Orlando City (12-9-11, 47 pts) closes out the home portion of their regular-season schedule on Halloween against Nashville SC (12-4-16, 52 pts), with a chance to clinch an Audi 2021 MLS Cup Playoffs berth for the second straight year with a win. The match, presented by Audi, is set to kick off at 4 p.m. ET from Exploria Stadium and will be televised nationally on UniMás and TUDN, with English streaming available on Twitter. Local radio coverage will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Real Radio 104.1 in English and Acción 97.9 FM in Spanish.
Here’s everything you need to know about Nashville:
Key Transactions and Player News
Key Additions - F Aké Loba (Monterrey), F CJ Sapong (Chicago Fire FC)
Key Departures - F David Accam (Hammarby), CM Derrick Jones (Houston Dynamo), CF Dominique Badji (Colorado Rapids)
Player News - Left back Daniel Lovitz, so crucial to Nashville’s success over their first two seasons, will be suspended from this game due to yellow card accumulation. Lovitz has six assists in 26 appearances this season and is second on the team in key passes with 42, behind only DP playmaker Hany Mukhtar’s 50.
Take a look at Nashville’s full roster here.
Nashville got a huge win on Wednesday night, coming back from an early deficit to beat FC Cincinnati 6-3 on the road. The victory snapped a six-game winless skid in which Nashville drew five times and was their first multi-goal effort since a 2-2 draw against Orlando City on September 29. The win also wrapped up a playoff berth for the Boys in Gold, who can lock in a first round home game if a few results go their way this weekend.
Orlando City and Nashville have played twice already in 2021, with both games ending in draws up at Nissan Stadium in Tennessee. It was Orlando coming from behind on both occasions, with Antonio Carlos providing the equalizer in a 1-1 tie on August 18 while a Daryl Dike penalty and a stoppage time own goal were enough to claw back from a 2-0 deficit on September 29. The teams are 1-1-3 against each other, with Orlando and Nashville both gaining their lone wins against each other at Exploria Stadium in 2020.
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Mukhtar picked up three assists in the win against Cincinnati on Wednesday, bringing him to 14 goals and 12 assists for the season. Mukhtar is the only player in MLS this year with double digit goals and assists, and his 26 total goal contributions lead the league.