Rob has also broadcast games for the Sacramento River Cats and Sac State Hornets. | Photo via Republic FC
On the eve of the club’s 10-year celebration at Hughes Stadium, we spoke with Republic FC’s longtime broadcaster Rob McAllister about his history with the Indomitable Club and its importance to the City of Trees.
Editor’s note: This interview has been edited for clarity and brevity.
Q: You’ve been with the team since Day One, what do you remember most about that first night in Hughes Stadium? A: Leading up to it, we were pretty sure there was going to be a sizable crowd. [...] there’s bands, everyone’s just chaotic. I remember saying to [partner Kevin Goldwaith], ‘This is crazy,’ because for me, this is the largest crowd and stadium that I broadcast for. Crazy for Kevin, it was his very first time ever broadcasting anything. [...] people were so passionate about Sacramento and I think it was a way to celebrate the city. It was ours. It didn’t come from somewhere else, and it was a way to start new.
Q: What sets Republic’s fan base apart from the city’s other teams? A: I think that this is a club that really does represent the entire community and I think people feel ultimately welcomed. I think that there’s a special bond you have when something like that happens.
Q: Is there any one instance that sticks out to you as the moment that really defines the ethos of the club as indomitable? A: I do think it’s the Miracle at Bonney. I just think the way that that game went, it was a story. I mean, you had your rival LA Galaxy II, [the match is] just not going the way the Republic hoped, everyone’s just feeling very down and somber, and it starts to rain [...] which is very rare, and everything changed. To me, that is the indomitable spirit — that there was never a quit.
Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, & Too $hort | Friday, Aug. 25 | 6 p.m. | Golden 1 Center, 500 David J Stern Walk, Sacramento | $86-$245.50 | Roll up to the “High School Reunion Tour,” which is sure to go up in smoke.
Emo Nite | Friday, Aug. 25 | 9 p.m. | Ace Of Spades, 1417 R St., Sacramento | $21 | Bust out your eyeliner and Hot Topic t-shirt for a night of your favorite pop-punk jams and adolescent emotions.
Saturday, Aug. 26
Back 2 School Block Party | Saturday, Aug. 26 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | McClatchy Park, 3500 Fifth Ave., Sacramento | Free | Kick off the new school year with free food, hair cuts, entertainment, and educational resources.
Sunday, Aug. 27
International Wedding Festival | Sunday, Aug. 27 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento | $15-$100 | Meet and mingle with all the professionals you need to plan your special day.
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Chocolate Fish Coffee is under new ownership. After 15 years, owners Edie and Andy Baker have sold the cafe to a new ownership duo, who told the Business Journal they are considering expanding into markets like Elk Grove and Roseville. (Sac Biz Journal)
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