Match Recaps

Nashville Soccer Club Advances to Leagues Cup 2023 Final


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Aug. 15, 2023) – Nashville Soccer Club advanced to the Leagues Cup 2023 final after a 2-0 victory over C.F. Monterrey off the back of goals from Sam Surridge and Fafà Picault. Nashville SC will host Inter Miami CF in the final at GEODIS Park on Saturday, Aug. 19 at 8 p.m. CT. 

Nashville SC Season Ticket Members will enjoy an exclusive sale window starting tomorrow, Wednesday, Aug. 16 at 10 a.m. through noon CT. STMs will receive an email with additional information at 8 a.m. CT. Tickets to the general public will go on sale at 1 p.m. CT.

GEODIS Park for Leagues Cup 2023 Final: GEODIS Park and Nashville SC will host their first-ever final on Saturday when the Boys in Gold face Inter Miami CF in the Leagues Cup 2023 Final. 

Concacaf Champions Cup Bound: Nashville SC qualified for the 2024 Concacaf Champions Cup with its advancement to the Leagues Cup 2023 Final. The Leagues Cup 2023 winner will secure a Round of 16 position in the 2024 edition of the Concacaf tournament. The Leagues Cup 2023 Runner-Up, as well as the winner of the Leagues Cup 2023 Third Place match will enter the 2024 Concacaf Champions Cup in Round One. 

All Sam Does Is Score: Sam Surridge recorded his third goal in as many appearances for Nashville SC in the 67thminute. Surridge has averaged one goal every 39 minutes played for the Boys in Gold since signing as the club’s third Designated Player last month. 

Fafà for the Game Winner: Fafà Picault recorded the game winning goal in the 96th minute, marking his second goal in Leagues Cup 2023. This goal also marks the second latest goal Nashville SC has recorded in Leagues Cup 2023 play, behind only Sam Surridge’s 99th minute game winner in the Round of 16 against Club América. 

Match Timeline:      

NSH 67’: Hany Mukhtar drops the ball off to Sam Surridge at the top of the box, who slots it home to the lower right corner of the net

NSH 90’ + 6: Fafà Picault takes the ball from a Sam Surridge connection and rockets a shot into the back of the net for the game winner 


·       Nashville SC:                     

o   will compete in its first-ever tournament final 

o   extended its scoring streak to seven matches

o   has seen 10 different goal scorers in Leagues Cup 2023 play: Hany Mukhtar, Jacob Shaffelburg, Walker Zimmerman, Fafà Picault, Luke Haakenson, Aníbal Godoy, Sam Surridge, Shaq Moore, Teal Bunbury and Alex Muyl 

o   recorded its second consecutive clean sheet in Leagues Cup 2023

o   had seven shots on target to C.F. Monterrey’s three 

o   holds a 5W-1L-1D record on Tuesday nights across all competitions

o   extended its record against Liga MX sides to 3W-1L-0D

·       Jack Maher has appeared in a match as a substitute four times in Leagues Cup 2023 since returning from injury on Aug. 4, 2023

·       Lukas MacNaughton has started five of six matches in Leagues Cup 2023

·       Hany Mukhtar 

o   recorded his sixth assist in Leagues Cup 2023 leading Nashville SC in goal contributions with seven through the tournament

o   led the team in expected goals + expected assists (xG + xA) with 0.44

o   led the team in duels (16) and duel percentage (75%)

·       Alex Muyl led the team in expected goals (xG) with 0.58 

·       Elliott Panicco 

o   started in his third Leagues Cup 2023 match following two appearances as an injury time substitute

o   recorded his second shutout in Leagues Cup 2023

·       Fafà Picault led the team with three shots on target 

·       Jacob Shaffelburg exited the match on the 15th minute due to injury

·       Sam Surridge 

o   recorded 45 minutes for the second match in a row 

o   scored his third goal and first assist for Nashville SC 

·       Walker Zimmerman’s secondary assist marks his first assist in Leagues Cup 2023 and third goal contribution in the tournament 

Box Score:              

Nashville SC vs. C.F. Monterrey

Aug. 15, 2023 – GEODIS Park 

Final Score:             

NSH: 2

MTY: 0

Scoring Summary:             

NSH: Sam Surridge (A: Hany Mukhtar, Walker Zimmerman) 67’ 

NSH: Fafà Picault (A: Sam Surridge) 90 + 6’


NSH: Fafà Picault (Caution) 45’ 

MTY: Victor Guzman (Caution) 71’

MTY: Jordi Cortizo (Caution) 81’ 

NSH: Elliot Panicco (Caution) 84’

MTY: Maximiliano Meza (Caution) 87’ 

NSH Starters: Elliot Panicco; Dan Lovitz, Lukas MacNaughton, Walker Zimmerman (C), Shaq Moore; Dax McCarty (Sean Davis 77’), Aníbal Godoy, Alex Muyl (Jack Maher 77’), Hany Mukhtar; Teal Bunbury (Sam Surridge 45’), Jacob Shaffelburg (Fafà Picault 15’)

Substitutes: Joe Willis, Ethan Zubak, Laurence Wyke, Josh Bauer, Taylor Washington, Luke Haakenson, Ben Martino 

MTY Starters: Esteban Andrada; Omar Govea (Ali Avila 76’), Rogelio Runtes, Joao Rojas (Jordi Cortizo 45’), Sergio Canales, Maximiliano Meza (Victor Lopez 89’), Erick Aguirre (Victor Guzman 45’), Hector Moreno (C), Jesus Gallardo, Luis Romo, John Medina

Substitutes: Edson Gutierrez, Sebastian Vegas, Luis Cardenas, Cesar Ramos, Jonathan Gonzalez, Daniel Parra, Kevin Ortega, Erick Carballo

Match Officials:       

Referee: Walter Lopez Castellanos

AR1: Keytzel Carrales Mojica

AR2: Helpys Feliz

4TH Official: Nelson Salgado 

Weather: Clear, 72 degrees