The aptly named Sacramento Republic FC will open play in March 2014, which is less than a year away. They will be playing their home games at the Sacramento City College’s Hughes Stadium throughout next year.
The announcement comes just a few days after the team announced its Head Coach Predrag (Preki) Radosavljević. He has plenty of experience in the MLS having been a two-time league MVP. More recently he has coached both Toronto FC and Chivas USA. He even represented Team USA in the 1998 World Cup.
Another part of the presentation was the reveiling of the team’s crest, which used the California State Flag as its inspiration.
The red star in the middle represents the city of Sacramento because it is California’s capital. The bear, which is seated below the Republic FC banner, is take straight from the state flag, and below the bear is a motto written in latin reading ‘Urbs Indomita’, or ‘Indomitable City.’ The team website uses this motto because it is “a name associated with Sacramento since its infancy because its citizens would not easily be subdued.” Very fitting, especially in the wake of the city battling for its beloved basketball team.
The other game that occurred was between Norwich City of the English Premier League and Dorados De Sinaloa from Liga Acensca in Mexico. Norwich City won the game 3-0.
Even more fitting is the team’s fight song, the “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” which can be seen in their two-minute video below. The lyrics can be found on the team’s website for those who want to get a jump start for next season!