NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Nov. 7, 2021) – Nashville Soccer Club wrapped up the 2021 MLS campaign with a 1-1 draw against New York Red Bulls on Sunday afternoon at Nissan Stadium. With the draw, Nashville SC secured the third spot in the Eastern Conference, and will open the first round of the Audi 2021 MLS Cup Playoffs at home against Orlando City SC.
Playoff ticketing information and how to secure seats for the first round of the 2021 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs will be announced once the date and time have been confirmed. Tickets for Nashville SC’s home playoff match start at just $24 and fans who become a 2022 Season Ticket Member will receive preferred playoff seating locations for the entire post-season.
Nashville SC continues to make history in its young run as an MLS franchise as The Boys in Gold became just the fourth team in the modern expansion era to clinch a spot in the playoffs in back-to-back seasons since joining MLS along with Atlanta United FC, LAFC and Seattle Sounders FC.
More Mukhtar MVP Moments: Hany Mukhtar continues his MLS MVP campaign with a stunning solo goal off a free kick to bring his season goal total up to 16. The midfielder finished in a tie for third in the Eastern Conference for goals scored. Mukhtar is ranked first in MLS in combined goals + assists with a total of 28. Mukhtar leads Nashville SC in goals (16), assists (12), shots taken (94), and shots on target (43).
The Unbeaten Home Season: After a long stretch of away games through September and October, Nashville SC returned to Nissan Stadium to finish out the regular season at home. With today’s result, Nashville SC becomes one of only seven clubs in MLS history to have made it through an entire season without a loss at home. Nashville SC is unbeaten in its last 18 home matches, dating back to an Audi MLS Cup Playoff win over Inter Miami CF in Nov. 2020. The Boys in Gold currently hold the longest active unbeaten streak in MLS with 17 consecutive home matches unbeaten in the regular season this year.
NYRB 1’: Cristian Cásseres Jr. and Caden Clark connect to send a cross in for Fabio, who brings the ball down and slips it home past Joe Willis inside the box
NSH 37’: Hany Mukhtar takes a free kick just outside the penalty box and sends it over the head of Red Bulls’ Coronel into the back of the net
- Nashville SC’s four losses this season are tied for the fewest for losses in a season in the history of MLS
- Nashville SC has earned 33 total points at home over the 2021 MLS season
- Nashville SC owns a season record of 8W-0L-9D at home and an all-time home record of 13W-2L-14D
- Hany Mukhtar is one of only two players in MLS to have reached double-digits in goals + assists this season with 16 and 12 (Rusnák of Real Salt Lake has also reached this mark)
- Hany Mukhtar and CJ Sapong both have hit the double-digit mark in goals recorded this season, with 16 and 12 respectively
- Joe Willis is currently tied for the MLS league lead in clean sheets with 13
- Willis could finish the season as the league leader in clean sheets in back-to-back seasons pending the outcome of the Colorado Rapids match
- Walker Zimmerman anchored Nashville SC’s defense with five clearances, four interceptions and one block
- Dave Romney missed today’s match, marking the first time in Nashville SC’s MLS history Romney didn’t appear in a contest
Nashville SC 12W-4L-18D vs. New York Red Bulls 13W-12L-9D
November 7, 2021 – Nissan Stadium
RBNY: Fabio Gomes 1’
NSH: Hany Mukhtar 37’
RBNY: Sean Davis (caution) 14’
NSH: Aníbal Godoy (caution) 76’
RBNY: Youba Diarra (caution) 86’
NSH: Joe Willis; Daniel Lovitz (Dax McCarty 71’) Jack Maher, Alistair Johnston, Eric Miller, Walker Zimmerman (C); Hany Mukhtar, Alex Muyl (Aké Loba 72’), Aníbal Godoy; Randall Leal, CJ Sapong (Jhonder Cádiz 72’)
Unused Substitutes: Jalil Anibaba, Abu Danladi, Robert Castellanos, Luke Haakenson, Brian Anunga, Bryan Meredith
RBNY: Carlos Coronel; Andres Reyes, Andrew Gutman, Thomas Edwards, Sean Nealis, John Tolkin (Kyle Duncan 55’); Dru Yearwood (Youba Diarra 83’), Cristian Cásseres Jr., Sean Davis (C), Caden Clark (Omir Fernandez 75’) Fabio Gomes (Tom Barlow 83’)
Unused Substitutes: Lucas Monzon, Frankie Amaya, Ryan Meara, Wikelman Carmona, Daniel Royer
Referee: Drew Fischer
AR1: Kathryn Nesbitt
AR2: Cameron Blanchard
4th: Joshua Encarnacion
VAR: Jorge Gonzalez
AVAR: Jeff Muschik
Weather: Sunny, 65 degrees.
Statistics are unofficial.