It was a second goal in as many MLS matches for Antonio Carlos on Wednesday night in Nashville. And this time, he could celebrate it.
The towering Brazilian’s goal was enough to earn Orlando City a valuable away point at Nissan Stadium. It was also enough to earn him Heineken Man of the Match honors once again, after he pulled in the honor against Inter Miami two weeks ago.
Before July 30, Orlando City had gone nearly three years without a headed goal from a defender in an MLS regular season match. They now have three in four games after Kyle Smith’s goal against Atlanta and Antonio Carlos’ two tallies against Miami and Nashville.
Beyond the goal, Antonio Carlos was his usual imperious self on the defensive end. The Brazilian recorded a team-high five clearances, breaking up Nashville attacks consistently along the back line. He also picked up a tackle and an interception while remaining tidy on the ball, completing 87% of his passes.