The weather may not be summer-like, but the appearances over the weekend at their home venues for the Sacramento River Cats and Sacramento Republic FC told us that spring, at least, was right around the corner.
The United Soccer League’s Sacramento Republic FC, hoping for an announcement later this year they’ll land a coveted Major Soccer League franchise, saw its first action of the season last Saturday, facing off in a non-league match against USL counterpart FC Cincinnati, which ended in a tough 2-2 draw.
The USL season for Sacramento will kick off in Seattle on March 26, with the first league game at Bonney Field set for Saturday, April 1, 7:30pm against Orange County SC.
The River Cats, meanwhile, held its annual Preseason Party on Sunday at a cold, blustery and sometimes rainy Raley Field, but that didn’t stop the fans from coming out and seeing several new additions to the 17-year-old ballpark.
Several concession storefronts have been renamed, and bear titles such as the Koop & Kennel Pub, QAO’s Mexican Cantina and Cadillac Diner. The popular Down on the Farm kids’ area has been almost completely renovated, sporting new Sacramento-themed play equipment and miniature sized play field.
The River Cats will open its Pacific Coast League home season on Thursday, April 6 against Tacoma.
Photos by Steve Martarano