Nashville defeats New York City FC in opener of MLS season

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- — Walker Zimmerman and Jacob Shaffelburg scored and Nashville SC defeated New York City FC 2-0 on Saturday in the first game of the Major Soccer League season.

Zimmerman scored following a free kick after Fafa Picault centered the ball in front of the goal in the 34th minute for a 1-0 lead.

Shaffelburg's goal came in the 80th minute off an assist from Hany Mukhtar.

Joe Willis made the saves on NYCFC's two shots on goal. Nashville outshot NYCFC 9-8, with four shots on goal.

Nashville had a win and a draw against NYCFC last season — its first.

Both teams next play Saturday. Nashville visits the New York Red Bulls and NYCFC visits the Chicago Fire.


The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.