Nashville Soccer Club Records Best Start to a Major League Soccer Season in Club History with 2-0 Victory over Cf Montréal 

2023.03.11 MTL MATCH-92

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 11, 2023) – Nashville Soccer Club remains unbeaten in 2023 with a 2-0 victory over CF Montréal on a rainy night at GEODIS Park. Jacob Shaffelburg opened the scoreboard in the first half while defender Taylor Washington scored his first career MLS goal off a volley in the box in the second half to secure the win.   

Best Start In Club History: Nashville SC improved to 2W-0L-1D, 7 pts. with the win, marking the best start to a season through three matches in club history. 

Joe Makes History: Goalkeeper Joe Willis made MLS history on Saturday night becoming the seventh goalkeeper in league history to keep three consecutive clean sheets to start a MLS season. Willis has recorded four consecutive regular season shutouts dating back to last season.   

Heroic Hany: In his first start of the season after gaining fitness from an injury, the league’s MVP Hany Mukhtar recorded the game-winning assist on Shaffelburg’s goal. Mukhtar has been involved in over half of Nashville SC’s regular season goals in club history (72 of 134)   

Next Match: Nashville SC will take on the New England Revolution next Saturday, March 18 at Gillette Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CT and will be televised on the MLS Season Pass on the Apple TV App, and available on radio at 104.5 The Zone.   

Match Timeline           

NSH 37’: Hany Mukhtar dribbles through the midfield bringing CF Montréal defenders towards him, Mukhtar dishes a pass to Shaffelburg who drills home the opening goal  

NSH: 89’: Off a cross from Shaq Moore, Taylor Washington delivers a one-timer cutting across the box and straight to the back of the net  


  • Nashville SC:           
    • finishes the night tied for first place in the Eastern Conference along with Atlanta United FC and FC Cincinnati   
    • has not allowed a goal to start the 2023 season, posting three straight shutouts  
    • held CF Montréal without a shot on target tonight   
    • has never lost to CF Montréal in its club history, improving to 4W-0L-2D; has won its last three matches against CF Montréal  
    • had a higher expected goals tonight than CF Montréal (1.34-0.29)  
    • has scored in its last 14 home games  
    • has scored two goals in the last 15 minutes of the first half, more than any team in MLS this season  
    • scored the first goal of an MLS match for the 50th time in club history  
    • has not lost in its last 29 matches when scoring the first goal of a match, a streak that dates back to Aug. 2021  
    • is 22W-7D-20D all-time at home  
    • owns an all-time record of 24W-13L-26D against the Eastern Conference   
    • is unbeaten in its last 31 matches when leading at the half (22W-9D-0L)  
    • is 26W-1L-8D when scoring two goals or more in an MLS match  
  • Head Coach Gary Smith earned his 150th career victory, 40 have come with Nashville SC in MLS  
  • Teal Bunbury made his 340th career regular season appearance  
  • Dan Lovitz led the team in touches with 58  
  • Dax McCarty started his 397th career MLS match 
  • Shaq Moore recorded his first assist of the season 
  • Hany Mukhtar played the longest amount of minutes this season (91) 
  • Alex Muyl recorded his first assist of the season in his 195th MLS appearance   
  • Jacob Shaffelburg has scored four goals in 11 starts for Nashville SC  
  • Taylor Washington scored his first MLS goal while leading the team in shots and shots on goal 
  • Joe Willis earned his 52nd career shutout, 34th with Nashville   

Box Score: 

Nashville SC (2W-0L-1D, 7 pts.) vs. CF Montréal (0W-3L-0D, 0 pts.)  

March 11, 2023 – GEODIS Park  

Final Score  
NSH: 2
MTL: 0

Scoring Summary    

NSH: Jacob Shaffelburg (Hany Mukhtar) 37’  

NSH: Taylor Washington (Shaq Moore & Alex Muyl) 89’  


MTL: Victor Wanyama (caution) 34’   

NSH: Taylor Washington (caution) 67’  

NSH Starters: Joe Willis; Dan Lovitz, Jack Maher, Walker Zimmerman (C), Shaq Moore; Dax McCarty (Tah Brian Anunga 75’), Sean Davis, Jacob Shaffelburg (Taylor Washington 66’), Fafà Picault (Alex Muyl 66’); Hany Mukhtar (Ethan Zubak 90+1’), Teal Bunbury (CJ Sapong 75’)  

Substitutes: Ethan Zubak, Laurence Wyke, CJ Sapong, Josh Bauer, Tah Brian Anunga Elliot Panicco, Ben Martino  

MTL Starters: Jonathan Sirois; Kamal Miller (Zachary Brault-Guillard 72’), Rudy Camacho, Joel Waterman, Aaron Herrera; Victor Wanyama (C). Lassi Lappalainen (Nathan-Dylan Saliba HT), Mathieu Choiniere, Sunusi Ibrahim (Chinonso Offor 72’), Sean Rea, Romell Quioto  

Substitutes: Ketterer, Ilias Iliadis, Ahmed Hamdi, Mason Toye, Rida Zouhir, Jules-Anthony Vilsaint

REFEREE: Rubiel Vazquez 

AR1: Corey Parker 

AR2: Walt Heatherly 

4TH OFFICIAL: Ted Unkel 

VAR: Jose Carlos Rivero 

AVAR: Joshua Patlak Logan 


Weather: Rainy, 46 degrees