The Fresno Fuego had to play a man short and it eventually proved too much Wednesday night as Sacramento Republic FC capitalized with a five-goal second half in a 6-0 victory in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup.
Both teams finished the game at Cosumnes River College with 10 players on the field because of ejections. But it was the first-half ejection of Fuego defender Alfred Edmonds that proved most costly.
Edmonds received his first yellow card in the 33rd minute and a second in the 44th.
The Fuego, which had played to a scoreless draw to that point thanks in part to a pair of leaping saves by goalkeeper Francisco Hernandez, then surrendered the match's opening goal in first-half stoppage time.
Sacramento would go on to score in the 53rd, 61st, 76th, 81st and 89th minutes.
It wasn't until the closing moments that the teams played even after Sacramento Republic FC's Ivan Mirkovic got his second yellow.
Sacramento advances to face the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer in Round 4.
Fresno returns to Premier Development League play when it hosts the Orange County Blues at 7 p.m. Friday at Chukchansi Park.