Sacramento Republic FC exists to make the Sacramento region into the most inspiring, energetic and rewarding place to live, work and play. Through the world’s game, the club provides exciting, energetic and inclusive experiences to foster an indomitable movement including their efforts to procure MLS rights and a soccer-specific stadium in downtown Sacramento.
The club was founded in 2012 by co-founders Warren Smith and Joe Wagoner and played its first match on April 26, 2014 in front of a sold out crowd of 20,231 at Hughes Stadium. The current home of Republic FC is Papa Murphy's Park, located on the grounds of Cal Expo, and built by the club in June 2014.
On the pitch, Sacramento Republic FC are the 2014 USL Champions and the 2016 Western Conference Regular Season Champions. Off the pitch, the club has led USL in nearly every attendance and revenue category. The club has been named "Sacramento's Best Team" by SN&R readers since its inaugural season in 2014 along with numerous other awards for its service to the community.
On May 15, 2017, Kevin Nagle and Warren Smith announced the formal acquisition of Sacramento Republic FC by Sac Soccer & Entertainment Holdings, LLC.
Sacramento Republic FC exists to make the Sacramento region into the most inspiring, energetic and rewarding place to live, work and play.
Through the world’s game, we provide exciting, energetic and inclusive experiences to foster an indomitable movement. We are accountable to our fans, partners, investors and community for they are our family and our inspiration. We celebrate, and elevate, the people, projects and places that provide Sacramento its soul and swagger. We are a Republic and Sacramento is our indomitable home.
As Sacramento’s history and symbolism is tied to our great state, we turned to the California State Flag – a symbol itself of strength, freedom, courage and honor — for inspiration. Its colors are our colors, its symbols inspire our symbols, including the beloved state bear. The bear’s strength and unyielding resistance represents the fierceness that will be exhibited by the club’s players and already by its supporters.
Soccer, more than any other sport, is the people’s sport. The fans' voices, combined with inspiring art, diligent research and a reconnection with our region’s rich history, would lead to an identity that is second to none.
So in developing a name and brand for Sacramento’s new professional soccer team, it was important to empower the community in the decision.
After months of research and nearly 6,500 responses from fans, Sacramento Republic FC unveiled its crest and name to a sold out Raley Field on July 18, 2013.
After all, a Republic represents people from all walks of life, colors, ethnicities, and creeds coming together as one. Its supreme power rests in its citizens, and as such this club is empowered through you.
We set out with a mission to build an organization that is true to the world’s sport. Across the world, soccer is referred to as “football.” In keeping with the rich history and tradition of the sport, you clearly voiced a desire to adopt football club, or FC, in the official name.
Two-fold in its symbolism, the star signifies first and foremost our place on the map as California’s capital. The addition of the beveled look is consistent with that of a United States general insignia – paying tribute to those that will lead and do battle for this Republic. Its color is the same as the star in the California State Flag.
The crest is bold, powerful and distinct. Republic FC sits in a place of honor in the badge, representative of the banners worn by those engaged in battle. The font and the colors are true to those used in the state flag and demonstrate a rich connection to our state history.
A symbol of “strength and unyielding resistance,” our bear is inspired by the official state animal and the centerpiece of the flag that is also known as “The Bear Flag.”
Those familiar with the rich history of Sacramento know that our city motto is Urbs Indomita. Translation? The Indomitable City – a name associated with Sacramento since its infancy because its citizens would not easily be subdued. They did not surrender to fire, floods or disease. They desired and were destined to thrive, literally moving rivers and raising their city to create a vibrant community. That fighting spirit is no different over 160 years later and lives on with Sacramento Republic FC.