UFL team leaves San Francisco for Sacramento 

After rumors of an impending move had been swirling for months, the United Football League officially announced Wednesday that its California franchise will be relocating from San Francisco to Sacramento next season.

The team, which played two home games at AT&T Park and one in San Jose as the California Redwoods during the 2009 season, will relocate to the state capital for five home games beginning in September.

Led by coach and general manager Dennis Green, who has Stanford and 49ers ties, the team will play at Hornet Stadium at Sacramento State.

UFL commissioner Michael Huyghue, team owner Paul Pelosi and Green were formally welcomed to the capital by Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson at a news conference.

“Sacramento is a natural home for the UFL in that it is a major market that we believe will support a professional football team and we are excited to be here,” Huyghue said.

As the California Redwoods, the club posted a 2-4 record last season and running back Cory Ross led the league in rushing with 462 yards.

“When I coached in Northern California I won a Super Bowl ring during my time with the San Francisco 49ers and I hope to bring championship success to the people of Sacramento and the fans of the team,” Green said.

The franchise will have a new nickname, which fans can vote on by visiting www.ufl-football.com.

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