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Sacramento Republic FC Transfer Mike da Fonte To Colorado Rapids

Da Fonte will join the MLS club for the 2017 season

SACRAMENTO, Calif.Sacramento Republic FC have completed arrangements by which defender Mike da Fonte will be sent to MLS club, the Colorado Rapids for an undisclosed sum.

“Based on our club values, we have always supported our players and do our best to provide them opportunities to play at a higher level,” said Republic FC Director of Football Graham Smith. “In this case, Mike da Fonte has been presented with an opportunity to play with an MLS club and we are excited for the opportunity this presents to him and his future by playing with Coach Mastroeni. Mike has developed tremendously in this past year under the guidance of Paul [Buckle] and his staff, and that development is seen in the offer to him from Colorado. But, this is an opportunity that also benefits Republic FC by receiving value back that we can use to invest in our roster and continue the development of talent going into the 2017 season.”

Da Fonte joined Republic FC prior to the 2016 season, after spending the 2015 season with New York Red Bulls II. The defender made 19 USL appearances for Republic FC, including 18 starts and scored four USL goals.

Republic FC will return to action on Saturday, Mar. 18, when they travel to San Francisco to take on the San Francisco Deltas (NASL). Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Kezar Stadium. Republic FC will return home on Wednesday, Mar. 22 when they host MLS side the San Jose Earthquakes in a preseason friendly. Tickets to the Earthquakes friendly are on sale at Ticketmaster.com.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Signs Free Agent Mike Da Fonte

Da Fonte served as captain for New York Red Bulls II in 2015.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento Republic FC have agreed to a contract with defender Mike Da Fonte for the 2016 USL season. Da Fonte served as the captain of New York Red Bulls II during their inaugural season in 2015.

“Michael will be an outstanding new addition to the squad and fill a position that was needed,” said Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle. “I’ve gotten to know Michael, as a person as well as a player, and I really like him and his values. He served as captain of New York Red Bulls II, and as such, will bring great leadership qualities to the club.”

Da Fonte spent the 2015 season with New York Red Bulls II. Da Fonte led Red Bulls II in minutes (2,003), games started (23) and was second in games played (25) in 2015. He also appeared in both of the club’s two USL playoff matches. Da Fonte was named to the USL Team of the Week for his performance in Week 13.

Prior to joining Red Bulls II, Da Fonte spent two seasons playing in Portugal, making 23 appearances with Espinho and 23 appearances with Pedras Salgadas, both of the Terceira Divisão Portuguesa (Portuguese third division). Da Fonte then returned to the United States and made the Red Bulls II roster through a tryout hosted prior to the season.

Sacramento Republic FC training camp will commence on February 1, 2016. For more information, including Da Fonte’s full profile, visit SacRepublicFC.com.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations