Orlando City Soccer Defeats Nashville SC in Penalty Kick Shootout, Advancing to U.S. Open Cup Semifinal

By  //  July 1, 2022

Lions to host the New York Red Bulls July 27

Orlando City SC punched its ticket to the semifinal round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday night following a penalty kick shootout victory over visiting Nashville SC. (Orlando City SC image)

ORLANDO, FLORIDA – Orlando City SC punched its ticket to the semifinal round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday night following a penalty kick shootout victory over visiting Nashville SC.

The two sides were led into the shootout following a 1-1 result from both regulation and extra time, but an early Nashville miss and a final save by Pedro Gallese secured the 6-5 result.

After Nashville struck first in the match, the Lions found a stoppage-time equalizer through defender Rodrigo Schlegel, his second of the year across all competitions.

Despite Nashville being reduced to 10 men in the first minute of extra time, neither side would break through in the additional 30 minutes.

The Lions will host the New York Red Bulls on July 27 in the next round, a 7:30 p.m. ET kickoff at Exploria Stadium.

Orlando has secured home-field advantage through the duration of its Open Cup run following US Soccer’s hosting rights draw last week.

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