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PREVIEW: Republic FC kick off their 2019 U.S. Open Cup run on Wednesday night

By Omar Gonzalez, 05/14/19, 5:30PM PDT

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The boys in Old Glory Red begin their campaign against regional rivals Reno 1868 FC. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. at Papa Murphy's Park.

At a Glance: #SACvRNO

  • Wednesday, May 15
  • 7:30 p.m. PT kickoff
  • Papa Murphy’s Park, Sacramento, Calif.
  • How to watch: ESPN+
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It’s that time of year again.

On Wednesday, Republic FC will kick off their 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup campaign against archrivals Reno 1868 FC.

Founded in 1914, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is unlike anything else in American sports—a knockout competition that pits teams from all levels of the American soccer pyramid against each other, including MLS, USL and even semi-pro and amateur teams. This year marks its 106th year, making it the longest-running national soccer competition in the United States and third-longest national cup tournament in the world.

The open format of the Cup gives birth to intriguing storylines each year, as it creates the possibility of David-versus-Goliath matchups at every twist and turn. To draw a comparison to another sport, it’d be the equivalent of the Sacramento River Cats facing off against the New York Yankees, or the Stockton Kings going up against the Golden State Warriors, in a March Madness-esque tournament. For many players and fans, it’s a rare chance to face an opponent they otherwise would never encounter on the field of play.

Republic FC defeated Seattle Sounders FC 2-1 in the Fourth Round of the 2018 U.S. Open Cup.

Republic FC enter the Second Round of this year’s competition following a 2018 U.S. Open Cup run where they defeated Major League Soccer’s Seattle Sounders FC en route to a Round of 16 clash at Banc of California Stadium, going toe-to-toe with LAFC before falling in heartbreaking fashion to the MLS side.

On the other end of the pitch will be familiar foes Reno 1868 FC, which have been knocked out of the Open Cup by Republic FC in the two prior iterations of the tournament. The Indomitable will hope to make it three years running as they seek revenge following their loss last Saturday to the Nevadan side.

The winner of Wednesday’s contest will advance to the Third Round and face off against the winner of Fresno FC versus NPSL-side El Farolito

Updates on the match will be provided by @SacRepublicFC on Twitter and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN+. To see more matchday information, visit SacRepublicFC.com/matchday-guide.

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