Nashville SC Holds Strong Earns 2-2 Draw Against Inter Miami in Concacaf Champions Cup Opener


In an exciting Concacaf Champions Cup Round of 16 clash, Nashville SC demonstrated resilience with a 2-2 draw against Inter Miami CF at the vibrant GEODIS Park on March 7, 2024. The sellout crowd witnessed a thrilling match that sets the stage for an eagerly anticipated second leg in South Florida on March 13.

Before kick-off, Nashville SC added to the excitement by announcing the contract extension of their star player, Hany Mukhtar, the 2022 MLS MVP. The German midfielder, hailed as the team’s all-time leader in goals, assists, and points, secured his stay in Music City until 2026, with an option for 2027.

The match itself was a showcase of talent, with Nashville SC’s Jacob Shaffelburg stealing the spotlight. The Canadian forward scored twice, marking his first career brace and adding to his impressive goal in the previous round against Moca FC. Shaffelburg’s goals at the 4th and 47th minutes propelled Nashville SC, while Inter Miami CF responded with goals from Lionel Messi (52′) and a dramatic header from Luis Suarez (90′ + 5).

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The match timeline captures the intensity, with key moments including Shaffelburg’s brilliant goals and late-game heroics from Messi and Suarez. Federico Redondo of Inter Miami CF received a caution at the 26th minute.

Nashville SC’s lineup showcased strategic choices, including the pairing of midfielders Jacob Shaffelburg, Hany Mukhtar, and Tyler Boyd, starting together for the first time in 2024. Defenders Dan Lovitz, Walker Zimmerman, Lukas MacNaughton, and Shaq Moore formed a solid backline, with Lovitz leading the team with a remarkable 97% passing accuracy rate.

The draw extends Nashville SC’s record against Inter Miami CF to 4 wins, 2 losses, and 5 draws, setting the stage for an exhilarating second leg in South Florida. As the team heads into the next match against LA Galaxy on March 10, anticipation builds for the conclusion of this intense Concacaf Champions Cup Round of 16 series.

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