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Republic FC seeks playoff berth. How a Sacramento-area native can help

Soccer balls with Republic FC’s logo are seen. The Sacramento-based USL team signed Jesuit and UC Davis standout Matt Wiesenfarth on Friday.
Soccer balls with Republic FC’s logo are seen. The Sacramento-based USL team signed Jesuit and UC Davis standout Matt Wiesenfarth on Friday. bnguyen@sacbee.com

A former Sacramento-area soccer star is coming home.

Matt Wiesenfarth, a standout at Jesuit High School and UC Davis, agreed Friday to a USL contract with Republic FC that brings the forward to Sacramento for the rest of the season.

“We are delighted to bring Matt on board for the final part of the season,” Republic FC coach Paul Buckle said in a news release. “He is someone that we brought in on a trial basis and has consistently improved each time out on the training pitch. He is hard-working, honest and has a knack for finding the back of the net. We look forward to seeing more from him.”

Wiesenfarth, who comes off a season with Burlingame Dragons FC of the Premier Development League, will be available for Sunday’s away game against Portland Timbers FC 2. Republic FC (9-6-4, 31 points) is in sixth place in the Western Conference standings. The top eight teams in each conference make the playoffs.

At UC Davis, he had 17 goals and eight assists in 86 games. He was the Big West Conference’s top freshman in 2011 and made the all-conference second team three times. Before joining the Aggies, he scored 110 goals in his four years with the Marauders.

Wiesenfarth, 24, is no stranger to the Sacramento USL team. He played with the Sacramento Future Star team on July 18, 2013, the day Republic FC’s name and crest were revealed.

He’s also not the first Jesuit graduate to play for Republic FC. Cameron Iwasa, now with MLS side Sporting Kansas City, played two seasons with his hometown club.

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