Nashville had a good early chance in the eighth minute, though Dylan Nealis couldn't quite get himself on the end of a cross from Hany Mukhtar. But in the 13th minute, they ultimately took the lead when a Mukhtar cross was poked in by Sapong to make it a 1-0 contest.
The Sapong-Mukhtar combination was at it again in the 29th minute as a half-chance fizzled out inside the Cincinnati box. Then in the 31st minute, Taylor Washington's crossing attempt to Sapong was deflected out of play as Sapong sought a first-half brace.
Washington went on to save Cincinnati's best chance of the first half seconds later. Brenner took advantage of a failed midfield challenge and found himself on a 2-on-1 with Alvaro Barreal, but was snuffed out at the last second.
Meanwhile, Cincinnati looked to get on the scoreboard early in the second half as Brenner's eventual shot inside the area off a feed from Luciano Acosta was blocked by Eric Miller. But Nashville made it 3-0 in the 57th minute when Sapong found his brace, getting a perfect header past Vermeer from a Mukhtar free kick to secure three points for his team.
- THE BIG PICTURE: Chalk up yet another home win for the Boys in Gold, as they're now 6-0-5 in the Music City and unbeaten in their last seven matches (3-0-4). After a goalless draw against the Columbus Crew on Wednesday that saw them surrender 18 shots, Nashville enjoyed a rather straightforward performance against a Cincinnati team that's now winless in their last five (0-2-3).
- MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Nashville will point to one key portion of the night as key to their latest victory: Washington's terrific chase down of Brenner in the 32nd minute that denied Cincinnati an opportunity to level the scoreline.
- MAN OF THE MATCH: It's easily Sapong, who delivered his best performance in a Nashville SC kit. He's presenting head coach Gary Smith with a tough decision after the club signed forward Ake Loba to a Designated Player deal.