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MLS Preview: Nashville SC (0-0-0) at New York City FC (0-0-0)

In 2021, Nashville SC avoided defeat by winning and drawing their previous MLS matches against New York City FC. Hany Mukhtar scored two of Nashville’s three goals in a 3-1 victory at home, despite the match ending scoreless in New York.

Nashville SC lost five of its final twelve home games last season (W4 D3), including a 2-1 defeat to Houston in its final game. The fourth-longest streak in MLS history, Nashville had been unbeaten in all competitions for 25 consecutive home games (W13 D12).

New York City FC had the longest active scoring streak in Major League Soccer when they scored 55 points during the 2022 regular season. This was the club’s sixth full season with at least 50 points for a row. There are only two teams in league history with longer streaks: the New York Red Bulls and the Los Angeles Galaxy, who played seven straight games from 2010 to 2016 and seven straight games from 2012 to 2018.

In the previous regular season, Hany Mukhtar, the 2022 MLS MVP, scored at least one goal in 22 games (23 goals, 11 assists). Only three players have more goals scored in a single season: Only Tayvon Gray, Maxime Chanot, and Alfredo Morales, three of the 11 starters from New York City FC’s MLS Cup-winning team in 2021, remain on the team following the departures of Season Johnson, Alexander Callens, Maxi Moralez, and Santiago Rodriguez in the offseason. Carlos Vela (age 25 in 2019), Josef Martinez (age 23 in 2018), and Chris Wondolowski (age 23 in 2012).

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