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Sacramento Area Soccer Players Sign National Letters of Intent

By sradmin, 02/03/16, 8:15PM PST


Dozens of local players, including seven Republic FC Academy players, sign National Letters of Intent during Signing Day.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – National Signing Day marks the first day soccer players from the Class of 2016 may sign their letters of intent and announce their college commitments. Dozens of players throughout the Sacramento region announced commitments today, including seven Sacramento Republic FC Academy players, who signed letters of intent in preparation to continue their soccer careers at the college level.

Republic FC’s Academy players committed to a broad range of universities across California all of which compete in NCAA Division I men’s soccer.

Defenders David Burns, Mackenzie Harrington, Samuel Dadzie and Nabilai Kibunguchy have committed to Cal, Sacramento State, Cal State Northridge and UC Davis, respectively. Midfielder Will DuBay committed to Loyola Marymount University, while fellow midfielder Jeff Dukes committed to San Jose State. The lone forward in the group, Joseph Restani, has committed to Saint Mary’s College.

National Signing Day marks an important step in many high school athletes’ lives as they choose the program for not only their athletic career, but also their education.

“With a college education, there’s always a backup plan…With college, you can still get better, and you can still go pro afterwards,” said Burns to the Sacramento Bee in a recent article.

The Sacramento region is a hotbed for youth soccer and Republic FC’s academy is not the only program in the area with athletes signing letters of intent. Placer United, San Juan Soccer Academy, FC Elk Grove, Davis Legacy, Sacramento United and many other soccer clubs in the area collectively had dozens of players commit to play at various university programs across the country on Wednesday.

Sacramento Republic FC will recognize boys and girls from the Sacramento region who signed letters of intent this past week at their MLS friendly match against the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday, Feb. 20. Players interested in participating are asked to contact the club by Friday, Feb. 12 at or (916) 307-6100.

Republic FC Academy players at Signing Day.

Aside from youth soccer, the Sacramento area has produced many talented players now playing professionally across the nation. Just last month, Roseville native Madalyn Schiffel was drafted to NWSL team Washington Spirit. She played youth soccer with Placer United and was coached by Republic FC Academy Goalkeepeing Director Gene DuChateau before playing at the University of San Francisco. Schiffel also played for local WPSL club California Storm, a club that USWNT team standout Alex Morgan also played on during her collegiate years. For the men, Granite Bay native Tyler Thompson was drafted to the San Jose Earthquakes after playing collegiately at Stanford University. Thompson is the older brother of Quakes midfielder Tommy Thompson.

Ultimately, Republic FC’s goals for the Academy is to produce homegrown players that will play for the club’s first team and the U.S. National Team, but with seven players committing to colleges, the Academy understands and values developing not just quality players, but well-educated and quality people.

“Right now we’re sticking to the plan of providing top-level training, developing good people, having our players seen by national team coaches and helping them get into college,” Academy Director Rod Underwood told the Sacramento Bee. “The pinnacle for us eventually will be getting players signed from within our system so they can have a long-term impact in the club, both on and off the field.”

Signing Day marks the beginning of the period players can official sign letters of intent and commit to programs. Additional members of the Class of 2016 throughout the region will continue to commit to programs through the summer.

High School Class of 2016 College Commitments

NOTE: Republic FC is asking students, coaches and parents to assist them in recognizing the many athletes that signed letters of intent, including recognizing them at the Feb. 20 match. For additions or corrections, please email Sacramento Republic FC at or call (916) 307-6100

Sacramento Republic FC Academy
David Burns, Charter University Prep-El Dorado, Cal
Sam Dadzie, Las Flores-Elk Grove, Cal State Northridge
Mackenzie Harrington, Rio Americano, Sacramento State Univeristy
Nabilai Kibunguchy, Cosumnes Oaks, University of California, Davis
Will DuBay, Vista del Lago, Loyola Marymount University
Jeff Dukes, Vacaville, San Jose State University
Joe Restani, Pleasant Grove, Saint Mary’s College

