Sacramento Republic FC Sign Former Whitecaps FC Defender Cole Seiler
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento Republic FC have agreed to a USL contract with defender Cole Seiler for the 2018 season, with a club option for the 2019 season, pending league and federation approval.
Seiler joins Republic FC after spending the last two years splitting time between Vancouver Whitecaps FC and WFC2. The defender was the 16th overall pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft by Whitecaps FC and made two appearances with the MLS squad. Seiler made 42 appearances with WFC2 over two seasons, including 25 appearances in 2017. The defender was a workhorse, averaging 88 minutes per appearance in his WFC2 career.
The defender had a successful four-year collegiate career at Georgetown. He appeared in 87 matches including 86 starts. Seiler recorded four goals and added an assist as a Hoya. Fellow Republic FC teammate Josh Turnley played with Seiler while at Georgetown, with the pair leading the Hoyas to a National Championship appearance as freshmen and serving as captains their senior year. The Hoyas ranked eighth in the nation for goals against average in 2014 and led the nation in shutout percentage in 2013.
Sacramento Republic FC will begin training camp on Feb. 1 and host their first 2018 friendly on Feb. 25 against LAFC.
ABOUT USL: The USL is one of the most prominent Division II professional soccer leagues in the world, with 30 markets in 20 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces for the 2017 season. In total, the USL reaches a population of 75 million people, fueling the growth of professional soccer across North America. In 2016, more than $100 million were invested league-wide into stadium infrastructure to create venues that deliver an unforgettable fan and competitor experience. The USL has national media partnerships with ESPN and SiriusXM, and recently invested $10 million to create USL Productions - which includes a state-of-the-art facility that will produce and distribute nearly 500 league matches and more than 1,000 hours of original content to national partners, local affiliates, USL's Match Center and international markets. A growing league, the USL has more than doubled in size since 2014, with Ottawa Fury FC, Reno 1868 FC and the Tampa Bay Rowdies debuting in 2017. Nashville SC, Fresno FC and Las Vegas Lights FC are set to join the league for 2018, with Birmingham, Alabama and Austin, Texas set to join the league in 2019. Beyond league play, the USL regularly features international exhibitions against leading Premier League, Liga MX, and Bundesliga clubs, among others. Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., the USL provides unparalleled club support with a growing team of more than 50 professionals across 17 departments, ranging from operations to marketing, communications and sponsorship.
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