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Orlando City beats second division Sacramento Republic to win the US Open Cup and win its first EVER trophy, while Facundo Torres scores a second half to drive a sold-out crowd wild
- Orlando pulled away late in the game with a flurry of three goals to win
- It is the club’s first trophy since its debut in 2015 in the MLS
- Sacramento defeated three MLS teams to reach the final in a hugely impressive run
In front of a rough home crowd, Orlando City won their first-ever trophy on Wednesday night, beating Sacramento Republic 3-0 to win the US Open Cup.
The game was scoreless until the 75th minute, but a couple of goals from Facundo Torres and a late finish from Benji Michel helped Orlando get away to claim silverware.
Both teams combined only had five shots on target during the entire match, and it was beginning to look like Sacramento could force extra time to keep their Open Cup dream alive.
Orlando City took their first trophy by beating Sacramento in the Open Cup final
But Sacramento gave Orlando an opening when they lost the ball in their own penalty area, and Torres obliged with a beautiful left shot into the top corner to open the score.
Sacramento entered the game as huge underdogs, as the first team from the second division to reach the Open Cup final in 14 years.
They defeated three MLS clubs en route to the finals, beating the Earthquakes and Galaxy before beating Sporting Kansas City on penalties in the semifinals.
Orlando midfielder Junior Urso (left) and Sacramento defender Jack Gurr jump for a header
But in the end they couldn’t get past Orlando to take it one step further.
The game was clouded in advance by a complaint from Sacramento that an Orlando employee had been spying on their training, as multiple reports said Tuesday that U.S. Football was investigating the matter.
The incident reportedly happened Monday in a Florida public park where Sacramento was practicing.