Our soon to be local soccer team, Sacramento Republic FC, today announced two separate one-year affiliate agreements with the Portland Timbers and the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer (MLS).
The Timbers and Earthquakes annually will each loan a minimum of two players to Republic FC for the entire USL PRO season plus Timbers Academy and Timbers U-23s assistant, Ron Underwood, will serve as an assistant coach.
“We are excited to partner with the Timbers and Earthquakes in an effort to develop talent on the field, emulate each club’s business success and to entertain our fans with the high quality talent from each club,” said Warren Smith, president of Sacramento Republic FC. “Our organization is twice blessed with the ability to learn from not one, but two MLS clubs, their experienced operating teams and engaged, passionate supporters. Each affiliate agreement provides an important part of our efforts to provide Sacramento Republic FC, as well as the entire Sacramento region, one of the most talented USL PRO clubs in the league and a MLS vision for our community.”
The next major step for the team is the January 31st meeting of the Cal Expo board of directors where they will discuss plans for the 8,000 seat temporary stadium to be built in the southwest of the property.
“We still think we will break ground in late February,” Smith said. “We can build it in 60 days but that doesn’t allow for any delays at all.”
Should the facility not be ready for the start of the season, the team is expected to play at Hughes Stadium at Sacramento City College.