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Republic FC Sign 15-Year-Old Player Through Make-A-Wish

By Sacramento Republic FC, 10/10/18, 1:00PM PDT

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SRFC's youngest-ever player will make his first-team debut during the club’s match on Saturday, Oct. 13.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (October 10, 2018) — Sacramento Republic FC announced today the signing of 15-year-old forward Matthew to a one-game contract through the help of Make-A-Wish  and UC Davis Children’s Hospital. The signing fulfills the teenager’s wish of becoming a Republic FC player and makes him the youngest player in club history.


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Matthew, who is fighting a rare form of cancer that creates tumors, was officially announced as the club's newest player during a surprise press conference at UC Davis Children’s Hospital on Wednesday. The Sacramento native will train with Republic FC’s first team on Thursday before making his debut during the club’s match against Las Vegas Lights FC on Saturday, October 13.

“We are thrilled to welcome Matthew to the club and honor his wish to play for Republic FC,” said Republic FC President & COO Ben Gumpert.  “His indomitable spirit has inspired us and we can’t wait to have him represent our club on the pitch in front of the home crowd this Saturday.”

"Matthew is a promising midfield talent and we’re excited to have him signed for this weekend’s game against Las Vegas Lights FC,” said Republic FC General Manager Todd Dunivant. “We look forward to seeing him take the pitch and contribute to our offense."

“UC Davis Children’s Hospital has been part of Matthew’s life every step of the way, from birth until now, and our health care team can’t wait to be part of this special moment when he finds out that his wish will be fulfilled!” said Judie Boehmer, patient care services director at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

Republic FC will close out the regular season at home this weekend, before kicking off its playoffs campaign the following weekend on October 20th.

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