Nashville Soccer Club Falls on the Road at New York City FC  

2023.04.15 @ NYCFC-155 (1)

QUEENS, N.Y. (April 15, 2023) – Nashville Soccer Club fell to New York City FC 2-1 at Citi Field on Saturday night. After falling behind 2-0 in the first half, Nashville SC led a ferocious comeback attempt in the second 45 which included a goal from Hany Mukhtar, his 45th career goal in 87 matches.   

Mukhtar Continues To Dazzle: Mukhtar's tally marked his third goal in four career matches against New York City FC. The German attacker has now been involved in over half of Nashville SC’s regular season goals in club history (75 of 138).  

Created Pressure: Nashville’s six shots on target tonight were a season-high, while its 15 shots were its third highest of the season.   

Series Complete: The regular season series between Nashville SC and New York City FC is officially complete. The two sides split the season series with tonight’s result after Nashville SC defeated New York City FC 2-0 on Opening Day at GEODIS Park.  

Next Match: Nashville SC will host defending MLS Cup Champion Los Angeles FC on Saturday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. CT. Tickets are available by visiting The first 10,000 fans inside of GEODIS Park will receive a Walker Zimmerman bobblehead presented by Renasant Bank.   

Match Timeline:   

NYC 10’: Keaton Parks finds a cross from Mitja Ilenic at the top of the box and heads it into the goal past Joe Willis  

NYC 24’: Maxime Chanot volleys the ball in for a goal off Richard Ledezma’s corner service  

NSH 80’: Hany Mukhtar turns towards goal with the ball at his foot and fires a low shot past an outstretched Luis Barraza  


  • Nashville SC:            
    • recorded its latest first goal of a match this season in the 80th minute  
    • recorded its fourth match of the season with double digit shots (15)  
    • recorded its highest shots on target total this season (6)  
    • allowed its first goal against in 232 minutes of play   
    • has allowed just one first half goal this season   
    • fell for the first time in club history to New York City FC  
    • owns an all-time record of 2W-1L-2D against NYFC  
  • vs. next opponent: Los Angeles FC  
    • will face Los Angeles FC for the third time in series history  
    • each previous clash against Los Angeles FC occurred when Nashville SC was a member of the Western Conference  
    • the two sides are deadlocked with each having two goals for and two goals against in series history  
  • Teal Bunbury made his 345th career regular season appearance    
  • Dax McCarty made his 446th career regular season appearance  
  • Shaq Moore led the defense with four clearances. He will report to the US Men's National Team on Sunday 
  • Hany Mukhtar   
    • led the team in shots with seven, one shy of his single game career high of eight (four other times)  
    • led the team in shots on target with three  
  • Alex Muyl   
    • made his 198th career regular season appearance, just two shy of 200  
    • led the team in duels won with eight at 72.7%  
  • Joe Willis   
    • finished the contest tied for third in MLS with 28 saves 
    • is three regular season starts shy of becoming the first Nashville SC player to reach 100 MLS appearances  
  • Walker Zimmerman led team in touches (83), completed passes (60) and led the defense with five interceptions. He will report to the US Men's National Team on Sunday 

Box Score:     

Nashville SC (3W-3L-2D, 11 pts.) vs. New York City FC (3W-2L-3D, 12 pts.)   

April 15, 2023 | Citi Field | Queens, New York  

Final Score  
NYC: 2
NSH: 1

Scoring Summary     

NYC: Keaton Parks (A: Mitja Ilenic) 10’  

NYC: Maxime Chanot (A: Richard Ledezma) 24’  

NSH: Hany Mukhtar (Unassisted) 80’  


NYC: Mitja Ilenic (caution) 48’  

NYC: Andres Jasson (caution) 75’  

NSH Starters: Joe Willis; Daniel Lovitz, Jack Maher, Shaq Moore, Walker Zimmerman (C); Hany Mukhtar, Alex Muyl, Aníbal Godoy (Dax McCarty 73’), Sean Davis (Ján Greguš 73’); Fafà Picault (Jacob Shaffelburg 45’), CJ Sapong (Teal Bunbury 64’)  

Substitutes: Josh Bauer, Taylor Washington, Luke Haakenson, Tah Brian Anunga, Elliot Panicco  

NYC Starters: Luis Barraza; Braian Cufrem Maxime Canot, James Sands (C), Thiago Martins, Mitja Ilenic (Tayvon Gray 68’); Richard Ledezma (Santiago Rodríguez 60’), Keaton Parks; Gabriel Pereira, Gabe Segal (Andres Jasson 68’), Talles Magno  

Substitutes: Alfredo Morales, Malte Amundsen, Nicholas Benalcazar, Matt Freese, Justin Haak, Tony Alfaro  

Referee: Allen Chapman 

Ar1: Kyle Atkins 

Ar2: Adam Wienckowski 

4th Official: Ben Pilgrim 

VAR: Jorge Gonzalez 

AVAR: Craig Lowry  

Weather: Cloudy, 62 degrees