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The State Of The Republic

The Sac Republic look to build on last seasons success as they enter their second season in the USL. The much anticipated United Soccer League season has begun and fans in California’s capital have high hopes for their Sacramento Republic FC. They return as champions, after a very successful ingaural season. Though unsuccessful in recent […]

The Sac Republic look to build on last seasons success as they enter their second season in the USL.

The much anticipated United Soccer League season has begun and fans in California’s capital have high hopes for their Sacramento Republic FC. They return as champions, after a very successful ingaural season.

Though unsuccessful in recent matches, the Republic look to be one of the best sides in the blossoming USL. The coaching of the legendary Preki, leadership of captain Justin Braun and skill of star Rodrigo Lopez have made SRFC a formidable opponent for any club.

Though they did lose some players, like goalie/brick wall Jake Gleeson, the team was able to retain some class players like Europa League veteran Tommy Stewart and fan favorite Gilberto dos Santos Souza Jr., set to return from loan in May.

Goalkeeper enthusiast Kevin Stenvick (’15)┬ádiscusses the changes at the position,

“I am very excited, but I’m gonna miss Jake Gleeson,” he says. “Yet I’m excited to see what the new goal keeper, Pat McClain, can do. I also want to see [Dominic] Jakubek get some more minutes this season.”

Other additions like Valparaiso standout Zev Taublieb and local product Cameron Iwasa look to bolster the already talented roster.

The the immense support of the team by Sacramento has led to the expansion of Bonney Field and the addition of thousands of seats. In only one year, the team has built a strong and loyal fanbase.

“We need to go out there and defend our USL title and show why we belong MLS,” explained SRFC supporter Quentin Barbosa (’15). “It’s some great football for third division and it’s always entertaining with players like Roro [Lopez] out there.”

Many longtime soccer fans are glad they finally have local team to put their support behind.

“I like the fact Sacramento is finally developing in the world of professional soccer. It has become relevant in the city and I’m glad because I’ve always liked soccer,” says Natalie Wiseman (’15). “The games are exciting and fun to be at.”

Despite setbacks against Seattle Sounders 2 and Portland Timbers 2, the Republic look to get back on track in their home opener on Saturday, against their rival LA Galaxy 2, in front of a sold out crowd.

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