ORLANDO, Fla. — The Sacramento Republic FC played the biggest match in their club's history by competing at the U.S. Open Cup, the oldest ongoing domestic soccer tournament in the country.
Republic FC was the first non-Major League Soccer club to reach the U.S. Open Cup final in 14 years. However, the team came up short, falling 0 to 3 to Orlando City. A win would have made them the first lower division team to win the U.S. Open Cup since 1999.
The Indomitable Club was the third lower-division side to reach the final in the modern era, which covers 26 years.
Republic FC battled the Orlando City SC in front of a sold out crowd at Exploria Stadium for the final in Orlando. The win was Orlando's first trophy in their club history.