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ATLANTA (May 29, 2021) – Nashville Soccer Club extended its unbeaten streak to seven with a 2-2 draw in a thrilling ending at Atlanta United FC on Saturday afternoon.

Another One Bites the Dust: With Saturday’s draw at Atlanta United and Orlando SC’s defeat against New York Red Bulls Nashville SC is the only Eastern Conference team to remain undefeated through the 2021 Major League Soccer season. Western Conference leader, Seattle Sounders FC, is the only other team currently unbeaten this season. They host Austin FC tomorrow at 8:30 p.m. CT on FS1.

Down but Not Out: The Boys in Gold clawed their way back from a two-nil deficit to equalize the match for the third time this season, the first two being against FC Cincinnati and CF Montréal. Hany Mukhtar scored a brace in three minutes to secure Nashville SC’s draw.

Magical Mukhtar: Hany Mukhtar found himself in the starting lineup for the first time since Nashville SC’s matchup against Inter Miami FC on May 2. With today’s performance, Mukhtar leads Nashville SC with three goals this season.

Following a two-week international break, Nashville SC will return to action at New York Red Bulls on Friday, June 18 at 7 p.m. CT. Fans can tune in to the action on MyTV30 or live stream the game on www.NashvilleSC.com at 6:30 p.m. CT to watch the pregame show.

Match Timeline

ATL 6’ – Marcelino Moreno corrals the ball inside the Nashville SC box, getting a right footed shot off from the right side of the goal which slides past Joe Willis and the rest of the defense.

ATL 51’ – Erik Lopez receives a cross on the left side of the goal by George Bello, finishing at close range.

NSH 80’ – Hany Mukhtar receives a well-placed ball from Daniel Lovitz in the center of the box, sending it into the bottom right corner of the net.

NSC 83’ – Hany Mukhtar secured a brace three minutes later after receiving the ball in the same position from Dominique Badji, this time hitting it into the bottom left corner of the goal to equalize the match.

Notes

  • Nashville SC improves their overall record against Atlanta United to 1W-2L-1D, with first-ever draw among the two sides
  • Nashville SC found the end of the net for the first time ever at Atlanta United\
  • Nashville SC now holds a 5W-6L-4D all-time road record
  • Nashville SC out-shot Atlanta United 10-4 in the second half; owns a 52-44 all-time record in shots against Atlanta
  • Nashville SC’s 414-minute shutout streak ended in the 6th minute, the longest in club’s history and in MLS this season
  • Dominique Badji recorded his first assist of the season today; his last assist came against Atlanta on Sep. 12, 2020
  • 2021 MLS SuperDraft selection, Irakoze Donasiyano earns first selection in today’s roster; is yet to make his MLS debut
  • Matt Lagrassa added his first MLS career assist today
  • Randall Leal leads MLS with 15 shots on target in 2021
  • With 21 key passes in 2021, Daniel Lovitz ties his 2020 record in just seven matches played this season. Lovitz secured his spot in third place overall in key passes throughout MLS after recording two today, one being an assist. Lovitz has recorded two assists in the month of May
  • Lovitz and Badji lead Nashville SC with two all-time assists each against Atlanta\
  • Hany Mukhtar’s two goals are the first goals scored by Nashville SC at Atlanta United and the first ever brace; the brace is Mukhtar’s first since Oct. 14, 2020 at Houston Dynamo FC. Mukhtar leads Nashville SC with three all-time goals against Atlanta

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BOX SCORE

Nashville SC 2W-0L-5D vs. Atlanta United fc 2W-1L-4D

May 29, 2021 — Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia

Final Score

NSH: 2

ATL: 2

Scoring Summary

ATL: Marcelino Moreno (Miles Robinson) 6’

ATL: Erik Lopez (George Bello) 51’

NSH: Hany Mukhtar (Daniel Lovitz) 80’

NSH: Hany Mukhtar (Dominique Badji) 83’

Discipline

ATL: Marcelino Moreno (Caution) 41’

NSH: Alistair Johnston (Caution) 57’

NSH: Daniel Lovitz (Caution) 60’

NSH: Luke Haakenson (Caution) 90+2’

Lineups

NSH: Joe Willis; Daniel Lovitz, Dave Romney, Walker Zimmerman, Alistair Johnston; Dax McCarty (C), Aníbal Godoy (Matt LaGrassa 77’); Alex Muyl (CJ Sapong 60’), Randall Leal (Luke Haakenson 77’), Hany Mukhtar; Jhonder Cádiz (Dominique Badji 71’)

Unused Substitutes: Jalil Anibaba, Irakoze Donasiyano, Dylan Nealis, Taylor Washington, Bryan Meredith

TOTAL SHOTS: 14 (Mukhtar, 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (Mukhtar, 2); FOULS: 11 (McCarty, 3); OFFSIDES: 1; CORNER KICKS: 1; SAVES: 3; POSSESSION: 38.2%

ATL: Brad Guzan (C); Anton Walkes, Brooks Lennon, Miles Robinson, George Bello; Santiago Sosa, Emerson Hyndman, Jake Mulraney (Ezequiel Barco 58’); Josef Martinez, Marcelino Moreno (Franco Ibarra 69’), Erik Lopez

Unused Substitutes: Ronald Hernandez, Alan Franco, Matheus Rossetto, Ben Lundgaard, Erick Torres, Mikey Ambrose, Jackson Conway

TOTAL SHOTS: 12; SHOTS ON GOAL: 5; FOULS: 12; OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 5; SAVES: 3; POSSESSION: 61.8%

Referee: Alan Kelly

AR1: Adam Wienckowski

AR2: Cameron Blanchard

4th: Thomas Snyder

VAR: Fotis Bazakos

AVAR: Jeff Muschik

Weather: Clear, 71 degrees.

Statistics are unofficial.

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