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Republic FC Add Versatile Defender Duke Lacroix

By Republic FC Communications, 12/08/20, 10:00AM PST

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Six-time USL Team of the Week selection and defensive mainstay with 17 starts in 2020 for Eastern Conference Group G winners

Sacramento, Calif. – Sacramento Republic FC announced today that Defender Markhus ‘Duke’ Lacroix (pronounced: La-kwah) will join the Indomitable Club, pending league and federation approval. Per club policy, the terms of the contract were not disclosed.

“We are very familiar with Duke from his time at Reno and were always impressed with his two-way abilities on the left flank,” said Republic FC General Manager Todd Dunivant. “He is a versatile player but also a student of the game. We love his growth mindset, and he will further enhance our indomitable team mentality.”

The 27-year-old defender joins Republic after a season with Charlotte Independence, starting every match for the Eastern Conference Quarterfinalists in 2020. As a center- or left-back in the Queen City Soccer Club’s defensive front, Lacroix won 80% of his tackles, finished in the team’s top three with 726 passes, and fourth with 20 clearances. His strong week 15 performance helped Independence shut out North Carolina FC – and clinch first place in Group G – earned him his sixth career USL Team of the Week Selection.

Before joining Charlotte, the New Egypt, NJ native played collegiately at the University of Pennsylvania where he was the first player in Quakers history to be named Ivy League Rookie of the Year (2011) and Player of the Year (2013.) He was also the third player in Penn history to earn All-Ivy League honors all four seasons. As a youth player, was a member of the Under-14 and Under-15 U.S. Boys National Teams and was also a member of the U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team player pool.

He turned pro in 2015, signing with Indy Eleven (NASL), where he made 34 appearances over two seasons. After spending 2017 with Orange County SC, Lacroix joined Reno 1868 FC for two seasons where he was a fixture in the lineup. During his tenure in Reno, he logged 62 appearances, scored four goals and notched 11 assists. In 2019, he earned four USL Championship Team of the Week selections in a campaign where he created 42 scoring chances – second-most on the club.  

Name: Markhus “Duke” Lacroix
Pronunciation:  La-kwah
Position: Defender
Height: 5'9" 
Weight155 lbs.
Jersey Number: 14
Date of Birth: Oct. 10, 1993
Age: 27
HometownNew Egypt, NJ
Country: United States
Previous Club: Charlotte Independence
How Acquired (Transaction): Signed on Dec. 1, 2020

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