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Orlando City beats Sac Republic 3-0 for U.S. Open Cup title

Facundo Torres stands behind the trophy after Orlando City defeated Sacramento Republic in the U.S. Open Cup final soccer match Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022, in Orlando. (photo: Facundo Torres Twitter)
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Facundo Torres stands behind the trophy after Orlando City defeated Sacramento Republic in the U.S. Open Cup final soccer match Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022, in Orlando. (photo: Facundo Torres Twitter)

Orlando City beat Sacramento Republic 3-0 to claim the U.S. Open Cup title Wednesday night at Exploria Stadium.

Facundo Torres  broke through with a goal in the 75th minute, then converted on a penalty to give the Lions their first-ever trophy.

Torres’ penalty kick in the 80th sealed it for the Lions, who had not won a title since joining Major League Soccer in 2015.

Orlando native Benji Michel added a stoppage-time goal.

Sac Republic plays in the lower-tier USL, was looking to become just the second lower-division club to win the Open Cup championship in a quarter-century.