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Sacramento Republic's MLS hopes get boost as Ron Burkle agrees to take over team

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Sacramento has a stadium site secured should they land an MLS franchise.

Sacramento Republic's MLS expansion bid received a major boost on Tuesday with the announcement that billionaire investor Ron Burkle has agreed to acquire a controlling interest in the club.

Sacramento was at one point viewed as the frontrunner to acquire an MLS expansion team, especially given that it has a stadium site secured. But Sacramento had struggled to construct an investor group with sufficient financial heft to compete with other bids. Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman at one point appeared...


U.S. Open Cup: LAFC, Louisville City, Orlando City, Chicago Fire reach quarterfinals

LAFC win.

LAFC needed a late Latif Blessing goal to escape a scare from USL side Sacramento Republic and advance to the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday night.

The quarterfinals took shape as USL club Louisville City and MLS' Orlando City and Chicago Fire also advanced, to join the Philadelphia Union, Houston Dynamo, Sporting Kansas City and the Portland Timbers.

Sacramento, spurned in the latest round of MLS expansion, took the lead twice only to be pegged back by LAFC goals from Benny Feilhaber...


Sacramento Republic replace coach Paul Buckle with Simon Elliott

Paul Buckle
Paul Buckle is out as the coach of the Sacramento Republic.

The Sacramento Republic replaced coach Paul Buckle with former New Zealand midfielder Simon Elliott on Thursday, the USL club announced.

Buckle was hired in July 2015 to replace Preki Radosavljevic and led the team to 31 wins, 19 losses and 21 ties. The Republic reached the playoffs in all three seasons and won the Western Conference in 2016.

The team made the announcement on Thursday, saying Buckle's departure was by mutual agreement.

The move comes one day after the Republic hired Todd Dunivant...

Meg Whitman, Griff Harsh join Sacramento Republic FC bid

Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman, and her husband Dr. Griff Harsh, have officially joined the investor group for Sacramento Republic FC, providing a significant boost to the organization's bid to obtain an MLS expansion franchise.

The news comes at a critical time for Sacramento. California's capital has long been considered one of the favorites for MLS expansion. The team has averaged over 11,500 fans per game in the second-tier USL, and already has secured a site for a stadium at the...

MLS names four cities as finalists for two expansion teams

MLS says Cincinnati, Detroit, Nashville, and Sacramento are the four finalists for two expansion team slots to be announced in December.

The four contenders will make presentations to the league's expansion committee in New York City on Dec. 6. The results of that meeting will then be discussed by the MLS Board of Governors on Dec. 14, with a final decision made by the end of the year. Two more cities will be named at a later date.

"The leaders of the Cincinnati, Detroit, Nashville and Sacramento...