SACRAMENTO -- Sacramento Republic FC Chairman and CEO, Kevin Nagle, announced the team is one of four finalists named for MLS expansion.
The cities under consideration include Sacramento, Nashville, Detroit and Cincinnati.
"The leaders of the Cincinnati, Detroit, Nashville and Sacramento MLS expansion ownership groups have bold visions and innovative plans for their clubs, stadiums and their involvement in their respective communities," said MLS Commissioner Don Garber.
Two of the four cities will be chosen for expansion spots that are expected to be announced before the end of the year.
"We're not going to leave any stone unturned to make sure that we put forth the best bid and that expansion committee, the MLS and the entire soccer nation understands what Sacramento is about and why we deserve that team," said Ben Gumpert with the Sacramento Soccer and Entertainment group.
Nagle said the following in a statement release:
“This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for. After four years of demonstrating unparalleled passion, tenacity and hard work, Sacramento is ready to secure our destiny as a Major League Soccer city. Thanks to a truly community-wide effort, Republic FC has proven our market strength, started construction on a state-of-the-art downtown stadium, and assembled a committed ownership group with deep local roots and sports expertise. We are thrilled and honored to be named a MLS expansion finalist and look forward to showcasing our bid and community next week in New York. It’s time for Sacramento to shine. It’s time to bring it home.”
Mayor Darrell Steinberg also celebrated in a statement saying "We are one step closer for our indomitable city..."
"Sacramento has checked all the boxes They've checked them all and then some. They have land control, stadium, solid ownership and obviously the huge Sacramento fan base," said KHTK radio host Carmichael Dave.
The fan base is what got Sacramento to the brink of landing an MLS team. Now it's up to the ownership group and Steinberg to bring it home.
"Nothing is a guarantee, but I'm pretty darn confident that by the end of this year, the first of January, we'll be raising champagne glasses," Carmichael Dave said.