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Republic FC welcomes new general manager: ‘We have some exciting days ahead’

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Todd Dunivant has experienced success on the soccer field.

In nearly 300 appearances over 13 seasons in Major League Soccer, he’s played on teams that won the MLS Cup five times.

Dunivant is bringing that championship experience to Sacramento. He was hired as Republic FC’s general manager, the team announced Wednesday.

“Todd has meaningful experience across all aspects of the game. From a top player, to team captain and leader, he understands the important and relevant connection that occurs between the players, our club and our fans,” Kevin Nagle, Republic FC chairman and CEO, said in a statement.

Some of the duties of the new GM role were previously handled by Paul Buckle, the team’s head coach and technical director.

Dunivant, who retired from playing after the 2015 season, will be in charge at all levels of Republic FC football operations, including the club’s United States Soccer Development Academy teams. The team says his duties include oversight of the club’s technical staff, scouting, recruitment and player contract negotiations. He comes to Sacramento after one year with the North American Soccer League’s San Francisco Deltas, who won their league title in their inaugural season – as Republic FC did in the USL in 2014.

“I would like to thank ... the entire Republic FC organization for welcoming me to Sacramento,” Dunivant said in the release. “I have long admired this club and look forward to building on the championship foundation that has already been established here. We have some exciting days ahead for our sport and our incredible fans.”

Dunivant, who played for four MLS clubs from 2003-15, won titles with the San Jose Earthquakes (2003) and LA Galaxy (2005, 2011, 2012, 2014). He was named to the MLS Best XI in 2011.

Republic FC begins its regular season March 17 at home against San Antonio FC and will play friendly matches before then. Visit the team’s website for the full schedule and more information.

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