Top executives from Major League Soccer got high-level briefings from Sacramento Republic FC owners – and an earful from the team's famously rowdy fans – as they began an on-the-ground evaluation Thursday of the region’s chances for an MLS expansion team.

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Defender James Kiffe, who signed with Republic FC in mid-August, has started the last four matches at left back and should start again in Saturday’s USL Pro semifinal showdown with LA Galaxy II.
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Sacramento Republic FC, the city’s popular minor-league soccer club, announced Wednesday it has reached an agreement to acquire land in the downtown railyard for a new 20,000-seat soccer stadium that could host a Major League Soccer franchise.
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When Major League Soccer executives visit Sacramento on Thursday to discuss a potential expansion team, they’ll get high-level briefings with the corporate community – and a chance to party with fans.
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Mayor Kevin Johnson is reassembling the team of strategists that helped him keep the Kings in Sacramento, but this time their job will be to get the city a franchise in Major League Soccer.

PLAYOFFS: REPUBLIC FC VS. WILMINGTON
Sacramento Republic FC logo Saturday, August 2, 7:00 pm @ Arizona United FC, Peoria Sports Complex
*Saturday, August 9, 7:30 pm vs OKC Energy FC, Cal Expo
Sunday, August 17, 4:00 pm @ Orange County Blues FC, Anteater Stadium at UCI
*Wednesday, August 20, 8:00 pm vs Wilmington Hammerheads FC, Cal Expo
*Wednesday, August 27, 7:30 pm vs Charleston Battery, Cal Expo
Saturday, August 30, 4:30 pm @ Wilmington Hammerheads FC, Legion Stadium
*Thursday, September 4, 7:30 pm vs OKC Energy FC, Cal Expo
*Saturday, September 6, 7:30 pm vs LA Galaxy II, Cal Expo

* Home game
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