2022.09.21 Club America CELE-20

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 21, 2022) – Nashville Soccer Club earned a victory over Liga MX powerhouse Club América on Wednesday night in the 2022 Leagues Cup Showcase Series in front of 24,533 fans at GEODIS Park. The Boys in Gold sealed the victory via penalty kicks (4-2) following a 3-3 draw in regulation time. 

Josh Bauer and Luke Haakenson scored for Nashville SC in the first 15 minutes of the game, with Jack Maher securing the third goal in the 89th minute of play. The match ultimately ended via penalty kicks where Nashville outlasted Club América by converting four penalty kicks. 

The International Stage: Nashville SC’s participation in the 2022 Leagues Cup Showcase series was an appetizer to what fans can expect next season as the highly anticipated 2023 Leagues Cup between all MLS and Liga MX clubs will commence next summer. In addition to tonight’s match against Club América, FC Cincinnati hosted Club Deportivo Guadalajara, while Real Salt Lake will host Atlas FC tomorrow night. 

Penalties at the Palace: Nashville SC took Club América to penalties on Wednesday night, converting four of its five penalties attempted, stopping one and allowing Club América to send one into The Backline’s section. Tah Brian Anunga converted the winning penalty kick to give Nashville the victory. The full breakdown of penalties can be found in the box score. 

Next Match: Nashville SC will have the weekend off due to the international break but will return to GEODIS Park on Sunday, Oct. 2, to take on Houston Dynamo FC in the regular season finale in Music City. 

Match Timeline           

NSH 6’: Josh Bauer heads home a corner from the boot of Dan Lovitz   

NSH 14’: Luke Haakenson slots home a goal from inside the eight-yard box after a nifty ball in from the left wing from Jacob Shaffelburg 

CA 38’: Jurgen Daam slips behind the Nashville SC defense and slots home a shot from close range 

CA 51’: Club América Captain Miguel Layun takes a shot from beyond the 18-yard box to tie the match 

NSH 89’: Off a corner kick, Jack Maher finds himself in the right position after a ricochet lands the ball at his feet 

CA 90+5’: Román Martínez collects a rebound in front of net and scores the game-tying goal  

Penalties: Nashville SC 

Randall Leal (Missed) 

Ethan Zubak (Converted)          

Jack Maher (Converted) 

Luke Haakenson (Converted) 

Tah Brian Anunga (Converted)

Penalties: Club América 

Alvaro Fidalgo (Missed) 

Federico Vinas (Converted) 

Roman Martinez (Missed) 

Miguel Layun (Converted) 

Box Score    

Nashville SC vs. Club América 

September 21, 2022 – GEODIS Park  

Attendance: 24,553 

Final Score

NSH: 3 CA: 3 

NSH Wins Via Penalty Kicks 4-2 

Scoring Summary

NSH: Josh Bauer (Dan Lovitz) 6’  

NSH: Luke Haakenson (Jacob Shaffelburg) 14’  

CA: Jurgen Damm (Jonathan Dos Santos) 38’ 

CA: Miguel Layun (Roger Martinez) 51’ 

NSH: Jack Maher (unassisted) 89’ 

CA: Roman Martinez (unassisted) 90+5’ 

NSH: Luke Haakenson (caution) 17’ 

CA: Miguel Layun (caution) 43’ 


NSH: Elliot Panicco, Daniel Lovitz (Taylor Washington 46’), Dave Romney (Jack Maher 46’), Ake Loba (Ethan Zubak 46’), Teal Bunbury (Ahmed Longmire 78’), Jacob Shaffelburg (Handwalla Bwana 46’) (Irakoze Donasiyano 74’), Eric Miller, Josh Bauer, Luke Haakenson, Tah Brian Anunga, Sean Davis (C) (Randall Leal 46’) 

Unused Substitutes: Will Meyer, Bryan Meredith 


Jonathan Dos Santos (Alvaro Fidalgo 69’), Brian Rodriguez (Jonathan Rodriguez 64’), Roger Martinez (Roman Martinez, 57’), Miguel Layun (C), Federico Vinas, Jurgen Damm (Alejandro Zendejas 64’), Salvador Reyes (Mauricio Reyes 57’), Oscar Jimenez (Fernando Tapia 70’), Isidro Gomez, Sebastian Martinez (Richard Sanchez 64’), Miguel Vazquez (Emilio Lara 63’)

Unused Substitutes: Leonardo Palestina, Juan Daniel Blanco, Iker Moreno, Adrian Fernandez  

Weather: Clear, 83 degrees