SEATTLE, WA (Feb. 27, 2022) – Nashville Soccer Club opened its 2022 MLS campaign with a 1-0 road victory over Seattle Sounders FC on Sunday night. Midfielder Aníbal Godoy got the second half winner that made Nashville SC one of just four teams in the Western Conference to earn three points this weekend. 

On the Board Early: Aníbal Godoy found the back of the net in the 80th minute for the lone goal of the night. With the victory, Nashville SC improved to a 19W-4L-5D record when scoring the first goal of a match. 

Joe Says No:  Joe Willis continued his 2021 form earning a clean sheet to start the 2022 season. Willis has earned 41 career shutouts, 23 of which have come with Nashville SC.

Great Start to the Road Trip: Nashville SC began its eight-match road trip with a victory that made them just the fifth team to beat Seattle Sounders FC in their home opener in 14 MLS seasons. Nashville became the only Western Conference team this weekend to earn a victory on the road. 

Nashville SC will continue its eight-match road trip on Saturday, March 5 taking on Minnesota United FC. Fans can follow the action on MyTV30 and the NashvilleSC.com/Stream starting with the pregame show at 4:30 p.m. CT. They can also listen to the call via the free iHeartRADIO app by searching Nashville SC for English and on all three El Jefe stations 96.7FM, 105.3FM, and 810AM for Spanish. 

Match Timeline

NSH 80’: Randall Leal dribbles on the far side through three defenders and sends a ball across the box, which Aníbal Godoy crashed to the net for the game winner.


Nashville SC:

  • earned its first victory on opening night in its MLS history 
  • opened a season on the road for the first time in club history 
  • opened a season against a Western Conference opponent 
  • earned a shutout for the first time in a season opener
  • Earned their 23rd shutout in club history  
  • has an overall road record of 10W-11L-12D
  • owns an overall record of 5W-3L-3D against the Western Conference 
  • Sean Davis and Teal Bunbury made their Nashville SC debuts tonight 
  • Aníbal Godoy registered his second career goal for Nashville, seventh overall; registered eight recoveries, two interceptions, two clearances and a block on the night 
  • Randall Leal notched his 12th MLS assist
  • Captain Dax McCarty led Nashville SC in passing accuracy among qualified players with 92.3%


Nashville SC 1W-0L-0D, 3 pts. vs. Seattle Sounders FC 0W-1L-0D, 0 pts. 

February 27, 2022 – Lumen Field 

Final Score

NSH: 1

SEA: 0

Scoring Summary

NSH: Aníbal Godoy (Randall Leal) 80’


SEA: Xavier Arreaga (caution) 18’

SEA: Nouhou Tolo (caution) 90 + 5’


NSH: Joe Willis; Daniel Lovitz, Dave Romney, Walker Zimmerman, Eric Miller; Dax McCarty (C); Randall Leal (Alex Muyl 81’), Sean Davis (Jack Maher 89’), Aníbal Godoy; Hany Mukhtar, (Aké Loba 81’) CJ Sapong (Teal Bunbury 71’)

Unused Substitutes: Tah Brian Anunga, Luke Haakenson, Bryan Meredith, Taylor Washington, Ethan Zubak 

SEA: Stefan Frei (c), Nouhou Tolo, Yeimar Gómez, Xavier Arreaga (Danny Leyva 87’), Alex Roldan; Albert Rusnák, João Paulo (Leonardo Chú 65’); Cristian Roldan, Jordan Morris (Fredy Montero 75’), Obed Vargas (Kelyn Rowe 75’); Samuel Adeniran (Nicolás Lodeiro 46’)

Unused Substitutes: Jackson Ragen, Dylan Teves, Stefan Cleveland, Abdoulaye Cissoko

Referee: Alex Chilowicz

AR1: Ian Anderson

AR2: Chris Wattam

4th: Malik Badawi

VAR: Rene Parra

AVAR: Matthew Nelson

Weather: Rainy, 49 degrees.