Before April 12, 2017, 37-year-old Sacramento Republic FC goalkeeper Dominik Jakubek held the title of oldest player in the USL; that is until he was overtaken by a certain forward by the name of Didier Drogba.
“Unfortunately Drogba had to come over and take that title from me,” Jakubek said with a laugh, noting that his experience helps him lead. “I’ve never had a hard time, even when at a young age to take a leadership role and now I don’t mind it. I want to do it because I feel like other goalies can learn from me.”
Jakubek called himself a student of the game and an all-around footballer, joking that he thinks he could play a field position, but appreciates the opportunity goalkeeping gives him to continue his career. In being a student of the game, Jakubek has played in numerous leagues around the United States and even spent time in Poland.
Jakubek started his professional career with a pair of indoor soccer clubs before signing with Columbus Crew SC and then signing on with the California Victory for their lone season before moving on to play for RKS Garbania in Poland. Two years later, the 6’1” goalie returned to the states to play with the Los Angeles Blues.
Following his time with the Blues, Jakubek moved north to his hometown of Sacramento where he joined Sacramento Gold FC, an experience he spoke highly of.
“Some of my best times playing football were in the NPSL,” Jakubek said. “It’s quality football up and down the country. It’s a great league that will get you prepared for the next level.”
And from the Gold, Jakubek moved right up to that next level, signing with the Sacramento Republic for their inaugural season in the USL.
“For me I was fortunate enough that Sacramento Gold was there and then the Republic came, so it was a no-brainer for me to stick around,” Jakubek said. The veteran keeper is now entering his fourth season with the club.
In his time with Sacramento Republic FC, the team won the USL championship in their opening season and led the league in points in 2016. In 2017, Jakubek is hoping for more of the same success for the team.
“Championship,” Jakubek said when asked about his goal for the year. “All we want to do is bring another championship home.”
As far as his personal career goes, Jakubek isn’t planning on hanging up his gloves anytime soon.
“I really want to play into my forties,” Jakubek said. “Who knows if that’s going to be reality, but that’s what I’m pursuing.”
Regardless of where his career takes him, Jakubek is eyeing a return to the NPSL.
“No joke,” Jakubek said, “I would love to go back someday and play with the Gold.”