The USL Championship team Sacramento Republic beat the Los Angeles Galaxy 2-1 in the quarterfinals of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup on Wednesday, becoming the first non-MLS semi-finalists since the Cincinnati in 2017.
And he could have a guaranteed first non-MLS finalist since 2008 (Charleston Battery) if USL League One’s Union Omaha can pull off another disappointment and beat Sporting KC on Wednesday.
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The other quarter-finals are the Hudson River Derby and Orlando City vs. Nashville, while the semi-finals must be geographically doubles. So if Union beats KC, there won’t be a semi-finalist closer to California than Omaha.
The Open Cup was not held in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A non-MLS side has not won it since the 1999 Rochester Rhinos (now the RNYFC).
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Rodrigo Lopez put Sacramento ahead in the fourth minute, but after a quarter of an hour from the Republic’s own goal, the score was 1:1.
Poetically it was the former cali clasico a rival to the Galaxy that put Sacramento back on the front.
Former San Jose midfielder Luis Felipe missed a long shot past Jonathan Klinsmann, who paused for a split second before diving, likely fearful of the ball deflecting between the defender’s legs.
The galaxy hasn’t been this surprised since The Avengers flipped The Snap.
(The quota of botanists has been met).
— US Open Cup (@opencup) June 22, 2022