Sacramento, Calif. – Sacramento Republic FC announced today the return of defender Mitchell Taintor for the 2021 USL Championship season, pending league and federation approval. Per club policy, the terms of the contract were not disclosed.
“Mitch is a proven leader who shares our indomitable mentality, and we’re thrilled to be welcoming him back to the club,” Republic FC General Manager Todd Dunivant said. “Mitch had two strong seasons here but also recognizes the unfinished business of bringing a trophy to Sacramento.”
The 26-year-old center back previously played for the Indomitable Club in 2018 and 2019, where he made 71 appearances across all competitions and logged nearly 6,000 minutes. He was placed in the starting lineup for 94% of the club’s fixtures in two seasons. In his first stint in Sacramento, Taintor has scored three goals and contributed four assists in his two previous seasons patrolling Sacramento’s backline.
Last season with San Antonio FC, Mitch was named to the starting eleven for 16 of 17 matches in 2020 including the club’s Western Conference Quarterfinals playoff fixture. Taintor was a staple for a defensive unit that conceded the fewest goals in the Western Conference, 15 tied with San Diego. He also scored once and was selected to the USL Championship Team of the Week (Week 9) in the abbreviated season.
Before joining the boys in Old Glory Red prior to the 2018 Championship season, Taintor spent two years with Toronto FC II after being drafted by the club’s MLS-parent side in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft. In 2018 after he signed with Republic FC, Taintor was loaned to Toronto FC where he scored in his MLS debut.
Name: Mitchell Taintor
Weight: 185 lb
Jersey Number: 4
Born: September 11, 1994
Birthplace: Willimantic, Connecticut
Country: United States
Previous Club: San Antonio FC
How Acquired (Transaction): Signed on Dec. 3, 2020
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