Sacramento Kings Invest in Republic FC

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The Sacramento Kings are investing in the Republic FC, as part of the city’s plan to land a Major League Soccer expansion.

“We shared early on our desire to have the Sacramento Kings a part of our efforts to secure MLS for Sacramento. Their investment in Republic FC, and support of our bid for expansion rights, is just one more reason why we are ‘Built for MLS,'” Republic FC managing partner Kevin Nagle said in a written statement.

The Republic FC won the USL Pro championship in 2014, in the club’s first season.

A decision from MLS is not expected for several months.

“Vivek and the Kings have brought visionary leadership to Sacramento. They are the perfect partners for the City of Sacramento and Sacramento Republic FC in this transformational opportunity,” Mayor Kevin Johnson wrote Wednesday. “All of us are building Sacramento into a city that will set the example for the way sports and culture interact with American cities in the future.”

Should the Republic FC and Sacramento secure an MLS expansion, a new soccer stadium is planned for the downtown rail yards.