FC Cincinnati staged a solid comeback, led by Luciano Acosta’s goal and assist, to secure a 3-1 victory over Nashville SC. The game saw the return of Brandon Vazquez to the winning side, while Nashville received two red cards.
Acosta equalised for Cincinnati in the 42nd minute with a penalty kick and then provided an assist for defender Santiago Arias’ second goal of the season, putting Cincinnati ahead in the 74th minute. In his first appearance, Aaron Boupendza scored a goal in the ninth minute of stoppage time, assisted by Vazquez, who had been representing the United States in the Gold Cup since June 10.
Nashville defender Walker Zimmerman had given his team a 1-0 lead with an unassisted goal in the 31st minute. Teammate Taylor Washington received a second yellow card and was sent off in the 68th minute, while Fafa Picault followed suit two minutes later after also receiving a second yellow card.
Cincinnati goalkeeper Roman Celantano did not make a save, while Nashville’s Joe Willis made three saves. Acosta, who has scored 12 goals (tied for second in the league) and provided eight assists this season, had a goal disallowed in the 8th minute. With this win, Cincinnati completes a season sweep of Nashville, having previously won 1-0 on the road. Nashville holds a record of 1-1-1 in their three visits to Cincinnati.
Cincinnati boasts an impressive record of 15-1-7 in their last 23 home matches. As the league heads into a six-week break for other competitions, Cincinnati, the current leaders in the Supporters’ Shield standings, has gone 28 consecutive home matches without being shut out, the longest active streak and the 10th longest in league history.
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Nashville has experienced their first three-match losing streak and has dropped five of their last six matches following a 10-match unbeaten run. Reigning MVP Hany Mukhtar has failed to score in his last six appearances.
Nashville will host the New England Revolution, while Cincinnati will travel to face the Columbus Crew when the league resumes on August 20.