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Nashville SC Smothers Rapids to Advance in U.S. Open Cup

By Nashville SC, 06/06/18, 11:30PM EDT

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Mensah goal seals 2-0 win

NASHVILLE – It happened.

Nashville SC took down the Colorado Rapids of MLS 2-0 at Vanderbilt Stadium on Wednesday night to advance to the 5th round of the U.S. Open Cup. It extended Nashville’s unbeaten run to nine games in all competitions and puts the club in the final 16 teams in the Open Cup. It's the first competitive win over an MLS team in Nashville SC's history.

90 in a Nutshell

A fortunate bounce sent Nashville ahead in the first half when Justin Davis’ cross was knocked into the Rapids net by Colorado defender Michael Azira. While Colorado held the ball, the possession didn’t result in much pressure, and Nashville went into the locker room up 1-0.

In the second half, Nashville came out again absorbing pressure and playing tight defense. Head coach Gary Smith then sent in forward Ropapa Mensah off the bench to provide a spark to the Nashville attack. The move paid dividends immediately as Mensah’s first touch went into the net to put Nashville up 2-0 and bring the over 4,000 fans to a frenzy.

Goals

38’ NSH – Michael Azira (OG)

78’ NSH – Ropapa Mensah assisted by Liam Doyle

Key Stat

Colorado – 0 shots on goal. The Nashville SC defense remained organized and composed throughout the match. The backline and Matt Pickens didn’t allow a single Colorado shot to go on target and limited the Rapids to just three shots in total.

Who’s Next in the Open Cup

The draw for the 5th round of the U.S. Open Cup will take place on Thursday morning at 10 a.m. on USsoccer.com.  Nashville will again be grouped in a four-team regional and a draw will pick who plays at home. Some potential options include Atlanta United, Orlando City SC, Louisville City, or Chicago Fire.

Next Game

Nashville SC will head back on the road for the final time in June in USL when it travels to Tampa Bay for a Saturday night showdown with the Rowdies. Gametime is at 6:30 p.m. CT