Sacramento Republic F.C. shield unveiled at Sacramento Soccer Day.
SACRAMENTO - Anyone who thought Sacramento's love of soccer left town on the bus with Norwich City F.C. after Sacramento Soccer Day was proven very wrong on Wednesday.
Season ticket deposits for Sacramento Republic Football Club were made available at 10 a.m. Wednesday, and by 3 p.m., more than 1,000 had been reserved, according to club Vice President, Joe Wagoner.
"We hit over 20 percent of our annual season ticket goal on day one," exclaimed Wagoner.
Has the team signed a player yet? Nope.
Have they held a tryout? Not a one.
Does anyone have "any" idea whether they'll be any good? Well, if you consider their head coach's past, they're likely to be a very competitive and entertaining team, but realistically, nobody has a clue.
Apparently none of that matters to Sacramentans, as more than 1,000 season tickets were ordered out of blind allegiance to a sport for which locals have obviously been longing.
Following the 10 a.m. launch time, Twitter was abuzz locally with messages of excitement and anticipation from newly confirmed season ticket holders.
DMac tweeted, "Just reserved my 2 premium behind the bench season tix for 2014. Can't wait."
Dan tweeted, "Just put down my deposit on season tickets for @SacRepublicFC in the @Sac_Battalion supporter's section #growingthegame #sactownproud".
And Jeff Henderson, an apparent Gunners fan tweeted, "I might live 6,000 miles away from my true love, Arsenal FC, I will support my local club @SacRepublicFC First ever season tickets bought."
The message was made quite clear on Wednesday. Sacramento is ready for some "football".
It's an encouraging sign for club President Warren Smith who is well aware that his ambitions to take the team to the MLS hinge upon strong local support (among various other factors).
Even prior to Sacramento Soccer Day, Smith had been confident in the region's ability and eagerness to support big-time professional soccer. With the capacity crowd at Raley Field on July 18, followed by Wednesday 's early frenzy for season seats, Smith's confidence appears to have been validated.
Nobody knows how big soccer can get in the capital. It could continue to steamroll towards the MLS, mowing down all disbelievers in its path, or it could fade away as its shiny newness loses its luster. Regardless, it's always a good idea to enjoy each victory, and Wednesday was the first victory for Sacramento soccer fanatics and the Republic for which they stand.
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