Saturday morning, about 40 die hard Sacramento Republic FC fans left Sacramento for Los Angeles.
Members of the Tower Bridge Battalion will attend Sunday’s MLS Championship game between the LA Galaxy and New England Revolution.
However, the game is not their priority. Instead, it’s showing the league that the City of Sacramento is ready to be the home of an MLS team.
"Just to show that we came all the way down to LA to support our team and to show ‘em we are dedication and we need an MLS team in Sacramento,” said Tower Bridge Battalion member Sarah Michehl.
In fact, some of the faithful told FOX40 they don't care who even wins the MLS cup.
“I think we're more for Sacramento. It's just we've been here; we’ve lived here all our lives. So, we just got to rep it even if it’s in LA,” said Luis Huerta.
The fans play a key role in proving Sacramento is ready for an MLS team.
In fact, as the league considers cities for expansion, its three criteria are as follows:
- A proven Fanbase
- A path to a stadium
- Proven ownership
Republic FC's success on the field is helping their case as well.
A spokesperson for the team says the team’s ownership and Mayor Kevin Johnson are also in Los Angeles this weekend for the game. They will also informally speak with MLS officials.
An announcement on which city the league will expand to is not expected until early 2015.
"They’ll more than likely make their decision in the next six months or so, so it will be a little bit more of a wait. But we know that it's all for good reasons and we're excited. We continue the process with Major League Soccer, talking to them, just continuing to state our case,” said Erika Bjork, Sac Republic VP of Marketing and Communications.
So as we all play the waiting game, fans will cheer for Sacramento in Sunday’s MLS cup, in hopes that one day, our city will make it there.