Recap: Nashville SC scrape to scoreless draw in New York

Nashville SC returned to action after a two-week international break with a scoreless draw at Red Bull Arena, the fourth draw in six meetings between the two sides.

The XI

There were no surprises on the field from Rumba Munthali. With Anibal Godoy, Jacob Shaffelburg and Shaq Moore out on international duty, the starting lineup essentially picked itself.

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The only surprises came on the bench. Forster Ajago was once again named to the bench after his incredible form in MLS NEXT Pro, while 2023 SuperDraft pick Joey Skinner was included in an MLS squad for the first time.

On the pitch

Nashville didn’t manage a single shot in the first half. Put on their heels by New York, they were outshot nine to zero with Joe Willis forced into four saves.

Things improved marginally after the break. Nashville managed four shots, and while none of them found the target, they at least threatened a handful of times. Joe Willis again was forced into several saves, while Walker Zimmerman had one of his best defensive performances of the season to put out fires and preserve the clean sheet.

The big picture

Nashville managed just 0.44 expected goals, and put none on target for the first time since October 2023 against Orlando. It was the type of performance that has come to be expected against Red Bulls, but one that doesn’t instill a ton of confidence in Nashville’s attack.

Sam Surridge hasn’t scored since May 4. In the six games he’s started since, he’s taken just six shots and put only one on target. Slightly less concerning is Hany Mukhtar, who has two goals and just five shots on goal in his last eight matches. Nashville’s attack is floundering and badly needs a boost.

Stats

Possession: RBNY 49% – 51% NSH
Passes completed: RBNY 302 – 326 NSH
Shots: RBNY 21 – 6 NSH
Shots on goal: RBNY 7 – 0 NSH
Penalty kicks: RBNY 0 – 0 NSH
Expected goals: RBNY 1.52 – 0.44 NSH
Goals: RBNY 0 – 0 NSH
Fouls: RBNY 18 – 11 NSH
Yellow cards: RBNY 2 – 1 NSH
Red cards: RBNY 0 – 0 NSH

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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