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Sacramento Republic FC Re-Sign Defender Chris Christian

Christian will rejoin Republic FC for second season in 2017.

SACRAMENTO, Calif.Sacramento Republic FC have agreed to a one-season contract with defender Chris Christian, pending league and federation approval. Christian will begin training with the club on Monday, Mar. 27 and will not be available for selection for Sunday’s match against Seattle Sounders FC 2.

“We are delighted to have Chris back for another season,” said Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle. “There was total transparency at the end of last season for Chris to view other options in Europe, while we kept the door open for him to make the return. This is a great move for us, especially with our situation at center back. We welcome someone back who we know very, very well and who our fans know well.”

The defender made 28 USL appearances for Republic FC in 2016, all starts. Christian was one of only three Republic FC players to play over 2,500 USL minutes in 2016. Prior to Republic FC, Christian played for Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC and Atlanta Silverbacks FC (NASL), as well as Ghana Premier League club Liberty Professionals FC and Moto Lubin, a Polish team.

Christian will rejoin Republic FC on Monday, Mar. 27 and is anticipated to be available for selection beginning with Republic FC’s Opening Night match against Orange County SC on Saturday, Apr. 1 at Papa Murphy’s Park.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Sign Defender Chris Christian

Defender played with Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC and Atlanta Silverbacks FC last season.

SACRAMENTO, Calif.Sacramento Republic FC have agreed to a contract with free agent defender Chris Christian for the 2016 USL season. Christian has played in the USL, NASL and PDL as well as overseas in Ghana and Poland.

“Chris first caught my eye in the two games we played against Switchbacks FC. He played a major role in the matches and was very dominant in the 18-yard box. That was when I first took note of him,” said Sacramento Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle.

Buckle continued, “The minute he become available, we were very interested in bringing him to the club. He is a good defender, a good leader. He is a very powerful center half, although he has a nice left foot on him. Chris gives us a nice balance in the center half position, as well as the holding role in midfield. He is serious about his football and excited to be joining our club.”

Christian joins Sacramento Republic FC after splitting time between Atlanta Silverbacks FC (NASL) and Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (USL) in 2015. He scored one goal in four matches for Silverbacks FC including two Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup matches, before joining Switchbacks FC on loan. Christian appeared in five matches for Switchbacks FC during their inaugural season, playing 425 minutes.

The 6-foot-1-inch defender also spent time with Liberty Professionals FC of the Ghanaian Premier League and Motor Lubin, a Polish fourth division team. In college, Christian played over 60 matches for Villanova, scoring four goals and recording an assist.

Sacramento Republic FC preseason training camp will commence on Feb. 1, 2016. For more information, including Christian’s full profile, visit SacRepublicFC.com.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC