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Sac Republic look to expand Bonney Field

The Cal Expo board will discuss expansion plans and an amendment to the lease agreement between Cal Expo and Ovations at their December 12, 2014 Board Meeting.

This includes an increase from 4.8 to 5.39 acres in area covered under the lease agreement allowing for the increase in seating at Bonney Field to up to 12,000, though Sacramento Republic FC tentatively anticipates a capacity of approximately 10,500 for 2015.

If approved by the Cal Expo Board Republic FC and Ovations hope to begin expansion in January 2015 so it is completed prior to the home opener (approximately mid to late March 2015).

Majority of expansion will take place on the west and north sides adding approximately 10 rows of seats in most sections as well as all-new bleachers in the Tower Bridge Battalion section.


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30 for 30: Hillsborough

I just watched the exceptionally moving, ESPN 30 for 30 documentary on the 1989 Hillsborough disaster. I learned a lot about that day that I didn’t know before and shed more than a few tears. 

Every soccer fan, English or otherwise, should watch this. You will have a new appreciation for the power of determination – for justice, for the power of the common man.

You will also have a new understanding of Liverpool – both the city and the resilience of its people, but also of the Football Club and the depth of support of its fans.

If Sacramento Republic wants a pointer as to how a “real” football club is supported, witness the 30,000+ people chanting “Justice for the 96″…at a memorial service, not a game.


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MLS Makes Atlanta #23

…and then there was one.
Expansion spot, that is.

This week Major League Soccer officially introduced Atlanta as the 23rd member of the league, with the Arthur Blank owned team debuting in 2017. They will share a brand new stadium with his NFL Falcons – with the league dropping the requirement for a soccer-specific facility in exchange for an eager and well-heeled owner.

With Orlando City joining play in 2015, this move, together with David Beckham’s Miami franchise solidifies the league’s move into the southeastern USA. It also means that realignment is inevitable, as the addition of New York City in 2015 loads the Eastern Conference with new teams.

It’s a no-brainer that Houston and Kansas City will be moved to the Western Conference, but it also plays well geographically for the groups in Sacramento and San Antonio vying for the final 24th spot in the league.

By 2018 Major League Soccer may look more like this:

Eastern Conference

Chicago Fire
Columbus Crew
D.C. United
Montreal Impact
New England Revolution
New York City FC
New York Red Bulls
Orlando City
Philadelphia Union
Toronto FC

Western Conference 

Colorado Rapids
FC Dallas
Houston Dynamo (from the Eastern Conference)
Sporting Kansas City (from the Eastern Conference)
LA Galaxy
Los Angeles SC (formerly Chivas USA)
Portland Timbers
Real Salt Lake
Sacramento Republic (or San Antonio, or Minnesota)
San Jose Earthquakes
Seattle Sounders
Vancouver Whitecaps

So with expansion  to twenty-four teams finally complete, perhaps Don Garber will then turn his attention to building USL-Pro into a true “MLS Second Division” with relegation and promotion between them.  Then – and perhaps, only then – will the rest of the world regard the MLS as a “real” soccer league, something I think Garber already knows.



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