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Regional Digest: Republic FC signs two players

Republic FC has signed forwards Justin Braun and Mawolo Gissie, pending USL Pro league approval, the team announced Tuesday.

Both players are expected to report for training camp that begins Monday at Cosumnes River College.

Braun, 26, has scored 24 goals in 110 games over five seasons in Major League Soccer, playing for Chivas USA (2008-11), Montreal Impact (2012), Real Salt Lake (2012) and Toronto FC (2013).

“I knew when I first saw Justin play in 2008 that he was a player with great potential, and now it will be even better to work with him due to his experience of playing in the MLS for five years,” Republic FC coach Predrag “Preki” Radosavljevic said in a statement. “Justin’s veteran experience will be leveraged not only on the field but off it as he guides one of the sport’s most exciting young players in Gissie.”

Gissie, 18, led the New England Revolution’s U16 team in goals (15) and assists (eight) in 2011-12, and he made his professional debut with the Revolution Reserves, the MLS team in the Reserve Division.

Republic FC opens its inaugural USL Pro season March 29 vs. the LA Galaxy II at the StubHub Center in Carson. The first home game will be April 26 vs. the Harrisburg City Islanders at 7:30 p.m. Home games are scheduled to be played at a facility at Cal Expo, pending approval by the Cal Expo board of directors. If that facility isn’t ready, the team is expected to play home games at Hughes Stadium on the Sacramento City College campus.


– Bee Sports staff