Official Club Statement – February 26, 2021

We understand the feelings of anger, disappointment and frustration – we share in those deeply. Today’s announcement is not a reflection of the fans, Sacramento or this club. Republic FC will continue to serve and support this community, true to its mission. As an organization, we will always represent Sacramento with pride.

“After working for many years to bring an MLS team to Sacramento, the League continues to believe it can be a great MLS market.”

— Major League Soccer (Full Statement)

“We will still bring MLS to Sacramento, and we will work with the league to find a new lead investor…. We have an approved stadium plan and an approved plan to build and pay for infrastructure. We also have the best fan base in the country – one that has shown time and time again that it can support an MLS team.”

— Mayor Darrell Steinberg (Full Statement)

“My partners and I are committed as ever to bring MLS to Sacramento, which this city and fans deserve. When one door closes, another opens.”

— Kevin Nagle (Full Statement)

There is much more information to come about how we will continue our MLS journey. What we do know unequivocally is we have a season ahead just around the corner, three trophies to win, and a community to represent to the world.


MLS’ 29th Club — Sacramento Republic FC — to Begin Play in 2022 in new downtown stadium

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – (Monday, Oct. 21, 2019) – Marking the culmination of a journey that began more than five years ago, Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber officially announced today that Major League Soccer (MLS) has awarded an expansion team to California’s capital city, Sacramento.

Sacramento Republic Football Club will begin play in MLS in 2022 and will build a new, $300 million, 20,100-seat soccer stadium in the downtown Railyards District. The stadium will be a centerpiece of a redevelopment project that will include housing, retail, theaters, parks, museums, a hotel and a major medical center.

Republic FC is owned by a group of highly-successful visionaries in the worlds of business, sports and culture. Ron Burkle, the technology, retail and hospitality entrepreneur, movie producer and owner of the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins — who have won three Stanley Cups under his direction, joined the existing ownership group to become the club’s lead investor.  Also joining the investor group for the MLS expansion team is Matt Alvarez, the entertainment executive and producer known for his work on the Academy Award-nominated “Straight Outta Compton” and several popular film franchises. Longtime Sacramento area business leader and current Sacramento Kings investor Kevin Nagle remains a central member of the investor group, a position he has led since 2014.

“Major League Soccer continues to grow throughout North America and we are so proud to welcome Sacramento as our newest team,” said Commissioner Garber. “For many years, soccer fans in Sacramento have passionately supported Republic FC and shown that the club deserves to be competing at the highest level. Thanks to the determined efforts and commitment of new owners Ron Burkle and Matt Alvarez along with the leadership of Mayor Darren Steinberg, Sacramento will join MLS with a world-class soccer stadium that will transform the sport in California’s capital.”

The 20th largest media market in the United States, Sacramento sent a message to the North American soccer community in 2014 when the debut of their USL club saw a capacity crowd of more than 20,000 fans pack Hughes Stadium for the inaugural match of Sacramento Republic FC. Since then, Sacramento has demonstrated its love for soccer — selling out match after match for Republic FC and establishing a new standard at the USL level. In the USL, Republic FC has set league records in many business metrics, including season ticket sales and merchandising, and have hosted exhibition matches against top international clubs.

The excitement and support from within the community over MLS coming to Sacramento has been evident throughout the expansion process. When Republic FC announced two years ago that season ticket holders would receive priority when the club joined MLS, the club received commitments for more than 10,000 season tickets for the proposed MLS team.

The corporate community has already displayed its support for Sacramento’s MLS team. In one extraordinary example, UC Davis Health signed a multi-year partnership agreement in October 2017 with Republic FC to be the sponsor of its first jersey. The agreement begins when the club starts play in MLS.

“Sacramento’s selection by Major League Soccer for an expansion team is a victory to be celebrated by everyone in our community,” said Burkle. “This has been a true team effort between the amazing soccer fans of the Sacramento region along with Mayor Steinberg and City Council, our partners and corporate leaders. We are proud to be part of the team that Kevin Nagle put together, which is made even stronger by an incredibly committed local ownership group. The relationship between Sacramento and our club already is a special one, and I’m committed to deepening that connection for years to come.”

Known for its diversity of cultures and ethnicities, Sacramento regularly ranks among the best places to live and work in the United States. Nearly 25 percent of Sacramento County’s residents identify as Hispanic or Latino. Sacramento also is among the most robust markets for soccer participants in the U.S.; the per capita rate of participation in youth and adult soccer leagues in Sacramento is second in the country, with nearly 100,000 youth players in the community.

