2022 U.S. Open Cup Photo Gallery (Final Celebrations)
The Final Whistle. Orlando City SC are U.S. Open Cup champions for the first time in history – and get set to lift a trophy for the first time since joining Major League Soccer in 2015 with a 3-0 result against second-division underdogs Sacramento Republic FC on September 7, 2022.
Noisy for the Full 90. Orlando City’s fans – especially those in the Wall behind the goal – provided a cacophony for the entire Final. They did their part throughout the tournament as Exploria Stadium hosted all six of the City’s 2022 Open Cup games – including the sold-out showpiece of a Final.
First Man Up. Facundo Torres, Orlando City’s 22-year-old Uruguayan maestro, was fittingly the first man on the podium before the trophy presentation. He was the home side’s outstanding player over the 90+ minutes of the Final, scoring twice and setting up Benji Michel’s third.
Hugs and Another Cup. You can see what the victory means to Orlando City boss Oscar Pareja, whose 2022 trophy is the second Open Cup crown of his career after leading FC Dallas to the title in 2016.
Up it Goes. All smiles and party vibes for Orlando City as they lift the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on a hot night in Central Florida. It’s the first trophy won by the club since they joined Major League Soccer (MLS) in 2015 from the second-division United Soccer Leagues (USL).
Cups and Kisses. Trophies are a rare commodity in the professional game – so Orlando City’s players made quite sure they all spent some quality time with the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup after the final whistle at Exploria Stadium.
Family Matters. Brazilian Junior Urso – decked out in a bear mask, fittingly for a player nicknamed after the animal – is joined by his family down on the Exploria Stadium pitch as an impromptu party kicks off with the Open Cup trophy.
A Cup in the Stands. Orlando City’s players made sure the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup trophy ended up in the Wall where the club’s diehard fans could join the party and luxuriate in the spoils of victory.
Flags Flying. Orlando City’s players borrowed flags from the fans to make sure the post-Final party was a shared event worthy of the club’s first national title.
Until Next Year. Orlando City SC stand alone with the Open Cup of 2022 – the 107th time the title has been awarded to an American soccer team. Who’s up for the Cup in 2023? We’ll have to wait and see who gets a turn next.