Match Recaps

Nashville SC Draws in the District and Remains Second in Eastern Conference 

2021.10.16 @ DC-37

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 16, 2021) – Nashville Soccer Club (11W-3L-15D) secured another result on the road in a 0-0 draw against D.C. United on Saturday night. Goalkeeper Joe Willis remains at the top of the MLS leaderboard with 13 clean sheets off the back of this result. 

Pick Me: Joe Willis continues his strong campaign for Goalkeeper of the Year. Willis and the Nashville SC backline have recorded eight of the 13 clean sheets on the road this season. Willis has also recorded three straight shutout road matches. Willis has yet to allow more than two goals in a match this season. Willis has set a new career-high this season with 11 wins, and he is on pace to set a new career high in saves. He currently has 84 saves, and his career-high is 89 set in 2016. 

Pounding the Pavement: Nashville SC have a road record of 3W-3L-8D this season. After the mid-week match against Columbus Crew at Nissan Stadium, Nashville will finish out the month of October with three road matches before returning home for Decision Day. These three road competitions will be against the Philadelphia Union, FC Cincinnati and Orlando City SC. Nashville SC has earned 12 road points since Aug. 28. 

Push for the Playoffs: Nashville SC currently sits at second place in the Eastern Conference with 48 points. Nashville’s three losses are the fewest in all of MLS. The Boys in Gold have scored 46 goals this season, the third most in the Eastern Conference, and allowed only 26 goals this season, the fewest in the Eastern Conference. Nashville SC’s goal differential of +20 is the second best in the Eastern Conference.

Nashville SC will return to Nissan Stadium on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. CT for the second-to-last time this season to face Columbus Crew. Fans can purchase tickets at


  • Nashville SC owns an all-time road record of 8W-9L-11D
  • Nashville SC earned 12 road points since Aug. 28 
  • Nashville SC owns an all-time record of 3W-1L-6D in October 
  • Nashville SC owns the fewest losses in MLS with a season record of 11W-3L-15D
  • Hany Mukhtar leads Nashville SC in goals (13), assists (9), shots (80), and shots on goal (38)
  • Hany Mukhtar and CJ Sapong both have hit the double-digit mark in goals recorded this season, with 13 and 10 respectively
  • Head Coach Gary Smith owns an overall record of 21W-11L-23D as manager of Nashville SC
  • Joe Willis leads MLS in clean sheets with 13
  • Walker Zimmerman led Nashville SC’s defense with six clearances 
  • Dave Romney remains the only Nashville SC outfield player to play all 2,610 minutes this season and all 4,920 minutes in Nashville SC’s history


Nashville SC 11W-3L-15D vs. D.C. United 12W-12L-5D

October 16, 2021 – Audi Field 

Final Score

NSH: 0 

DCU: 0

Scoring Summary



DCU: Russell Canouse (caution) 33’

DCU: Joseph Mora (caution) 46’ 

NSH: Hany Mukhtar (caution) 62’ 

NSH: Dax McCarty (caution) 90+4’ 


NSH: Joe Willis; Dave Romney, Jack Maher, Eric Miller, Taylor Washington, Walker Zimmerman; Dax McCarty (C), Hany Mukhtar (Jhonder Cádiz 90+2’), Luke Haakenson (Alex Muyl 67’), Brian Anunga, CJ Sapong (Daniel Ríos 73’) 

Unused Substitutes: Jalil Anibaba, Abu Danladi, Dylan Nealis, Matt LaGrassa, Bryan Meredith, Aké Loba

DCU: Bill Hamid, Andy Najar (Chris Odoi-Astem 46’), Steven Birnbaum (C), Donovan Pines, Junior Moreno (Ramon Ábila 87’), Russell Canouse, Kevin Paredes, Julian Gressel, Ola Kamara, Adrien Perez (Joseph Mora 46’), Nigel Roberetha (Drew Skundrich 69’)

Unused Substitutes: Felipe, Frederic Brillant, Jon Kempin, Griffin Yow, Tony Alfaro

Referee: Ismail Elfath 

AR1: Jose Da Silva

AR2: Gjovalin Bori

4th: Matthew Thompson

VAR: Ismir Pekmic

AVAR: Kathryn Nesbitt

Weather: 70 degrees

Statistics are unofficial.