“Sacramento is a dynamic city that is perfectly positioned to join and be successful in the fastest-growing professional sports league in the world,” said Alvarez, a Bay Area native who attended the University of California, Davis before he started his career in entertainment. “I have immense respect and appreciation for the Sacramento community and have no doubt that we will bring the most passionate supporters that Major League Soccer has ever seen.”

With the addition of the MLS team in Sacramento, 19 clubs have joined MLS since 2005, fulfilling a vision for strategic expansion that has transformed the landscape of professional soccer across North America.  Republic FC will add another major professional sports franchise to the city, joining the National Basketball Association’s Kings. It will be the fourth MLS club in California, following the LA Galaxy, San Jose Earthquakes and LAFC. An intense rivalry is likely to form quickly with the Earthquakes, who play just 90 miles southwest of Sacramento.

“Today’s official announcement of the selection of Sacramento to join Major League Soccer makes this a monumental day in our city’s history,” said Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg. “I want to thank Commissioner Garber and everyone at MLS for believing in Sacramento, and I’m delighted that the faith shown in our city by Ron Burkle and Matt Alvarez has been rewarded. As an MLS franchise, Republic FC and our new soccer stadium will spur additional economic and cultural growth for Sacramento.  This is a breakthrough for our city.”

“The game of soccer is special in my family. I’ve seen up close and personal how the ‘beautiful game’ can bridge diverse populations, build lasting relationships, and create a shared sense of community,” said Governor Gavin Newsom. “With Sacramento Republic FC officially joining the ranks of Major League Soccer, California is now the only state in the nation with four MLS clubs, and I’m excited to watch the Golden State rivalries thrive in the years to come.”

Fans can secure their spot for Republic FC’s inaugural MLS season now by placing a $50 deposit with the team. Sacramento soccer fans are encouraged to act fast since all current season ticket members – and previous deposit holders – will be granted a priority opportunity for the 2022 season. To place a deposit, visit or call (916) 307-6100.

About Major League Soccer
Headquartered in New York City, Major League Soccer features 24 clubs throughout the United States and Canada, and five more expansion teams — including Sacramento Republic FC — are confirmed to join the league by 2022.  MLS will continue to grow in the coming years, as the league announced plans earlier this year to expand to 30 clubs. For more information about MLS, visit

About Sacramento Republic FC MLS Expansion Club 
Launched during Sac Soccer Day in 2013, Sacramento Republic FC exists to make California’s Capital Region into the most inspiring, energetic and rewarding place to live, work and play through the beautiful game. From its inception, the club smashed USL Championship records, and claimed the 2014 USL Cup in its inaugural season. Through an unrivaled level of support from its fans and community, the club will join Major League Soccer in 2022 and build a soccer-specific stadium in Downtown Sacramento, serving as a catalyst for the largest urban infill project in the U.S. The Railyards Stadium includes plans for an entertainment district to extend use beyond game days for fans and visitors year-round. For more information, visit


SACRAMENTO– Sacramento Republic FC invite the Sacramento community and soccer fans to join the team’s ownership, regional leaders, and special guests for a celebration event on Monday, October 21 beginning at 4:00 p.m.

This free, open-to-the-public event will feature family-friendly fun and games, a beer garden, food trucks, prizes & giveaways, with live entertainment to cap off an extraordinary day in Sacramento history. Commemorative merchandise will be available for purchase. Special guests and entertainment to be announced.


Sacramento Republic FC to host Indomitable Block Party


Monday, October 21, 2019
4:00 pm PT


Capitol Mall
4th Street and Capitol Mall
Sacramento, CA 95814


For credentials and to secure a location for live-shots, RSVP by emailing [email protected].


Street parking will be limited and first come, first served. Television trucks that need special access are asked to email [email protected].


Ride the bus and light rail for free on Monday! Click on the link below and screenshot or print the flyer to Ride SAC RT for free to the block party.


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.

Official Club Statement – 8/14/19

We are in daily discussions with Major League Soccer as we finalize the agreement to bring an expansion club to Sacramento. We are deeply appreciative of the ongoing efforts of Commissioner Garber, his MLS colleagues and owners, the Republic FC investor group and Mayor Darrell Steinberg, as we work in unison to get the deal done for our city and our incredibly patient fanbase.


Official Club Statement on MLS All-Star Week

We congratulate MLS on another banner All-Star week and a record season to date.  Our efforts remain on track and we are continuing to work on a daily basis with the Commissioner and his colleagues to finalize an agreement to bring MLS to Sacramento.  We are excited about what lies ahead for our region and look forward to sharing more updates in the near future.

