Something big happened last night: our lower-division, professional soccer teamSacramento Republic FC played in the semifinals for the US Open Cupfor the first time ever. Better yet, it was at a sold-out Heart Health Park — our very own home stadium at Cal Expo — with 11,000+ spectators cheering on in support.
Let that sink in for a minute — or reach the back of the net, if you catch our meaning. It was one of the biggest sporting events to hit the River City in recent memory.
One word: indomitable | Photo via Sacramento Republic FC
Sac Republic FC took on Sporting Kansas City in the club’s tenth competitive match against an MLS team, and won 5-4 in a match that was scoreless through the first 120 minutes until ultimately being decided by penalty kicks.
This is a huge moment for the Sac soccer team. Here’s why:
🏆 What is the US Open Cup anyway?
Founded in 1913, the US Open Cup is the longest runningsoccer competition in the country + the world’s third oldest open soccer competition. It uses a knockout cup structure, meaning that once a team loses, it’s out for good. Naturally, only American teams can participate, but it’s significant that both major and minor league clubs can take the pitch for the trophy.
The 2022 Cup — which is the first in two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic — featured 103 teams with a prize pot of $300,000 for the winning club.
🔥 Sac Republic FC’s Historic Run
First off, we must reiterate that this is the first timethe club has made it to the finals in its history. Before this, however, the team was knocking on victory’s door: Republic FC made it to the Round of 16three consecutive times from 2017-2019.
Some key takeaways:
12 straight home victories — one of the longest home unbeaten streaks in modern US Open Cup era
16-1-0 record in Cup games at Heart Health Park (that’s wins-draws-losses)
First lower-division team to make it to the final since 2008
TLC | Thurs., July 28 | 8-11 p.m. | Cal Expo | Prices vary | The California State Fair & Food Festival books “No Scrubs,” like the multi-platinum, award-winning R&B group who take the stage tonight. 🎤
Sacramento Hates You Too Pop-up | Thurs., July 28 | 7-11 p.m. | 1120 R St. | Free | The local clothing company heads to R St. Corridor’s Bottle and Barlow with exclusive merch. 👕
Sactown Funk |Thurs., July 28 | 7-11:59 p.m. | Chando’s Cantina, 805 15th St. | $10 | Enjoy bands covering hits from Earth Wind & Fire, Bruno Mars, Michael Jackson + more. 🎶
Vox Rea, Emilee Durbin + Lilian Francis | Fri., July 29-Sat., July 30 | 10:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m. | The Russ Room, 730 K St. | A night of postmodern pop from Vox Rea, cathartic indie folk from Emilee Durbin, and effervescent electro from local artist Lilian Francis. 🎸
Dazed and Confused | Sat., July 30 | 4-7 p.m. | 1901 P Street | $10 | We keep getting older, but Richard Linklater’s classic coming-of-age film stays the same age. 📽️
Saturday Love | Sat., July 30 | 11 a.m.-7 p.m. | 3400 Broadway Blvd. | Free | Celebrate the grand opening of 1up Retro Clothing with exclusive items, rare sneakers, live art + more at this all-ages and pet friendly event.
Hampton Farms has been in biz for 75+ years, so you know they’ve got the snacking thing down. | Photo provided by Hampton Farms
We’re four days into SACtoday’s first Drink Up Week — and we’re loving every second. Here’s something else to add to your plate: Hampton Farms gourmet peanuts — because the only thing better than a drink is a drink + a snack.
The City Council has voted unanimously to open a center for homeless individuals to stay cool + access services — rather than using it only when heat thresholds were met. The Outreach and Engagement Center, located on 3615 Auburn Blvd., will be open ~24/7 to house 50 families + individuals by Sept. (Sac Bee)
In more City Council news: It has voted to provide $5 million in federal funding to support the Northgate Boulevard Economic Recovery Plan. The project seeks to improve the cleanliness + safety of the area, as well as bolster the financial health of local businesses along the boulevard in Natomas. 💰(KCRA3)
UC Davisis planningthree make-up commencements after two were cut short in June due to extreme heat. The new ceremonies are scheduled to take place in August + December, and will be held indoors at the campus’ University Credit Union Center —with cap and gowns provided free of charge. 🎓 (CBS News)
CAL FIRE responded to the Cable Fire in El Dorado County yesterday with an air and ground attack to further suppress the wildfire that started Tuesday afternoon + prompted brief evacuation orders. Located near the community of Cedar Grove, the fire is 35% contained as of Wednesday evening. (Sac Bee)
An official champagne is coming “In da Club” for the Sacramento Kings. The team has struck a multi-year deal with Sire Spirits — owned by Grammy-award winning artist 50 Cent — to be its “official premium champagne partner.” The company’s signature bubbly is Le Chemin de Roi, or “The King’s Path.” 🍾 (NBA.com)
The annual Elk Grove Multicultural Festivalis seeking submissions for its Art Competition. High school students + adults are eligible to submit up to four entries of visual artwork or 3D sculptures — which can either be “display only” or “for sale” — by Fri., Aug. 12. 🎨 (City of Elk Grove)
Leatherby’s Creameryis ready to make a splash with its limited edition flavor — Mermaid Ice Cream. A combination of lemon, strawberry + marshmallow flavors, this frozen treat will be available while supplies last at all four stores starting Fri., July 29. 🍦
Dry Thunderstorm. These occur whenrain produced by the thundercloud evaporatesbefore it can touch the ground, forming wisps known as Virga “due to a very dry atmosphere below the cloud base.” These storms are dangerous as the dry conditions increase the likelihood of lightningsparking a fire. 🌩️ (Sac Bee)
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After seven years in the making, art project Spirit Wings 916 has officially alighted seven avian-themed sculptures across the Kay District + Old Sacramento Waterfront.
The idea behind the “walkable art adventure” is to celebrate pieces of our city’s history that aren’t often referenced, like the oral traditions of the Miwok + Maidu Tribes that speak to the “bird spirits” of our region’s crows, cranes + other feathered friends.
To start the art walk, which is built around discovery with little to no waypoints, head to 1000 Front St. — your end point will be 1200 K St. Confused?Learn more.
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Editor’s Pick: Thinking of Drink Up Week, I have to say one of my favorite things I’ve tried in Sacramento so far is Midtown Spirits’ boozy Orange Creamsicle slush. The smooth citrus tones, the creaminess with the uplift from the vanilla syrup + the surprisingly bright house-made vodka make for a joyous summer evening cool-down. 🍹
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