US Open Cup champions! Orlando City achieve history, beat Sacramento Republic 3-0
ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando City SC have their first-ever trophy as a Major League Soccer club, winning the 2022 US Open Cup Final on Wednesday night, 3-0 over USL Championship side Sacramento Republic FC at Exploria Stadium behind Facundo Torres’ second-half brace and Benji Michel’s game-changing substitution.
Torres found the breakthrough in the 75th minute on the game’s second shot on target, bending a left-footed blast past Sacramento goalkeeper Daniel Vitiello.
The Uruguayan winger then doubled Orlando’s advantage in the 80th minute, dispatching a penalty kick that was drawn by Michel, whose 61st-minute introduction for striker Ercan Kara changed the game on its head.
For good measure, as Sacramento pushed numbers forward late, Michel added a result-clinching goal in the 96th minute. The homegrown forward raced onto a through ball from Torres and slipped his effort past Vitiello at the far post.
Orlando goalkeeper Pedro Gallese was forced into just two saves, helping the Lions end Sacramento’s dream Open Cup run after the second-division side knocked off three previous MLS teams: LA Galaxy, San Jose Earthquakes and Sporting Kansas City.
The Lions’ victory, occurring before a sell-out crowd of 25,527, booked a 2023 Concacaf Champions League ticket as well. And they kept MLS’s dominant run going in the historic national tournament, a streak that stretches back to 2000.
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Facundo Torres wins the US Open Cup for Orlando with a brace