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ATLANTA, GEORGIA—The title retention bid of Atlanta United in the 2022 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is now officially over. On May 11, the visiting United suffered a second-half meltdown and fell to the home team Nashville SC 2-3. United started strong in the game as they scored two goals in the first half from Thiago Almada and Luiz Araujo.

The goals allowed United to take a 2-0 lead in the game. However, in the second half, the visitor could not keep their tight defense as they allowed the home team to score three goals that led to their defeat. With the win, Nashville advances further in the competition. The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, referred to as the Open Cup, is a single-elimination competition that features teams from various American soccer leagues, including MLS and USL.

The Open Cup is the oldest ongoing national soccer competition globally in the U.S. and the third-longest-running open soccer tournament. The competition returns after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Atlanta United is the current champion and won the title in 2019. Since it’s been a while since the previous U.S. Open Cup, here’s a brief refresher about the tournament. The winner of the Open Cup will win prize money and earn an automatic spot in the 2023 Concacaf Champions League.