Major League Soccer announced on Monday that Sacramento has been given an expansion team, becoming the league’s 29th club.
Sacramento Republic FC will begin play in MLS in 2022, putting a successful end to their pursuit of an MLS club that began when the team began play in the USL in 2014.
As part of the expansion progress, Sacramento will build a $300 million, 20,100-seat soccer-specific stadium in the downtown Railyards District.
“Major League Soccer continues to grow throughout North America and we are so proud to welcome Sacramento as our newest team,” MLS commissioner Don Garber said in a statement. “For many years, soccer fans in Sacramento have passionately supported Republic FC and shown that the club deserves to be competing at the highest level.
“Thanks to the determined efforts and commitment of new owners Ron Burkle and Matt Alvarez along with the leadership of Mayor Darrell Steinberg, Sacramento will join MLS with a world-class soccer stadium that will transform the sport in California’s capital.”