Nashville SC Update

October 1, 2023 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Nashville SC News Release

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 1, 2023) - Nashville Soccer Club (12W-9L-9D, 45 pts.) clinched its fourth playoff berth in four years as an MLS club with its scoreless draw against Seattle Sounders FC in its first of three matches across seven days. The result also extended Nashville SC's unbeaten streak to five matches.

Nashville SC's playoff berth saw it become the fourth ever team in MLS to make the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs through all first four years of its existence. The Boys in Gold join Chicago Fire FC, Houston Dynamo FC and Seattle Sounders SC in holding this record. Nashville SC currently sits at seventh in the Eastern Conference with 45 points and four matches left to earn more points and move farther up the standings. Two of these four matches will unfold this week, as Nashville SC will host Orlando City SC (15W-7L-9D, 54 pts.) on Wednesday, Oct. 4 at GEODIS Park before traveling northeast to take on Philadelphia Union (14W-8L-9D, 51 pts.) at Subaru Park on Saturday, Oct. 7.

Nashville SC holds a 3W-1L-4D record across series history in competition with Orlando City SC. The two sides clashed in April at Exploria Stadium in Florida and will meet for the second and final time this season at GEODIS on Wednesday. Nashville SC holds a 1W-2L-2D record across series history with Philadelphia Union. This will mark Nashville SC's first trip to Subaru Park since Nov. 28, 2021 for an Audi 2021 MLS Cup Playoffs match.

Nashville SC will rely on its Landon Donovan MLS MVP candidate Hany Mukhtar to connect with attacking weapons Sam Surridge, Jacob Shaffelburg, Teal Bubury and Fafá Picault. Mukhtar is tied at first position in a tightly contested MLS Golden Boot race alongside Luciano Acosta and Giorgia Giakoumakis with 15 goals. Mukhtar has contributed to at least one goal in 56 different regular season games since the start of the 2021 season, three more than any other MLS player in that time, followed by Acosta with 53 contributions.

The Boys in Gold continue to be stellar on defense, as well, as they recorded the team's tenth shutout of the season on Saturday, Sept. 30. Nashville SC has allowed the fewest goals in MLS at 28 goals in 30 matches, 0.93 goals per game. The Boys in Gold have only conceded nine goals at home through the season.


Nashville SC vs. Orlando City SC (Oct. 4, 2023)       

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Nashville SC vs. Philadelphia Union (Oct. 7, 2023)

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Nashville SC:          

- has allowed the fewest goals (28) in MLS play through 30 matches (0.93 goals per game)

- owns the sixth-best goal differential in the league at +8   

- sits seventh in the Eastern Conference with 45 points   

- owns an 8W-2L-4D record at GEODIS Park this season  

- is one of seven teams to own 12 or more wins this season in the Eastern Conference 

- is on a five-match unbeaten streak, dating back to Aug. 30, 2023

- has conceded only four goals at GEODIS Park this season


Teal Bunbury has appeared in 364 MLS regular season matches in his career, ranking sixth among active MLS players  


Aníbal Godoy leads the team in pass percentage at 91.4% (minimum 840 passes)  

Dan Lovitz is two assists away from tying season-high in assists


Lukas MacNaughton leads the team in interceptions (30)   


Jack Maher  

- leads the team in total passes (1460)   

- leads the team in duel percentage at 64.6% (minimum 160 duels)  


Dax McCarty is one caution away from suspension due to yellow card accumulation 


Shaq Moore leads the team in tackles (45)  


Hany Mukhtar          

- is tied for leading the league and Golden Boot race with 15 goals and is second in the league with 44 shots on target 

- is third in the league with 25 goal contributions (behind L. Acosta, 28, and T. Almada, 26) and second with 40 points (behind L. Acosta, 43)  

- 's 14 of 15 goals have come from inside the 18-yard box 

- leads the team in goals per 90 minutes (G/90min) at 0.55   

- leads the team with four penalty kicks and a conversion rate of 100%   

- leads the team with 103 shots 

- is only the eighth player in MLS history to score 15 goals in three consecutive MLS regular seasons

- is the second-ever MLS player to record 10+ goals and 10+ assists in three consecutive seasons (also, Preki 1996-98)

- has contributed to at least one goal in 56 different regular season games since the start of the 2021 season, three more than any other MLS player in that time (followed by L. Acosta, 53)


Taylor Washington is one caution away from suspension due to yellow card accumulation 

Joe Willis has the seventh-most saves in the league with 87 and is tied for third in shutouts with nine

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