Nashville SC defeated America 4-2 on penalties in their Leagues Cup Showcase on Wednesday night as the two sides played out a thrilling 3-3 draw.
Nashville took a 2-0 lead at GEODIS Park thanks to Josh Bauer’s sixth-minute header and Luke Haakenson’s close-range effort eight minutes later off a Jacob Shaffelburg cross.
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But Liga MX giants America responded through Jurgen Damm in the 38th minute before captain Miguel Layun’s long-range strike drew the teams level after Nashville’s Ake Loba’s goal had been deflected.
Nashville thought they had won in the 89th minute when Jack Maher took advantage of some poor American defending to score from a corner kick, but Roman Martinez’s goal in the fifth minute ensured the contest went to penalties.
Randall Leal’s first penalty for Nashville was deflected off the crossbar, but Elliot Panicco blocked Alvaro Fidalgo’s spot kick while Martinez skied his.
Brian Anunga then stepped up to give Nashville the win in next summer’s Leagues Cup taster between Major League Soccer and Liga MX clubs.