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Orlando City SC, Sacramento Republic FC to play for U.S. Open Cup trophy

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Orlando City SC could capture the first trophy in its Major League Soccer era on Wednesday when it plays host to Sacramento Republic FC in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final at 8 p.m. EDT at Exploria Stadium.

What You Need To Know

  • Exploria Stadium to host Lamar Hunt U.S, Open Cup Final at 8 p.m. EDT on Wednesday

  • The match will pit Orlando City SC against Sacramento Republic FC

  • The Open Cup trophy and a spot in the CONCACAF Champions League go to the winner

  • A victory would give the Lions their first trophy in the team’s MLS era

The champion also will win a spot in the CONCACAF Champions League, the most prestigious club competition in North America.

Sacramento Republic plays in USL Championship, which is a lower division of competition than MLS. But Sacramento has already defeated three MLS sides — the San Jose Earthquakes, LA Galaxy and Sporting Kansas City — to reach the final.

Sacramento is the first lower division side to reach the final since the Charleston Battery in 2008.

In their previous matches, Sacramento needed penalty kicks to finish off Sporting Kansas City, while Orlando City routed the New York Red Bulls 5-1.

The match is sold out, and the club has been urging fans to arrive early to be on time for kickoff because security could delay entry into the stadium.

Officials also announced plans for a full stadium card stunt 20 minutes before the start of the match. Pregame festivities also are planned at Mane Street Plaza. Fans who did not get their hands on tickets for the match can watch live on ESPN+ or at one of the “City Pub” locations.

The U.S. Open Cup has been played every year since 1913, except for a break in 2019 and 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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