Bouanga helps LAFC earn 1-1 draw with Nashville
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Dénis Bouanga scored early in the second half to help Los Angeles FC earn a 1-1 draw with Nashville SC on Saturday night.
Bouanga used an assist from Stipe Biuk to score the equalizer in the 59th minute for LAFC (5-0-3). Bouanga has seven goals this season. Jordan Morris had a league-high eight goals for the Seattle Sounders entering play.
Hany Mukhtar took a pass from Teal Bunbury and scored in the 35th minute to give Nashville (3-3-3) a 1-0 lead at halftime. Mukhtar, the reigning MVP, had not contributed to a goal in Nashville's last two home matches but had never gone three straight at home without a goal or an assist.
LAFC had advantages of 19-8 in shots and 6-3 in shots on goal.
John McCarthy had two saves for LAFC. Joe Willis totaled five saves for Nashville.
Nashville managed to earn a point for the tie after losing its three previous matches this season when yielding a goal. Nashville has just one victory in its last 18 matches when conceding at least one goal.
Each team picked up a road win over the other last season in the only two previous match-ups.
Nashville remains home to host Atlanta United on Saturday. LAFC is idle.
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Updated April 22, 2023