Joe Willis made seven saves to visit Nashville SC on Wednesday with a 0-0 draw with Columbus Crew.
Nashville (5-1-8, 23 points) is 3-0-3 in the last 6 games.
Eloy Roam saved early in five games (1-0-4) and undefeated crew (5-3-6, 21 points) in 4-1-4 in the last nine games.
The room has four shutouts this season. Willis, 6 people.
Willis parryed Pedro Santos’ 20-yard rising shot with both hands in the 94th minute, with the crew dominating the last 20 minutes.
This is the first time the team has met since the crew scored twice in overtime in the semifinals of the 2020 Eastern Conference and won 2-0.
The game matched one of the better attacks against stingy defenses. Nashville scored 21 goals and was the second Eastern Conference after 23 in New England. Only Seattle Sounders (8) scored fewer goals than the MLS crew (12).
Hany Mukhtar, who scored three times with Chicago Fire in the fastest hat-trick in MLS history in the first 16 minutes of Saturday, got off to another impressive start.
In the third minute he rips a free kick deflected from the wall. The room moved to his left, but after the ball turned, he had to reverse the course and save his fully stretched fingertips at the post.
The crew’s first chance was 16 minutes when free-kick specialist Lucas Serrarayan was fouled 19 yards from the goal. With four free-kick scores, a record for the crew season, he tried to cross the wall, but Nashville blocked the attempt.
In the 71st minute Willis matched an early stop in the room and a right-handed stop on a low-drive 25-yard strike from Darlington Nagbe.
It’s a quick turnaround as each team is active on Saturday while Nashville hosts FC Cincinnati-Atlanta United crew.
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Nashville G Joe Willis grows in a draw with the crew
SourceNashville G Joe Willis grows in a draw with the crew