OFFICIAL CLUB STATEMENT – OCTOBER 16, 2019

We share the great excitement and anticipation in our community about Sacramento’s bid to join Major League Soccer. We will continue to respect the MLS expansion process and remain confident about the future of our club and our city. We look forward to sharing more information in the days ahead.

Expansion hopefuls Sacramento Republic release new MLS stadium renderings

MLS expansion contenders Sacramento Republic FC released new and updated renderings of their planned downtown stadium on Tuesday, providing another tantalizing glimpse of the impressive facility that undergirds their bid to be the next team welcomed to the league.

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See the new dramatic drawings of a Major League Soccer stadium in Sacramento

Republic FC hopes it can turn a section of the long-vacant downtown Sacramento railyard into a state-of-the art stadium with views of the river and city skyline by 2021.

The soccer franchise released new architectural renderings this week of what that stadium might look like as Sacramento continues its bid to join Major League Soccer as an expansion team.

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Sac Republic FC releases new MLS stadium renderings

New renderings for a Major League Soccer stadium in the Railyards development suggest local momentum is building again toward a potential expansion team.

Sacramento Republic FC released the renderings Tuesday with a handful of design changes intended to make the project more fan-friendly and distinctive.

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Exclusive: Major League Soccer commissioner talks Burkle, Sacramento and expansion

After years of playing also-ran, Sacramento has surged to a lead position in its bid for Major League Soccer. What happened? It’s about the money.

In an exclusive interview about Sacramento’s five-year effort to join the nation’s premier professional soccer league, MLS Commissioner Commissioner Don Garber told The Sacramento Bee the addition of two deep-pocketed investors from Southern California was key to solidifying the city’s bid. And it came at nearly the 90th minute. Next month, the league board meets to discuss adding a 28th team.

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MLS Commissioner gives his thoughts on Sacramento’s potential for Republic FC

MLS Commissioner Don Garber said Sacramento’s addition of investors Ron Burkle and Matt Alvarez was the key to igniting the city’s efforts to win an expansion franchise for Republic FC.

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Billionaire investor Ron Burkle to purchase Sacramento Republic, Railyards stadium site

Major League Soccer told Sacramento and Republic officials that the team needed a billionaire lead investor to secure a professional soccer team franchise.

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Expansion candidates Sacramento Republic FC add Ron Burkle as lead investor

Sacramento’s MLS expansion bid has added billionaire financier Ron Burkle as its lead investor, it announced Tuesday.

Burkle, who is also part-owner of the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins, has agreed to buy a controlling interest in Sacramento Republic FC, who will play in the USL Championship in 2019.

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Sacramento Republic Secures Burkle as Lead Investor in MLS Expansion Quest

Sacramento Republic has made a giant stride toward securing an MLS expansion franchise after landing a new lead investor with deep pockets.

Ron Burkle, the co-founder of private equity and venture capital firm Yucaipa Companies and whose net worth is $2 billion according to Forbes, has joined Sacramento Republic’s ownership group, fulfilling the one glaring hole in the club’s expansion application. In April 2015, MLS commissioner Don Garber indicated that it was “less about if, and more about when” Sacramento was granted a franchise. It sorted out its stadium situation, even breaking ground in July 2017 at The Railyards site secured for its privately funded $245 million, 20,000-seat MLS park, which was slated to be ready in time for the 2020 season.

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