Sam Werner’s 86th minute heroics lifts Republic FC past Reno 1868 FC and into the Third Round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on a rainy, slippery night.
Reno 1868 FC
USL sides Sacramento Republic and Reno 1868 FC tangled in a Third Round match in Nevada, with the Republic coming out victorious.
After falling behind 2-0 in the first half, the Reno offense exploded with six second half goals to advance 7-3 against the PDL side.
The Republic were led by a goal and an assist from forward Trevin Caesar to earn the right to host their first-ever MLS side in their home stadium in the Fourth Round against Real Salt Lake.
Reno 1868 FC were able to make their first Open Cup match a successful one – but they had to battle through 120 minutes of soccer and a penalty shootout to do it.