Sacramento Republic FC have made it known from the beginning that its eventual goal is to move from USL to MLS. Their push to be included in the country's top league predates their first competitive minutes and the ubiquitous #BuiltForMLS campaign has been with us since early in the 2014 season. The push has been largely successful, taking Sacramento from less than an afterthought to a front-runner for MLS expansion.
The city has snagged headlines for huge, record setting crowds and jaw dropping on-field displays. They have brought together a powerful team of investors and hammered out a concrete and absolutely amazing stadium plan.
However, one thing the city has not had is a visit from MLS Commissioner Don Garber. That changes tomorrow.
Tomorrow is Garber's first ever visit to Sacramento and both the city and the team are rolling out the Old Glory Red carpet. The team, the city, and the fans are all on board to welcome Garber to Sacramento and show him that what he has read or heard is true: Sacramento is ready for MLS expansion.
According to the itinerary on the Republic website, Garber has quite a day ahead of him tomorrow. He'll be touring the Railyards and the site of the proposed stadium, meeting with Kevin Nagle and the MLS-Level investors, and will be holding a press conference with local media, just to name a few highlights.
Impressing Garber isn't just up to the Republic front office and investors, though. We, the fans, will feature prominently in tomorrow's MLS Block Party, which has an expected turnout so big that the city has agreed to shut down the portion of L street between 15th and 16th to accommodate everyone.
The party kicks off at 11am with food trucks, beer, games, and all that good stuff. At 11:45 there will be an hour long Fan Q&A with Garber followed by a press conference. The block party will end at 2pm.
So come to the MLS Block Party if you can. It's not every day that the MLS Commissioner drops in for a visit, so let's all make the most of this excuse for an extended lunch break. See you all there.
If you are unable to make it to the event, don't worry. Indomitable City Soccer will be there to fill you in before, during, and after.
What do you think about tomorrow's event? Are you going? What are you most looking forward to? Sound off in the comments below.