Republic FC, Sacramento mayor optimistic new investor in MLS deal will be found


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) – Amid the recent setbacks in the planned Major League Soccer expansion in Sacramento, many questions still remain about the future of professional soccer in the capital.

First, it was Ron Burkle at the end of February who pulled the plug on his deal as the lead investor to bring MLS to Sacramento.

Then a few days later, Ben Gumpert stepped down as chief operating officer for Sacramento Republic FC.

Many in the region cringed thinking the MLS dream would soon collapse.

“We can’t give up,” said Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg. “We didn’t give up on the Kings and we’re not giving up on Major League Soccer.”

Steinberg has been involved in both processes for the city and he explained Wednesday the next steps are fairly straightforward.

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