Republic FC Current Affiliation Agreement
Republic FC is officially affiliated with the San Jose Earthquakes through the 2016 USL season. The Quakes have been an MLS affiliate of Republic FC since its inaugural season in 2014.
To date, the Earthquakes have sent six players on loan to Sacramento during its affiliation. Loan players have included Adam Jahn (2014, 2016), Tommy Thompson (2014, 2015, 2016), Mike Fucito (2014), JJ Koval (2014, 2015), Mark Sherrod (2015, 2016) and Kip Colvey (2016).
On June 29, 2016, the San Jose Earthquakes announced their affiliation with Reno 1868 FC starting in the 2017 USL season. The affiliation between the Quakes and Reno will not affect the current season (2016) or agreement between Republic FC and MLS club. Read more.
Sacramento Republic FC Statement Regarding Change in Affiliation:
“On behalf of Sacramento Republic FC, it has been our honor to partner with the San Jose Earthquakes these past seasons and see the likes of Adam, Tommy, Mark and more play on our squad,” said President and Co-Founder Warren Smith. “I want to personally thank Dave Kaval, John Doyle and Dominic Kinnear for their remarkable support in helping us build our roster, mentor us during our journey as a young club, and be an example of professionalism for SRFC to shoot for. But we know a bigger rivalry against the Quakes awaits us as we embark on the next chapter. Until then, we look forward to finishing this season strong and growing the beautiful game in Northern California with both the San Jose Earthquakes and Reno 1868 FC.”
San Jose Earthquakes Statement Regarding Change in Affiliation:
“We are excited to partner with Reno 1868 FC as our USL affiliate to strengthen our player development system,” said Earthquakes President Dave Kaval. “Sacramento Republic FC has been a tremendous partner over the past two seasons and we wish them great success. The affiliation with Reno 1868 allows our club to have control over all aspects of the technical side of the club, which is critical for our overall player development strategy. We plan to put a very competitive team on the field next season and beyond for the Reno community.”
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 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. Underwood is now the academy director for Republic FC.
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 loaned a minimum of two players to Republic FC for the entire USL PRO season to further aid in player development, but retained the ability to recall those players as needed. Each MLS Club’s agreement with Sacramento Republic FC were one-year in duration.
Sacramento Republic FC Statement Regarding 2014 Affiliations:
“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 2014 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 2014 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.”