July 29, 2022 – United Soccer League (USL) Championship – Sacramento Republic FC press release
Sacramento, Calif. — Sacramento Republic FC announced that the club had acquired defender Josh Bauer on short-term loan from Major League Soccer team Nashville SC, pending league and state approval.
“Josh joins us at a very busy time in our season,” Republic FC President and CEO Todd Dunivant said. “He brings valuable USL experience to our defensive unit, and we think he will be a great addition to the locker room.
Bauer, a 24-year-old defender from New Hampshire, joined the MLS team from Nashville SC in 2021 when he was selected in Stage 1 of the MLS Re-Entry Draft. He was initially selected 31st overall by Atlanta United FC in the 2021 MLS SuperDraft. Following his SuperDraft selection, Bauer made 27 appearances for USL Atlanta United 2, where he had 87 clearances, 69 steals and 26 counters in over 2,000 minutes. He signed his first professional contract with the Birmingham Legion in 2020 and made three appearances during the shortened season.
Bauer played collegiately at the University of New Hampshire, where he started in his 60 appearances and added 10 goals and 10 assists en route to back-to-back conference titles in 2018 and 2019. He has earned numerous accolades , including back-to-back Eastern College Athletic Conference Defenseman of the Year and America East Defenseman of the Year and two-time America East Tournament MVP. Bauer also appeared for Seacoast United Phantoms, Boston Bolts, and USL League Two Sound FC during his college career.
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