SAN JOSE, Calif. (Sept. 24, 2023)– Nashville Soccer Club earned a 1-1 draw at San Jose Earthquakes to conclude its two-match road trip against Western Conference sides with four points and unbeaten in the past four matches. Teal Bunbury scored the opening goal in the 50th minute off assists from Shaq Moore and Hany Mukhtar.
Three Great Years and Counting: Mukhtar’s assist in Bunbury’s goal made the reining Landon Donovan MLS MVP just the second ever player to register 10+ goals and 10+ assists in three consecutive seasons (also Preki 1996-98).
Push for the Playoffs: Nashville SC, currently in seventh place in the Eastern Conference, has five matches remaining in the regular season as it approaches the Audi 2023 MLS Cup Playoffs. Four of those five matches will take place at GEODIS Park after Nashville SC’s week-long Western Conference road trip.
No Loss to the West: Nashville SC is yet to lose a game against a Western Conference opponent in the 2023 season. With a 3W-0L-2D record, the Boys in Gold will face one final Western team next week, when they host the Seattle Sounders FC at GEODIS Park on Saturday, Sept. 30. The night will also serve to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month. Tickets for the match can be purchased at www.NashvilleSC.com/Tickets.
NSH 50’: Hany Mukhtar finds Shaq Moore in the box from midfield, and Teal Bunbury pokes a pass from Moore into the top of the net
SJ 74’: Matthew Hoppe strikes a ball from Carlos Akapo into the back of the net from close distance
Nashville SC (12W-9L-8D, 44 pts) vs. San Jose Earthquakes (10W-10L-11D, 41 pts)
Sept. 23, 2023 – PayPal Park
NSH: Teal Bunbury (A: Shaq Moore, Hany Mukhtar) 50’
SJ: Matthew Hoppe (A: Carlos Akapo) 74’
SJ: Cristian Espinoza (Caution) 10’
NSH: Aníbal Godoy (Caution) 11’
SJ: Carlos Gruezo (Caution) 54’
NSH: Walker Zimmerman (Caution) 89’
NSH Starters: Elliot Panicco; Dan Lovitz, Jack Maher, Walker Zimmerman (C), Shaq Moore; Alex Muyl (Josh Bauer 88’), Tah Brian Anunga (Sean Davis 79’), Aníbal Godoy, Hany Mukhtar; Teal Bunbury (Sam Surridge 67’), Fafá Picault (Randall Leal 67’)
Substitutes: Joe Willis, Dax McCarty, Jacob Shaffelburg, Taylor Washington, Luke Haakenson
SJ Starters: Daniel De Sousa Brito; Jonathan Mensah, Miguel Trauco (Paul Marie 61’), Rodrigues, Carlos Akapo; Carlos Gruezo (Niko Tsakiris 55’), Jackson Yueill (C), Jamiro Monteiro; Cristian Espinoza, Jeremy Ebobisse, Cade Cowell (Matthew Hoppe 61’)
Substitutes: JT Marcinkowski, Ayo Akinola, Tanner Beason, Tommy Thompson, Benji Kikanovic, Judson
Referee: Joe Dickerson
AR1: Corey Rockwell
AR2: Kali Smith
4th Official: Mark Allatin
VAR: Jose Carlos Rivero
AVAR: Robert Schaap
Weather: Clear, 60 degrees