The San Jose Earthquakes waived midfielder JJ Koval over the weekend, seemingly to clear up space on their roster. While it was a decision that came as a bit of a surprise, it now offers Koval the opportunity to start fresh with a new team. The question from us here at ICS is: could that new team be Sacramento Republic FC?
It is always a possibility. After all, Koval has played in four games for the Republic on loan over the past two years. He played about as well as you can expect a player on a short term loan to do, showing that he would be a quality player at the USL level. He even scored two goals in 2014, including a game winner against Arizona United.
Although he played for Sacramento solely as a midfielder, Koval is fairly versitile in where he can play. He occasionally moonlighted as a defender for the Quakes, usually during their annual injury crisis, and played fairly well.
With 39 MLS appearances under his belt, it seems as though the former first round draft pick will not have any trouble landing on his feet somewhere. It seems likely that Koval will want to stay in MLS if possible, but if there are no teams at that level interested, he could end up coming to an NASL or USL team.
For the time being there is no indication that the Republic is pursuing the Stanford alumnus. However, that doesn't mean we can't think about the possibility. If he does end up trading his blue for Old Glory Red, it would make the Repiblic's central midfield extremely deep and make them that much stronger ahead of the 2016 season.
We want to see what the Indomitable City Soccer community thinks about the possibility of Koval coming to Sacramento. Let us know what you think in the poll below and in the comments.