On Wednesday night, Sacramento Republic FC played host to Northern California USL Championship rival Oakland Roots in the Third Round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.
In a riveting second-round matchup of the 2023 US Open Cup, Sacramento Republic FC defeated a well-coached Crossfire Redmond squad 5-4 after 120 minutes of play.
Luis Felipe Rodrigues’ 70th minute strike was the difference as the Sacramento Republic upset the LA Galaxy 2-1 to advance to the Semifinals.
On an dramatic night of soccer, the host Los Angeles FC came back twice from a goal down to level the match against a tough Sacramento Republic side looking for their second consecutive upset. LAFC was able to advance to the Quarterfinals of the 2018 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup as they kept fighting until the final moments of the match when Diego Rossi found Latif Blessing for the winner in the 89th minute.
For the second year in a row, the Sacramento Republic were able to pull off another upset in front of their home fans as they topped the four-time US Open Cup champion, Seattle Sounders FC, by a score of 2-1.
USL sides Sacramento Republic and Reno 1868 FC tangled in a Third Round match in Nevada, with the Republic coming out victorious.
Sacramento Republic fans and players were a bit worried for the first 45 minutes in the game against their lower league opposition, San Francisco City FC, as the match was balanced throughout the first half. However, in the end, the professionals from Sacramento showed their experience as they went on to win the match 3-1 off of a comfortable second half performance to advance to Round 3 of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.
MLS side LA Galaxy relied heavily on its youngsters to help the team advance from the Round of 16 of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Wednesday night.
The Republic have now scored ten goals in just three Open Cup matches, a far cry from their league form. Now, they travel to Carson, Calif. to take on the LA Galaxy in the Round of 16.
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.