Sacramento Republic FC Adds Talented Teenagers to Roster
The promoted Academy players will be eligible for the club’s USL matches while maintaining NCAA eligibility
Sacramento Republic FC has added four academy players to their 2019 USL Championship roster.
Forward Quincy Butler, midfielder Mario Penagos and defenders Hayden Sargis and Eddy Berumen join the first team under USL Academy contracts, making all four players eligible for selection in USL league matches.
‘USL Academy’ contracts are designed to preserve players’ amateur status. They allow Republic FC Academy players to play in first team professional matches while still maintaining NCAA eligibility.
Typically, USL teams are allowed to roster a maximum of five young players who are on Academy contracts on their game-day roster, although very rarely does this happen.
“Our academy has produced so many quality players and this group currently represents the best of the best,” said Republic FC General Manager Todd Dunivant. “They have trained with our first team throughout preseason and earned their place in the squad. We look forward to their continued development as they push for minutes throughout the season.”
Meet the players who have earned Academy Contracts with Sacramento Republic FC:
Butler was the first Republic FC Academy player to join the club’s USL roster on an ‘USL Academy’ contract. The 17-year-old winger has been with Republic FC’s United States Soccer Development Academy (USSDA) since its inception in 2015, scoring 49 goals in 94 career academy appearances. Prior to joining Republic FC’s Academy, Butler played with San Juan Soccer Club.
An Elk Grove native, Penagos is in his fourth season with the SRFC Academy. The 16-year-old made 32 appearances for the U-16/17 team last year, scoring seven goals in the span. That followed a break-out 2016-17 season with the U-14 team where he scored 28 goals from 27 appearances, all starts. Penagos was called up to the U-17 U.S. Men’s National Team last year to compete in the 2018 Four Nations Tournament.
Sargis is also in his fourth season with the Republic FC youth academy. The 16-year-old center back and Turlock, Calif., native has made 85 appearances, 68 as starts, since joining the Academy during its inaugural season in 2015. Sargis had a brief stint at the Barca Academy in Arizona at the beginning of his U17 DA season.
Sargis has trained also with Todd Beane, founder of TOVO Academy Barcelona who said, “We are so proud of Hayden and are confident that he will step up to meet the demands of a professional soccer program.”
Berumen joined Republic FC’s Academy in 2016, making 66 career appearances across his three seasons in the USSDA. The 17-year-old has previously been called up to the U-16 U.S. Boys’ National Team.
Source: Sacramento Republic & TOVO