SACRAMENTO, Calif. (November 28, 2016) – Sacramento Republic FC have signed a new contract with Mike da Fonte for the 2017 USL season, pending league and federation approval. The defender will play his second USL season with Republic FC in 2017.
“Mike epitomizes what we stand for with his commitment on and off the field,” said Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle. “Mike got better and better as the season went on. He is not only a good defender, but he also showed his offensive prowess, scoring key goals for us off set pieces. I enjoyed working with him this season and look forward to working with him once again next season.”
Da Fonte joined Republic FC prior to the start of the 2016 USL season. The defender appeared in 19 USL matches for Republic FC this season, compiling 1,658 minutes. Da Fonte was the second-leading USL scorer for Republic FC in 2016, scoring four goals. He also set a single-season record for most goals by a defender and is third in club history for goals by a defender, trailing Emrah Klimenta and Mickey Daly by a single goal.
Republic FC’s next round of open tryouts takes place Jan. 28-29, 2017, at Cosumnes River College. Players interested in trying out may register at SacRepublicFC.com. For more information on tryouts or to view full player biographies and statistics, visit SacRepublicFC.com.
Mike da Fonte
Birthplace: Ossining, New York