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Sacramento Welcomes New Professional Sports Franchise

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, December 3, 2012

The man who helped bring the River Cats to Sacramento is now bringing a United Soccer League to town.  The league is a step below Major League Soccer, but new team co-owner Warren Smith says Sacramento will be in position to move up when the MLS expands, "You know, right now they're at 19 franchises.  If you look at major league sports, on average, there's 30 franchises.  So, over the course of the next few years, maybe 10-15 years they're gonna get to between 25 and 30 franchises. We've done our community a disservice if we don't have one of those."

Smith and others put up the six-figure sum to bring the soccer franchise to town. He says this isn't meant to compete with Elk Grove's efforts to land an MLS team.  

KICK2A:  07  "I've reached out to them and frankly want to support their efforts.  I think we can actually help make their case even stronger"

Four of the last five MLS expansion teams came from the USL.  

Steve Hammond with the Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau says the new team raises Sacramento's profile worldwide, "There isn't enough money in the world to be able to get the kind of advertising you'd get on that your name in the newspapers like professional sports brings and certainly soccer."

Team ownership is in talks to play thirteen home games starting in 2014 at Hughes Stadium on the Sacramento City College campus.   
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