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Nashville SC stuns FC Cincinnati in 2-0 win at TQL Stadium

FC Cincinnati's club-record winning streak had to end eventually, but not many would have expected it to cease in the manner it did.

A three-win Nashville SC side that was winless on the road in 2024 came to TQL Stadium and stunned FC Cincinnati with a 2-0 win on Wednesday before a sellout crowd of 25,513.

Nashville SC silenced TQL Stadium with two first-half goals in the span of four minutes, in the 25th and 29th minutes, respectively. Nashville then made convincing work of holding onto its shutout as it improved to 4-4-7 on the season.

May 29, 2024; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; FC Cincinnati midfielder Pavel Bucha (20) reacts after a missed goal attempt in the second half against Nashville SC at TQL Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports
May 29, 2024; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; FC Cincinnati midfielder Pavel Bucha (20) reacts after a missed goal attempt in the second half against Nashville SC at TQL Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

FC Cincinnati's seven-match winning streak was snapped as it fell to 10-3-3 on the season. The loss was Cincinnati's first since April 13 at CF Montreal.

Nashville's Jack Maher tapped in for a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute of a Hany Mukhtar corner kick. Mukhtar was the key distributor again in the 29th minute when he dished the ball wide to Jacob Shaffelburg, who lashed a shot off Roman Celentano and in for the 2-0 lead.

Cincinnati had plenty of opportunities to score throughout the match but couldn't get past Nashville goalkeeper Joe Willis, who ended the night with six saves.

Cincinnati's Luca Orellano had six shots in total, and forced Willis into two saves. Kevin Kelsy was stopped twice by Willis, too.

The loss makes for a sour note for FC Cincinnati, which is idle on Saturday. That, plus the MLS pause for the FIFA's June international window, means FCC won't have a chance to produce a better performance until its June 15 match at San Jose Earthquakes.

The Enquirer will update this report.

Live updates from throughout the contest:

A club-record winning streak ends

Down goes the seven-game winning streak by FC Cincinnati. It was a club record but it ends here. Fortunately for FCC, as of this moment, the club is going to get help in the standings from Atlanta United, which is beating Inter Miami CF. That's the only upside on this evening, though.

15 minutes to go

FC Cincinnati is still down, 2-0. Cincinnati is certainly capable of scoring multiple goals in quick succession, so it's not too late in this match. The only problem is that Cincy hasn't looked tonight like the version of itself that could score a couple quick goals.

FC Cincinnati switching up its personnel

Cincinnati didn't come out of the locker room with much zest, and only Luciano Acosta managed to generate anything close to a scoring chance in the first 10 minutes of the second half. So, head coach Pat Noonan shook things up. Yamil Asad came in for Nick Hagglund and Sergio Santos is on in favor of Gerardo Valenzuela.

A disappointing first half

FC Cincinnati couldn't get on the scoreboard before the intermission and is trailing by two goals against a club three-win Nashville side that hasn't won on the road all year. FCC feels very likely to make a game of this, though, as they're heading into a break through June 15 starting on Thursday. The club will not want to go into such a long layoff from action on a completely sour note.

Nashville silences TQL Stadium (29')

Nashville drove straight down the heart of FC Cincinnati's defense and Jacob Shaffelburg finished the play off for a 2-0 lead. FCC goalkeeper Roman Celentano got hands on the shot but couldn't keep it out.

Nashville jumps out to a lead (25')

Jack Maher poked the ball home off a Hany Mukhtar corner kick for 1-0. FC Cincinnati will have to come from behind if it is to win its eighth straight game.

FC Cincinnati, Nashville SC starting lineups

FC Cincinnati's Nick Hagglund leaps to head the ball during the first half of the FC Cincinnati vs. Nashville SC match at TQL Stadium on Saturday July 15, 2023. The game was tied 1-1 at halftime.
FC Cincinnati's Nick Hagglund leaps to head the ball during the first half of the FC Cincinnati vs. Nashville SC match at TQL Stadium on Saturday July 15, 2023. The game was tied 1-1 at halftime.

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