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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 City Council Approves MLS Stadium Plan By Unanimous Vote

Authorization of Preliminary Term Sheet marks successful completion of Operation Turnkey one month early.

SACRAMENTO, CA – Tonight, the Sacramento City Council voted 8-0 to approve a preliminary term sheet for a $226 million public-private partnership to build and finance a new MLS stadium at The Railyards in downtown Sacramento.

“Once again, Sacramento has delivered,” said Kevin Nagle, Managing Partner of SSEH. “Operation Turnkey is officially complete and we have this entire community to thank. Our fans are ready. Our stadium plan is ready. Our ownership is ready. I could not be more proud of a community that is proving time and again that Sacramento is built for MLS.”

The vote marks the culmination of Operation Turnkey, an initiative launched in spring 2015 to enhance Sacramento’s bid to secure MLS rights and put Sacramento in position to begin construction of a soccer specific stadium immediately once an MLS franchise is secured. The plan called for the completion of five key activities by December 31, 2015 that would position Sacramento to be “turnkey ready” to build a new MLS stadium, should MLS decide to award an expansion franchise to Sacramento.

The preliminary term sheet sets forth a detailed framework on key items of the stadium plan, including: location, financing, ownership, design, development, construction, operation, use and occupancy, and maintenance and repairs.

Highlights of the term sheet included:
· SSEH will own and operate the approximately 450,000 square foot stadium at the northeast corner of The Railyards site
· The stadium will have a capacity of 25,000 seats, including 3,100 premium seats, and a dedicated “supporter section”
· Programming will include home MLS matches, friendlies, concerts, festivals and other sporting, family and civic events
· SSEH will arrange for a minimum of 6,500 parking spaces
· The stadium will have close proximity to light rail and the Sacramento Valley Station
· SSEH will fully finance the estimated $180 million in stadium project costs
· The City and other public agencies are committing the estimated $46 million in backbone infrastructure already completed (e.g. roads, sidewalks utilities, etc) on the site, which has been long envisioned as a perfect site for a catalyst project such as a soccer stadium
· There is no new public funding being committed
· SSEH will assume full responsibility for site assembly, predevelopment costs, cost overruns, municipal services and capital repairs
· SSEH will request to host an MLS All-Star Game within three years of the stadium opening

According to the City analysis, the project will generate as much as $341 million in economic output during construction and as many as 2,628 jobs. The analysis forecasts additional economic impact spurred in the surrounding area.

To drive the stadium development process, SSEH hired Legends as project manager and HNTB as lead architect. Preliminary renderings of the MLS Stadium were released earlier today and available for viewing at BuiltforSacramento.com. At the current pace of development, the new MLS stadium could open as early as March 2018.

While the term sheet is preliminary and non-binding, it serves as a good faith agreement and guideline for the preparation of definitive agreements between the City and SSEH for the development of the stadium, subject to all environmental considerations. The Preliminary Term Sheet will only become effective if MLS awards an expansion team and SSEH consummates the acquisition of the team.

To learn more on Sacramento’s efforts to secure MLS rights, visit SacRepublicFC.com.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Realtions

Legends Announced As Project Manager For New Sacramento MLS Stadium

Photo by Shawn Jonas

Nationally renowned firm will lead development of proposed downtown stadium for Sacramento Republic FC.

SACRAMENTO, Calif.Sac Soccer and Entertainment Holdings (SSEH) announced today, the hiring of Legends as project manager for the development of a new soccer-specific stadium in downtown Sacramento. SSEH is the parent company of USL franchise Sacramento Republic FC.

The announcement represents a significant step forward in ‘Operation Turnkey,’ an initiative launched by Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and Republic FC Lead Investor Kevin Nagle to strengthen Sacramento’s bid for a Major League Soccer (MLS) expansion franchise. Plans for a new, privately-financed stadium are 100 percent on track, pending the award of MLS expansion rights to Sacramento, and can be ready to open as soon as the 2018 MLS season.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Legends to Operation Turnkey,” said Mayor Johnson. “Sacramento is laser-focused on bringing MLS to our community, and today’s news shows just how serious we are about putting the ball into the back of the net.”

“A strong team just got stronger,” said Republic FC Lead Investor Kevin Nagle. “Legends brings tremendous credibility, expertise, passion and commitment to our group. They understand our market and share our vision for building a world-class stadium worthy of both the MLS and our incredible fans.”

The Legends team will bring both global reach and local expertise to the stadium effort. Current partners include the New York Yankees, Dallas Cowboys and Manchester City FC. Locally, Legends partnered in 2010 with the San Francisco 49ers to launch Levi’s Stadium and in 2014 with the Sacramento Kings on a groundbreaking food and beverage program for the upcoming Golden 1 Center. Both the York Family of the 49ers and Kings are key investors in Republic FC on the MLS-level..

“We are extremely excited to have been hired to manage this project,” said Shervin Mirhashemi, President and COO, Legends. “We look forward to working closely with all of the key stakeholders to deliver the visionary stadium that befits all that the City of Sacramento and Republic FC stand for.”

Industry veteran Dale Koger, Legends Senior Vice President of Project Development, will lead Legends’ work on the stadium. Koger and his team will provide extensive experience in key areas of design, planning, engineering, and related activities in stadium predevelopment.

For more information, please visit SacRepublicFC.com.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations