Sacramento Republic FC announced Dec. 17 that the club has reached an agreement with Dariusz Formella, re-signing the attacking player pending league and federation approval. Per club policy, the terms of the contract were not disclosed.
2021 will mark his third season with Republic FC. In July 2019, Formella signed in Sacramento after seven seasons in Poland’s top division. In 27 career matches for the boys in Old Glory Red, ‘Darek’ has scored 10 goals and contributed two assists.
“Darek’s offensive versatility and his overall quality were just two of the many reasons why we we’re so excited to bring him back,” Republic FC General Manager Todd Dunivant said. “We can’t wait to see what Darek can do with a full season to work with in 2021.”
The 2020 championship season was a breakout year for the Polish playmaker as he found the back of the net eight times in 15 appearances – tied for 10th most goals across the league. Formella bagged three multi-goal games on the year – twice against Tacoma Defiance and registered the fastest brace in club history against Portland Timbers 2. He was named to the USL Championship Team of the Week three times (week four, week eight and week 15.) Darek led the team in shots (28) and goals (eight) on his way to earning team MVP honors, as selected by his teammates.
Prior to playing for Republic FC, Formella won a league title and two Polish SuperCups with Lech Poznan, as well as lifting the Polish Cup with Arka Gdynia. He also competed in both the UEFA Europa League and in UEFA Champions League Qualifiers with Lech Poznan. Formella has also represented Poland at the youth national team level, most recently with Poland’s U-21 squad.