USLSoccer.com Staff Report
Saturday, February 20, 2016
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Saturday evening’s preseason contest between Sacramento Republic FC and the San Jose Earthquakes will have a little more meaning for new Republic FC goalkeeper Evan Newton.
The former Earthquakes goalkeeper will get to face some of his former teammates at Bonney Field as he continues to get acclimated to his new environment with Republic FC.
“It will be good to see some of my buddies from that team,” Newton told the Sacramento Bee’s Bill Paterson. “But it’s just another opportunity for us to sharpen up and get better as a team.”
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Newton arrived in Sacramento to compete for the right to replace for Patrick McLain, who departed this offseason for the Chicago Fire in MLS. After two good seasons with Arizona United SC and OKC Energy FC, Newton is hoping to follow a similar path. While he could have stayed with Energy FC, where he was a finalist for the USL’s Goalkeeper of the Year award in 2015, Sacramento’s promise was too much to turn down.
“I loved my time in Oklahoma,” Newton told Paterson. “But with the positive direction Sacramento is going – its push to MLS – and the way they came after me, I just saw it as a place where I could get better, gain experience and to continue to grow.”
After a solid opening performance against the Colorado Rapids last Saturday, Newton will get the chance to take another step into integrating himself into Republic FC’s lineup against the Quakes.“Hopefully, we come out and give the fans something fun to watch and something good to cheer about,” he said.