Republic FC announced one of its key signings on Tuesday in bringing back midfielder Danny Barrera.
Barrera, who signed with Republic FC last June, is expected to have an important role as coach and technical director Paul Buckle looks to replace star midfielder Rodrigo Lopez. The team’s centerpiece player and the franchise’s first signing announced in October he is not returning to Sacramento.
“I am thrilled that Danny has committed to the club,” Buckle said in a release. “I feel that he is someone that showed us going into the end of last season what he can do.”
Buckle, impressed with Barrera’s creativity on the ball, moved him from the wing to the central midfield after he replaced Preki as coach.
The former UC Santa Barbara star signed with Republic FC in early June and played in 20 matches, recording two goals and three assists. He had a match-winning goal against Arizona United SC.
Before coming to Republic FC, the 5-foot-6 Barrera played three seasons in the second-tier North American Soccer League. He played more than 50 matches for the Atlanta Silverbacks, San Antonio Scorpions and Carolina Railhawks from 2012-2015.
A native of Bogota, Colombia, he was well known to Republic FC Director of Football Graham Smith. Barrera played for Smith when he headed the Ventura County Fusion, a Premier Development League club.
Republic FC is expected to announce more signings this week as it prepares for the opening of training camp Feb. 1.