NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)C.J. Sapong scored his fourth goal in the last three games and helped Nashville to a 1-1 tie with Orlando City on Wednesday night.
Sapong ran onto a misplayed pass by Joao Moutinho, raced beyond midfield and tapped it to Hany Mukhtar, who passed it back to Sapong at the top of the box. The 32-year-old Sapong, who has nine goals this season, did a 360-degree turn and then fell to the ground as he ripped a low ball inside the post to open the scoring in the 23rd minute.
Nashville (7-2-11) moved a point ahead of New York City FC for second in the Eastern Conference standings with 32. New England leads the conference with 46 points, the most in MLS. Orlando City and Philadelphia are tied with NYCFC with 31.
Antonio Carlos headed home a free kick by Mauricio Pereyra for Orlando City (8-4-7) to make it 1-1 in the 58th minute.
Nashville’s Joe Willis – whose eight shutouts this season are tied for most in MLS – made a leaping one-handed stop in the 47th minute and Orlando City’s Tesho Akindele bounced a header off the crossbar in the 75th.