Nashville SC Update
March 27, 2023 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Nashville SC News Release
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Nashville Soccer Club will travel to Central Florida this Saturday to take on Orlando City SC at 6:30 p.m. CT in a match that can be seen on MLS Season Pass on the Apple TV app and heard on 104.5 The Zone.
Nashville SC (2W-2L-1D, 7 pts.) currently tied for fifth place in the Eastern Conference, will face Orlando City SC for the first time in MLS play since 2021. The two sides met last season in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinals, where Orlando equalized in stoppage time to send the match to extra time and ultimately won in penalties.
A player to watch this weekend for Nashville SC will be goalkeeper Joe Willis who is coming off a season-high six save performance this past weekend against FC Cincinnati. This season, Willis has allowed just two goals in five matches, with a goals against average of 0.40 and three shutouts.
This past weekend saw the debut of Nashville SC's MLS NEXT Pro affiliate Huntsville City Football Club against Crown Legacy FC, Charlotte FC's affiliate. HCFC secured a victory in its inaugural match, defeating Crown Legacy in penalties after the match was tied after 90 minutes. Huntsville City FC will take on Orlando City B on Friday, marking the first time the club will play the affiliate of the parent club that the First Team will play in the same weekend.
NSC Backstage, the official weekly radio show of Nashville SC will air on 104.5 The Zone this Wednesday. Featuring the voices of Will Boling, Lucas Panzica and Jalil Anibaba, fans will be able to listen to interviews with players and staff.
On Thursday, Nashville SC will host its weekly media availability featuring Head Coach Gary Smith and defender Jack Maher. Media interested in covering the availability in person must RVSP to Nashville SC Communications by 3 p.m. CT on Wednesday, March 29.
MLS Season Pass on the Apple TV app
104.5 The Zone for English radio
is tied for fifth place in the Eastern Conference
has allowed the fewest goals in the Eastern Conference this season (2)
has yet to allow more than one goal in a match this season
is tied for the league lead in clean sheets (3)
leads all of MLS in Save Percentage (88.2%)
has not lost in its last 30 matches when scoring the first goal of a match, a streak that dates back to August 2021
is unbeaten in its last 31 matches when leading at the half (22W-9D-0L)
is 26W-1L-8D when scoring two goals or more in an MLS match
owns an all-time record of 2W-1L-4D against Orlando City SC in MLS competition
includes a 3-1 victory in the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs in 2021
has not lost to Orlando City SC in MLS play since Aug. 16, 2020
last three meetings against Orlando in MLS play have ended in draws
met Orlando once last season in Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup competition
Head Coach Gary Smith
is three wins shy of tying his personal record for most wins at an MLS club (Colorado Rapids, 43 wins)
spent three and a half seasons with Colorado (2008-11) managing 111 matches, while managing a total of 105 matches with NSC in MLS since 2020
made his 342nd career regular season appearance over the weekend, ranking tied for seventh all-time among active players
ranks fourth in MLS in duels (78)
Sean Davis leads the team with 11 interceptions, tied for eighth in MLS
Ben Martino started in net for Huntsville City FC on Sunday, making the game-winning penalty save against Crown Legacy FC to secure two points for HCFC
ranks second all-time in MLS history among outfield players in games played (443), first among active players
is one regular season start from reaching 400 in his career and is second all-time in regular season starts
has been involved in over half of Nashville SC's regular season goals in club history (72 of 134)
leads the team in assists
CJ Sapong made his 346th career regular season appearance over the weekend, ranking tied for fourth all-time among active players
has earned shutouts in three of his first five matches this season
is tied for first in MLS in shutouts
leads all goalkeepers in save percentage at 88.2 % (minimum 3 matches played)
tied for eighth in MLS with 15 saves
appeared in his 94th MLS match for NSC, the most of any player in club history
Walker Zimmerman has 24 career goals, including the playoffs, 23 of which have been scored on set pieces (15 corners, eight free kicks)
• Discuss this story on the Major League Soccer message board...
Major League Soccer Stories from March 27, 2023
- LA Galaxy Weekly - LA Galaxy
- Jordan Morris Named MLS Player of the Matchday - Seattle Sounders FC
- FC Cincinnati Host Breaking Barriers, Presented by Procter & Gamble Brands Always and Secret - FC Cincinnati
- Nashville SC Update - Nashville SC
- Seattle Sounders FC Forward Jordan Morris Voted MLS Player of the Matchday Presented by Continental Tire for Matchday 5 - MLS
- Kévin Cabral's "Willingness and Desire" to Score Comes to Fruition in his First Goal Scored for the Rapids - Colorado Rapids
- Rapids Rally to Draw Austin FC on the Road - Colorado Rapids
- Debutant Vinicius Mello Shines in Gritty Comeback against the New York Red Bulls - Charlotte FC
- Carlos Terán Selected to MLS Team of the Matchday for Matchday 5 - Chicago Fire FC
- Franco Negri Named to MLS Team of the Matchday - Inter Miami CF
- Sporting KC Weekly - Sporting Kansas City
- (Re)boot Unveils First Collection - Inter Miami CF
- Academy Update: U.S. Soccer U-14 Talent ID Central/South Regional Mini-Camp - Inter Miami CF
- CF Montréal Renews Its Commitment to the Club de la médaille d'or - Club de Foot Montreal
- FC Cincinnati Host Breaking Barriers, Presented by Proctor & Gamble Brands Always and Secret - FC Cincinnati
The opinions expressed in this release are those of the organization issuing it, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of OurSports Central or its staff.
Other Recent Nashville SC Stories
- Nashville Soccer Club Travels to Toronto FC to Wrap up Two-Match Road Trip
- Nashville Soccer Club Announces International Callups Ahead of 2023 Concacaf Nations League Finals
- Nashville SC Update
- Hany Mukhtar Named to Team of the Matchday 17
- Nashville Soccer Club Receives International Roster Spot from Sporting Kansas City in Exchange for $270,000 in General Allocation Money