Soccer in Sacramento

The Norwich game about which I wrote a couple of days ago had been arranged to promote the arrival in Sacramento of professional football (or soccer as Americans call it, to differentiate from a game in which the ball is carried and thrown and only occasionally kicked)

Sacramento is the State Capital of California and is a fair distance from the population centres of The Bay Area. It is,  however, somewhat lacking in professional sports’ teams. It has an NBA team, that it nearly lost this year to Seattle. The basketball team has a dismal record in recent years, a fact not reflected in the strong attendances. It has a AAA Minor League baseball, which can get crowds that match the Major League team with which they are affiliated.

From next season, which starts in March 2014, Sacramento will have a professional football team. They will play in the USL, the third tier of the sport in the US; beneath the NASL and MLS.

At Thursday’s event, the new team’s name and colours were unveiled. They will be known as Sacramento Republic FC; playing in white or maroon.

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