Looking back: Nashville SC’s 10 biggest wins

Nashville SC were dominant against Minnesota United last night, beating the Loons 5-0 in the Leagues Cup quarterfinal matchup. Where does the win stack up compared to past Nashville blowouts?

1. Nashville SC 5-0 Minnesota United

August 11, 2023
Shaq Moore (39′), Teal Bunbury (43′), Alex Muyl (50′), Sam Surridge (53′), Hany Mukhtar (59′)

Tuesday night’s Leagues Cup win was the largest margin of victory in Nashville SC history. It was the sixth time they’ve scored five or more goals, but the first in which they kept a clean sheet. Hany Mukhtar’s 59th minute strike capped off the scoring, and was the best goal of them all.

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2. Inter Miami 1-5 Nashville SC

September 22, 2021
DRV PNK Stadium
Hany Mukhtar (6′, 48′), Walker Zimmerman (39′), Randall Leal (70′), Alistair Johnston (90+6′)

Nashville and Miami already had something of a rivalry after their first year. Both entering MLS as expansion sides in 2020, Nashville won two of their three meetings in their first year, including a 3-0 win in the playoffs.

Their final meeting of the 2021 season was indicative of their opposite trajectories, with Nashville thoroughly dominating them on the road.

3. Nashville SC 5-1 Chicago Fire

July 17, 2021
Nissan Stadium
Hany Mukhtar (10′, 13′, 16′), CJ Sapong (39′), Brian Anunga (62′)

Remember Hany Mukhtar’s six-minute hat trick? Yeah, this was that game.

4. Nashville SC 5-1 Swope Park Rangers

May 11, 2019
First Tennessee Park
Daniel Ríos (5′, 14′), Alan Winn (16′), Kharlton Belmar (55′), Cameron Lancaster (89′)

The first throwback to Nashville’s USL era on our list, and it’s a fun one. Daniel Ríos led the scoring for Nashville, while Murfreesboro native Felipe Hernández pulled one back for the visitors with a strike from long distance.

5. Nashville SC 4-0 FC Dallas

August 21, 2022
Hany Mukhtar (5′, 33′), Jacob Shaffelburg (26′), Dave Romney (72′)

Jacob Shaffelburg’s Nashville SC debut could not have gone any better. In the squad for the first time after arriving on loan from Toronto FC, the Canadian winger got his first goal in gold, while Hany Mukhtar finished from a ridiculous angle to kick things off.

6. Nashville SC 4-0 Richmond Kickers

August 28, 2018
First Tennessee Park
Tucker Hume (42′, 60′), Bradley Bourgeois (48′), Matt LaGrassa (57′)

Another USL throwback, Nashville thumped Richmond Kickers at First Tennessee Park, scoring all four goals in an 18 minute stretch on either side of halftime. The game included a hat trick of assists from captain Michael Reed and the birth of the “Coyotes” nickname from play-by-play commentator John Freeman.

7. Nashville SC 4-0 Hartford Athletic

August 7, 2019
First Tennessee Park
Ken Tribbett (51′), Daniel Ríos (56′), Alan Winn (64′), Raymond Lee (69′, own goal)

This one was memorable for a few reasons. The scoreline grabbed the headlines, but the match kicked off with a horror tackle on Nashville SC captain Michael Reed in the fifth minute, which broke his leg and ended his time in a Nashville jersey. Hartford midfielder Mads Jørgensen was sent off for the challenge, and Nashville took out their frustration on the field.

8. FC Cincinnati 3-6 Nashville SC

October 27, 2021
TQL Stadium
Walker Zimmerman (28′), Randall Leal (45+2′, 76′), CJ Sapong (71′, 90+2′), Aké Loba (80′)

Nashville’s 6-3 comeback on the road in Cincinnati is the most memorable result on this list. After going down 2-0 after 11 minutes, the match turned on its head when Joe Willis saved a penalty from Brenner, flipping him the bird after catching his panenka attempt.

Nashville roared back to a 6-3 win, thanks to a brace from Randall Leal and an exceedingly rare goal from Aké Loba. To top off an emphatic win over a rival, the three points clinched a playoff spot for Nashville SC.

9. Nashville SC 5-2 DC United

August 15, 2021
TQL Stadium
CJ Sapong (14′, 31′), Hany Mukhtar (37′), Alex Muyl (80′, 87′)

Another win from Nashville’s hot streak in the summer of 2021, this time featuring a pair of braces. CJ Sapong scored two to get things rolling, and Alex Muyl added one of his own in the final 10 minutes, including taking the ball from Aké Loba and burying it from the penalty spot.

10. Nashville SC 4-1 Colorado Rapids

August 31, 2022
Hany Mukhtar (29′, 54′, 75′), Jacob Shaffelburg (61′)

We’re capping off this list with yet another Hany Mukhtar hat trick. Nashville’s 4-1 demolition of the Colorado Rapids was arguably the moment when Mukhtar’s MVP campaign took over the league-wide discourse, and it was no surprise that his connection with Jacob Shaffelburg was at the heart of the win.

Author: Ben Wrightis the Director of Soccer Content and a Senior MLS Contributor for Broadway Sports covering Nashville SC and the US National Team. Previously Ben was the editor and a founder of Speedway Soccer, where he has covered Nashville SC and their time in USL before journeying to Major League Soccer since 2018. Raised in Louisville, KY Ben grew up playing before a knee injury ended his competitive career. When he is not talking soccer he is probably producing music, drinking coffee or hanging out with his wife and kids. Mastodon

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