Match preview: US Open Cup semi-final between Sporting KC and Sacramento Republic FC on Wednesday

Preki, a sports activities legend who performed 9 seasons in Kansas Metropolis, coached Sacramento to the title in 2014 with a group led by championship MVP Rodrigo Lopez. The membership’s first-ever signing is now in his third bout with the membership and his 4 objectives on this 12 months’s US Open Cup are essentially the most of any participant. The 35-year-old playmaker scored the second-most objectives in membership historical past however missed the group’s match on Saturday beneath well being and security protocols.

Sacramento Republic FC basic supervisor Todd Dunivant – US Open Cup champion and five-time MLS Cup winner as a participant – and supervisor Mark Briggs renewed the Republic roster for 2022 with solely six gamers left from final season, together with 25-year-old Maalique Foster and Luis Felipe, 26. Foster leads the group with 4 league objectives in simply 305 minutes of motion, whereas Felipe has scored successful objectives in his final three video games of the US Open Cup in Sacramento.

The Repubblica roster consists of eight gamers with MLS appearances of their careers – together with the addition of 31-year-old Deshorn Brown final week – and 30-year-old winger Keko Gontan, who made 135 appearances in Spain’s La Liga and Italian Serie A. Defensively, Sacramento is anchored in purpose by USL Golden Glove winner Danny Vitiello and Lee Desmond, Conor Donovan and Dan Casey. Within the trio’s 11 begins collectively this 12 months, Sacramento has conceded solely 5 objectives and has but to concede extra objectives in a single sport.

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