We’re all Sacramento Republic fans now.
That’s hardly an exaggeration after the USL Championship side became the first non-MLS side to qualify for the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Final since 2008 with a win over Sporting KC in penalties on Thursday.
[ MORE: Palace unveils USMNT defender Chris Richards ]
Yeah, Orlando City fans will be rooting for their team in Sept. 7 final in Florida, but even Sacramento’s hardened USL rivals will be hoping to see the Republic punch above its weight one more time.
A win would make the Republic the first team outside of Major League Soccer to win the 105-year-old trophy since the 1999 Rochester Rhinos made most of their second attempt at USOC glory.
Sacramento fans won’t need any extra sweetener, as its wait to join MLS as an expansion side has lasted for ages and its fan base is quite worthy of top-flight status.
Latest MLS news
Premier League preseason video highlights: Christian Pulisic scores, Everton… USMNT defender Shaq Moore joins MLS side Nashville SC from Tenerife Wayne Rooney unveiled as new DC United manager
How did Sacramento Republic make this happen?
The Republic past USL League Two side Portland Timbers’ U-23s in the second round, then took down Central Valley Fuego of USL League One.
Fellow USL Championship side Phoenix Rising was the next obstacle and was dispatched 2-0 before the Republic handled its first MLS opposition, San Jose Earthquakes, in the Round of 16. Then came the LA Galaxy and Thursday’s win over Sporting KC.
Manchester United transfer news, live! Latest reports, rumors, updates USMNT’s Chris Richards unveiled by Crystal Palace Premier League transfer news live, today! Latest updates on the summer window
Sacramento Republic breaks MLS hold on US Open Cup Final berths originally appeared on NBCSports.com