SACRAMENTO, Calif. — During Thursday’s episode of Futbol Americas, U.S. Soccer announced the hosts for the semifinal matches of the 2022 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, as well as the hosting preference for the Final match. After defeating LA Galaxy on the road Tuesday night in the Indomitable Club’s first quarterfinal appearance, Sacramento will host Sporting Kansas City at Heart Health Park on July 27. Kickoff for the semifinal will be set following the remaining quarterfinal match on June 26 between Nashville SC and Orlando City SC.
In reaching the semifinal round, Republic FC is the first club outside of the top division of American soccer to make the penultimate stage of the tournament since USL side FC Cincinnati in 2017. The club will share more information about the match-up and how fans can purchase tickets on Friday, June 24th following U.S. Soccer’s match date and time announcement.
The contest will be the first-ever meeting between Sacramento and Sporting Kansas City, and the 10th all-time meeting between Republic FC and an MLS club in the U.S. Open Cup. Against MLS teams in the competition, Republic FC is 4-5, including this year’s wins over San Jose and Los Angeles. Sacramento defeated Real Salt Lake and Seattle Sounders FC in the 2017 and 2018 tournaments.
To reach the semifinal, Sporting Kansas City defeated USL League One club Union Omaha 6-0 in the quarterfinal round. Prior to their matchup with Omaha, they bested MLS Western Conference foes FC Dallas after extra time in the Round of 32 and Houston Dynamo in the Round of 16, both on their home ground. The club has won the U.S. Open Cup on four occasions, winning the title in 2004, 2012, 2015, and most recently in 2017.
Republic FC returns to USL league play this Saturday, June 25 when they travel to faceregional foe Monterey Bay F.C. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. from Cardinale Stadium in Seaside, CA. Fans can watch the match on Antenna TV 40.2, FOX40.com and the FOX40 app, and streaming on ESPN+.