NYCFC stormed back to winning ways with a hard-fought 2-1 home victory over Nashville SC, thanks to first-half goals from Keaton Parks and Maxime Chanot. Hany Mukhtar reduced the deficit late on at Citi Field but despite late pressure from the visitors, Nick Cushing’s side held on to claim a first triumph over the Tennessee outfit, and extend our impressive run on home soil.
NYCFC Continue Home Form With First Win Over Nashville
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The two sides locked horns for the second time in 2023, having met in the season opener at GEODIS Park. February’s clash had marked only the third encounter between the pair, with The Music heading into this contest unbeaten.
Head Coach Cushing made two changes from the NYCFC side that drew 1-1 with Atlanta United last time out, as Richy Ledezma earned his first MLS start, while Gabriel Pereira returned to the XI, in place of Santiago Rodríguez and the suspended Matías Pellegrini.
Facing the league’s meanest defense with Nashville having recorded five clean sheets in 2023, the Boys in Blue knew they would have to be clinical with chances potentially at a premium.
The City Boys came flying out of the blocks in Queens, and broke the deadlock after just 11 minutes of play. The hosts had already found plenty of joy down the right, and unlocked the NSC defense through Parks’ first goal of the season, courtesy of Mitja Ilenič’s second assist in as many games.
The Slovenian latched onto Talles Magno’s cutback, and whipped in another pinpoint cross for Parks to power a header home – a moment fittingly celebrated with a heartwarming tribute to the recent news of he and wife Kat’s first baby. The visitors responded well, rallying in search of an instant leveler. Last season’s Golden Boot winner Mukhtar stung the palms of Luis Barraza, while the City shot-stopper also denied Fafà Picault, and Aníbal Godoy fired wide.
NYCFC are back on home soil next weekend for the last match of our three-game home stand. The Boys in Blue welcome FC Dallas to Citi Field on Saturday, April 22 in a 7:30pm ET kick-off.