Republic FC Affiliation History
On January 23, 2013 MLS and USL PRO (now USL) announced a groundbreaking, multi-year partnership aimed to enhance the development of professional soccer players in North America, strengthen the competition in both leagues and establish a solid foundation for future collaboration.
2014 Affiliation History
Sacramento Republic FC was the first and only USL PRO club with two official MLS affiliation. In their inaugural season, Republic FC had separate affiliate agreements between the Portland Timbers and the San Jose Earthquakes.
Throughout the year, each respective affiliate agreement between the Timbers, Earthquakes and Republic FC encompassed multiple strategic elements, notably with player development.
In addition to providing loan opportunities for select players, Republic FC’s affiliation with the Timbers welcomed Rod Underwood to the club’s coaching staff. Underwood, an assistant coach for the Timbers Academy and Timbers U-23s and a longtime professional coach, joined Republic FC’s coaching staff as the head assistant coach.
Loan players through Republic FC’s affiliation agreements made big impacts on the pitch in 2014. Timbers loan player Jake Gleeson was Republic FC’s starting goalkeeper. During 2014, Gleeson started 20 USL PRO regular season and playoff matches for Republic FC, compiling a 14-2-2 record and a 0.92 goals against average, the third in the league overall. Gleeson also led the team with 47 saves and six shutouts including a shutout in the USL PRO Championship Match on September 27. Gleeson was also a finalist for USL PRO Goalkeeper of the Year.
Earthquakes forward Adam Jahn was also a regular contributor for Republic FC. Jahn, a Davis native, was the third-leading scorer on the team, with six regular season goals in his 1192 minutes played. Additionally Earthquakes player Tommy Thompson appeared in sixes for Republic FC before receiving his first call with the U.S. U-20s men’s national team. Since his call-up, Thompson has been a regular on the U-20s team.
The Timbers and Earthquakes annually will loan a minimum of two players to Republic FC for the entire USL PRO season to further aid in player development, but will retain the ability to recall those players as needed. Each MLS Club’s agreement with Sacramento Republic FC are one-year in duration.
Sacramento Republic FC Statement Regarding Affiliation:
“We are excited to partner with the Timbers and Earthquakes in an effort to develop talent on the field, emulate each club’s business success and to entertain our fans with the high quality talent from each club,” said Warren Smith, president of Sacramento Republic FC. “Our organization is twice blessed with the ability to learn from not one, but two MLS clubs, their experienced operating teams and engaged, passionate supporters. Each affiliate agreement provides an important part of our efforts to provide Sacramento Republic FC, as well as the entire Sacramento region, one of the most talented USL PRO clubs in the league and a MLS vision for our community.”
Portland Timbers Statement Regarding Affiliation:
“We are pleased to form an affiliation with Sacramento Republic FC for 2014,” said Gavin Wilkinson, Timbers general manager. “This partnership allows us the ability to aid in the development of players by getting them more consistent playing time in a competitive environment, while helping Republic FC strive for success on the field.”
San Jose Earthquakes Statement Regarding Affiliation:
“We are excited to team up with Republic FC as our USL PRO affiliate,” said Earthquakes President Dave Kaval. “Establishing a USL PRO affiliation is a critical step in our continued investment in player development that includes our Academy, our PDL team, and our homegrown player efforts. Beyond the player development benefits, we feel that it is important to help develop professional soccer in Sacramento with an eye to eventually making it a home of its very own MLS team.”