Orlando City SC and Nashville SC shared a goal and a point apiece on Sunday afternoon in a 1-1 draw at Exploria Stadium.

There was major drama at the end when Orlando thought they scored a late winner and clinched a place in the Audi 2021 MLS Cup Playoffs. Andres Perea bundled home the rebound after Alexandre Pato's free kick struck the crossbar. But following Video Review, referee Allen Chapman ruled there was a foul in the buildup, disallowing the goal and leaving nothing separating the two sides.

Nashville, already guaranteed a playoff spot, are now third in the Eastern Conference standings. Orlando will have to wait until Decision Day to secure their place in the postseason.

Daryl Dike opened the scoring in the 18th minute. After a quick free kick, the in-form forward cleverly held his run to drift into Dave Romney's blind spot, creating a half yard of space to receive Chris Mueller's cut-back cross. The US international made no mistake with the first-time finish, beating Joe Willis with a low shot to the far post for his third goal in as many matches.

Orlando had a pair of chances to take three points from the match. Junior Urso knocked one off the post in the 33rd minute, and later sent a shot well over the bar from the edge of the box after Nashville got caught in possession.

After he saw a penalty shout waved away, Hany Mukhtar pulled Nashville level in the 53rd minute, taking a pass from Randall Leal in stride before dispatching a composed finish through the legs of Antonio Carlos, rewarding the visitors after a positive start to the second half.

Goals

  • 18' - ORL - Daryl Dike | WATCH
  • 53' - NSH - Hany Mukhtar | WATCH

Three Things

  • THE BIG PICTURE: Orlando will rue a missed opportunity to officially clinch a playoff position. The draw keeps them in fifth place on 48 points, but could still find themselves on the outside looking in pending next week's results. Nashville are now on 17 draws and in third place, continuing to grind out results though standing 1W-1L-6D across their last eight games.
  • MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Orlando nearly snatched a dramatic winner, which would have seen them clinch their postseason berth with a game to spare. Video Review came to Nashville's rescue, denying the Lions a vital three points.
  • MAN OF THE MATCH: Hany Mukhtar's 15th strike of the season will have huge playoff implications for Nashville, earning them a major point in the race for second place.

Next Up

  • ORL: Sunday, November 7 at CF Montréal | 3:30 pm ET (MLS LIVE on ESPN+)
  • NSH: Sunday, November 7 vs New York Red Bulls | 3:30 pm ET (MLS LIVE on ESPN+)