Nashville Soccer Club Falls 1-0 to FC Cincinnati

2023.03.25 CIN MATCH-51

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 25, 2023) – Nashville Soccer Club conceded its first defeat of the season at GEODIS Park, falling to FC Cincinnati 1-0 on Saturday night in front of a crowd of 28,453.

Standing Strong: Despite the loss, Nashville SC’s defense has only conceded two goals, the lowest total in the Eastern Conference this season. Goalkeeper Joe Willis made a season-high six saves tonight.

Milkman Delivering: Defender Jack Maher attempted 78 passes in this game, the highest total for a Nashville SC player in a match this season. Maher also led the team in touches with 87.

Chances Were There: Nashville SC created chances throughout the evening out-shooting FC Cincinnati 17-15 and having 11 more touches in the opponent’s box. Nashville’s 17 shots are its highest of the season.

Next Match: Nashville SC will visit Orlando City SC at Exploria Stadium at 6:30 p.m. CT on Saturday, April 1. The match will be televised on the MLS Season Pass on the Apple TV App, and available on radio at 104.5 The Zone.

Match Timeline

CIN 48’: Cincinnati’s Brandon Vazquez jumps on a rebound after Nashville SC goalkeeper Joe Willis made an initial save on a Cincinnati shot attempt


  • Nashville SC:
    • has recorded double digit shot total in three consecutive matches
    • has allowed just one goal at GEODIS Park this season
    • suffered its first loss and failed to score against FC Cincinnati for the first time in club history
    • completed 175 more passes than FC Cincinnati (493-318)
  • Teal Bunbury made his 342nd career regular season appearance
  • Ján Greguš made his second consecutive appearance
  • Aníbal Godoy made his first appearance following an upper body injury suffered in Matchday 1
  • Jack Maher led the Starting XI with a 92.3 passing accuracy
  • Dax McCarty made his 399th MLS regular season start
  • Hany Mukhtar led the team with five chances created
  • Fafà Picault led the team in shots with four
  • CJ Sapong made his first start of the season

Box Score:

Nashville SC (2W-2L-1D, 7 pts.) vs. FC Cincinnati (3W-0L-2D, 11 pts.)

March 25, 2023 – GEODIS Park

Final Score
NSH: 0
CIN: 1

Scoring Summary

CIN: Brandon Vazquez (unassisted) 48’


CIN: Obinna Nwobodo (caution) 21’

CIN: Malik Pinto (caution) 45’

NSH: Shaq Moore (caution) 56’

NSH: Teal Bunbury (caution) 72’

CIN: Matt Miazga (caution) 72’

CIN: Alvaro Barreal (caution) 81’

NSH Starters: Joe Willis; Dan Lovitz, Jack Maher, Walker Zimmerman (C), Shaq Moore; Dax McCarty (Aníbal Godoy 60’), Sean Davis (Ján Greguš 77’), Jacob Shaffelburg (Luke Haakenson 77’), Fafà Picault (Teal Bunbury 69’); Hany Mukhtar, CJ Sapong

Substitutes: Alex Muyl, Josh Bauer, Tah Brian Anunga, Elliot Panicco, Taylor Washington

CIN Starters: Roman Celentano; Nick Hagglund, Yerson Mosquera, Matt Miazga, Raymon Gaddis; Obinna Nwobodo, Luciano Acosta (C) (Dominique Badji 90’), Malik Pinto (Santiago Arias 64’); Brenner (Sergio Santos 76’), Brandon Vazquez, Alvaro Barreal (Alvas Powell 90’)

Substitutes: Alec Kann, Joey Akpunonu, Quimi Ordonez, Ian Murphy, Bret Halsey

Referee: Ismir Pekmic

AR1: Ian McKay

AR2: Kevin Lock

4th Official: *Sergei Boiko

VAR: Daniel Radford

AVAR: TJ Zablocki

Attendance: 28,453

Weather: Clear, 61 degrees