On December 3, 2012, USL Pro announced that a Sacramento expansion team would join the league for the 2014 season. On July 15, 2013, Predrag “Preki” Radosavljević was announced as head coach of the new franchise. The official name of the team and team shield were decided by fan vote. On July 18, 2013, the franchise officially announced the team name Sacramento Republic FC during the first annual Sacramento Soccer Day. As of April 2015, the team had sold more than 9,500 season-tickets.
Co-founded by Warren Smith and Joe Wagoner in 2012, the team started to play in 2014 at Hughes Stadium, a 20,231 seat stadium. They moved mid-season to their current home at Papa Murphy’s Park. Since then, Republic FC won the 2014 USL championship and made the playoffs four times.
With fan support and attendance, the team prepared an expansion bid for Major League Soccer, which was submitted in January 2017. On May 15, 2017, MLS bid proponent Sac Soccer & Entertainment Holdings, led by Kevin Nagle, officially acquired Sacramento Republic FC from president and co-founder Warren Smith. On October 21, 2019, MLS announced that Sacramento Republic will be the 29th team in MLS, slated to start in 2022. The team is working with the city of Sacramento to build a $226 million stadium in the large Railyards urban infill project.
2014 – Present / Major League Soccer
2014 – Present / Sacramento Republic FC
Sacramento Republic FC – On July 18, 2013, the franchise officially announced the team name Sacramento Republic FC during the first annual Sacramento Soccer Day.
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2014 – Present / Papa Murphy’s Park
2014 / Hughes Stadium
2012 – Present / Sac Soccer & Entertainment Holdings, LLC
*Blue is this team’s history