyards,” he said.

The Sacramento Republic Stadium in the Downtown Railyards project.

Republic FC’s MLS stadium wil anchor a 31-acre parcel within the Downtown Railyards development and will be located east of 7th Street. The plans also call for an entertainment district adjacent to the stadium to extend use beyond game days for fans and visitors year-round.

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Over the coming months we’ll be following this story and the other developments as Sacramento becomes part of Major League Soccer in 2022.