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Sacramento Republic FC Sign First Academy Product, 16-Year-Old Roberto Hategan

Hategan becomes the first player to be signed from Republic FC’s U.S. Soccer Development Academy.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Sacramento Republic FC have agreed to a two-year USL contract, with a club option for the 2019 season, with 16-year-old midfielder Roberto Hategan.  Hategan becomes the first player in Republic FC’s history to be signed directly from the club’s own U.S. Soccer Development Academy.

“Signing our first Academy player to a professional contract, especially at such a young age, shows just how much faith we have in Roberto,” said Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle. “We look forward to developing him as a player and have faith in his potential.  This signing is another positive step for the club and would not be possible without the investment and shared vision of our ownership group, led by Kevin Nagle, to provide the talented youth of our region a pathway to the professional game.”

Hategan has scored 20 goals in the last two seasons playing with Republic FC’s Academy teams. In addition, the midfielder was honored with a call-up in April 2016 to the U.S. National Team U-16 Boys’ Team. Hategan appeared in two matches with the National Team, including an appearance in the Delle Nazioni Tournament against England. 

“Hategan highlights the immense talent in the Sacramento region and will be one of many future Academy signings,” said Republic FC Owner Kevin Nagle. “Today’s signing is not just an accomplishment for our Academy coaches and staff, but is a tribute to the strength of the youth competitive leagues in the region. We’ve always known Sacramento to be a leader in youth participation, but signings such as Roberto also reaffirm our club’s commitment to develop this talent and grow the beautiful game to support our team now and at the MLS level in the future.”   

Hategan played with San Juan Soccer Club prior to joining Republic FC’s Academy in the 2015-16 season.  Sacramento’s youth soccer programs have developed numerous talented players that have gone on to play in Major League Soccer, and professionally around the world, including current MLS players: Jalil Anibaba (Houston Dynamo), Connor Hallisey (Sporting KC), Niko Hansen (Columbus Crew) Ryan Hollingshead (FC Dallas), Cameron Iwasa (Sporting KC), Adam Jahn (Columbus Crew), Amobi Okugo (Portland Timbers) and Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes).

Current Republic FC goalkeeper Dominik Jakubek and former Republic FC players Iwasa, Thompson, Jahn and Matt LaGrassa are all players who grew up and played youth soccer in the Sacramento region before representing their hometown on the Republic FC roster. Hategan is the second Republic FC Academy player to sign a professional contract following Ryley Kraft who signed with Orlando City B prior to the start of this season.    

Hategan will be available for Republic FC’s next match on July 1 at Papa Murphy’s Park. Tickets for the match are available at SacRepublicFC.com. Kickoff is 8 p.m. To view the entire Republic FC roster, visit sacrepublicfc.com/republicfc-roster.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Sign Midfielder Chase Minter

Minter was selected 21st overall in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft by the Columbus Crew.

SACRAMENTO, Calif.Sacramento Republic FC have agreed to a contract with midfielder Chase Minter for the 2016 USL season. Minter was the 21st overall pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft by the Columbus Crew after playing collegiately at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

“We are delighted to bring in Chase, a player we found at Cal Poly while scouting the college system,” said Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle. “He is a player that can play two or three positions, but mainly as a left winger. He is full of energy, has an incredible work rate, but is also very comfortable on the ball.”

Minter played four seasons with Cal Poly from 2012-2015, appearing in 77 matches, including 67 starts. Minter recorded 21 assists and scored 16 goals in four seasons. He recorded back-to-back seven goal seasons (2014, 2015) and had over five assists in three straight seasons (2013-2015). Minter lead Cal Poly in goals and assists in each of the last two seasons.

Minter also played with the Ventura County Fusion (PDL) from 2013-2014. He appeared in 17 matches over two seasons scoring three goals and recording four assists in 1,094 minutes played.

Sacramento Republic FC kick off their 2016 USL season on Friday, Mar. 25 when they travel to Tukwila, Wash. to take on Seattle Sounders FC 2. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. at the Starfire Sports Complex. Single match tickets are currently on sale for the 2016 Republic FC Home Opener on April 2 vs Arizona United SC at Ticketmaster.com.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations