Regional Digest: Sacramento Republic FC expected to announce affiliations with MLS teams

01/22/2014 6:34 PM

01/22/2014 6:35 PM

Sacramento Republic FC, the expansion United Soccer Leagues Pro team that will begin play this spring, is expected to announce affiliation agreements with two Major League Soccer teams – the Earthquakes and Portland Timbers – during a news conference today.

Republic FC will become the ninth USL Pro team to affiliate with an MLS team and the first to affiliate with more than one club.

Under other affiliation agreements, USL Pro teams have received players under MLS contract, and coaches from USL Pro teams have been allowed to attend the MLS team’s matches and practices.

In January 2013, MLS and USL Pro announced a multiyear partnership that both leagues said would enhance the development of professional players in North America and allow for the collaboration among teams in the two leagues.

Republic FC plans to play at a multi-use facility at Cal Expo that is on the board’s Jan. 31 agenda. If the facility is not approved or cannot be ready for the start of the season, the team is expected to play at Hughes Stadium at Sacramento City College.

The schedule for the USL Pro season is expected to be announced as soon as the end of this week. Last season, USL Pro teams played a 26-game schedule from April through August.

In addition to Sacramento, the league has announced expansion franchises in Oklahoma City for this season and Tulsa, Okla., and Colorado Springs, Colo., for the 2015 season.

Former Solon from

1942 title team dies

William Shewey, the last survivor of the 1942 Sacramento Solons team that won 105 games en route to the Pacific Coast League pennant, died Jan. 17 in Sacramento. He was 97.

A late-season call-up from the St. Louis Cardinals’ Class-B Asheville, N.C., team in 1941, Shewey was one of the Solons’ top hitters through 44 games of the 1942 season with a .299 batting average and 14 RBIs.

His season was cut short in late May when a errant relay throw home by Bill Rigney of the Oakland Oaks struck him in the right eye. Shewey was the on-deck hitter and signaling for the runner to slide when he was hit.

After serving four years in the Army during World War II, Shewey attempted a comeback with the Solons in 1946. While he had peripheral vision in his right eye after the ’42 injury, he had lost most of his central vision. Unable to see well at night, he played in just seven games.

Born in Joplin, Mo., and raised in Florida, Shewey remained in Sacramento after his playing career and delivered bread for Oroweat Baking Co. for more than 30 years, his family said.

A memorial service is Friday at 2 p.m. at The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1615 Morse Ave.

– Bee Sports staff

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