Any hints of discord that might derail Sacramento's Major League Soccer bid are seemingly nothing more speed bumps in the rear view mirror. That comes with the acquisition of the Sacramento Republic F-C franchise by the people behind the MLS bid.
Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg welcomed all of the people involved in franchise and the bid to win an MLS expansion franchise to City Hall on Monday, where they announced the move that unifies the bid under the Republic F-C crest.
The absence of that crest from the original bid in January led to a tiff between Republic and lead MLS investor, Kevin Nagle.
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Nagle said on Monday that it is no different from any other transaction in which he has been involved. "You always run into bumps, you always come into issues, but you resolve them," Nagle insisted. "And we resolved them. It's pure and simple that way."
The announcement also included the roll out of "Bring It Home" - an initiative Nagle says will take a bid he believes is a winner and make it better by including the fans and the Sacramento region in the move to become an MLS city.
Nagle expects the league to name two of the four expansion cities in December.
It is thought that Sacramento's stadium situation give the city a leg up in the bid for one of the coveted expansion teams.