St. Louis CITY SC played their inaugural preseason match against the Philadelphia Union, while Nashville SC and the Colorado Rapids took on opponents from outside MLS. Elsewhere, NYCFC went head-to-head with the San Jose Earthquakes.
Here's how each team fared on a busy preseason Tuesday.
Philadelphia Union 2, St. Louis City SC 2
St. Louis CITY SC ended their first-ever preseason match in a 2-2 draw against reigning Eastern Conference champions Philadelphia Union.
Philadelphia Union II center back Gino Portella was credited with the game-tying goal, which came off an assist from midfielder Jesús Bueno. Standout left back Kai Wagner scored Philly's first goal, notching a 9th-minute opener.
For the MLS newcomers, forwards João Klauss and Niko Gioacchini both got on the scoresheet.
- 9' - PHI - Kai Wagner
- 41' - STL - João Klauss
- 75' - PHI - Gino Portella
- 86' - STL - Niko Gioacchini
- PHI starting XI: Andre Blake - Kai Wagner, Jack Elliott, Jakob Glesnes, Olivier Mbaizo - José Martinez, Leon Flach, Alejandro Bedoya, Dániel Gazdag - Mikael Uhre, Julián Carranza
- STL starting XI: Roman Bürki - Owen O'Malley, Tim Parker, Selmir Pidro, Eduard Löwen, Miguel Perez, Rasmus Alm, Indiana Vassilev, Isak Jensen, João Klauss
- STL second XI: Ben Lundt - Jake Nerwinski, Lucas Bartlett, Kyle Hiebert, John Nelson, Akil Watts, Tomáš Ostrák, Aziel Jackson, Jared Stroud, Samuel Adeniran, Niko Gioacchini
Colorado Rapids 5, Mineros de Zacatecas 3
The Colorado Rapids got five goals from four different players in a 5-3 exhibition victory over Mexican second-division side Mineros de Zacatecas in Santiago de Querétaro, Mexico.
A brace from returning homegrown attacker Cole Bassett shot Colorado out to a 2-0 lead, and Diego Rubio, Sam Nicholson and Kévin Cabral each netted one apiece to round out the scoring.
- 4' - COL - Cole Bassett
- 10' - COL - Cole Bassett
- 19' - MIN - Luis Fernando Hernandez
- 30' - COL - Diego Rubio
- 43' - COL - Sam Nicholson
- 45' - COL - Kévin Cabral
- 55' - MIN - Not available
- 65' - MIN - Not available
- COL starting XI: William Yarbrough - Anthony Markanich, Lalas Abubakar, Michael Edwards, Sebastian Anderson, Cole Bassett, Jack Price, Michael Barrios, Braian Galván, Darren Yapi, Kévin Cabral
Nashville SC 2, USMNT U-20s 1
C.J. Sapong's game-winner sent Nashville SC to a 2-1 victory against the United States Under-20 youth national team in Tampa, Fla.
Offseason arrival Fafà Picault notched a first-half goal for Nashville, but the U-20s rallied to level the contest in the second half. Sapong's finish from a Nashville set piece gave NSC the final lead.
- 1H - NSH - Fafà Picault
- 2H - US U20s
- 2H - NSH - C.J. Sapong
- NSH starting XI: Joe Willis - Dan Lovitz, Josh Bauer, Jack Maher, Alex Muyl, Anibal Godoy, Dax McCarty, Fafà Picault, Academy Player, Teal Bunbury, Jacob Shaffelburg
- NSH second XI: Ben Martino - Taylor Washington, Josh Bauer, Sean Suber, Trialist, Brian Anunga, Sean Davis, Trialist, Luke Haakenson, Ethan Zubak, C.J. Sapong
New York City FC 2, San Jose Earthquakes 2
New York City FC used second-half goals from Jonathan Jimenez and Klevis Haxhari to erase a 2-0 deficit and salvage a 2-2 draw with the San Jose Earthquakes.
- 30' - SJ
- 53' - SJ
- 65' - NYC - Jonathan Jimenez
- 72' - NYC - Klevis Haxhari
- NYC starting XI: Luis Barraza - Tayvon Gray, Thiago Martins, Maxime Chanot, Kevin O'Toole - Alfredo Morales, Maximo Carrizo, Keaton Parks - Talles Magno, Andres Jasson, Matías Pellegrini
- SJ starting XI: Not available