- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On April 28, 2014
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- MLS Expansion, Sacramento
The first home game for any new franchise is always a defining moment. But for the Sacramento Republic FC, their record crowd of over 20,000 on Saturday for their USL PRO home opener against the Harrisburg Islanders was a lout and clear message that this franchise has their sights set on bigger things.
To put it in perspective, their crowd doubled the previous regular season record in the USL PRO, set by future MLS expansion side Orlando City SC of 10,697.
“To get 20,000 people out here is incredible,” Republic FC forward Adam Jahn, who is on loan from the San Jose Earthquakes and scored Sacramento’s goal in the first half, told News10.net. “It just shows the following in Sacramento and it’s going to be really exciting going forward.”
The big attendance figure should help Republic FC in their quest to land an MLS franchise. A report in November detailed plans from Sacramento Republic FC president Warren Smith to gain entrance into MLS by 2016, and Republic FC are set to open a 8,000-seat stadium at Cal Expo later this year.
The race for club number 24 in MLS is certainly going to be a heated one with Sacramento making waves like this. Given how MLS is expanding to the southeast in the coming years with Orlando, Atlanta and likely Miami, adding another western team seems to make the most sense.