Nashville SC 2023 season predictions

Nashville SC kick off their 2023 season tomorrow. They’ll begin their 34-match slate of MLS matches with a game against New York City FC. Ahead of the season, Speedway Soccer made their predictions for the year. Will the ‘Yotes make the playoffs? Can Hany Mukhtar repeat his 2022 MVP-winning performance?

Who will lead Nashville SC in scoring in 2023?

Ben Wright: Hany Mukhtar
Davey Shepherd: Hany Mukhtar
Jonathan Slape: Hany Mukhtar
Chris Ivey: Hany Mukhtar
Andy Simmons: Hany Mukhtar

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Who will lead Nashville in assists in 2023?

Ben: Hany Mukhtar
Davey: Hany Mukhtar
Slape: Hany Mukhtar
Chris: Hany Mukhtar
Andy: Hany Mukhtar

Who will be Nashville’s team MVP in 2023?

Ben: Hany Mukhtar
Davey: Hany Mukhtar
Slape: Hany Mukhtar
Chris: Hany Mukhtar
Andy: Hany Mukhtar

Who will be Nashville’s breakout player in 2023?

Ben: Luke Haakenson
Davey: Nick DePuy
Slape: Fafà Picault
Chris: Jack Maher
Andy: Fafà Picault

Will Nashville sign a Designated Player in the summer?

Ben: Yes
Davey: No
Slape: Yes
Chris: Yes
Andy: No

Will Nashville qualify for the MLS Cup Playoffs?

Ben: Yes
Davey: Yes
Slape: Yes
Chris: Yes
Andy: Yes

What would a successful season look like for Nashville in 2023?

Ben: Finishing top three in the East and/or winning silverware
Davey: Getting a home playoff game
Slape: A top three finish in the regular season and a trophy win
Chris: Playing a home playoff game or winning silverware
Andy: Making it to the second round of the playoffs

What is Nashville’s biggest strength?

Ben: Defense plus the best individual attacker in MLS
Davey: H-dog
Slape: Defensive solidity
Chris: Defense
Andy: Their backline

What is Nashville’s biggest weakness?

Ben: Not much scoring threat outside of Mukhtar.
Davey: They only have H-dog
Slape: The lack of secondary scoring
Chris: The no. 9 position
Andy: Inconsistent goal-scoring from their no. 9 position

What’s your bold prediction for Nashville’s 2023 season?

Ben: Nashville will finish with more goals (52) and more points (50) than they had in 2022
Davey: Despite the odds, H-dog remains “him”
Slape: Fafà Picault scores double-digit goals
Chris: Nashville makes a deep run in the Leagues Cup
Andy: Dax McCarty retires at the end of the season

Make sure to check back later today for our full preview of Nashville SC vs New York City FC on Saturday.

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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