Monday, January 30

Phoenix Rising set for fourth-round U.S. Open Cup match at Sacramento

Phoenix Rising FC midfielder Kevon Lambert (27), right, chases down Sacramento Republic FC forward Cameron Iwasa (31) during the first half against Sacramento Republic FC at Wild Horse Pass Stadium on Saturday, October 23, 2021, in Chandler.

Phoenix Rising FC is one tournament win away from facing a Major League Soccer club, the recently crowned CONCACAF Champions League winner Seattle Sounders FC or the San José Earthquakes. 

That’s what the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup allows for, the tournament that crowns an American club team champion having made its return after a two-year hiatus. Rising FC has wins over local side Valley United and USL rival New Mexico United, both at home last month, and now heads to Northern California to face Sacramento Republic FC Wednesday night for the right to advance to the Round of 16. 

There, the Sounders or Earthquakes await. Should Rising FC get past Sacramento, it will be the furthest the team has gone in the Open Cup, as either Arizona United SC or Phoenix Rising FC. 

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