Recap: Nashville SC bounce back with 4-0 thumping of FC Dallas

Nashville SC badly needed three points at home and a convincing attacking performance. They got both of those on Sunday night at Geodis Park, beating FC Dallas 4-0 on the back of a Hany Mukhtar brace.

The XI

Gary Smith named loanee Jacob Shaffelburg to the starting XI, despite the young Canadian only getting in his first training session in Nashville on Friday.

Aníbal Godoy also continued to work back to full fitness, coming off the bench for the final 25 minutes of the game.

On the pitch

Nashville got out of the gates early. Hany Mukhtar scored the first of the night after just five minutes, smashing a shot in at the near post from a ridiculously tight angle.

The MVP candidate bagged an assist for Shaffelburg’s debut goal, laying off the ball inside the box for the debutant to thump a shot in.

Mukhtar continued the highlight reel with a perfectly placed free kick, sending the ball into the top corner past a completely stranded Maarten Paes.

Nashville had plenty of chances to score more in the second half, with Mukhtar, C.J. Sapong and Randall Leal all coming close on multiple occasions. Finally Dave Romney found the cherry on top, heading home from a corner kick to round out the win.

The big picture

Nashville badly needed a win. They badly needed a win at home. They badly needed a clean sheet. And most importantly, they needed goals from someone other than Hany Mukhtar. They got all four against Dallas, and are up to sixth in the Western Conference table.

With several teams around them holding games in hand, Nashville can’t afford to take a step backwards. A pair of games against Vancouver and Colorado within the next 10 days are six pointers, trying to keep points from teams hunting for the same playoff spots.

If the ‘Yotes can use tonight’s win as a springboard to launch their form down the stretch, the playoffs are well within reach.

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.

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