Recap: Mukhtar’s 10th goal of 2023 gives Nashville win in Dallas

FRISCO, TX – Stop if you’ve seen it before: late in a match, Hany Mukhtar gets the ball in the open field, beats a few defenders and scores a goal to give Nashville SC the win. The familiar script played out once again on Saturday night, with Nashville beating FC Dallas 2-1 at Toyota Stadium.

The XI

Walker Zimmerman made his return to the starting lineup, back for the first time since April 29.

Lukas MacNaughton, who had started the previous six games, wasn’t in the squad. The Canadian international is in the process of updating his immigration status, and is expected to be available for next weekend’s match.

On the pitch

Nashville opened the scoring early, or rather Dallas opened the scoring. 18-year-old midfielder Nolan Norris, starting his second-ever MLS match, miss-headed a cross from Shaq Moore. It was a high quality finish, but unfortunately at the wrong end.

Dallas equalized quickly through a slick passing move, cycling the ball from end to end before Jader Obrian tapped home a simple finish at the far post.

Norris’s night should have ended early. The young homegrown product escaped unpunished for a high tackle on Hany Mukhtar, and minutes later picked up a yellow card that easily could have been his second.

In the dying minutes of the match, Mukhtar took the game over. The reigning MVP got on the end of a chipped ball from left back Dan Lovitz, bringing it down smartly before nutmegging a defender. Mukhtar made no mistake with the finish, slotting past Maarten Paes for his 10th goal of the season.

The big picture

Hany Mukhtar continues to lead MLS in combined goals and assists. More importantly, Nashville are unbeaten in eight league matches, and continue to keep pace behind FC Cincinnati, holding onto second place in the Supporters’ Shield standings. They’ve won six and drawn two of their last eight, one of the hottest teams in MLS.

Nashville will be back in action next weekend, on the road against Toronto FC.

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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