Orlando City opens 2021 Audi MLS Cup playoffs in Nashville SC
ORLANDO, Florida (November 22, 2021) – Orlando City SC enter their second straight playoff series on Tuesday, November 23, traveling to face Nashville SC in the first round of the 2021 Audi MLS Cup playoffs. The game kicks off, presented by Orlando Health, is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET at Nissan Stadium.
Tuesday’s game will be broadcast nationally on FS1 and FOX Deportes while being broadcast on 96.9 The Game in English and AcciÃ³n 97.9FM, 810AM in Spanish. Additional coverage of the match will also be available on City’s social media.
âWe are very proud to be in the playoffs this year as well. Thinking about what we accomplished last year and what we could do this year is relevant for our group to continue and aim for the grand prize. I know we have challenges ahead of us, Nashville being the first, but I see the players very convinced and very focused on achieving this goal, âsaid head coach Oscar Pareja before the game. âWe’ve overcome a lot of challenges this year and when you see the big picture I think overall we’re proud and have a team to compete with anyone in the league. We are focusing on the one game against Nashville and the players have been working hard. We’re optimistic, we’ve had some good games against them here and there and we feel very competitive against them.
The game will be the Lions’ fourth meeting with Nashville SC in 2021, each of the previous three ending in a draw. The two teams last met on Sunday 31 October at Exploria Stadium. foul on the game before the finish. On two visits to Nissan Stadium this season, City fought a 1-1 draw on August 18, followed by a 2-2 result on September 29.
City enter the playoffs after finishing the year in sixth place in the Eastern Conference, setting club records for points in one season (51), wins (13), clean sheets (9 ) and home wins (8), securing a spot in the Audi MLS Cup playoffs for the second year in a row under the guidance of head coach Oscar Pareja.
Daryl Dike and Nani finished the year ahead with 10 goals apiece in 2021, the former ending the regular season scoring in each of the Lions’ last four games. The latter led the team in total goal contributions in 2021, with 18 to his name.
Nashville finished 2021 with a 12-4-18 record for third in the East, the only club in MLS to end the year with an unbeaten home record. The 2020 expansion squad was led by Hany Mukhtar with 16 goals this year and 12 assists, while goaltender Joe Willis led the entire MLS with 13 clean sheets.
The winner of Tuesday’s game will advance to the semifinals of the Eastern Conference on Sunday, November 28, which will face the Philadelphia Union at Subaru Park.