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Republic FC add depth to their midfield

Quails add Drew Skundrich who played with Bethlehem Steel last season.

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Sacramento Republic FC announced today that they have signed midfielder Drew Skundrich to a USL Championship contract pending league and federation approval. Skundrich immediately provides additional depth for the Quails at midfield, especially in light of Adam Moffat’s recent retirement and the fact that Jeremy Hall is still unsigned.

Skundrich played for Bethlehem Steel last season where he made 28 appearances (15 starts) — recording two goals and three assists. He was selected in the second round (40th overall) in the MLS SuperDraft by the LA Galaxy, but was not signed by the club.

In a press release provided by the Republic, General Manager Todd Dunivant said Skundrich is someone they have been watching for some time.

“We have had our eye on Drew for the past year and we are delighted to bring him into the club,” said Dunivant. “Drew is a winner and brings a never-ending engine to our midfield. The more we saw of Drew, the more we liked, which makes us very upbeat for his integration in 2019.”

Skundrich played collegiality at Stanford University where he was part of a team that won three National Titles from 2015-2017. In his four seasons with the Cardinal, Skundrich scored nine goals and recorded 13 assists. In his junior and senior years, he earned All-PAC 12 First Team and All-PAC 12 Second Team honors, while also serving as co-captain.

With Skundrich now in the fold, the Republic have six midfielders signed ahead of the 2019 season to include, Villyan Bijev, Jure Matajasic, Keven Aleman, Hayden Partain, and Jaime Villarreal.

The club has made it clear about their intent to resign Hall, so hopefully that’s something both sides can get done soon. I think he’s someone fans would like to see back.

Here is a fun highlight reel we were able to dig up on Skundrich from his senior year: