Renasant Recap: Nashville SC Falls 3-1 at Inter Miami CF 

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FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. (April 20, 2024) Nashville Soccer Club fell 3-1 Saturday night in South Florida to Eastern Conference leader Inter Miami CF. The Boys in Gold will now return to Nashville for a two-match homestand beginning next Saturday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. CT against the San Jose Earthquakes at GEODIS Park.

Familiar Foes: The Boys in Gold have now played Inter Miami CF 13 times across all competitions (4W-4L-5D), the most of any MLS opponent. Both clubs entered MLS during the 2020 season.

Season Debut: Nashville SC Midfielder Randall Leal made his 2024 debut after subbing into the match during the 85th minute. Leal had been out since suffering a hip injury on international duty in January.

Men in Black: For the first time this MLS season, Nashville SC wore its Man in Black kit. The Man in Black kit, which debuted in 2023, pays homage to country music legend and Nashville icon Johnny Cash.

Next up: The Boys in Gold return home to GEODIS Park next weekend to face off against the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. CT. Tickets for the match are available here.

Match Timeline:

NSH 2’: Dan Lovitz delivers a corner kick, and Franco Negri records an own goal for Miami

MIA 11’: Luis Suarez collects a rebound and finds Lionel Messi in the box to level the score

MIA 39’: Sergio Busquets gets on the end of a Lionel Messi corner kick and finds the back of the net with a header

MIA 81’: Lionel Messi converts a penalty kick


Nashville SC:

has faced Inter Miami CF the most of any MLS side (13 times) across all competitions

recorded its fastest goal of the season (2’); its second-fastest goal in 2024 was also against MIA (4’) on March 2 in the Concacaf Champions Cup at GEODIS Park

recorded 13 shots with nine on target

extended its record to 4W-4L-5D in April

extended its record in the Man in Black kit to 3W-4L-3D across all competitions

Josh Bauer led the team with 94% passing accuracy

Randall Leal saw the field for the first time in 2024, and the first time since Oct. 21, 2023 against the New York Red Bulls at GEODIS Park

Dan Lovitz has now registered 10,000 regular season minutes as a Boy in Gold; he currently sits at 10,012 minutes played

Lukas MacNaughton:

  • led the team with three clearances
  • was subbed out in the 51st minute due to injury

Elliot Panicco recorded his fourth consecutive appearance, and third consecutive start for the Boys in Gold

Joe Willis started the second half in goal Saturday night vs. Inter Miami CF, making his first appearance since March 23, 2024 at LAFC

Dru Yearwood is the only Nashville SC player to start all eight MLS regular season matches this season

Box Score:

Nashville SC (1W-3L-4D) at Inter Miami CF (5W-2L-3D)

April 20, 2024 – Chase Stadium

Final Score:

NSH: 1

MIA: 3

Scoring Summary:

NSH: Franco Negri (Own Goal) 2’

MIA: Lionel Messi (A: Luis Suarez) 11’

MIA: Sergio Busquets (A: Lionel Messi) 39’

MIA: Lionel Messi (Penalty Kick) 81’


MIA: David Ruiz (Caution) 27’

MIA: Marcelo Weigandt (Caution) 40’

NSH: Lukas MacNaughton (Caution) 50’


NSH Starters: Elliot Panicco (Joe Willis, 46’); Dan Lovitz, Lukas MacNaughton (Jack Maher 51’), Josh Bauer; Hany Mukhtar (C), Jacob Shaffelburg, Dru Yearwood (Amar Sejdić 74’), Alex Muyl, Aníbal Godoy (Randall Leal 85’), Sean Davis (Tah Brian Anunga 74’); Sam Surridge

Substitutes: Teal Bunbury, Taylor Washington, Brent Kallman

MIA Starters: Drake Callender; Tomas Aviles, Nicolas Freire, Franco Negri; Sergio Busquets, Lionel Messi (C), Diego Gomez (Leo Afonso 41’), Julian Gressel (Yannick Bright 74’), David Ruiz, Marcelo Weigandt; Luis Suarez (Benjamin Cremaschi 88’)

Substitutes: CJ Dos Santos, Ryan Sailor, Noah Allen, Lawson Sunderland, Shanyder Borgelin

Match Officials:

Referee: Ismail Elfath

AR1: Corey Parker

AR2: Kyle Atkins

4TH: Elvis Osmanovic

VAR: Chris Penso

AVAR: Tom Supple

Weather: Clear, 80 degrees