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FC Cincinnati remains last unbeaten team in Eastern Conference

FC Cincinnati defeated Nashville FC on Saturday night. (FC Cincinnati){p}{/p}
FC Cincinnati defeated Nashville FC on Saturday night. (FC Cincinnati)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRC) - FC Cincinnati defeated Nashville SC for the first time in club history Saturday night with a 1-0 win at GEODIS Park.

The Orange and Blue extended Major League Soccer’s longest active regular season road unbeaten streak to nine games.

FC Cincinnati (3-0-2, 11 points) moved into second place in the Eastern Conference and remain the last undefeated squad in the conference. It is one of just two teams to have played five times without suffering a defeat (St. Louis CITY SC).

Nashville SC (2-2-1, 7 points) fell to sixth place with their first home loss of the season.

Brandon Vazquez scored his first goal of the season in the 48th minute which proved to be the game-winner for the Orange and Blue, his fifth-career winning goal for FC Cincinnati.

The buildup to the goal began from the back with Matt Miazga finding Luciano Acosta at the midfield line who flicked on a pass to Álvaro Barreal in space running free down the left side. Barreal drove down the field and fired a shot towards the far post after cutting in onto his right foot at the top of the box. Nashville keeper Joe Willis did well to make the initial save but the rebound found its way into the path of Vazquez, who shot a first-time finish into the back of the net.

Vazquez became the first player in FC Cincinnati history to reach 25 career non-penalty kick goals for the club.

Roman Celentano recorded his eighth career clean sheet, his third of the season. FC Cincinnati’s three shutouts are tied for the most in MLS through five games.

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FC Cincinnati return home next Saturday, April 1 to TQL Stadium to take on Inter Miami CF. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

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