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Sacramento Republic F.C., MLS, World Cup news and notes

Open Tryouts:

One final open tryout will be held at Cosumnes River College, located off Highway 99 in Sacramento, on Feb. 15 and 16.

Players must 18 years or age or older to receive full assessment from the coaching staff, which will include Head Coach Predrag Radosavlijevic and Technical Director Graham Smith.

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The tryouts will not be limited to match-like situations, as all areas of skill will be assessed, according to an article on the team’s website.

Lunch will be provided on both tryout days and every player will receive a team t-shirt. The registration fee for each two-day tryout is $200 per person.

In order to participate, a player must pre-register as soon as possible, as the tryout is open to no more than 66 players.

Viewing Party:

The team will hold a viewing party at Hot Italian Pizza and Panini Bar, located on 16th Street in Sacramento, on Feb. 8.

Members of the organization and attendees will be cheering on the U.S. Women’s National Team as they take on Russia in an international friendly.

The event is free and will start at 12:30 p.m. and go until 3 o’clock.

Training camp, etc.:

While the season will launch on March 29 on the road for the Republic, there are still a few things to be done before that can happen.

Training camp will start of Feb. 17, and some player signings will be announced in the next week or two, said Vice president of Marketing and Communications Erika Bjork.

The team is also over 4,100 season ticket deposits, Bjork said.

“We’re very excited about the response from the region and our fans,” Bjork said via a phone interview. “We’re actually anticipating that we’re going to have to cap season tickets at some point, based on the growth of sales that we’re doing.”

David Beckham:

The soccer star confirmed Wednesday that he will take over a future Miami Major league Soccer expansion franchise that he will own and run, along with some partners.

“This is an exciting time for myself, for my family and friends,” Beckham said during a news conference.

The Miami team would be the 22nd franchise in the MLS, which currently has 19, but plans to add two more in Orlando and New York City next year.

World Cup:

U.S. Men’s National Team Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann said in a Q&A session with the U.S. Soccer website, that players like Oguchi Onyewu, Tim Ream, Danny Williams and Brek Shea are under constant evaluation, but still have a chance to make the 23-man World Cup Roster.

Onyewu was on the roster during the 2006 and ’10 World Cups, while Ream, Williams and Shea have been in and out of the team’s circuit.

“Absolutely! The door is still open until May,” Klinsmann said in the session. “It’s about what happens over the next couple of months. We coaches are going to do our homework as well. We are going to put the puzzle together of hopefully 23 players that are totally committed, that are not only giving everything they have, but that also mix well together.”

 

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