Will then fairytale story come true in this U.S. Open Cup Final.
Sacramento Republic’s run in this season’s competition has been truly remarkable.
The Quails’ campaign began back in April in the second round, first seeing off Portland Timbers U23, Central Valley Fuego and Phoenix Rising.
Subsequently, Mark Briggs’ side have dumped out no fewer than three MLS clubs, beating San Jose Earthquakes 2-0, LA Galaxy 2-1 on the road and then Sporting Kansas City on penalties.
In the semi-final, following a goalless two hours of play, Daniel Vitiello was the hero, saving Graham Zusi’s spot-kick.
So, Republic are the first non-MLS finalists since Charleston Battery in 2008, with the most recent club from outside the top division to lift this trophy Rochester Rhinos in 1999.
Thus, hosts Orlando City will be wary of the threat their visitors possess as they seek to win major silverware for the first time ever.
The Lions overcame Tampa Bay Rowdies, Philadelphia Union, Inter Miami on penalties and Nashville before a comeback 4-1 victory over New York Red Bulls in the last four.
Once again, Óscar Pareja’s team will have home advantage, with Exploria Stadium selling out weeks ago.
Given that Orlando sit fifth in MLS’ Eastern Conference, while Sacramento are fourth in USL Championship’s west, there should only be one winner.
Will it be a night of celebrating for the hosts in Florida, or will the 107th U.S. Open Cup Final produce a surprise conclusion?