Taty Castellanos (11) steals the ball from Nashville SC defender Walker Zimmerman (25) during the first half. (Tom Horak-USA TODAY Sports)
New York City FC’s scoring woes continued Sunday as it was blanked for the third consecutive time.
The Cityzens were shut out by Nashville SC in a scoreless draw before a sparse crowd at Red Bull Arena in a rare match that kicked off at noon.
City’s (39 points) hopes of moving up the table took a hit as the sixth-place side evened its record at 11-11-6 while second-place Nashville (47) moved to 11-3-14. Those 14 draws leads the lead.
NYCFC lost scored in the 31st minute in the 1-1 draw with the Red Bulls Sept. 22. The squad’s scoreless streak is at 329 minutes.
The teams battled to a scoreless halftime draw, but it was NYCFC that suffered a real loss.
In the 33rd minute, right back Anton Tinnerholm fell to the ground, clutching his ankle area. While the injury was not immediately diagnosed, NYCFC announcers feared it was an Achilles injury, which would sideline Tinnerholm for the season.
The hosts had a couple of close encounters.
Only five minutes after kickoff, Taty Castellanos banged a header off the right post.
Two minutes later, center back Alex Callens knocked home a Maxi Moralez free kick from the right side. Callens, however, was called to be offside by a foot, after VAR looked at the replay.
Nashville’s best opportunity came three minutes into stoppage time. Daniel Lovitz, off a left-flank feed by Taylor Washington, fired volley that just missed the lower right side of the net.
Jesus Medina had a glorious opportunity to break the deadlock in the 77th minute, but goalkeeper Joe Willis made a big-time kick save from point-blank range.
Medina had yet another close chance in the 84th, but he slammed his shot into Willis’ body.