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MLS Preview: Nashville SC (1-0-0) at New York Red Bulls (0-1-0)

The New York Red Bulls and Nashville have only met once before, in the 2021 season, when New York won 2-0 at home and drew 1-1 in Nashville. Nashville has never lost to the Red Bulls, the only Eastern Conference team Nashville has faced more than once.

Last season, the New York Red Bulls had trouble at home, losing five of their last nine games in Harrison (W3 D1), including a playoff loss to FC Cincinnati. Since October 2020 (W15 D11), New York had only lost five of its 31 previous home games at Red Bulls Arena in all competitions.

In 2020, Nashville SC won all five of its regular-season road games (W2 D3). It lost to Charlotte FC on the road in July, equaling the longest regular-season road streak in MLS history.

In their 1-0 defeat to Orlando City on Saturday, the Red Bulls received only one shot on goal, a penalty kick from Facundo Torres, out of a league-low six attempts. It was only the second time since 2010 that New York had lost a game in which it had one shot on target; the other loss came in August 2022 against Orlando.

Jacob Shaffelburg was set up by Hany Mukhtar on the bench for Nashville’s second goal against NYCFC on Saturday. Since joining MLS in 2020 (including playoffs), Mukhtar has scored at least once in 49 matches, eight more than any other player.

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