Bag Republic FC advances to US Open Cup semifinals

In what was one of the biggest games in the franchise’s history, the Sacramento Republic FC team beat the Los Angeles Galaxy in a 2-1 match Tuesday night. With this win, Sac Republic, a United Soccer Leagues team, moves on to the semifinals for the US Open Cup, making it the first time in the team’s history. Major League Soccer teams such as LA Galaxy tend to advance this far more often than USL teams. Players Rodrigo Lopez and Luis Felipe Fernandes scored the team’s two goals in the fourth and 70th minutes of the game.At a Sacramento County watch party, held at Pete’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, fans told KCRA 3 about their appreciation for the team.”Football is life,” said Republic FC fan Bob Nelsen. “We love this soccer team. We’ve been season ticket owners since the very first season that they started and we see as many games as we possibly can.”Nelsen and his family attended the watch party and predicted a Sac Republic win over LA Galaxy.”Just judging by the surroundings tonight it’s gonna be amazing,” fan Geraldine Nelsen said in advance of the watch party. “MLS here we come.”Jose Salazar brought his two young daughters to the watch party. He could not understate his love of the sport and support for the Sac Republic.”I’m a huge fan. I love soccer. I grew up watching soccer all the way from my home town,” Salazar explained. “The fact that now we have a team here in Sacramento, it means the world to me.” VIDEO BELOW | Sacramento Republic FC return home after beating LA Galaxy Sac Republic made its first-ever appearance in the quarterfinals of a US Open Cup in May after beating the San Jose Earthquakes. It is also the only USL Championship team remaining in the tournament.The US Open Cup, which is also called the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, is the oldest competition in US soccer, dating back to 1913. It’s similar to cup competitions in Europe where smaller clubs compete with those from the biggest teams. The winning club gets $300,000.

In what was one of the biggest games in the franchise’s history, the Sacramento Republic FC team beat the Los Angeles Galaxy in a 2-1 match Tuesday night.

With this win, Sac Republic, a United Soccer Leagues team, moves on to the semifinals for the US Open Cup, making it the first time in the team’s history. Major League Soccer teams such as LA Galaxy tend to advance this far more often than USL teams.

The two teams faced off for the quarterfinal match in Southern California. Players Rodrigo Lopez and Luis Felipe Fernandes scored the team’s two goals in the fourth and 70th minutes of the game.

At a Sacramento County watch party, held at Pete’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, fans told KCRA 3 about their appreciation for the team.

“Football is life,” said Republic FC fan Bob Nelsen. “We love this soccer team. We’ve been season ticket owners since the very first season that they started and we see as many games as we possibly can.”

Nelsen and his family attended the watch party and predicted a Sac Republic win over LA Galaxy.

“Just judging by the surroundings tonight it’s gonna be amazing,” fan Geraldine Nelsen said in advance of the watch party. “MLS here we come.”

Jose Salazar brought his two young daughters to the watch party. He could not understate his love of the sport and support for the Sac Republic.

“I’m a huge fan. I love soccer. I grew up watching soccer all the way from my home town,” Salazar explained. “The fact that now we have a team here in Sacramento, it means the world to me.”

On Wednesday, more fans were at the Sacramento International Airport to greet the team as they landed back home.

| VIDEO BELOW | Sacramento Republic FC return home after beating LA Galaxy

Sac Republic made its first-ever appearance in the quarterfinals of a US Open Cup in May after beating the San Jose Earthquakes. It is also the only USL Championship team remaining in the tournament.

The US Open Cup, which is also called the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, is the oldest competition in US soccer, dating back to 1913. It’s similar to cup competitions in Europe where smaller clubs compete with those from the biggest teams. The winning club gets $300,000.

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