Philadelphia Union vs. Nashville SC – Football Game Report – October 24, 2021
Kacper Przybylko scored from a first-half penalty for his 11th team-leading goal to help the Philadelphia Union maintain second place in the Eastern Conference with a 1-0 win over Nashville SC Saturday night.
Philadelphia (14-8-10, 52 points) is three points ahead of Nashville (11-5-16, 49 points) with three games remaining in the regular season after starting the game tied for the seed No. 2 in the east.
Goalkeeper Andre Blake didn’t face a shot on goal until the 91st minute for Union, who claimed their fourth straight home win and improved to 11-3-3 at Subaru Park. Philadelphia ended a two-game winless streak and improved to 3-1-1 in October.
Nashville struggled to generate chances without leading scorer Hany Mukhtar and Luke Haakenson. Both midfielders have served a one-game suspension for accumulating yellow cards following Wednesday’s 1-1 draw against Columbus.
Mukhtar, who has 14 goals and nine assists this season, shot his sixth yellow of the campaign while Haakenson received his fifth against the Crew.
Joe Willis recorded three saves for Nashville, which came in after five straight draws. The visitors finished in a tie below the MLS record for consecutive draws in a single season.
Przybylko’s penalty tally put Philadelphia in the lead in the 18th minute after Nashville defenseman Taylor Washington handballed into the box. Przybylko unleashed a right-footed shot into the middle of the net as Willis dove to his left.
Przybylko’s tally put him two goals behind former Union forward and current Nashville forward CJ Sapong (36 goals with Philadelphia) for second place on the club’s all-time goals list.
Sapong recorded Nashville’s first shot on target in the first minute of the second-half stoppage as his header was saved by Blake.
The teams split their two-game regular-season streak after Nashville won a 1-0 home win over Philadelphia on July 3.