Randall Leal scored on a penalty kick in the 85th minute and Nashville SC opened GEODIS Park and gained a 1-1 draw with the Philadelphia Union in MLS action on Sunday.
The tie extended Nashville’s home unbeaten streak to 20 — the seventh longest run in league history. Nashville (3-3-3) was unbeaten in its last 19 matches at Nissan Stadium. The new park — with a seating capacity of 30,000 — is the largest soccer-only venue in this country and Canada. Nashville opened the season with eight straight matches on the road.
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Fans greet Nashville SC players as they take the field at Geodis Park before an MLS soccer match against the Philadelphia Union Sunday, May 1, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn. The game is the first game being played at the stadium, which is the largest soccer-specific stadium in the United States.
(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
The Union (5-1-3), who entered play atop the Eastern Conference standings, grabbed a 1-0 lead in the 66th minute on a goal by Mikael Uhre.
Leal scored the equalizer after Philadelphia’s Jose Martinez was called for a handball in the box on Nashville’s 12th corner kick of the match.
Nashville outshot the Union 13-9 with a 7-5 edge in shots on goal.
Joe Willis saved four of the five shots he faced for Nashville. Andre Blake had five saves for the Union.