Sacramento Kings owner joins MLS expansion efforts

Sacramento Kings owner joins MLS expansion efforts

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On September 4, 2014
  • Sacramento Expansion

Sacramento’s bid for a Major League Soccer expansion team got a whole heck of a lot stronger on Thursday. It was announced that Kings owner Kevin Nagle will now lead the efforts. No terms of the agreement were announced, but Nagle will be the majority owner of Sacramento Republic FC if their expansion bid is successful.

Over the MLS All-Star break, Nagle was the lead for conversations between the league and officials from Sacramento. League officials are now scheduled to visit the California capital later this month to inspect possible stadium locations and assess the market’s viability. The Republic have declared their interest to build a privately-financed stadium in downtown Sacramento. With Nagle now officially on board, getting funding for the stadium squared away would appear to be the last major hurdle the team would need to clear in order to get franchise rights.

So far in their first USL PRO season, the Republic have sold out all of their home matches, including three straight games that saw them have 20,000 folks attend.

Sacramento does have stiff competition from Las Vegas, San Antonio, and Minnesota.