Nashville SC's young and talented squad put on a display against Mexico's Club America on Wednesday at Geodis Park for the Leagues Cup Showcase, earning a 3-3 draw
The game was deadlocked at the end of regular, and Nashville eventually prevailed 4-2 in penalty kicks. The game-winning penalty kick was taken by midfielder Brian Anunga
The scoreless tie was broken in the sixth minute by Josh Bauer, a centre back from New Hampshire who will be selected in the 2021 MLS SuperDraft and who made his debut for Nashville.
Then, in the 14th minute, winger Luke Haakenson doubled Nashville's lead. In the 38th and 51st minutes, the United States scored through Jürgen Damm and Miguel Layn.
Nashville's head coach, Gary Smith, admitted that there was a time when he believed his team should have held a 7-5 lead. "That was a thrilling matchup."
Third-year Nashville centre back Jack Maher and American forward Roman Martinez, both aged 20 years old, scored to force a penalty shootout. Four regular starters had been used by Nashville.
Jacob Shaffelburg, Sean Davis, Dan Lovitz, and Dave Romney. Smith was encouraged that his benchwarmers and substitutes, including Bauer, Anunga, and Ethan Zubak,
This is a great opportunity for those individuals to show what they're about, Smith added. "Many others have occurred as well. Men who have recovered from injuries, like Aké (Loba).