Nashville SC Update

May 30, 2023 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Nashville SC News Release

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Nashville Soccer Club (8W-3L-4D, 28 points) will travel to Texas to take on FC Dallas (6W-3L-5D, 23 pts.) at 7:30 p.m. CT on Saturday, June 3 in a match available on MLS Season Pass on the Apple TV and on radio via 104.5 The Zone.

Nashville SC enters Matchday 16 sitting in second place in the Supporters Shield race behind FC Cincinnati (33 points) and riding a seven-match unbeaten streak, dating back to April 22. The Boys in Gold own a 5W-0L-2D record in that span, scoring multiple goals in five of the seven matches.

Last Sunday night, Nashville SC earned a 3-1 victory over Columbus Crew in front of a sellout crowd of 30,109 at GEODIS Park, with goals from Fafà Picault and Teal Bunbury in the second half off corner kicks and reigning Landon Donovan MLS MVP Hany Mukhtar with the latest goal in NSC's MLS history (90+7th minute).

Mukhtar has continued his reign as the league's best, coming off a goal and assist performance against Columbus that earned him MLS Team of the Matchday 15 alongside Dan Lovitz who registered two assists. With nine goals and seven assists this season, the German attacker leads the league in goal contributions (16) and has earned this honor five times, four of them in the past six matchdays. Mukhtar has contributed to 86 of Nashville SC's 153 goals in the club's regular season history.

Saturday marks the second time Nashville SC will take on FC Dallas this season following a Round of 32 in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup victory (2-0) on May 10 at GEODIS Park with goals from Picault and Alex Muyl. Picault has scored five goals this season across all competitions for Nashville this season, and the club is 5W-0L-0D when Picault scores.

Nashville SC Head Coach Gary Smith and Hany Mukhtar will address the media on Thursday, June 1 at approximately 12 p.m. CT to preview Saturday's fixture. Media members interested in attending the session must RSVP to by 5 p.m. CT on Wednesday.

NSC Backstage, the official weekly radio show of Nashville SC will air on 104.5 The Zone this Wednesday at 8 p.m. CT. Featuring the voices of Will Boling, Lucas Panzica and Jalil Anibaba, fans will be able to listen to interviews with Picault and Goalkeeper Joe Willis.

On Sunday, Nashville SC's MLS NEXT Pro affiliate Huntsville City FC (1W-5L-3D-3SOW, 9 pts.) will host New York City FC II (5W-3L-1D-0SOW, 16 pts.) at the Wicks Family Field at Joe Davis Stadium in the third of four home matches and its first ever against NYCFC II. Sunday's match can be seen on MLS Season Pass on the Apple TV app.


Nashville SC at FC Dallas (June 3, 2023)

MLS Season Pass on the Apple TV app

104.5 The Zone

Huntsville City FC vs. New York City FC II (June 4, 2023)

MLS Season Pass on the Apple TV app


Nashville SC:

is in second place in the Supporters Shield race and in the Eastern Conference

is unbeaten in its last seven league matches

has not allowed more than one goal a match during its unbeaten run

is tied for the fewest goals allowed in MLS with 10 alongside LAFC (LAFC has played three fewer matches)

owns the best goal-differential in the Eastern Conference (+12)

is tied with FC Cincinnati and New England Revolution for the fourth most goals scored in the Eastern Conference (22)

is third in MLS in clean sheets (6)

has the highest save percentage in MLS (83.3%)

has not lost when scoring first since Aug. 8, 2021; owns a 6W-0L-2D record this season and a 36W-4L-16D all-time

is 26W-1L-10D all-time when leading at the half and is unbeaten in its last 35 matches when leading at the half (25W-0L-10D)

is 32W-1L-8D when scoring two or more goals all-time and 8W-0L-0D this season

is 15W-1L-0D all-time when scoring three or more goals in an MLS match and 3W-0L-0D this season

Against FC Dallas, Nashville SC

is 4W-2L-1D all-time in all competitions

earned its first-ever MLS win against Dallas on Aug. 12, 2020 in Frisco, TX with Steve Guppy leading the group

earned a 2-0 win in U.S. Open Cup on May 10, 2023 at GEODIS Park

has played the most matches at a Western Conference opponent at Toyota Stadium (3 matches prior to Saturday)

Teal Bunbury

- scored his 71st career MLS regular season goal on Sunday

- has ranks seventh among active players in regular season appearances (352)

Aníbal Godoy

leads the team in passing accuracy (90.7%)

has led Nashville SC to a 17W-7L-7D record in his appearances since 2022

Dan Lovitz

recorded a career-high two assists in a match in Sunday's win over Columbus

was named to the MLS Team of the Matchday 15

Jack Maher

leads the team in accurate passes (637); has more than 100 passes than the second highest on the team (Dan Lovitz 519)

leads outfield players in duel percentage (71.1%)

Dax McCarty

surpassed Chad Marshall on Sunday night for second all-time in MLS history for matches started by an outfield player (405)

surpassed Jeff Larentowicz for third all-time in minutes played (35,619)

has made 452 MLS regular season appearances

Hany Mukhtar

is the league leader in goal contributions (16)

is tied with Jordan Morris for second in goals scored (9), trailing LAFC's Dénis Bouanga (10)

is tied with PHL's Dániel Gazdag for second in assists (7) trailing ATL's Thiago Almada (8)

has recorded 32 goals and 18 assists since 2022, the most of any player in MLS

has been captain in five consecutive matches

has led Nashville SC to a 5W-0L-1D all-time record and a plus 10 goal differential as captain

Jacob Shaffelburg is one goal away from setting a career-high, currently at three, in six less matches played

Joe Willis

leads all goalkeepers in save percentage at 83.3 % (minimum three matches played)

ranks third in the league lead shutouts (6) behind FC Cincinnati's Roman Celentano (7) and Seattle Sounders FC's Stefan Frei (8)

ranks fifth in the league in saves (50)

has made five saves in back-to-back weeks

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