Los Angeles (USA), May 11 (EFE).- Atlanta United, Seattle Sounders and Cincinnati said goodbye to the ‘US Open’ soccer Cup this Wednesday in a round of 16 in which the Spaniard Carles Gil shone with a hat-trick for the New England Revolution.
Atlanta lost to Nashville in a game that they won 0-2 in the first half with goals from Argentina’s Thiago Almada and Brazil’s Luiz Araujo.
However, Hany Mukhtar got a penalty as soon as the second half began for Nashville, who tried in a thousand ways (Walker Zimmerman sent a ball to the crossbar and also scored a goal that was later disallowed) until, in stoppage time , CJ Sapong managed to force extra time.
In extra time, Ethan Zubak scored the goal for the final 3-2 with which Nashville defeated the last champion of the ‘US Open’ Cup, since Atlanta won this tournament in 2019 and the following two years were not fought over the pandemic.
The other big surprise of the day was the elimination of the Seattle Sounders, who made history last week by becoming the first MLS team to win the Concacaf Champions League but today fell to the San Jose Earthquakes on penalties.
Colombians Jimmy Medranda and Fredy Montero scored for the Sounders in the 2-2 penalty shootout, where the hero was San José goalkeeper Matt Bersano, not because of his saves but because he scored the decisive penalty for your team.
On the other hand, the Spaniard Carles Gil scored three goals for the New England Revolution to dispatch Cincinnati with a 5-1 drubbing.
Gil started his hat-trick with a penalty, then followed it up with a shot from outside the box and finished it off with a shot from the edge of the box.
Apart from these three teams, the rest of the MLS teams that played this Wednesday advanced to the round.
LA Galaxy beat Cal United Strikers (2-3), New York City FC eliminated Rochester New York (3-1), Houston Dynamo FC beat San Antonio (1-0), Charlotte thrashed Richmond Kickers (1-5) and the Vancouver Whitecaps defeated Valor FC (2-0).
Finally, the game between Minnesota United and Colorado Rapids was suspended due to rain in the 20th minute when the result was 1-1 and will resume on Thursday.