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Republic receive Harrison Heath on loan from Atlanta United

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Republic make second roster move of the day, bringing in MLS midfielder in need of playing time.

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Sacramento Republic has made not one, but two roster announcements today. Earlier this afternoon the team announced the signing of its first ever academy player, Roberto Hategan. Then, just minutes after that, the team announced that it had received midfielder Harrison Heath on loan from Atlanta United.

Heath’s professional career began in 2014 when he saw signed by Orlando City, then in USL and coached by his father, Adrian Heath. He moved up with the team to MLS and made six appearances with the first team. Heath also played 12 matches on loan with Orlando City B last season, scoring one goal.

This season, Heath was traded to expansion side Atlanta United, where he has made just one league appearance. He has, however, found some playing time in the US Open Cup.

The loan move comes just days after Heath made a mistake that led to Atlanta getting booted from the US Open Cup by NASL’s FC Miami.

By all accounts Heath seems to be a talented player and is reportedly a good locker room presence. The loan move is definitely one that is beneficial for both parties. Republic get a talented midfielder to help it make a run for the USL playoffs, while Heath gets some playing time and a chance to draw some positive attention his way.

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