The Sacramento Republic FC professional soccer team is gearing up for the 2014 season. This weekend they are holding their first of five tryouts.
“Competition’s good. Everybody’s working hard. You know everyone wants to get that spot. It means you have to work harder,” said Boris Bozic, a Sacramento Republic FC hopeful.
“They will all get a chance. We’ve got people assessing, we’ve got coaches assessing, and we’ve got football people assessing them. And we are giving them an opportunity over the two day period to show us what they can do,” said Sacramento Republic FC Technical Director Graham Smith.
Seventy people showed up for this weekend’s tryouts. The competition is tough and draws participants from all over the globe.
“I love soccer, and Sacramento is a beautiful place. I heard about how they are starting a new team. Give it a shot, see what happens,” said Bozic.
“They’re from all over the world. We’ve got people who came in on planes from Serbia, from Egypt, Afghanistan. We’ve got a mixed bag absolutely. It’s wonderful,” Smith said.
After the final selection is made, Sacramento Republic FC will start competing February 2014.
“Our aim eventually is to get to major league soccer. I believe that Sacramento can support a major league soccer team, it’s a great environment for it,” said Smith.