Nashville edged out SC America 4-2 in a League Cup showcase clash on Wednesday night before the two teams played out a thrilling 3-3 draw.
Josh Bauer’s sixth-minute header and Luke Hackenson’s close-range effort following Jacob Schaffelburg’s excellent cross eight minutes later gave Nashville a 2-0 lead at Geodis Park.
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But Liga MX giants America responded Jurgen Dam The teams were back on level terms in the 38th minute after captain Miguel Layun scored from distance and Nashville’s AK Loba was ruled offside.
Nashville thought they had won in the 89th minute when Jack Maher took advantage of some poor USA defending from a corner to slot home, but Roman Martinez’s goal in the fifth minute of stoppage time ensured the match went to penalties.
Randall Leal’s first penalty for Nashville hit the crossbar, but Elliot Panico saved Alvaro Fidalgo’s spot kick as Martinez skied.
Brian Anunga stepped up to lead Nashville to victory in next summer’s League Cup taster between the Major League Soccer and Liga MX clubs.