Sacramento Republic FC Sign Midfielder Ray Saari

Jan 3, 2019, 12:00 AM | Updated: Feb 27, 2020, 10:02 am
(Photo provided by the Sacramento Republic FC)...
(Photo provided by the Sacramento Republic FC)
(Photo provided by the Sacramento Republic FC)

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.

Sacramento Republic FC

Sacramento Republic FC...
Amiliano Fragoso

Sacramento Republic Youth Academy Leading The Way in MLS Next Cup

Sacramento Republic FC may not be an MLS organization, but don’t let that fool you, this club can compete with the rest of them. But they’re not the only ones turning heads. Take a look at the Sacramento Republic FC youth academy. The U15 team recently advanced to the semifinals of the prestigious MLS Next […]
16 hours ago
Monterey Bay FC...
Amiliano Fragoso

Maalique Foster Brace Sinks Monterey Bay In Second Half

All good things come to an end right? Well not tonight at least as Sacramento Republic FC came back from one-nil down to beat Monterey Bay FC, 2-1, Saturday night, thanks to a Maalique Foster brace in the second half. The victory marks their fifth straight and their seventh unbeaten across all competitions. Taking part […]
5 days ago
Sacramento Republic FC...
Joseph Jarosz

Sacramento Republic FC To Host Sporting Kansas City In US Open Cup Semifinals

Sacramento was selected as host for when the team faces off against Sporting C in the semifinal round of the 2022 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
8 days ago
Sacramento Republic FC...
Amiliano Fragoso

‘Best In The West’ Sacramento Republic Look To Stun LA Galaxy In U.S. Open Cup

One down, one to go as the Sacramento Republic head to LA to face MLS side LA Galaxy Tuesday in the Quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup.
10 days ago
Sacramento Republic FC...
Amiliano Fragoso

Sacramento Republic Come Alive In The Second Half To Beat Los Dos

Sacramento Republic FC rallied back from a poor first half, scoring two goals in the second half to beat Los Dos Saturday night.
12 days ago
Sacramento Republic FC...
Amiliano Fragoso

Sacramento Republic FC v. LA Galaxy II Preview

Sacramento Republic FC take on the LA Galaxy twice in three days, first this Saturday against Los Dos at Heart Health Park.
15 days ago
Sacramento Republic FC Sign Midfielder Ray Saari