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Republic FC adds Shane Wiedt to defensive corps

By Staff, 01/12/23, 6:00PM EST


Center back has made 84 regular-season appearances in Championship over career

New Sacramento Republic FC signing Shane Wiedt has made 66 appearances for Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC across the regular season and playoffs over the past two seasons. | Photo courtesy Hannah Wilson / Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento Republic FC announced on Thursday the club had signed defender Shane Wiedt for the 2023 USL Championship season. The signing is pending league and federation approval, and per club policy terms of the contract were not disclosed.

“Shane brings a physical presence to our backline and will suit our style of play with his composure on the ball,” said Republic FC President and General Manager Todd Dunivant. “His work ethic and mentality are what stood out to us the most, and we think he will be a natural fit in Sacramento.”

Wiedt has spent the past two seasons with fellow USL Championship club Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, where he was an integral part of strong defensive squads that led the Hounds to consecutive postseason appearances. In 2022, the defender appeared in a career-high 35 matches across all competitions, leading his squad in successful tackles (35) and ranking second in interceptions (71).

Throughout the season, he earned three USL Championship Team of the Week selections and was a key member of a defensive unit that recorded 11 clean sheets. In 2021, he was part of a back line that allowed the third-fewest shots faced in the entire league, and the third-fewest goals against.

Wiedt’s signing with Republic FC adds him to a core of 17 returning players from the club’s 2022 roster and reunites him with a pair of former teammates. He featured alongside forward Russell Cicerone, who signed with the club in December, in each of his two seasons in the Steel City. Wiedt, Cicerone, and current goalkeeper Danny Vitiello all shared the pitch with Pittsburgh in 2021.

Prior to joining Pittsburgh, Wiedt played two seasons for Loudoun United FC. After tallying seven appearances in his inaugural pro campaign in 2019, the defender was among the club’s top contributors during the pandemic-shortened 2020 campaign. He finished the season leading the Virginia club in appearances (13), minutes (1,040), and interceptions (24).

Wiedt played four seasons at the collegiate level at the University of Akron and University of Pittsburgh. After a redshirt freshman season at Akron, he played in 32 matches for the Zips from 2015 to 2017, logging over 1,700 minutes. In his junior season the squad advanced to the semifinals of the 2017 NCAA D1 College Cup, where they fell to eventual champion Stanford. He played his senior season at the University of Pittsburgh, helping the Panthers make a run to the ACC Tournament quarterfinals.

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