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Orlando City wins U.S. Open Cup draw, to host Atlanta United in semifinals

The teams will face off on August 6 or 7 at Exploria Stadium for a chance to play in the Open Cup finals.

Orlando City SC forward Nani (17) celebrates with defender Lamine Sané (22) and forward Chris Mueller (9) after scoring a goal against FC Cincinnati during the second half at Orlando City Stadium. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

ORLANDO, Fla. — Orlando City won Thursday’s draw for home field advantage for the U.S. Open Cup semifinals, bringing the game against Atlanta United FC home to Exploria Stadium on either Aug. 6.

The game will be historic for Orlando City, which has never advanced past the quarterfinals of the Open Cup. Orlando City moved on in the tournament in dramatic fashion, defeatingNew York City FC in penalty kicks on Wednesday. After a last-second goal from New York City leveled the score at 1-1, the two teams battled to a draw in extra time. Goalkeeper Adam Grinwis came up with two penalty saves to clinch the win for Orlando City, sending the team to its first Open Cup semifinals in club history.

Atlanta United FC handled St. Louis FC 2-0 to advance to the semifinal game. The team battled in its opening game of the Open Cup, scoring early to clench a two-goal lead before fending off a Columbus comeback to finish with a 3-2 victory. Similarly to Orlando City, Atlanta has played both of its Open Cup matches at home.

The two teams met once already this season, with Atlanta United securing a 1-0 victory off an early goal from Gonzalo Nicolás Martínez in the 14th minute. Atlanta represents one of the top threats in the East, ranked No. 3 overall in the conference. The team is led by Josef Martinez, who has notched 12 goals so far this season, the third-best in the league behind Carlos Vela and Zlatan Ibrahimović.

Tickets will be available for purchase on the Orlando City SC website.

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