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Zeiko Lewis excited by Sacramento Republic move

Zeiko Lewis has joined Sacramento Republic FC from USL Championship rivals Charleston Battery. (File photograph by Blaire Simmons)

Zeiko Lewis says he is excited and looking forward to the journey and adventures to come showcasing his talents with new club Sacramento Republic FC.

The Bermuda forward has agreed to the terms of an undisclosed deal with the club, which plays in the USL Championship Western Conference.

“Excited to join such an amazing club and can’t wait to get started,” Lewis said. “Looking forward to the journey and adventure we are going to be on. It’s going to be a good one. I’m excited just thinking about the promise that the 2022 season will bring.”

Tood Dunivant, the Sacramento FC president and general manager, is equally excited to have acquired the 26-year-old’s services.

“Zeiko is a difference-maker with a proven ability to score and create chances,” he said. “His competitive drive demands excellence from himself and his team-mates, and we look forward to adding Zeiko to our attack.”

Sacramento missed out on the USL Championship Play-Offs last season after finishing the regular season seventh among the eight-team Pacific Division.

Lewis joins the club from Charleston Battery, who play in the USL Championship Eastern Conference.

He was the club’s most valuable player last season and led their scoring in 2019 and 2020.

The son of former Dandy Town forward Troy Lewis made 73 appearances for Charleston, scoring 19 goals and providing 18 assists.

Lewis thanked his former club and their fans for their support throughout his three stints with the outfit, which also missed out on the USL Championship Play-Offs last season after finishing sixth in the eight-team Atlantic Division.

“As I move on to a new chapter in my life, I want to thank you guys and the fans for everything,” he said. “It’s been a honour and privilege to wear the black and yellow.

“You’ll always have a place in my heart and I will cherish the memories and bonds I’ve formed.”

Charleston returned the compliment while also wishing Lewis well in his future endeavours on the pitch with his new club.

“Thank you for everything the past three seasons, Zeiko, and best of luck in your new adventure,” read a club statement.

Lewis scored five goals and ten assists, the fourth highest in the league, in 22 appearances in his final season with Charleston.

He joined them from Iceland’s Handknattleiksfélag Kópavogs in 2019 and led the club’s scoring in his debut season.

The exciting player was no stranger to the game in the United States, having been selected seventeenth overall by the New York Red Bulls in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft.

Lewis hit the ground running at the club after scoring the winner in a 1-0 victory over Richmond Kickers on his debut for New York Red Bulls II.

He netted two goals and had 23 assists during his debut season to help New York Red Bulls II reach the USL Eastern Conference Final, where they lost 4-3 to Louisville City FC in a penalty shoot-out.

Lewis has also thrived playing with Bermuda’s national team.

He made his senior debut for Bermuda at age 16 in 2011 after coming on as a late substitute in a 1-0 loss against Trinidad and Tobago in a World Cup qualifier.

Since then he has gone on to score eleven goals in 33 appearances for the national team, and helped the country qualify for the Concacaf Gold Cup for the first time in 2019.

Lewis was also a member of Bermuda’s squad that competed in the Gold Cup qualifiers in Florida this summer.

Kyle Lightbourne’s team bowed out of the competition after suffering a 4-1 defeat to Haiti in a preliminary second round contest at the DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale.

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Published December 24, 2021 at 8:13 am (Updated December 24, 2021 at 8:13 am)

Zeiko Lewis excited by Sacramento Republic move

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