Nashville SC and Real Salt Lake qualified for the North American Football Championship (MLS) conference semifinals, at the expense of Orlando City SC and the Seattle Sounders, Tuesday in the first round of the play-offs.
A double from Hany Mukhtar allowed Nashville to overthrow Orlando (3-1), who had opened the scoring by the American international Daryl Dike, scorer of the head at the reception of a corner (14th).
The German attacking midfielder first equalized, with a shot deflected by defender Antonio Carlos (21st), before giving the advantage to his team in solo, after toasting politeness to several opposing players and placing a cross shot from the unstoppable left (74th).
Evading Venezuelan forward Jhonder Cadiz scored with a curled shot in stoppage time in the second half, sealing the victory for Nashville, who will face Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
In Seattle, it was Salt Lake who created the surprise by showing the strongest during the penalty shootout (6-5, 0-0 after extra time) to eliminate the Sounders.
Real goalkeeper David Ochoa first repelled Kelyn Rowe’s sixth shot, before his teammate Justen Glad qualified their squad, his shot crossing the line with the help of the post, as Stefan Frei braked the ball.
The Utah club will face Sporting Kansas City in the Western Conference semifinals.