American River FC
Hannah Lewandowski, CSU Stanislaus
Megan Gisin, CSU Stanislaus
Alexa Gisin, CSU Stanislaus
Riley West, CSU Sonoma State
Kerstin Cohen, William Jessup University

Blues FC
Kaelen Swinney, Sierra College
Annie Clements, Sierra Nevada College
Kaylin Props, Sierra College
Alyssa Barrm William Jessup University
Erin Barr, Master’s College

FC Elk Grove
Madison Newsom, University of California, Irvine
Allison (Ally) Smith, Cal State East Bay
Skylar Houze, Cal State East Bay
Jessey Santos, Cal State East Bay
Nicole Nickerson, Oregon State University
Taylor Lemmond, Oregon State University
Delaney Langstaff, William Jessup Universtiy
Riki DesJarlais, Dominican University
Katrina Vina, William Jessup Universtiy
Jack Stralen, CSU Stanislaus
Colby Cross, Corban Christian University
Andrew Alltop, Westmont College
Alec Simas, CSU Stanislaus
Gabriel de la Torre, Cosumnes River College
Carlos Corza, Folsom Lake College
Nae’lani O’Neal, California State University, East Bay

Placer United
Brendan Adame, Rocklin High, Dominican University
Zachary Anderson, Granite Bay High School, Brown University
Maggie Bell, Granite Bay High School, University of California, Berkeley
Garrett Bonzell, Folsom High School, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
Isabella Castro, Rocklin High School, University of Washington
Kayleen Cendana, Del Oro High School, Sonoma State University
Katelyn Chandler,  Rio Americano High School, University of the Pacific
Kennedy Christie, Granite Bay High School, Azusa Pacific University
Emily Curry,  Del Oro High School, Chico State University
Emma Darragh, Granite Bay High School, Illinois Wesleyan University
Faith Holloway, Rocklin High School, Chapman University
Sarah Jeffries, Placer High School, Biola University
Ryan Kelly, Roseville High School, Sonoma State University
Megan Kuo, Rocklin High School, Pomona-Pitzer College
Alyssa Leaman, Del Oro High School, Presbyterian College
Isabelle Lueken, Folsom High School, University of San Francisco
Hailey Lovering, Vista del Lago High School, American River College
Hunter Loomis, Granite Bay High School, U.S. Military Academy, West Point
Jio Mamola, Kennedy High School, University of California Irvine
Macey Moen, Vista del Lago High School, Sacramento State University 
Mikayla Reed, Auburn Academy, Sacramento State University
Colin Richardson, Roseville High School, Humboldt State University
Ashlee “Gracie” Schouten, South Tahoe High School, CSU Monterey Bay
Savanna Thompson, Granite Bay High School, University of San Diego

Sacramento United 
Paige Almendariz, UNLV- University of Nevada Las Vegas
Hailey Barrett, UC Santa Barbara
Cameron Bellucci. Menlo College
Micaela Brewer, CSU Stanislaus
Jaylen Crim, St. Mary’s College
Sidney Cunningham, Sonoma State
Mathew Glass, Harvard University
Zachary Hansen, Southern Oregon University
Mac Harrington, Sac State- CSU Sacramento
Gabriel McEwen, Westmont College
Simone Mack, Cal Baptist University
Sarah Miller, Sonoma State
Alex Muir, Corban University
Nick Nelson, Cal State LA
Morgan Ryhm, San Francisco State
Marisa Sanchez, Sonoma State
Sabrina Searls, Notre Dame De Namur
Katie Talbert, Humboldt State

San Juan
Jess Brandt, Mercy College
Sierra Brewer, Virginia Military Institute
Kimaya Cole, Harvard University
Bonnie Ford, University of Nevada, Reno
Jordan Holt, University of Kentucky
Caleigh Hufana St. Mary’s College
Abbie Jones California State University, Chico
Michelle Mulrooney, University of California, Davis
Ashley Newland, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Kristina O’Donnell, University of Oklahoma
Jordan Padgett St. Mary’s Colleg
Laura Perjanik University of California, Riverside
Jenna Stiehr Oregon Institute of Technology
Rene Weiler California State University, Chico