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Official Club Statement on Today’s MLS News

Today is a monumental step in the process and we are closer than ever to reaching our goal of bringing Major League Soccer to Sacramento. There isn’t a better fit for MLS than our city and today’s announcement is a testament to the strength of Sacramento’s bid, and most importantly, to the faith and devotion of Republic FC fans. We will continue our ongoing communication with the Commissioner and with MLS and look forward to finalizing all next steps to deliver MLS to Sacramento.

View the official statement from MLS here

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Join Republic FC at tonight’s City Council Vote

Come join us for an important milestone moment as the Railyards Stadium term sheet is brought before City Council for an official vote. City Council will meet at 5 p.m., but arrive as early as 4 p.m. to show your support ahead of the vote!

Wear your Republic FC gear and join us, the entire first team roster and fellow fans as we show that #ItTakesARepublic.

Date: Tuesday, April 9

Time: City Council Meeting will begin at 5 p.m. Arrive as early as 4 p.m., giving yourself plenty of time to find parking. Republic FC players will be in attendance starting at 4:30 p.m. 

Location: Sacramento City Hall, 915 I Street, Sacramento CA

Sac Soccer & Entertainment Holdings Announces Senior Leadership Team


Sac Soccer & Entertainment Holdings Announces Senior Leadership Team

Top Executives will Oversee Continued Growth of Sacramento Republic FC and Progress on Major League Soccer Bid Under Direction of Chairman and CEO Kevin Nagle

SACRAMENTO, Calif., August 16, 2017  Today, Sac Soccer & Entertainment Holdings (SSEH), the parent company of Sacramento Republic FC (Republic FC), announced its senior leadership team to oversee Republic FC and Sacramento’s ongoing bid to join Major League Soccer (MLS). The announcement builds upon the May 2017 acquisition of Republic FC by SSEH Chairman and CEO Kevin Nagle to fully unite and align Sacramento’s bid for MLS.

“As we look to continuously grow and improve Republic FC, I’m proud to formalize the roles of a stellar team of individuals leading our club and our bid for MLS,” said Mr. Nagle. “This group understands my vision for Republic FC and brings together the perfect combination of leadership, determination, expertise and passion to make Sacramento an MLS city.”

Reporting to Mr. Nagle, each of SSEH’s senior leadership team members possesses extensive experience with Sacramento’s MLS bid, Republic FC, and Sacramento professional sports community:

Ben Gumpert, SSEH Chief Operating Officer and Chief Advisor. 

Ben will oversee the full range of Republic FC’s operations and co-lead the MLS bid effort, with a specific focus on MLS business operations and stadium development. Ben joined SSEH in January 2017 as a consultant to Republic FC and the MLS bid. Ben previously served as Chief Marketing Officer for the Sacramento Kings during the development of Golden 1 Center and as a Vice President at the National Basketball Association in the Team Marketing and Business Operations group (TMBO) in New York.  A native of Sacramento, Ben earned his B.A. in Business-Economics from UCLA and M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Kunal Merchant, SSEH Senior Advisor, MLS Bid and Stadium.

Kunal will continue to provide strategic and management support to SSEH as co-lead of the MLS bid, with a specific focus on MLS league relations, stadium development, and strategic communications.  Kunal has served as a consultant to SSEH since June 2015. Kunal previously served as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for the Sacramento Kings, Executive Director of Think BIG Sacramento, and Chief of Staff to former Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, where he played a central role in the successful effort to save the Kings and develop the Golden 1 Center. Kunal earned his A.B. in Economics and M.B.A. from Harvard University.

Michael Thomas, SSEH Financial Officer and Senior Advisor.

Michael will provide financial oversight and accountability over the full range of SSEH and Republic FC operations. Michael has advised SSEH since May 2014. Michael’s career includes senior level corporate finance positions across the banking and the energy sectors.  Michael earned his B.A. in Business Economics from UC Santa Barbara and M.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame Graduate School of Business.

Jeff Koewler, SSEH Outside General Counsel.

Jeff will provide guidance on the full range of SSEH and Republic FC legal and financial matters, with a specific focus on corporate strategy, finance transactions, contract review, and legal compliance. Jeff has advised SSEH since May 2014. Jeff is a Partner at Delfino Madden O’Malley Coyle and Koewler, where he assists over 50 clients on corporate law and transaction matters throughout the US. Jeff earned his B.S. from the University of California at Berkeley and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

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