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Sacramento Republic FC Named Finalist For MLS Expansion

Courtesy Sacramento Republic FC

Sacramento Republic FC players celebrate a goal against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 Aug. 5, 2017.

Courtesy Sacramento Republic FC

Major League Soccer officials announced today Sacramento is one of four cities that could be selected for two new MLS teams.

The other finalists are Nashville, Cincinnati and Detroit.

The Sacramento Republic's Chief Operating Officer Ben Gumpert says Sacramento should be the top choice.

"Our market is strong. We have a fan base that is proven. We have that stadium plan that is second to none, is right in line with MLS best practices," Gumpert said. 

The city began preparations in July for construction of a $250 million soccer stadium downtown.

Cincinnati and Nashville have preliminary plans for building new stadiums. And Detroit is considering sharing a stadium with the Detroit Lions.

All of the cities already have club teams, except Nashville which is launching a team next year.

Sacramento Republic officials will make their final case to MLS next week. The two new teams should be selected in December and would start playing in 2020.

Sally Schilling

Reporter/Podcast Producer

Sally Schilling is a Davis native and a graduate of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. She has reported on redwood poachers robbing national forests in Humboldt County and the dangers of melting tropical glaciers in the Peruvian Andes.  Read Full Bio 

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