On a Wednesday night in Sacramento, SF City made some team history by playing in the second round of the US Open Cup for the first time. After ninety minutes of play, however, it was Sacramento Republic FC that progressed in the tournament with a 3-1 victory. The Iron and Gold held their own against their USL hosts in the first half, drawing level through Aaron Lombardi less than ten minutes after the Republic’s Keven Alemán opened the scoring. In the latter half, though, Vilian Bizhev and Adam Moffat got the final touches of two front-of-goal scrambles to account for the final margin.
Despite the defeat, head coach Paddy Coyne liked what he saw from his squad. “I felt we competed very well for the whole ninety,” he said. “We had chances to take the lead in the first half, and throughout the second half we looked dangerous on the counter. At this level, you get punished for all mistakes and that’s what happened. The boys are still developing and learning, and showing we can compete at a USL side will hopefully bring some confidence to our PDL play as we move forward.”
SF City get only one full day to rest before journeying back to southern California to try to earn their first points of the league campaign against Orange County’s U23 team.
SF City head to Sacramento, to take on a pro-team for the first time in their history. After defeating CD Aguiluchos USA 4-0 in Round One of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, San Francisco seeks to continue its journey in the tournament.
Kick-off is at 5:00PM, May 16 at Hornets Soccer Stadium, CSU Sacramento.