Emil Cuello

Emil Cuello played in the Open Cup final last year. Now, with his new team Phoenix Rising, he's ready to give it another shot.

MEXICO CITY — Emil Cuello stepped onto the field with his side losing 1-0. They’d go on to lose by three. Still, that appearance in the U.S. Open Cup final was one of the highlights of his career. “That was a really cool experience playing in that final, being a part of that team,” Cuello said. “The way that team just came together, you could tell that we had a special group.” Cuello was playing for Sacramento Republic, the first non-MLS side to make it to the national cup competition’s championship game for over a decade. It wasn’t quite Barcelona, whose star Lionel Messi Cuello obsessed over in his youth. Who else was a young Argentinian boy who went on…