Nashville SC Remains Second in the Eastern Conference 

September 18, 2021 – Major League Soccer (MLS) – Nashville SC News Release

TORONTO – Nashville Soccer Club (10W-3L-11D) remains at second place in Eastern Conference standings after falling to Toronto FC 2-1 despite a goal from CJ Sapong in his 300th MLS appearance.

CJ Makes it 300: CJ Sapong made his 300th career regular season MLS appearance and scored Nashville SC’s loan goal of the match. Sapong is the 13th active player in the MLS to reach this milestone. He has scored eight goals in his last 11 starts and nine goals in his last 13 starts. Sapong is chasing his career-high 16 goals in a single season from his 2017 season with Philadelphia Union. The forward has 10 goals this season for Nashville.

Staying in Second: Nashville SC remains in second place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 10W-3L-11D. Nashville SC, with 41 points, sits behind only New England Revolution, with 56 points. Orlando City SC and New York City SC both chase Nashville SC with 38 points each. Nashville SC continues to boast the fewest losses in MLS with three.

Still on the Road: Nashville SC continues its road trip with two competitions over the next week. The Boys in Gold will travel to face Inter Miami CF for the third and final time this season in a mid-week match. Nashville SC will then travel to face Chicago Fire FC over the weekend before returning to Nissan Stadium at the end of the month.

Nashville SC will travel to Miami to face Inter Miami CF on Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 6:30 p.m. CT. Fans can follow all of the action by tuning in to MyTV30, as well as ESPN 94.9 (English radio) or El Jefe 96.7 (Spanish radio).

Match Timeline

TOR 18′: Auro sends a ball to Jacob Shaffelburg as he charges downfield and slips the ball past Joe Willis left of center into the net

NSH 74′: Randall Leal slots a ball to CJ Sapong in the box, and Sapong strikes it home to the bottom left corner of the net

TOR 79′: Yeferson Soteldo takes a free kick and Omar González finds the back of the net


Nashville SC owns a record of 2W-2L-6D in the 2021 season when conceding the first goal of the match

Nashville SC owns a record of 1W-2L-3D when trailing at halftime

Nashville SC have the fewest losses in MLS with three

Nashville SC have a road record of 2W-3L-5D

Nashville SC own a record of 2W-3L-4D when allowing two goals

Brian Anunga has appeared in 16 matches this season, with Nashville SC owning a 7W-2L-7D in those contests

Dax McCarty is tied for third with Chris Wondolowski for all-time leader in games played by outfield players in the regular season after recording his 403rd appearance

Dave Romney remains the only Nashville SC outfield player to play all 2,160 minutes this season and all 4,470 minutes in Nashville SC’s history

CJ Sapong recorded his 300th MLS cap, becoming the 13th active player in the MLS to reach the 300 MLS regular season games played mark

Sapong has scored eight goals in his last 11 starts and nine goals in his last 13 starts


Nashville SC 10W-3L-11D vs. Toronto FC 4W-15L-6D

September 18, 2021 – BMO Field

Final Score

NSH: 1

TOR: 2

Scoring Summary

TOR: Jacob Shaffelburg 18′

NSH: CJ Sapong 74′

TOR: Omar González 79′


NSH: Daniel Lovitz (caution) 32′

TOR: Michael Bradley (caution) 39′


NSH: Joe Willis; Daniel Lovitz (Randall Leal 55′), Dave Romney, Alistair Johnston (Aké Loba 85′), Taylor Washington (Alex Muyl 55′), Walker Zimmerman (C), Hany Mukhtar, Anibal Godoy, Brian Anunga (Dax McCarty 71′), Daniel Ríos, CJ Sapong (Jhonder Cádiz 84′)

Unused Substitutes: Jack Maher, Abu Danladi, Bryan Meredith, Eric Miller

TOR: Alex Bono; Eriq Zavaleta, Omar Gonzalez, Auro Jr; Michael Bradley (C), Marky Delgado, Jonathan Osorio, Richie Laryea, Jacob Shaffelburg (Chris Mavinga 84′), Ifunanyachi Achara (Yeferson Soteldo 64′); Dom Dwyer (Patrick Mullins 84′)

Unused Substitutes: Justin Morrow, Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty, Noble Okello, Quentin Westberg, Luke Singh, Jordan Perruzza

Referee: Pierre-Luc Lauziere

AR1: Micheal Barwegen

AR2: Lyes Arfa

4th: Dave Gantar

VAR: Carol Chenard

AVAR: Phillippe Briere

Weather: 70 degrees, clear

Statistics are unofficial.

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