Nashville Soccer Club Falls 1-0 to FC Cincinnati

March 25, 2023 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Nashville SC News Release

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Nashville Soccer Club conceded its first defeat of the season at GEODIS Park, falling to FC Cincinnati 1-0 on Saturday night in front of a crowd of 28,453.

Standing Strong: Despite the loss, Nashville SC's defense has only conceded two goals, the lowest total in the Eastern Conference this season. Goalkeeper Joe Willis made a season-high six saves tonight.

Milkman Delivering: Defender Jack Maher attempted 78 passes in this game, the highest total for a Nashville SC player in a match this season. Maher also led the team in touches with 87.

Chances Were There: Nashville SC created chances throughout the evening out-shooting FC Cincinnati 17-15 and having 11 more touches in the opponent's box. Nashville's 17 shots are its highest of the season.

Next Match: Nashville SC will visit Orlando City SC at Exploria Stadium at 6:30 p.m. CT on Saturday, April 1. The match will be televised on the MLS Season Pass on the Apple TV App, and available on radio at 104.5 The Zone.

Match Timeline

CIN 48': Cincinnati's Brandon Vazquez jumps on a rebound after Nashville SC goalkeeper Joe Willis made an initial save on a Cincinnati shot attempt


Nashville SC:

has recorded double digit shot total in three consecutive matches

has allowed just one goal at GEODIS Park this season

suffered its first loss and failed to score against FC Cincinnati for the first time in club history

completed 175 more passes than FC Cincinnati (493-318)

Teal Bunbury made his 342nd career regular season appearance

Ján Greguš made his second consecutive appearance

Aníbal Godoy made his first appearance following an upper body injury suffered in Matchday 1

Jack Maher led the Starting XI with a 92.3 passing accuracy

Dax McCarty made his 399th MLS regular season start

Hany Mukhtar led the team with five chances created

Fafà Picault led the team in shots with four

CJ Sapong made his first start of the season

Box Score:

Nashville SC (2W-2L-1D, 7 pts.) vs. FC Cincinnati (3W-0L-2D, 11 pts.)

March 25, 2023 - GEODIS Park

Final Score

NSH: 0

CIN: 1

Scoring Summary

CIN: Brandon Vazquez (unassisted) 48'


CIN: Obinna Nwobodo (caution) 21'

CIN: Malik Pinto (caution) 45'

NSH: Shaq Moore (caution) 56'

NSH: Teal Bunbury (caution) 72'

CIN: Matt Miazga (caution) 72'

CIN: Alvaro Barreal (caution) 81'


NSH Starters: Joe Willis; Dan Lovitz, Jack Maher, Walker Zimmerman (C), Shaq Moore; Dax McCarty (Aníbal Godoy 60'), Sean Davis (Ján Greguš 77'), Jacob Shaffelburg (Luke Haakenson 77'), Fafà Picault (Teal Bunbury 69'); Hany Mukhtar, CJ Sapong

Substitutes: Alex Muyl, Josh Bauer, Tah Brian Anunga, Elliot Panicco, Taylor Washington

CIN Starters: Roman Celentano; Nick Hagglund, Yerson Mosquera, Matt Miazga, Raymon Gaddis; Obinna Nwobodo, Luciano Acosta (C) (Dominique Badji 90'), Malik Pinto (Santiago Arias 64'); Brenner (Sergio Santos 76'), Brandon Vazquez, Alvaro Barreal (Alvas Powell 90')

Substitutes: Alec Kann, Joey Akpunonu, Quimi Ordonez, Ian Murphy, Bret Halsey

Referee: Ismir Pekmic

AR1: Ian McKay

AR2: Kevin Lock

4th Official: *Sergei Boiko

VAR: Daniel Radford

AVAR: TJ Zablocki

Attendance: 28,453

Weather: Clear, 61 degrees

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