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TORONTO, ON (Aug. 1, 2021) – Nashville Soccer Club’s first ever Major League Soccer trip to Canada ended in a 1-1 come from behind draw against Toronto FC behind a debut goal from Robert Castellanos. 

Rockin’ with Robert: Castellanos put on an impressive show in his MLS debut by making his first professional appearance, start and netting his first goal. Castellanos is the fifth Nashville SC player this season to make his MLS debut (Robert Castellanos, Irakoze Donasiyano, Luke Haakenson, Aké Loba, and Rodrigo Piñero) and the fourth to score their first MLS goal (Tah Brian Anunga, Robert Castellanos, Luke Haakenson, and Jack Maher).

Extended Streak: With the come from behind draw against Toronto FC, Nashville SC have extended their unbeaten streak to eight matches, dating back to June 23 in a 3-2 win over Toronto FC. Nashville SC is the only team in MLS with just one loss in 2021.

Outstanding Offense: With Castellanos’ goal against Toronto FC, Nashville SC have now registered 25 goals and 26 assists on the season, surpassing its high in the 2020 inaugural season in seven less matches played.  

Nashville SC will continue their Eastern Conference road trip against New England Revolution on Aug. 4 at 6 p.m. CT.Fans can tune in to support the Boys in Gold on MyTV30 or live stream the game on www.NashvilleSC.com at 5:30 p.m. CT.

Match Timeline

TOR 20’: Yeferson Soteldo finds Omar Gonzalez from a free kick who heads in the ball from the center of the box

NSH 41’: Dave Romney’s long throw reaches the center of the box for Robert Castellanos to hit a header perfectly past Alex Bono

Notes

  • Nashville SC leads MLS in combined wins and draws with 15; has the fewest losses in MLS this season with just one
  • Nashville SC is undefeated when playing on weekends in the 2021 season, holding a 6W-0L-6D record
  • Nashville SC pulled off their seventh come from behind result of the season
  • Nashville SC held Toronto FC to their lowest shots in the 2021 season (six)
  • Nashville SC has had four players score their first MLS goal this season (Tah Brian Anunga, Luke Haakenson, Jack Maher and Castellanos), three of four of these players scored their first goal against Toronto FC
  • Nashville SC have had five players make their MLS debut this season (Castellanos, Irakoze Donasiyano, Haakenson, Aké Loba, Rodrigo Piñero)
  • Alistair Johnston returned to the lineup from international duty with Canada Soccer Men’s National Team where Johnston started all five matches in their run in the Concacaf Gold Cup
  • Dax McCarty led Nashville SC in touches and passes with 84 and 65, respectively
  • Hany Mukhtar led all players in chances created with five
  • Dave Romney registered his first assist of the season off of a long throw, the ninth assist of his career 
  • Taylor Washington made his third consecutive start
  • Joe Willis holds a goals against average of 0.94

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BOX SCORE

Nashville SC 6W-1L-9D vs. Toronto FC3W-8L-5D

August 1, 2021 — BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario

Final Score

NSH: 1

TOR: 1                      

Scoring Summary

TOR: Omar Gonzalez (Yeferson Soteldo) 20’

NSH: Robert Castellanos (Dave Romney) 41’

Discipline

NSH: McCarty (Caution) 67’

Lineups

NSH: Joe Willis; Dave Romney, Alistair Johnston (Jack Maher 68’), Eric Miller, Taylor Washington, Roberto Castellanos; Dax McCarty (C), Hany Mukhtar, Tah Brian Anunga (Alex Muyl 63’); Randall Leal (Aké Loba 77’), CJ Sapong (Jhonder Cádiz 76’)

Unused Substitutes: Abu Danladi, Irakoze Donasiyano, Dylan Nealis, Luke Haakenson, Bryan Meredith

TOTAL SHOTS: 12 (Sapong, 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (Three players tied, 1); FOULS: 9 (Anunga, 3); OFFSIDES: 2; CORNER KICKS: 6; SAVES: 2; POSSESSION: 47.4%

TOR: Alex Bono; Justin Morrow, Eriq Zavaleta, Chris Mavinga, Omar Gonzalez; Michael Bradley (C), Marky Delgado, Richie Laryea, Ralph Priso (Jonathan Osorio 58’); Jozy Altidore (Dom Dwyer 76’), Yeferson Soteldo

Unused Substitutes: Jahkeelee Marshall-Rutty, Patrick Mullins, Noble Okello, Quentin Westberg, Nick DeLeon, Luke Singh, Jordan Perruzza

TOTAL SHOTS: 6; SHOTS ON GOAL: 2; FOULS: 8; OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 4; SAVES: 1; POSSESSION: 52.6%

Referee: Fotis Bazakos

AR1: Oscar Mitchell-Carvalho

AR2: Gianni Facchini

4th: Robert Sibiga

VAR: Geoff Gamble

AVAR: Robert Schaap

Weather: Partly cloudy, 69 degrees. 

Statistics are unofficial.

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