SACRAMENTO, Calif. (January 3, 2019) — Sacramento Republic FC announced today the club has signed midfielder Ray Saari to a USL Championship contract for the 2019 season with a club option for 2020, pending league and federation approval.
“We are delighted to add Ray’s competitive mentality to our midfield,” said Republic FC General Manager Todd Dunivant. “He led S2 as their captain and has a burning desire to win and compete. He’s also someone who has faced adversity and come out stronger on the other side. When we talk about indomitable spirit, Ray exemplifies it in spades.”
Saari joins Republic FC after spending the last two seasons with USL Championship side Seattle Sounders FC 2. The central midfielder, who made his professional debut for S2 against Republic FC in March 2017, appeared in 39 games and recorded four goals and six assists during his two seasons in Seattle. He also played for the MLS Seattle Sounders FC during each of the club’s three Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup matches over the past two seasons.
Prior to his arrival in the Pacific Northwest, Saari enjoyed a stellar Division 1 career at the University of Tulsa. The Kansas City native netted 12 goals and 12 assists during his 69 appearances for the Tulsa Golden Hurricane, helping the side to three consecutive American Athletic Conference championships. His performances earned him a pair of All-Conference Second-Team selections during his sophomore and senior years.
Sac Republic kicks off their 2019 USL Championship season at home on March 9, 2019, against Real Monarchs SLC. Tickets are now on sale for groups of 10 or more and may be secured by calling (916) 307-6100 or visiting SacRepublicFC.com/tickets. Deposits are also now open for the priority list on half-season plans. Fans are encouraged to sign up for early access to single match tickets via SacRepublicFC.com.
TRANSACTION: Republic FC sign midfielder Ray Saari on January 3, 2019.
Weight: 148 lb
Born: April 18, 1995
Birthplace: Kansas City, MO
2019 REPUBLIC FC ROSTER (as of Thursday, Jan. 3)
GOALKEEPERS (2): Josh Cohen, Rafael Díaz
DEFENDERS (5): Mitchell Taintor, Shannon Gomez, Elliott Hord, Dekel Keinan, Matt Mahoney
MIDFIELDERS (8): Keven Alemán, Villyan Bijev, Jure Matjasic, Jaime Villarreal, Hayden Partain, Drew Skundrich, Sam Werner, Ray Saari
FORWARDS (2): Cameron Iwasa, Roberto Hategan
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