The Sacramento Republic F.C. advance to the fourth round of the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup tournament with a 6-0 victory over the Fresno Fuego. A large crowd of over 1,500 fans filled the Cosumnes River College Stadium to witness soccer action. It was a lovely night for a game as the weather was mild and a breeze blew in making it optimal for comfortable viewing. Both teams were playing for a spot in the next round to face the MLS' San Jose Earthquakes at Kezar Stadium next month.
The game for the first forty or so minutes was a battle over the pitch (field) as the Republic and Fuego were sizing each other out. Fresno was playing too aggressive and were awarded several yellow cards for their efforts. This would play a huge factor in the game as the Fuego would lose a player in the 41st minute of the game when Alfred Edmonds would have to leave after earning is second yellow card. Sacramento's Nemanja Vuković (assisted by Octavio Guzman) would score in the extra two minutes of game play to end the half at 1-0.
When the second half began it was all Republic as the would score five times to blow open the game making it a long night for the Fuego. Justin Braun (assisted by Tommy Stewart) would begin the deluge of goals by scoring in the 53rd minute of the game. Fresno's goalie Francisco Hernandez would put up a good defensive effort by blocking a few amazing shots but Sacramento's offense was too much for him as they would harass him with a strong attack on his goal. Tommy Stewart would score in the 61st minute (assisted by Rodrigo Lopez). Lopez himself would score on an unassisted goal in the 76th, Emrah Klimenta in the 81st (assisted by Rodrigo Lopez) and Steven Evans (assisted by Carlos Martinez) in the 89th minute.
Sacramento Republic F.C. will face the San Jose Earthquakes at Kezar Stadium on June 11th in the fourth round of the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup tournament. Tickets for the game are just $20 and they can be purchased at http://www.sjearthquakes.com. Sacramento will play again next Saturday on June 7th against the Arizona United S.C. at Hughes Stadium. For more information on how to purchase tickets for that game please visit http://www.sacrepublicfc.com for more details.