Nashville Soccer Club Earns 2-0 Road Victory over Orlando City SC  

NSC @ ORL-15

ORLANDO, Fla. (April 1, 2023) – Nashville Soccer Club earned a 2-0 road victory against Orlando City SC, as winger Fafà Picault opened his Nashville SC account with a goal in the first half with an assist from Hany Mukhtar who then scored his first goal of the season in the second half to secure the victory.

Lion Tamer: With his goal and assist, reigning MLS MVP Hany Mukhtar continued his dominance over Orlando City SC. Mukhtar has now recorded a goal or assist in every match he’s played against Orlando across all competitions (seven goals, five assists).

Back In The Win Column: Nashville SC secured is first road win of the season, and went up to fourth place in the Eastern Conference (3W-2L-1D, 10 pts.)

Defense Stands Tall: Led by Captain Walker Zimmerman who started in his 200th MLS match tonight, Nashville SC’s defense posted its fourth shutout in six matches. The team has conceded just two goals this season, the fewest in Major League Soccer.

Returning Home: Nashville SC will return to GEODIS Park on Saturday, April 8 to host Toronto FC on the MLS Season Pass on the Apple TV App, and available on radio at 104.5 The Zone. Limited tickets are available at

Match Timeline

NSH 28’: Off a very quick restart, Hany Mukhtar delivers a pass over the Orlando City SC backline, finding a streaking Fafà Picault who makes an acrobatic effort while shielding off a defender and chips in the goal from the top of the 18-yard box.

NSH: 74’: Shaq Moore feeds a pass to Hany Mukhtar who delivers a one-timer on frame to secure the second goal.


  • Nashville SC:
    • has recorded the most clean sheets this season in MLS
    • has yet to allow a goal in the first half this season
    • has not lost in its last 31 matches when scoring the first goal of a match, a streak that dates back to August 8, 2021
    • is now 24W-1L-9D all-time when leading at the half
    • is unbeaten in its last 32 matches when leading at the half (23W-9D-0L)
    • is 33W-4L-14D all-time when scoring the first goal of a match
    • is 27W-1L-8D when scoring two goals or more in an MLS match
    • owns an all-time record of 3W-1L-4D against Orlando City SC in MLS competition
    • has not lost to Orlando City SC in MLS play since Aug. 16, 2020
  • Teal Bunbury made his 343rd career regular season appearance
  • Aníbal Godoy made his first start since suffering an upper body injury in Matchday 1
  • Luke Haakenson made his first start of the season
  • Dax McCarty made his 444th MLS regular season appearance and recorded his first assist of the season
  • Shaq Moore recorded his first assist of the season
  • Hany Mukhtar
    • is now responsible for four of Nashville’s six goals this season
    • has been involved in over half of Nashville SC’s regular season goals in club history (74 of 137)
  • Fafà Picault scored his first goal as a member of Nashville SC
  • Walker Zimmerman made his 200th MLS regular season start tonight
<strong>Box Score:</strong>
Nashville SC (3W-2L-1D, 10 pts.) vs. Orlando City SC (2W-2L-2D, 8 pts.)
April 1, 2023 – Exploria Stadium, Orlando, Florida
<strong>Final Score</strong>  
ORL: 0  
NSH: 2  
<strong>Scoring Summary</strong>       
NSH: Fafà Picault (Hany Mukhtar) 28’ 
NSH: Hany Mukhtar (Shaq Moore & Dax McCarty)  
NSH: Luke Haakenson (caution) 26’  
NSH: Aníbal Godoy (caution) 27’    
ORL: Rodrigo Schlegel (caution) 47’  
ORL: Kyle Smith (caution) 64’    
NSH: Fafà Picault (caution) 64’  
<strong>NSH Starters</strong>: Joe Willis; Daniel Lovitz, Jack Maher, Walker Zimmerman (C), Shaq Moore; Aníbal Godoy (Dax McCarty 67’), Sean Davis, Luke Haakenson (Taylor Washington 67’), Fafà Picault (Tah Brian Anunga 78’); Hany Mukhtar, CJ Sapong (Teal Bunbury 78’)    
<strong>Substitutes</strong>: Teal Bunbury, Jacob Shaffelburg, Josh Bauer, Tah Brian Anunga, Elliot Panicco, Ján Greguš    
<strong>ORL Starters</strong>: Pedro Gallese; Robin Jansson, Rodrigo Schlegel, Luca Petrasso (Gaston Gonzalez 78’), Kyle Smith (Duncan McGuire 78’); Cesar Araujo, Felipe Martins (Facundo Torres HT), Mauricio Pereyra (C); Ramiro Enrique, Martin Ojeda, Iván Angulo (Dagur Thorhallsson 82’)    
<strong>Substitutes</strong>: Rafael Santos, Wilder Cartagena, Antonio Carlos, Abdi Salim, Mason Stajduhar  
<strong>Referee: </strong>Chris Penso    
<strong>AR1: </strong>Kathryn Nesbitt 
<strong>AR2: </strong>Jeremy Hanson   
<strong>4th Official: </strong>Kevin Klinger 
<strong>VAR: </strong>Geoff Gamble   
<strong>AVAR: </strong>Cameron Blanchard 
<strong>Weather:</strong> Clear, 82 degrees