Gonzalo Higuain scored his team-leading eighth goal of the season on the hour mark to equalize and Miami set a modest club record, extending their unbeaten run to four matches.
Miami had the better of play late and were rewarded when — following a drop ball restart — the older Higuain brother's early cross from the right met Vassilev for a powerful header that left Willis with no chance.
Nashville took the lead three minutes after halftime through CJ Sapong's sixth goal of the season on a corner-kick header.
Nashville paid for that miss as Miami snapped their nine-match unbeaten run in the dying moments.
- THE BIG PICTURE: After Miami leveled through Gonzalo Higuain and grabbed control of the match, this began looking like the kind of game they needed to win if the MLS Cup Playoffs are to remain a possibility. The hosts held about 60% of the possession and led 15-8 in shots, 9-2 in efforts on target and 1.4 to 0.6 in expected goals.
- MOMENT OF THE MATCH: As famed analyst Ray Hudson pointed out on Miami's TV broadcast, Gonzalo Higuain's pass striking referee Nima Saghafi appeared to ruin a potential attacking opportunity. Instead, the restart led to one of the most important goals in the club's history.
- MAN OF THE MATCH: Indiana Vassilev. The goal was enormous for a team that's still eight points beneath the Eastern Conference playoff line despite their recent good form. But it was also the entrance of Vassilev and Shea at opposite fullback positions 10 minutes after halftime that began to turn the match decidedly in Miami's favor.