SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Republic FC has acquired the rights to sign Argentinian winger Cristian Parano from USL Championship side San Antonio FC for an undisclosed fee. The winger has signed a multi-year deal with Republic FC. He will be added to the club’s roster pending receipt of a P-1 visa, and pending league and federation approval. Per club policy, the terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
“Cristian is a game-changer in our league who brings a championship pedigree,” said Republic FC President and General Manager Todd Dunivant. “His dynamic movements with and without the ball are very well suited to our style of play. We look forward to integrating him into our attack as we hit the stretch run of the season.”
Parano joins Republic FC after spending the first half of the 2023 season with San Antonio FC, where he logged 11 appearances and scored two goals on the season. Since 2019, he has featured in 73 matches, tallying 14 goals and 13 assists for the Texas side – each ranking in the top-10 in club history. He exercised a player option to depart San Antonio on June 30.
The attacker began his professional career in his native Argentina, debuting for Primera División side San Martin de San Juan in 2018. As a youth player, he was a member of Argentina’s top clubs – River Plate and Boca Juniors. In 2019, he joined San Antonio and scored seven goals with six assists in 32 appearances in his first USL Championship season. His breakout performance earned him the 2019 USL Championship Young Player of the Year award. After two seasons in San Antonio, he signed with Portuguese side Pacos de Ferreria. Last August, he returned to San Antonio on loan to eventually sign a new contract with the Texas club. In the last year with the team, he logged 25 more appearances with six scoring contributions.
Republic FC travels to Virginia for a match against Eastern Conference opponent Loudoun United. Kickoff is set for 4:30 p.m. PT and fans can watch the game in English and Spanish on FOX40, FOX40.com, the FOX40 News Mobile App, Antenna TV 40.2, and ESPN+. After a brief news segment at the end of the match, viewers can catch Home at Hughes: A Republic FC Special on FOX40 to take a look back on the club’s 10 Indomitable seasons ahead of next week’s 10th Season Celebration Match at Hughes Stadium.
Tickets to the historic match on August 26 are still available starting at just $10. For more information or to secure seats for Sacramento’s biggest sporting event of the summer, visit SacRepublicFC.com/Hughes.