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Nashville Soccer Club Advances to the Semifinals in Leagues Cup 2023 with 5-0 Drubbing over Minnesota United FC


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Aug. 11, 2023) – Nashville Soccer Club advanced to the Leagues Cup 2023 semifinals after drubbing Minnesota United 5-0 playing up a man since the 34th minute. Shaq Moore, Teal Bunbury, Alex Muyl, Sam Surridge and Hany Mukhtar drove the scoring for the Boys in Gold tonight as Elliot Panicco records the club’s first shutout in the tournament. 

Nashville SC will face the winner of the LAFC against CF Monterrey match taking place at 9:30 p.m. CT tonight. Nashville SC would host Monterrey on Tuesday, Aug. 15 if the Liga MX side wins tonight. Alternatively, if LAFC is to win, the Boys in Gold will travel to Los Angeles for a match that same Tuesday. 

The Boys in Gold are now guaranteed at least a third-place match come Saturday, Aug. 19 in their quest for the club’s first silverware and a spot in the 2024 Concacaf Champions League.

Maestro Mukhtar: Hany Mukhtar was Nashville SC’s midfield maestro with four goal contributions on the night. Mukhtar’s three assists match his previous record in a single match, and his four contributions mark the most contributions he has recorded in a single match across all competitions. 

Sharing Is Caring: Nashville SC saw seven different goal contributors tonight. Three of the five different goal-scorers on the night opened up their Leagues Cup 2023 goal scoring account: Shaq Moore, Teal Bunbury and Alex Muyl. 

Four or More Score: Nashville SC has scored four or more goals eight times in club history across all competitions, with an all-time record of 8W-0L-0D in that span. Tonight’s drubbing of Minnesota United FC marks Nashville’s fourth time scoring five goals in a single match. This also marked Nashville SC’s highest margin of victory. 

Aug. 20 Match vs. NE Revolution Postponed: Due to the Leagues Cup schedule, and the guaranteed match on Aug. 19, Nashville SC’s match against the New England Revolution originally set for Sunday, Aug. 20 will be re-scheduled to a later date. More information will be shared in the upcoming future. 

Match Timeline:      

NSH 39’: Hany Mukhtar flicks a ball towards the far post where Shaq Moore darts in to poke the ball into the back of the net 

NSH 45’: Hany Mukhtar taps the ball to Teal Bunbury in front of goal in the box for Bunbury to find the back of the net

NSH 50’: Hany Mukhtar sends a ball into the box from the right wing for Alex Muyl to knock the ball to the far corner with his head

NSH 53’: Jacob Shaffelburg takes the ball downfield and sends it into the box for Sam Surridge to place it in the net

NSH 59’: Hany Mukhtar rockets the ball into the upper left corner from just outside the six-yard box on the right side 


·       Nashville SC:                     

o   won its first match over Minnesota United FC by outshooting them 20-9; seven to three on goal

o   scored at least five goals for the fourth time in club history across all competitions

o   saw its highest margin of victory in any match 

o   saw three more players score in Leagues Cup 2023, bringing its goal scorer total up to 10: Hany Mukhtar, Jacob Shaffelburg, Walker Zimmerman, Fafà Picault, Luke Haakenson, Aníbal Godoy, Sam Surridge, Shaq Moore, Teal Bunbury and Alex Muyl 

o   is 8W-0L-0D when scoring four or more goals in all competitions 

o   has advanced the farthest in a tournament in club history with its semifinals berth in Leagues Cup 2023; Nashville SC has previously reached the Eastern Conference semifinals, one match shy of the Leagues Cup equivalent 

·       Tah Brian Anunga led the team with two tackles

·       Shaq Moore scored his first goal as a Nashville SC player

·       Hany Mukhtar 

o   recorded his third, fourth and fifth assists of Leagues Cup 2023 play and recorded his second goal

o   led the team in expected goals + expected assists (xG+xA) with 0.99

·       Alex Muyl led the team with seven duels and a duel percentage of 80%

·       Elliott Panicco started in his second Leagues Cup 2023 match following two appearances as an injury time substitute

·       Sam Surridge recorded a new high of 45 minutes with Nashville SC and his second goal for the club

Box Score:              

Nashville SC vs. Minnesota United FC

Aug. 11, 2023 – GEODIS Park 

Final Score:             

NSH: 5

MIN: 0

Scoring Summary:             

NSH: Shaq Moore (A: Hany Mukhtar) 39’

NSH: Teal Bunbury (A: Hany Mukhtar) 45’ 

NSH: Alex Muyl (A: Hany Mukhtar) 50’ 

NSH: Sam Surridge (A: Jacob Shaffelburg) 53’

NSH: Hany Mukhtar (A: Dax McCarty) 59’ 


MIN: Wil Trapp (Caution) 27’

MIN: DJ Taylor (Ejection) 34’ 

NSH Starters: Elliot Panicco; Dan Lovitz, Lukas MacNaughton, Walker Zimmerman (C) (Jack Maher 61’), Shaq Moore (Luke Haakenson 73’); Dax McCarty (Aníbal Godoy 61’), Hany Mukhtar, Alex Muyl, Tah Brian Anunga; Teal Bunbury (Sam Surridge 45’), Jacob Shaffelburg (Fafà Picault 61’)

Substitutes: Ethan Zubak, Laurence Wyke, Josh Bauer, Taylor Washington, Sean Davis, Ben Martino

MIN Starters: Miguel Angel Tapias Davilla, Ethan Bristow, Franco Fragapane, Joseph Rosales, Emanuel Reynoso (Jeong Sang-Bin 64’), Michael Boxall, Wil Trapp (C) (Bakaye Dibassy 79’), Bongokule Hlongwane (Emmanuel Iwe 64’), Teemu Pukki (Mender Garcia 64’), DJ Taylor, Dayne St. Clair

Substitutes: Clinton Robert Irwin, Zarek Valentin, Eric Dick, Brent Kallman, Isamel Tajouri Shradi

Match Officials:       

Referee: Juan Gabriel Calderon Perez

AR1: William Arrieta

AR2: Henri Antonio Pupiro Esquivel

4TH Official: David Gomez Araya

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