Sacramento Republic FC announced Wednesday they have re-signed forward Kharlton Belmar for the 2021 season, although other terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The 27-year-old joined Sac Republic for the 2020 season, where he made 14 appearances between the regular season and playoffs, notching a goal and four assists — which led the team — and becoming a roving forward playmaker of sorts in the process. The way the season shook out appeared to be considerably different than planned, but nonetheless he helped fill a void with the club needing a set-up man and him showing a new side of his game.
“Kharlton showed his attacking versatility last season and was especially effective as a striker,” said Republic FC general manager Todd Dunivant in a team statement. “His overall game elevated as the year progressed, and he added some important leadership elements to our team. We are excited to see what is in store for him in 2021 and beyond.”
Belmar seems to have more to give with a more normal season, too, as the player has considerable experience in the USL Championship, currently the 18th top scorer all-time in the league. After being voted USL Rookie of the Year in 2015 with Portland Timbers 2, Belmar has subsequently played for the New York Cosmos, Swope Park Rangers, Sporting Kansas City and Nashville SC before joining Republic FC.
So all in all, this seems like a good move for SRFC. Belmar has experience and has previously shown the final product, and he’ll likely stay a regular again in 2021.
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